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2021 Defensive

Total Tackles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Forced Fumbles
Regular Season 9 0 0 1 0.0

Top Isaiah Oliver News

  • Falcons' Isaiah Oliver: Done for season

    Oliver (knee) will undergo surgery and miss the rest of the 2021 season, Michael Rothstein of reports.

    Oliver suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to Washington and was placed on injured reserve earlier Tuesday. The 25-year-old finishes 2021 with 11 tackles (seven solo), three passes defensed and a forced fumble in four games.

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  • Falcons' Isaiah Oliver: Placed on IR

    The Falcons placed Oliver (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

    Oliver will be forced to miss at least the next three weeks after the move to IR, but he could be sidelined longer. The 25-year-old corner registered 11 tackles, three pass deflections, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery over the first four games of the season. During his absence, expected A.J. Terrell and T.J. Green to see increased playing time.

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  • Falcons' Isaiah Oliver: Doubtful to return Sunday

    Oliver (knee) is doubtful to return to Sunday's contest against Washington, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.

    Oliver suffered a knee injury during the first half of Week 4. The 25-year-old corner played 52 defensive snaps for the Falcons in Week 3. A.J. Terrell and T.J. Green will likely see increased roles during Oliver's absence.

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  • Falcons' Isaiah Oliver: Ends 2020 campaign with 70 tackles

    Oliver collected two tackles (including one for loss) during last Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Buccaneers, and he wrapped up the 2020 campaign with 70 tackles, six pass deflections, a forced fumble and one sack.

    Oliver has been unable to collect an interception over 188 coverage targets the past two seasons, surrendering 12 passing touchdowns and 8.8 yards per target during that span. The Colorado standout went without a game absence between 2019 and 2020, but he also conceded a passer rating of 113 or higher in each season. That's after Oliver held opponents to an 89.1 passer rating and two TDs (over 27 targets) his rookie year. The 2018 second-round draft choice is under contract with Atlanta for one more season before potentially becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2022.

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  • Falcons' Isaiah Oliver: Absent from injury report

    Oliver (cramps) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

    Oliver left last weekend's loss to the Buccaneers in the second half due to cramps, but it appears that the issue hasn't carried over to practice. He's set to suit up against the Chiefs on Sunday, and if Darqueze Dennard (quadriceps) misses another contest, Oliver could benefit from increased snaps.

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  • Falcons' Isaiah Oliver: Second-half cramping issue arises

    Oliver (cramps) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

    The Colorado product has avoided a game absence all season, and he's only missed two total contests since entering the league in 2018. Oliver had made his presence felt by racking up six tackles prior to his second-half exit.

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  • Falcons' Isaiah Oliver: Notches first career sack on TNF

    Oliver collected three total tackles and one sack during Thursday's 25-17 win against the Panthers.

    Oliver came firing off the edge on a third-down play in the final minute of the first quarter, sacking Teddy Bridgewater for a 12-yard loss to force a Carolina punt. Though the third-year cornerback was able to come away with his first career sack Thursday night, and an important one at that, he has continued to struggle as a cover man. So far in 2020, Oliver is surrendering a career-worst 71.4 percent completion rate while allowing four TDs on 49 targets.

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  • Falcons' Isaiah Oliver: Starts all 16 games for Falcons

    Oliver compiled 61 total tackles, 11 pass deflections and one forced fumble across 16 starts for Atlanta in 2019.

    The sophomore cornerback performed competently during his first full season as a starter, playing 80-plus percent of his team's defensive snaps in 13 of 16 games and leading the Falcons in passes defensed. Oliver proved to be durable in joining Ricardo Allen as the only Falcons defensive backs to start all 16 contests in 2019, but his ability to produce takeaways has been lacking through the first two years of his NFL career. The 23-year-old has just one interception in 30 contests since being drafted No. 58 overall in 2018.

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  • Falcons' Isaiah Oliver: Ready to face 49ers

    Oliver (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

    To the relief of the Falcons' secondary, Oliver is good to go. Desmond Trufant (forearm) is already done for the year, so the team could ill afford to lose another starting cornerback against the 49ers' top-tier passing game. Oliver will likely face a heavy dose of Emmanuel Sanders and Deebo Samuel.

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  • Falcons' Isaiah Oliver: Listed as questionable for Sunday

    Oliver (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Oliver was able to practice Thursday after sitting out the day prior, and he still has a shot to play Sunday. If the 23-year-old is unable to go, it would mark his first game missed this season.

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  • Falcons' Isaiah Oliver: Wearing non-contact jersey

    Oliver (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Oliver was limited to non-contact drills in Thursday's practice, but he's nonetheless taken a positive step forward after being held out of Wednesday's session entirely. The starting cornerback may need to resume participating in full-contact activities Friday for any chance of facing the 49ers on Sunday. In the event that Oliver were forced to miss any time, Jordan Miller and Blidi Wreh-Wilson would be candidates to play expanded roles in Atlanta's secondary.

