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  • Falcons' Richie Grant: Strong 2023 campaign

    Grant (neck) finished 2023 with 103 tackles (37 solo), six pass defenses, 3.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception in 17 appearances. Grant, a 2021 second-round pick, was a regular starter for a second straight season and has recorded back-to-back 100-tackle campaigns. In 2023, Grant notched his first three sacks of his career and recorded his third interception over the last two seasons. He lost some snaps over the final couple of weeks to DeMarcco Hellams but appeared in all 17 games and finished strong with a 10-tackle performance, including a sack, in Week 18. The addition of Jessie Bates didn't negatively impact Grant's production, and the duo figures to be back in 2024, though Grant is entering the final year of his rookie deal and may have to fend off Hellams for playing time.
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  • Falcons' Richie Grant: Nursing neck injury

    Grant (neck) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday, Amna Subhan of the Falcons' official site reports. Grant tied for the team lead in defensive snaps at safety in Week 9, so it's not immediately obvious when he picked up the neck issue. Either way, he'll probably need to practice in full Thursday or Friday to avoid carrying an injury designation into the weekend.
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  • Falcons' Richie Grant: Gets first pick of season

    Grant recorded eight tackles (five solo) and an interception in Sunday's 16-13 win at the Buccaneers. Grant put himself back on pace for 100-plus tackles on the season in Week 7, and to highlight his day, he made a good read to log a crucial interception with less than four minutes to play. Atlanta will go on the road to face a struggling Titans offense in Week 8.
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  • Falcons' Richie Grant: Ties team high with nine tackles

    Grant posted nine tackles (four solo) and blocked a punt during Sunday's 20-19 win over Arizona. Grant tied Isaiah Oliver with a team-high nine tackles and blocked a punt in the second quarter, which preluded a five-yard touchdown run from Cordarrelle Patterson. Across 16 games, Grant has accumulated 116 tackles, seven pass defenses and two interceptions while playing nearly every single defensive snap.
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  • Falcons' Richie Grant: Team-high 10 tackles in loss

    Grant posted 10 tackles (seven solo) during Saturday's 17-9 loss to the Ravens. Grant led the team in stops and notched his third double-digit tackle performance of the campaign. The 2021 second-round pick has yet to miss a game this season, totaling a career-high 107 tackles, seven pass defenses and two interceptions in his first year as a full-time starter.
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  • Falcons' Richie Grant: Nine tackles in loss

    Grant totaled nine tackles (four solo), including one for loss, during Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Steelers. Grant finished second on the team in stops behind Rashaan Evans (15) and fell one short of his third double-digit tackle performance of the campaign. Across 13 appearances, the second-year safety has totaled 91 tackles, seven pass defenses and two interceptions while playing nearly every defensive snap.
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  • Falcons' Richie Grant: Eight tackles, two pass deflections

    Grant recorded eight tackles (three solo) and two pass deflections in Thursday's 25-15 loss to Carolina. Grant was busy again Thursday, registering at least eight tackles for the third time this year while also playing a season-high 16 snaps on special teams. Additionally, the safety was able to get a finger on a couple passes, raising his pass-deflection total to seven on the season. Grant has compiled 70 tackles, seven pass deflections and two interceptions while playing in all 10 games this season.
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  • Falcons' Richie Grant: Game-sealing interception

    Grant totaled seven tackles, two pass defenses and one interception during Sunday's 27-23 win over the Seahawks. Grant sealed the Falcons' first win of the season with an interception in the red zone with under two minutes left. Across three appearances, the safety has 23 tackles (13 solo), three pass defenses and one interception.
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  • Falcons' Richie Grant: Leads team with 10 tackles

    Grant recorded 10 tackles (five solo) and one pass defense during Sunday's 27-26 loss to the Saints. Grant played all put one defensive snap and recorded a team-high 10 tackles during his first game as a full-time starter. The second-year safety appeared in 16 games as a rookie, totaling 35 tackles, two pass defenses and one forced fumble across 257 defensive snaps, but he's set for an increased role in 2022 after beating out Dean Marlowe and Erik Harris for a starting gig.
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  • Falcons' Richie Grant: Plays 12 snaps in preseason opener

    Grant played 12 defensive snaps but didn't record any counting stats during Friday's preseason loss to the Lions. Grant drew the start at strong safety and played 12 snaps across two defensive possessions. The 2021 second-round pick appeared in 16 games as a rookie and totaled 35 tackles. He never settled into a starter's role last year, but with Atlanta in the midst of a rebuild, it appears he'll get a shot to seize a starting gig to start 2022.
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  • Falcons' Richie Grant: Not playing Sunday

    Grant (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Panthers, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports. Grant was able to return to practice in a limited capacity Thursday and Friday, but he will ultimately miss his first game of the season. In his absence, Darren Hall and Avery Williams are both candidates for increased snaps in the slot.
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  • Falcons' Richie Grant: Heading to Peach State

    The Falcons selected Grant in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, 40th overall. Grant is the second safety off the board, landing in Atlanta after a brief trade back from the 35th pick. Grant (6-foot, 197 pounds) is light and tested unevenly as an athlete (4.57-second 40, 34.5-inch vertical, 129-inch broad jump) but he was a four-year contributor and three-year starter at UCF, where he posted big tackle numbers. His light frame suggests he'll do less work in the box at the NFL level, but wherever he lines up, he'll be on the IDP radar if he can compete for a starting role right away.
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