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Authentic Cheap Kemal Ishmael Womens Jersey

As far as seventh round picks go, few offer the kind of value Kemal Ishmael brings to the Falcons.
Since going pro in 2013, the 25-year-old defender has served as a reliable safety, effective special teamer and, last season, a weakside linebacker. By re-signing the UCF product on Monday, Atlanta ensured one of its most physical and versatile players will be back for the 2017 campaign.

“We are pleased to be able to get Kemal back,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “He is one of the toughest competitors we have and continued to battle every week last year despite a shoulder injury. He has shown the ability to play both safety and linebacker for us and that will continue to be valuable in our scheme.”

Before going on injured reserve in December, Ishmael wore a lot of different hats as Atlanta worked towards a division title. He filled in for Keanu Neal as he recovered for his own injury, making 22 tackles in Weeks 1 and 2. He then continued to chip in on kick/punt coverage. And he showed a lot of promise when moved to the front seven.

Per head coach Dan Quinn, the 6-foot, 206-pounder is at his best when he’s down in the box. This is especially true when defending the rush: Last season, in 87 snaps against the run, he made 15 total tackles, gained four stops and missed just one tackle, according to Pro Football Focus.

He had an extended chance to play WLB in Week 5 against the Broncos when he made 10 tackles, helping Atlanta hold Denver to 84 rushing yards on 24 carries – a 3.5 average.

“We just love the versatility that we have and he’s one of our very best tacklers,” Quinn said after that game. “We love to play zone and we can put him in at different spots. We came in today, someone who moves around a lot in the box, he plays a lot of that as a strong safety, so we just moved him in a little bit closer.”

Though Ishmael doesn’t have the size of a typical linebacker, lots of modern-day defenses, including the Falcons’, are using smaller defenders in the box to deal with the way offenses have changed throughout the NFL.

Deone Bucannon of the Cardinals and Mark Barron of the Rams have carved out unique and significant roles because of this transformation. Both physical safeties when they entered the league, they’ve earned their keep as hybrids – also called moneybackers or rovers – allowing them to utilize their skill sets in ways traditional positions can’t.

“In a growing league-wide trend to combat the wide-open offenses we now see in the NFL, both Bucannon and Barron are hybrid defenders, guys who can play safety but really play down in the box as a linebacker,” CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco wrote last September.

“The ability to play different positions, and be able to do a variety of things, creates scheme issues for an offense and it also allows speed and coverage to be a factor. It used to be a league where big-thumping, powerful linebackers were needed to stop the running game, but it’s now more than ever about covering ground.

“You need wheels, not as much power.”

Ishmael could be used in a similar manner as Bucannon and Barron, if only on a part-time basis. Certainly, his evolving role in Atlanta be an interesting storyline to watch when the team returns to Flowery Branch.

Cheap Falcons Authentic Dwight Freeney Jersey

Following Super Bowl LI, questions regarding if Dwight Freeney would retire began to swirl.
According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Freeney will return for a 16th NFL season. Unless re-signed by the Falcons prior to March 9th, he will be a free agent next week.

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The Falcons signed Freeney in August and the veteran defensive end contributed three sacks in 15 regular-season games, adding one in the Super Bowl.

Freeney made an even greater impact off the field for the Falcons as he was often credited for his help in mentoring the NFL’s sack leader, Vic Beasley Jr., in his second professional campaign.

Prior to joining the Falcons, Freeney enjoyed a short stint in Arizona in 2015 where he totaled eight sacks and three forced fumbles. Freeney immediately became one of the league’s most feared defensive players, notching 102.5 sacks in his first 10 NFL seasons. Following his time in Indianapolis, Freeney joined the San Diego Chargers in 2013.

Freeney has recorded 122.5 sacks in his career, putting him 18th on the NFL’s all-time sack leader list.