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  • Falcons' Isaiah Oliver: Nursing shoulder injury

    Oliver did not participate in Wednesday's practice due to a shoulder injury.

    Oliver's shoulder issue is a bit of a mystery after the starting cornerback played 80 percent of the Falcons' defensive snaps Sunday, but his status for Week 15 is now in question. If the shoulder remains bothersome for Oliver, Jordan Miller and Blidi Wreh-Wilson could see additional reps opposite Kendall Sheffield.

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  • Falcons' Isaiah Oliver: Defensive role fading

    Oliver's decreased snap count in Week 7 was a personnel decision made by the Falcons' coaching staff, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports.

    In a year that began with optimism for the second-year cornerback out of Colorado, Oliver has struggled in coverage and has resultantly seen his role in Atlanta's defensive rotation decrease. He played on at least 93 percent of the Falcons' defensive snaps between Weeks 2 and 6, but last Sunday against the Rams only fielded 59 percent of the snaps despite Desmond Trufant (toe) being inactive for the game. Oliver has zero forced turnovers and has gone four straight games without a pass deflection as Atlanta prepares to take on Seattle's Russell Wilson in Week 8, who has averaged better than 275 passing yards per game with an overall 15:1 TD:INT ratio this season.

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  • Falcons' Isaiah Oliver: Makes enormous fourth-down tackle

    Oliver collected four solo tackles and two assists during Sunday's 24-20 win against Philadelphia.

    The Falcons defense showed up in Week 2 by holding Philadelphia's ground attack to 2.3 yards per carry, forcing three turnovers and conceding a QBR of just 45.1 to 2017 MVP candidate Carson Wentz. Oliver may have provided the most decisive play of the night, wrapping up Zach Ertz short of the sticks on the Eagles' last gasp drive to force a turnover on downs and secure the win for the Falcons. The upcoming Week 3 matchup for Atlanta's secondary is no walk in the park; they face Jacoby Brissett and his impressive 18:8 career TD:INT ratio.

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  • Falcons' Isaiah Oliver: Ready to take on starting role

    Oliver said after Thursday's OTA workout that he's feeling more confidence this year than he did heading into his rookie campaign, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "It's probably going to be like that throughout my career from year to year," Oliver admitted. "But yeah, that's the biggest jump that I made. Becoming more confident in the scheme of things."

    Atlanta's patience with Oliver was rewarded in 2018, as the second-round draft choice grew into a reliable component of the secondary after a shaky start to the year. Oliver's development was a key reason for Atlanta's improvement from 304.3 passing yards allowed per game over its first eight outings, to 214.9 passing yards allowed per game over the final eight. Both his on-field audition as well as his football IQ factored into the decision, but Atlanta's front office saw enough in Oliver to bestow upon him the No. 2 cornerback role. Expect Oliver to field around 80-to-85 percent of the team's defensive snaps in 2019 after handling 21.9 percent of the snaps as a rookie.

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  • Falcons' Isaiah Oliver: Slated for starting role

    Oliver is expected to start at cornerback opposite Desmond Trufant in 2019, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

    Oliver played only 24.6 percent of defensive snaps across 14 games in his rookie season, during which he notched 23 tackles, seven pass deflections and one interception. The No. 58 overall selection of the 2018 NFL Draft, Oliver flashed enough in a limited role in 2018 to inspire confidence in the Falcons' coaching staff that he'll thrive as a weekly starter. Oliver projects to receive every opportunity to improve Atlanta's secondary, which ranked sixth-worst against the pass last season.

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  • Falcons' Isaiah Oliver: Flashes during rookie campaign

    Oliver concluded the 2018 season with 23 tackles, seven pass deflections and one interception after the Falcons selected him with the No. 58 overall selection in last April's draft.

    The former Colorado Buffalo was less of a factor than many anticipated when Atlanta invested a second-round selection in him, fielding 43.8 percent of the special teams snaps and just 24.6 percent of the defensive snaps for a unit that ranked sixth-worst against the pass. Perhaps his most memorable moment came in Week 4 when Bengals receiver A.J. Green slipped behind him for a 13-yard touchdown reception within the final 10 seconds of regulation. Other than that, Oliver showed considerable promise in limited duty, recording a game-clinching interception of Panthers backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke in Week 16 and earning an overall performance grade of 70.0, according to Pro Football Focus. If Atlanta elects to let Brian Poole walk when his contract expires this offseason, Oliver will inherit a more integral role for the Falcons secondary in 2019.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Phoenix, AZ
Age: 25
School: Colorado
Experience: 4