LB - ATL
Week 7 Outlook
Atlanta rookie linebacker Foyesade Oluokun recorded nine combined tackles versus Baltimore Sunday. That amount slotted the rookie as the second on the team in tackles this contest.
The knee injury will be one thing to keep an eye on for Week 14. The arrows continue to point up for Oluokun's fantasy owners. Nine combined tackles and sharing time on the field with Deion Jones. Dynasty owners should be excited about the possibilities. In a contest that would determine if Oluokun earned playing time over at least Duke Riley, this was as a positive sign as it gets.
Although rookie linebacker Foyesade Oluokun didn't dominate in the Thursday night loss to New Orleans. He did perform on a level that is warranting some attention. He led all tackle production for Atlanta with ten combined tackles.
For a sixth-round rookie, Oluokun is making his mark on what is turning out to be a really bad season for Atlanta because of injuries. IDP owners should keep him in mind for dynasty leagues as well as for the rest of this season if Deion Jones (foot) isn't active. At this point even if he is, the likely scenario as it looks keeps Oluokun in play.
It all came together in the Week 11 loss to Dallas at home for Atlanta rookie linebacker Foye Oluokun. He recorded a team-leading ten combined tackles topping not only the tackle production on the field, but topping the list of noticeable players as well. As a full-time starter now, he just may stick if or when Deion Jones (foot) returns. He was reportedly one of the obvious players on the field for Atlanta on defense that stood out as a player who is hitting his mid-season stride.
IDP owners who haven't taken notice might want to at this point. The snap counts were there again as well as the IDP production managing to match the amount of time on the field.
According to multiple resources, the sixth-round rookie Foyesade Oluokun has firmly positioned himself as a viable linebacker in the NFL for Atlanta. One resource reportedly is by Garret Mehal of Pro Football Focus with the statement that only four linebackers in the NFL have graded higher than Oluokun since Week 7. Additionally, he has also outproduced his fellow linebackers Duke Riley, Bruce Carter, and De'Vondre Campbell in overall production as well as his growing snap count percentage. There is no doubt that Oluokun has made a positive statement that he deserves to be on the field more going forward.
As positive as those multiple resources reports are there are certainly still questions at this point if Oluokun will have a meaningful role if Deion Jones (foot) does indeed return for Week 11. One thing that will likely happen will be that Bruce Carter ends up having the biggest reduced role as he mainly has been used in goal-line situations. And that is something that Deion Jones dominates. Campbell's role will unlikely change as the otto (strongside linebacker) simply because he is built for that position over the other linebackers. That will likely narrow it down to the weakside linebacker position being manned by either Oluokun or Riley. And even though the report mentioned Oluokun being where he is among the PFF rankings in the last few weeks, it fails to mention a couple of things. One would be that Atlanta had a bye-week in Week 8 leaving this report based off Week 7 and Week 9, The other and the more important fact is that there were no snap count criteria mentioned in the second-hand report about the PFF grading. While Oluokun has garnered a larger share of snap counts over Riley those two weeks, according to the PFF Twitter account Riley has been one of the linebackers who was graded higher than Oluokun. It is a "catch 22" leaving a cloud over what exactly will happen if Jones returns. One general positive in this is the fact that it was Riley's reduced role and being used only in certain situations that helped his play on the field improve. And in reading between the lines that in overall run support and coverage it favors Oluokun. This next contest versus the Cleveland Browns will be crucial for both players as well as their IDP owners going forward.
Foyesade Oluokun collected three solo tackles and three assisted tackles in the Atlanta Falcons' Week 7 victory over the New York Giants.
Oluokun isn't having the kind of impact Deion Jones had before he was lost for the year, but he's a rookie on the upswing. He should have plenty of opportunities to make plays moving forward.
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