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The Falcons will enter free agency and the 2017 NFL Draft with no ‘major holes’ on their roster, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

With that being said, Atlanta’s primary focus is to add depth across the board. Several draft experts believe the Falcons will use their first-round pick to bolster their pass-rush and select a defensive end.

And with the 2017 NFL Combine less than a week away, here’s a look at ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay’s top-10 defensive ends.

Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

Analysis: “Elite edge rusher who possesses rare explosiveness and the fluid-movement skills and agility of an NBA shooting guard. Good size, but he’s never likely going to be a hold-your-ground run defender, and might be best suited as an outside linebacker. However, his ability to explode into the backfield through a gap or around the edge gives him disruptive potential on every snap. Garrett still needs to fine-tune his pass-rush strategy and could stand to give more consistent effort from the start of the snap until the whistle. But his pass-rush production and athletic traits point toward an All-Pro career.” — Lance Zierlein of NFL.com

Solomon Thomas, Stanford

Analysis: “Thomas has a very lean, muscular frame with the potential to add another 10-15 pounds. This is a fun player to study. He lines up inside and outside and he’s extremely explosive. As a run defender, he can easily stack and hold the point of attack vs. single blocks but he will get washed down the line of scrimmage when double teamed. “ Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com

Taco Charlton, Michigan

Analysis: “Charlton is an ascending prospect with the size, length, athleticism and pass-rushing potential that NFL general managers dream of. What you see today might not be what you get. While his production coming out of college will be modest, he could become a substantially better player as a pro if he’s committed to the weight room and willing to absorb coaching. High-impact defensive end with all-pro potential is his ceiling. His floor is solid starter.” – Lance Zierlein of NFL.com

Derek Barnett, Tennessee

Analysis: “Strong edge presence with NFL-caliber hand usage and play strength. Barnett is one of the most productive defensive linemen to come out of the SEC in quite some time despite lacking the length and twitch that teams usually look for off the edge. His awareness and play traits should keep him near the action and he has the talent to step into a starting base end spot right away. There could be coordinators who view him as an early down, outside backer in a 3-4 with the ability to put his hand in the ground on sub packages.” – Lance Zierlein of NFL.com

Charles Harris, Missouri

Analysis: “High-cut pass rusher with good athleticism but concerns regarding his ability to drop anchor against the run. Ironically, Harris might be best suited as a penetrator which is something he fought against this season. His hands can be improved as pass rush weapons, but he has agility and footwork that can’t be taught. Harris can play on the edge in a 4-3 or 3-4 front and should be the next in a line of early contributing defensive ends coming out of Missouri.” – Lance Zierlein of NFL.com

DeMarcus Walker, Florida State

Analysis: “Walker became a starter midway through his freshman season at FSU. He has a thick, square build for the position. He was probably carrying about 10 extra pounds last fall. He lines up at defensive end primarily but he will slide inside as well. As a pass rusher, he lacks explosiveness but he’s very polished and productive.” – Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com

Carl Lawson, Auburn

Analysis: “Linear player with natural power and aggressiveness, but a lack of flexibility could hamper his potential as an NFL rusher. Lawson’s twitch shows up in short, controlled bursts, but he struggles to finish if the play isn’t right in front of him.” – Lance Zierlein of NFL.com

Dawaune Smoot, Illinois

Analysis: “Duck-footed, face-up rusher able to generate some power in his rush, Smoot failed to put together the breakout season many predicted after a strong junior showing.” – Lance Zierlein of NFL.com

Deatrich Wise Jr., Arkansas

Analysis: “Slow-twitch power player with rare physical attributes but a lack of functional athleticism to chalk up a stat sheet. Might have been miscast as a 4-3 defensive end considering his lack of quickness and rush talent.” – Lance Zierlein of NFL.com

Keionta Davis, Chattanooga

Analysis: “Davis is well built with adequate power at the point of attack and outstanding college production, but he may lack the twitch and fluidity in space to make his mark as an edge player.” –