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Week 6 Outlook
The overall game reports were again glowing ones for rookie defensive tackle/nose tackle Deadrin Senat out of South Florida. From breaking up screen pass plays to run stopping and keeping the pressure on the quarterback. Senat has kept up making his mark on the defensive line and retained his level of play these first two preseason contests. It looks like head coach Dan Quin has again snift out another big man in the draft worthy enough to do more than just help fill the hole left by letting Dontari Poe walk and sign with Carolina.
The Atlanta Falcons just may have added another IDP target for defensive lineman owners to consider. But Senat's output might be capped when they get to the regular season games and all the NFL teams have things ramped up with the best possible players on the field for the entire contests. With names like Vic Beasley, Grady Jarrett, Brooks Reed, and Takkarist McKinley (shoulder) among the starting unit it, the rookie will have to stand out, even more, to produce at a level worthy of IDP production to have rostered. Traditionally his role with the defensive unit would be as a gap filler. It remains to be seen if he can take that role and make plays beyond what is considered normal.
Third-round rookie nose tackle Deadrin Senat was reportedly impressive in manhandling the New York Jets offensive line in the loss Friday night. He was able to keep the pressure on the Quarterback while also helping to stop the run game.
With Dontari Poe moving on to Carolina the Atlanta first-team defense is looking for his replacement to slot in next to standout defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. If Senat can win the job with the first unit IDP owners should temper expectations, traditionally the nose tackle is a plug and pressure type defensive lineman and normally does not translate into high IDP production. The role is normally to help set up the other defensive lineman to get the job done. Head coach Dan Quin has been known to find those players who can overperform, so this situation does still deserve some monitoring over the preseason.