Riley finished tied with De'Vondre Campbell for a team-high nine tackles as the Falcons defeated the Panthers 31-24 on Sunday. After a shaky rookie season in 2017 and an up-and-down 2018 preseason, Riley emerged with his best outing as a pro Sunday against Carolina, picking up a career-high nine combined tackles (he never exceeded six tackles in first 13 games of career). Sunday's home game against the Saints presents a daunting task for Riley and the front seven, going up against one of the league's premier offenses without Pro Bowl middle linebacker Deion Jones in the lineup. Alvin Kamara is a nightmare matchup coming out of the backfield against this dinged-up linebacking corps, with 15 receptions for 165 yards and a touchdown through two games. Atlanta struggled mightily at containing Christian McCaffrey in the passing game Sunday, as the second-year back tore up the Falcons for 14 catches and 100-plus yards in Week 2.
Riley is the likely candidate to replace Deion Jones (foot) at middle linebacker going forward, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official website reports. Riley will likely move from weakside linebacker to the mack role, which bodes well for his IDP value. His ability to communicate is one of his biggest strengths and essential for a middle linebacker. After a significant knee injury cut short his rookie season, the 24-year-old looks to be in line for a more prominent role as the season progresses.
Riley (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Head coach Dan Quinn indicated Riley has began running and is coming closer to a return, but he will miss his third consecutive game after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in late October. Kemal Ishmael should continue to see an increased role on the Falcons' defense.
Head coach Dan Quinn says Riley (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Jets, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Riley will miss his first game since entering the league in the third round of this season's draft. He had surgery on his meniscus Wednesday and is expected to miss a few more weeks too. In his absence, expect Kemal Ishmael to take over his workload. Riley has 20 tackles (eight solo) this season, and he has only played over 40 defensive snaps once.
Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said Wednesday that Riley (knee) will likely be out for "a couple weeks" after undergoing surgery to address a meniscus tear, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. The Falcons haven't provided any information regarding the extent of Riley's meniscus injury, but the fact that he's not being ruled out for the season suggests it's not a tear will require a complete repair, which would necessitate months of rehab. With Riley sidelined for at least the next two games, it's expected that Kemal Ishmael will take on a larger share of snaps at weakside linebacker.
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