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4 Falcons rookies to watch for Preseason Week 2 vs. Steelers


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By: Tim Weaver | August 18, 2017 10:22 am

 

The Atlanta Falcons visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday for their second preseason game of the year.

To help get you ready, here’s four rookies you should keep your eye on.

 

1. G Sean Harlow

Oregon State product and fourth-round draft pick Sean Harlow is projected to be the team’s primary backup for Andy Levitre and whoever winds up starting at right guard.

Harlow is a bit raw, but he had a strong showing last week against the Miami Dolphins and could do himself a lot of favors if he continues to play well against a stout Steelers front seven this weekend.

 

2. LB Duke Riley

Nobody makes better football players than the state of Louisiana (sorry) and the Falcons found a good one in Riley. The LSU product is projected to start at weak-side linebacker next to his old college teammate Deion Jones.

Riley led Atlanta with five tackles during last week’s preseason opener, flashing the speed and coverage skills that must have been too attractive for Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff to pass on during the draft.

Look for more of the same on Sunday, plus a lot more snaps to boot.

 

3. RB Brian Hill

No Falcons rookie is feeling the heat quite like Hill. Over the last week, the team has brought in two free agents: Fred Taylor’s son Kelvin and New Mexico product Jhurell Pressley, adding even more competition to an already stacked backup running back battle.

Hill only managed 10 yards on nine carries against Miami. He’ll need to do better in order to move up from the No. 4 spot on the team’s RB depth chart.

 

4. DE Takkarist McKinley

We don’t know whether or not Takk is going to make his NFL debut this weekend, but just in case he does you’re going to want to tune in.

McKinley may see some time on special teams but he was drafted for only one reason: get after the quarterback. He led a talented class of edge rushers in pressure rate last season and has all the looks of a potentially great sack artist.

Pittsburgh QB Joshua Dobbs had a rough debut last week and adding McKinley to the mix would certainly make his adjustment that much harder.

Kickoff is 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.

 

 

http://thefalconswire.usatoday.com/2017/08/18/4-falcons-rookies-to-watch-for-preseason-week-2-vs-steelers/

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2 hours ago, The Great American said:

Actually, Louisiana is not even in the Top 5 states when it comes to producing NFL talent.   Surprisingly, California is number one.

 

Edit: Slappy is right. In 2016, Florida edged out California by a narrow margin. 

LOL I was guessing , just know what a hotbed the state is for talent.

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3 hours ago, The Great American said:

Actually, Louisiana is not even in the Top 5 states when it comes to producing NFL talent.   Surprisingly, California is number one.

 

Edit: Slappy is right. In 2016, Florida edged out California by a narrow margin. 

If I had to guess id say Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, and California  in no particular order 

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21 hours ago, abcranford2 said:

If I had to guess id say Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, and California  in no particular order 

FB PAT DEMARCO
RB DEVONTE FREEMAN
QB MATT STAFFORD
  
LT LAREMY TUNSIL
LG MIKE POUNCEY
C  MAURKICE POUNCEY
RG JOSH SITTON
RT ERICK FLOWERS
TE GARY BARNRIDGE
WR ANTONIO BROWN
WR  AMARI COOPER
DE JASON PIERRE PAUL
DT  GENO ATKINS
DT VINCE WILFORK
DE JOEY BOSA
OLB LAVONTE DAVID
MLB DENZEL PERRYMAN
OLB  KAHLIL MACK
CB PATRICK PETERSON
CB XAVIER RHODES
FS HA HA CLINTON-DIX
SS KEANU NEAL

K BLAIR WALSH
P MATT BOSHER
 FLORIDA BORN 
 

GEORGIA BORN

FB MIKE TOLBERT
RB ISIAH CROWELL
QB CAM NEWTON
LT CORDY GLENN
LG BEN GRUBBS
C DAVID ANDREWS
RG CLINT BOLING
RT CAMERON ERVING
TE TYLER HIGBEE
WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS
WR TYREEK HILL

DE VIC BEASLEY
DT GRADY JARRETT
DT ROBERT NKEMDICHE
DE BRUCE IRVIN
OLB  ALEC OGLETREE
 MLB  DARYL SMITH
OLB JUSTIN HOUSTON
CB AJ BOUYE
CB ADAM JONES
FS ERIC BERRY
SS MORGAN BURNETT

K WILL LUTZ
P MARQUETTE KING

 

LOUISIANNA BORN 

FB EDDIE LACY
RB  MATT FORTE
QB  ELI MANNING
LT  LAEL COLLINS
LG RONALD LEARY
C  PAT LEWIS
RG   TRA TURNER
RT  ANDREW WHITWORTH
TE VINCENT JACKSON ( NONE, HES BIG )
WR  ODELL BECKHAM
WR  JARVIS LANDRY

DE  MICHAEL BENNETT
DT  DAMON HARRISON
DT  GLENN DORSEY
DE  TYSON JACKSON
OLB   MICHAEL MAUTI
 MLB   DEION JONES
OLB  HOUSTON BATES
CB ROBERT ALFORD
CB TYRON MATHEIU
FS  ERIC REID
SS  LANDON COLLINS

K  STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI
P  DONNIE JONES

 

TEXAS BORN 

FB  AARON RIPKOWSKI
RB   ADRIAN PETERSON  
QB   DREW BREES
LT  JALE MATTHEWS
G  KELECHI OSEMELE
C  TRAVIS SWANSON
RG  LANE TAYLOR  
RT  TRENT WILLIAMS  
TE  MARTELLUS BENNETT
WR  DEZ BRYANT
WR   MIKE EVANS

DE   ALEX OKAFOR
DT   MALCOM BROWN
DT   MICHEAL BROCKERS
DE   JERRY HUGHES
OLB    VON MILLER
 MLB   TANK CARDER  
OLB   BRIAN ORAKPO
CB   QUANDRY DIGGS
CB  BRADLEY ROBY
FS   KENNY VACARRO
SS   EARL THOMAS

K   JUSTIN TUCKER
P   THOMAS MORSTEAD

 

CALIFORNIA BORN

FB RHETT ELLISON
RB DOUG MARTIN
 QB AARON RODGERS
LT RYAN CLADY
LG ANDY LEVITRE
C ALEX MACK
RG LARRY WARFORD
RT DONALD PENN
TE DELANIE WALKER
WR MICHAEL THOMAS
WR STEVE SMITH

DE FROSTEE RUCKER
DT  HAOLI NGATA
DT LEONARD WILLIAMS
DE DATONE JONES
OLB CLAY MATTHEWS
MLB BOBBY WAGNER
OLB MALCOM SMITH
CB MARCUS PETERS
CB RICHARD SHERMAN
FS JARIUS BYRD
SS TJ WARD

K NICK FOLK
P BRIAN ANGER

OK LOL,  i MADE THE BEST TEAM I COULD WITH PLAYERS BORN FROM EACH OF THE STATES MENTIONED, THINKING THAT MAYBE, QUALITY WOULD CONQUER QUANTITY,  MAKE YOUR OWN MINDS UP BUT FOR ME FLORIDA WINS BOTH,

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