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Kendall Sheffield ‘ready’ for increased reps if Falcons make changes to starting lineup

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Kendall Sheffield could be stealing reps from Isaiah Oliver, Damontae Kazee, or both soon enough.

By Dave Choate  Oct 7, 2019, 4:16pm EDT

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Even Dan Quinn might have a breaking point. After watching his defense pile up the poor performances, especially a brutal 50 burger at the hands of the Texans, it appears he may be ready to make some personnel changes.

Okay, maybe just one, and maybe it’s one that is almost comical in light of his refusal to sub out a clearly ailing and ineffective Robert Alford in 2018 in a lost season, but it still counts. It appears that Dan Quinn is ready...to get Kendall Sheffield some more playing time.

 

Dan Quinn said he would consider making personnel changes after yesterday's loss to the Texans.

"“There's no excuse for having a performance like that.”

Kendall Sheffield is ready for increased reps, says Quinn. https://atlfal.co.nz/30Vy3Np 

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Kendall Sheffield ‘ready’ for increased reps if Falcons make changes to starting lineup

Sheffield is the only specific example Quinn provides, though all joking aside he’s obviously not the only player who could step into a larger role. The Falcons have barely used Jermaine Grace, John Cominsky, Jordan Miller, and especially Deadrin Senat, and if he’s dissatisfied with what he’s getting from his starters, he can start bleeding their snaps to give those players more time. With very few starters enjoy consistent quality play right now, even mixing it up a little would be a welcome move.

But again, Sheffield is the one specific example. The Falcons benched Isaiah Oliver at the end of the game in favor of Sheffield, a size and speed guy who has been turning in some quality performances on special teams and has clearly caught Quinn’s eye at cornerback in his limited snaps. With Damontae Kazee potentially banged up and Oliver struggling on a weekly basis, it appears Sheffield will step into a larger role sooner than anticipated. I am legitimately excited to see what he can do.

My frustration is that this is the kind of move you make when you’re trying to save your season, and this season already feels beyond saving. The fact that Sheffield’s playing time is going to come at the expense, potentially, of two young cornerbacks who need the time on the field is also aggravating. The Falcons flatly refused to get Isaiah Oliver starter’s snaps in 2018, even when the season was out of reach and Alford was struggling with what we later learned was an injury, and that lack of development time certainly feels relevant to the problems with quick processing that he’s had to this point. There is, however, no point in pretending that Oliver has played well to this point, or shown the kind of flashes of brilliant promise that would justify giving him 99% of the snaps going forward.

All will be well if Sheffield steps in and performs well, helping to stabilize this secondary and showing promise for the future for this Falcons team. You just hope that he’s not the only guy who will get a shot with this defense falling apart.

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5 minutes ago, ⚡Slumerican⚡ said:

Yet Quinn will keep Ollison on the inactive list. Its obvious Quinn has his favorites that has nothing to do with performance 

I think it is more Quinn is in over his head and has no clue. The only thing that will help is once the DC is let go.

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12 minutes ago, ⚡Slumerican⚡ said:

Yet Quinn will keep Ollison on the inactive list. Its obvious Quinn has his favorites that has nothing to do with performance 

All coaches do. It’s why I laughed when folks claimed DQ was any different from Smitty. 

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What is Sheffield going to help ?? Kyler Murray is just going to be running for most of the game, and i dont blame him. This D Line will give up at least 100 yards rushing to Murray 

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4 minutes ago, caponine said:

What is Sheffield going to help ?? Kyler Murray is just going to be running for most of the game, and i dont blame him. This D Line will give up at least 100 yards rushing to Murray 

Larry Fitzgerald is exactly 6,258 yards behind Jerry Rice on the all time receiving yards list and 217 catches behind Jerry on the all time receptions list . The Falcons are known for allowing records to be broken. 1 of those records will be broken Sunday 

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Well, the good thing is OSU CBs generally translate well into the NFL... fingers crossed.

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3 minutes ago, 1989Fan said:

Well, the good thing is OSU CBs generally translate well into the NFL... fingers crossed.

Who’s the last one? I can’t think of one off top

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4 minutes ago, ya_boi_j said:

Larry Fitzgerald is exactly 6,258 yards behind Jerry Rice on the all time receiving yards list and 217 catches behind Jerry on the all time receptions list . The Falcons are known for allowing records to be broken. 1 of those records will be broken Sunday 

Lol

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1 minute ago, ya_boi_j said:

Who’s the last one? I can’t think of one off top

Ward, Lattimore last two drafts. Getting OSU CB1 usually works out

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Just now, 1989Fan said:

Ward, Lattimore last two drafts. Getting OSU CB1 usually works out

Forgot about Ward and Lattimore. 

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All our corners gonna look bad with no pass rush. QB has all the time in the world to throw and rarely has to hurry a throw 

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If he can at least pickup the correct guy, we have a shot. He only needs to be 2 or 3 plays per game better than Oliver to make a difference and potentially change the outcome of the game. 

 

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1 minute ago, ATLSlobberKnockers said:

How about giving Senat a game?

While you're at it, text Quinn and remind him we have a power back named Ollison on the team 

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2 minutes ago, ⚡Slumerican⚡ said:

While you're at it, text Quinn and remind him we have a power back named Ollison on the team 

I just hope is playing who he feels is the best practicing through the week. I have a feeling Freeman is being played because of his contract and history...and that’s coming from a Freeman fan. He just doesn’t have it this year so far...if he is showing out as the best though, so be it (and god help us)

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24 minutes ago, ya_boi_j said:

Larry Fitzgerald is exactly 6,258 yards behind Jerry Rice on the all time receiving yards list and 217 catches behind Jerry on the all time receptions list . The Falcons are known for allowing records to be broken. 1 of those records will be broken Sunday 

why stop there ?? He’ll get 5,000 yards a quarter. 

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45 minutes ago, ⚡Slumerican⚡ said:

Yet Quinn will keep Ollison on the inactive list. Its obvious Quinn has his favorites that has nothing to do with performance 

Ollison inactive, and Hill getting no playing time. Free did nice in the passing game, but let the big guys play.

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1 minute ago, Faithful Falcon said:

Ollison inactive, and Hill getting no playing time. Free did nice in the passing game, but let the big guys play.

Hill has been inactive too. 

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Again, Kazee is playing out of position.  Put him back at safety and cut out this confounded Ishmael experiment.  Ishmael would barely sniff the field on most teams.

And the one player we really haven’t used is Jaeden Graham.

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