McClain will be competing with rookie Deadrin Senat for a starting defensive tackle spot alongside Grady Jarrett, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Atlanta signed McClain to a one-year contract in May to be a rotational player at the very least, if not a candidate to fill the vacant starting role at defensive tackle that arose when Dontari Poe departed for Carolina during free agency. Defensive line coach Bryant Young said of McClain earlier this offseason, "He's a guy that's been around and has experience. He's a good run defender (and) I think he'll help us in being able to push the pocket as well." It's plausible that McClain will get the nod for the Week 1 starting 11 given that Jack Crawford has been easing his way back into practice after suffering a torn bicep last season, while Senat may need some time to develop before the coaching staff entrusts the rookie to a down-in, down-out workload.
The addition of McClain to the Falcons' defensive line addresses a major need at tackle alongside Grady Jarrett and Vic Beasley. McClain was most recently released by the Redskins nearly two weeks ago after just one season with the franchise. The veteran defensive tackle appeared in 12 games in Washington in 2017, recording 20 total tackles and two sacks.
McClain was released by the Redskins on Monday.
McClain signed with the Redskins last offseason, but with the team drafting two defensive linemen this past weekend in Da'Ron Payne in the first round and Tim Settle in the fifth round, McClain and his non-guaranteed base salary became expendable. The 29-year-old will immediately be eligible to sign on with another team.
McClain (toe) is active for Sunday's contest against the Giants.
McClain was questionable entering Sunday's game after being limited in practice throughout the week and playing through his injury in Week 16. He'll likely see his typical role as a backup defensive end now that he's confirmed as active.
McClain (toe) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants.
McClain has been limited in practice all week to earn the questionable tag, and he just made his return from a four-game absence in last Sunday's win over the Broncos. The 29-year-old seems likely to play through the injury for the season finale, but his availability or lack thereof will presumably be confirmed in pregame warmups.
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