Nov 3, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) catches the ball over Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (28) for a touchdown during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Atlanta Falcons defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 43-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Two keys injuries in the Front Seven
Bad news came down from the Chiefs on Thursday. Jaye Howard was placed on Injured Reserve and Dontari Poe was unable to practice. Howard has battled an injury, but the team elected to place him on IR, effectively ending his season. He is eligible to return on Jan 25th, but that is a very long shot. the Poe injury will likely mean that is going to be unavailable against the Falcons.
The Chiefs had their young talent on the field for a lot of the Denver game. Rakeem Nunez-Roches and Chris Jones led the way with 70% and 68% of the defensive snaps respectively. They were joined by newcomers Kendall Reyes and Jarvis Jenkins, who both played 50% or more of the defensive snaps.
Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton was asked on Thursday about the group’s effort and performance. he responded “I loved what they did. They just went in there, and they played hard, and tough and played with some energy – just what you’re driving at. You have to just really appreciate these guys. They weren’t even here a couple of weeks ago. They just went in. Kind of what I was just saying, they didn’t even blink an eye. They didn’t think about it. We didn’t think about it. They did, to me, a really nice job. They’re highly competitive, and you couldn’t ask more for those guys. They played a lot plays because of the way the game went and that type of thing. Just really happy at what they did. I think Britt [Reid] did a good job getting them ready. That kind of effort is going to help you anytime.”
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