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Falcons' Mykal Walker: Starting Sunday
Walker will draw a start for the Falcons on Sunday against the Jaguars, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.
Walker will step into greater opportunity with Deion Jones (shoulder) set to miss Sunday. Selected in the fourth round of the 2020 draft, Walker has played a limited role this season, totaling 11 tackles on 59 defensive snaps.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mykal Walker: Earns six starts during rookie year
Walker registered two tackles during Atlanta's Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers, closing out the 2020 season with 45 tackles, one pass deflection and a forced fumble over 16 games.
The fourth-round rookie from Fresno State totaled six starts on the 2020 campaign, fielding a workload of 24.1 defensive snaps per game. Walker endured mixed results in coverage, as he conceded a 110.3 passer rating on a limited sample of 15 targets. He was, however, relatively reliable as a tackler, establishing a 4.3 percent missed tackle rate. Falcons linebackers Walker and Deion Jones each remain under contract through 2023, but Foyesade Oluokun only has one year left on his current deal.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mykal Walker: All clear Thursday
Walker (shoulder) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, Tori McElhaney of The Athletic reports.
Walker has yet to miss a game this season while battling through hamstring and shoulder injuries, so it's a good sign that he's on track for Week 15. The rookie out of Fresno State has had a solid first year in the NFL, compiling 38 tackles (28 solo), one pass breakup and a forced fumble through 13 games. Now cleared from injury, expect Walker to handle his usual starting role at linebacker for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mykal Walker: Banged up against Saints
Walker (hamstring) is questionable to return to Sunday's matchup against New Orleans.
Walker exited during the first half of the NFC South tilt, depleting Atlanta's linebacking corps alongside Deion Jones and Foyesade Oluokun. The fourth-round rookie has garnered just 19 combined defensive snaps over his past two outings, but he does have three starts to his name along with 26 tackles and a forced fumble on the year. He recorded one pass deflection prior to his Week 11 exit.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mykal Walker: Co-leader in tackles Week 3
Walker registered eight total tackles, including one tackle for loss and one forced fumble, during Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Bears.
Picking up his first career start as Foyesade Oluokun (hamstring) sat out, Walker tied Keanu Neal for the team high in tackles against Chicago. The rookie fourth-round draft choice received a maximum of 46 defensive snaps over his first two outings, but against the Bears, he fielded 88 percent of the workload (72 snaps) while seeing his special-teams role completely taken off his plate. Oluokun will surely be back in the starting rotation once he returns from injury, but Walker may have earned himself some more playing time moving forward based on his impact Week 3.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mykal Walker: Not on injury report
Walker (undisclosed) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Walker should be ready for Sunday's season opener versus the Seahawks, and it appears the rookie fourth-rounder will open the year as a starting outside linebacker. He posted 9.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in his final season at Fresno State, but Walker could need an adjustment phase with no preseason action under his belt.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mykal Walker: Held out of practice
Walker (undisclosed) was sidelined for Wednesday's practice session, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The rookie linebacker has been without a helmet for three straight practice sessions, though an injury has not yet been announced. Walker had been making an impact with his play in training camp prior to this inactive stint, and he remains an exciting developmental piece for the Falcons' front seven upon his return to the field.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mykal Walker: Making noise in Flowery Branch
Walker earned reps with the first-team defense during Saturday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The rookie fourth-rounder has been standing out to coaches in recent days, especially during Thursday's inter-squad scrimmage, a session dominated by the first and second-team defenses against their offensive counterparts. As a day-three pick with two starting seasons under his belt for Fresno State, Walker offers upside via his versatility. He has experience playing middle linebacker, outside linebacker and defensive end at the collegiate level, and he has a nose for the football. Walker came up with a career-high 15 tackles as the Bulldogs nearly upset USC during the team's first game of 2019.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mykal Walker: Going to Atlanta
The Falcons selected Walker in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 119th overall.
Walker might be considered a bit of a reach here, as many expected him to go closer to the end of Day 3. That said, Walker has impressive tools. He's 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds with 4.65 speed and impressive jump scores from the combine. He picked up 96 tackles and 9.0 tackles for loss as a senior for Fresno State in 2019, earning first-team All-Mountain West in the process. Walker figures to add depth to the middle linebacker spot behind Deion Jones in Atlanta.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-3, 230 lbs|
|Birthplace: Fresno, CA|
|School: Fresno State|