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NFC South Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 13-4-0
4-2-0 9-8-0
2-4-0 7-10-0
2-4-0 5-12-0

2021 Defensive

Total Tackles
Forced Fumbles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Regular Season 28 0.0 0 1 1

Top Mykal Walker News

  • Falcons' Mykal Walker: Records pick-six in win

    Walker recorded an interception that he returned for a touchdown in Sunday's 29-21 win over the Panthers.

    The pick-six was Walker's lone statistic over five defensive snaps. The backup linebacker still operates as a depth option at the position (single-digit defensive snaps in 11 of 13 games) while seeing the majority of his playing time on special teams (15 or more snaps in all but one game this season). He now sits at 23 tackles (nine solo), one interception and one fumble recovery on the season.

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  • Falcons' Mykal Walker: Logs 12 tackles in win

    Walker recorded 12 total tackles (six solo) while also recording a quarterback hit in Sunday's 21-14 win over the Jaguars.

    In the absence of star linebacker Deion Jones, Walker emerged as Atlanta's top linebacker and a major contributor in the win. Walker had a breakout game Sunday in which he led the Atlanta defense in tackles. The 24-year-old recorded more total tackles this week than he has the entire rest of the season.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Falcons' Mykal Walker: Not on injury report

    Walker (undisclosed) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Vaughn McClure of 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.

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  • Falcons' Mykal Walker: Held out of practice

    Walker (undisclosed) was sidelined for Wednesday's practice session, Vaughn McClure of 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.

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  • Falcons' Mykal Walker: Making noise in Flowery Branch

    Walker earned reps with the first-team defense during Saturday's practice, Vaughn McClure of 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.

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  • 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.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 230 lbs
Birthplace: Fresno, CA
Age: 24
School: Fresno State
Experience: 3