The Atlanta Falcons can be weak of their secondary once more on Sunday.
After lacking follow all week with a hamstring damage, the crew has dominated out cornerback A.J. Terrell, head coach Arthur Smith confirmed on Friday, October 28.
In addition to Terrell, Dee Alford is questionable and security Jaylinn Hawkins was dominated out with a concussion earlier this week.
What Happens Now?
There are just a few methods the Falcons may go from right here.
For starters, second-yr nook Darren Hall can be requested to step up once more.
Hall, 22, entered the league in 2021 after the Falcons chosen the San Diego State product within the fourth spherical (108 total) of the NFL Draft. He didn’t see a lot motion as a rookie, taking part in in 14 video games and making one begin. He ended the yr with simply 27 tackles, two for loss, one QB hit and three move breakups.
Now, six weeks into the season, Hall has logged 11 tackles, a compelled fumble, a fumble restoration and two move breakups.
Hall had a strong exhibiting when his quantity was referred to as in Week 6 in opposition to the 49ers, the place he recorded again-to-again move deflections. However, he struggled in opposition to a decide-your-poison Cincy offense in Week 7. But ought to see him do extra this week because the Carolina Panthers’ offense doesn’t characteristic as many gifted items–-especially with Christian McCaffrey gone.
Meanwhile, Cornell Armstrong may get his first NFL profession begin in his fourth season. The Falcons elevated Armstrong from the follow squad in opposition to the Bengals final week and he had six (4 solo) tackles.
Armstrong spent the tip of the preseason on IR and was waived with an damage settlement earlier than re-signing with the Falcons earlier this month. His damage really gave Dee Alford a greater shot at making the 53-man roster.
The Falcons initially signed Armstrong to their follow squad in December of final yr after shedding beginning proper cornerback Fabian Moreau to a hamstring damage in Week 13, nonetheless, Armstrong was by no means promoted to the energetic roster.
Now, Armstrong may probably proceed to make a case for a extra everlasting function when the Falcons take on Carolina.
Richies Grant stays main the protection and Dean Marlowe will line up reverse him.
The Falcons Have an Emergency Plan
The Falcons do have an emergency backup plan if worse involves worst.
When the Falcons drafted Avery Williams within the fifth spherical of the 2021 draft, he was a defensive again/kick returner, which is how he spent his rookie season.
Then, Atlanta determined to maneuver the ex-Boise State DB to working again. The change wasn’t too out of the blue as Williams spent his highschool days starring within the backfield.
But with the Falcons’ secondary persevering with to dwindle down, head coach Arthur Smith virtually turned to Williams for emergency assist, not as soon as, however twice.
So, Williams is an choice.
The Falcons even have Dylan Mabin, Matt Hankins and just lately signed BoPete Keyes on the follow squad.