Coach Dan Quinn said that Crawford is an important piece to what the Falcons have defensively and noted the team expects to see the 30-year-old become even more involved in 2019, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports.
Crawford was somewhat of an unsung bright spot for the Falcons in 2019, tying a career high with 11 starts and obliterating previous personal bests in both sacks (six) and combined tackles (35). Past injury woes -- including a torn biceps that cost him 12 games in 2017 -- are obstacles to predicting Crawford's statistical output for the upcoming season. If healthy, Crawford will vie for a starting role at defensive tackle and could play more than half of the Falcons' snaps.
Crawford played all 16 games for Atlanta this season, tying a career high with 11 starts, en route to establishing new personal bests in tackles (35), quarterback hits (nine) and sacks (six).
Crawford rebounded impressively from a torn bicep that cost him 12 games in 2017, establishing himself as a stalwart along the Falcons defensive line and producing like one of the premier players at his position. There were only 11 defensive tackles who compiled more sacks than Crawford did this season, and most of those players are considered to be of Pro-Bowl caliber. Aaron Donald, Fletcher Cox, Geno Atkins and Akiem Hicks are among the select list of defensive tackles who eclipsed Crawford's sack tally this year. The 30-year-old remains on Atlanta's payroll for 2019, as he and second-year man Deadrin Senat strive to help the Falcons improve upon a 25th-place finish in rush defense.
Crawford had three assisted tackles, an interception and a half-sack in Sunday's win over the Panthers.
Crawford was able to snag the first interception of his career and put an end to a scoring threat as the Panthers were inside the five-yard line. The veteran defensive tackle has 34 tackles (19 solo), six sacks and a forced fumble through 15 games.
Crawford recorded three total tackles, including one tackle for loss during Sunday's 34-20 loss to Green Bay.
With another solid showing in Week 14, the veteran defensive lineman now has 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack over Atlanta's past three games. Against the Packers, Crawford stuffed Jamaal Williams for a loss of two yards on his second carry of the afternoon, and later helped contain the explosive Aaron Jones to a one-yard gain on an early third-quarter run. Crawford may be afforded limited opportunities defending the run Sunday against an Arizona offense that's called 291 running plays this season (seventh-fewest). He will, however, carry a fair probability of recording a sack, facing a Cardinals line that's allowed 84 QB hits in 2018 (10th-most).
Crawford had four tackles (three solo) and a sack in Thursday's loss to the Saints.
Crawford brings his season sack total to 5.5, setting a new career high through only 11 games. The 30-year-old has 23 total tackles for the season and remains an unreliable IDP option given his inconsistent production.
Crawford will be taking on his former team when the Falcons host the Cowboys on Sunday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The 290-pound defensive tackle is in the midst of a stellar season, already having tied career-highs in sacks (four) and quarterback hits (six) with nearly half of the regular-season slate remaining. The Falcons were held without a sack in Week 10, but the outing prior Crawford claimed two of Atlanta's three sacks against Washington. Now comes a matchup with "America's Team." Crawford has spent more time in Dallas than any other city during his seven-year career, with 38 of 70 appearances and 12 of 16 starts coming in a Cowboys uniform. Sunday he'll have a chance to feast against his former team, facing an offensive line that's allowed the third-most sacks in 2018.
Crawford collected two sacks and three total tackles during Sunday's 38-14 victory against the Redskins.
The London-born mammoth has four sacks over his past three outings in wins over the Redskins, Giants and Buccaneers. Coming into Week 6, Crawford had amounted 3.5 sacks over his previous 31 games (dating back to November of 2015). The 30-year-old defensive tackle is fulfilling the Falcons coaching staff's praise, now completely recuperated from a torn bicep that cost him three-quarters of last season. Upcoming Sunday is a matchup against a Cleveland offense that has surrendered an NFL-high 35 sacks in 2018.
Crawford, who briefly exited Sunday's game with an apparent head or neck injury, tallied two tackles in a 34-29 win over Tampa Bay.
Head coach Dan Quinn noted Monday that Crawford is continuing to improve with the enhanced playing opportunities he's received as a result of Grady Jarrett's (ankle) inactive status the past two weeks. The veteran defensive tackle will work alongside Deadrin Senat and Terrell McClain to anchor the interior line so long as Jarrett is on the shelf.
Crawford (head/neck) returned to Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Crawford exited earlier in the first half with the potential head/neck injury, but was able to return in relatively short order. The 30-year-old is set for an increased snap count with Grady Jarrett (ankle) inactive Sunday.
Crawford is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after sustaining a head/neck injury, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
Crawford was set for an increased workload for the second straight week with Grady Jarrett (ankle) again inactive, but was forced to exit the game to be evaluated. Deadrin Senat and Michael Bennett should see increased workloads if Crawford is unable to return.
Crawford is expected to see a drastic increase in his defensive snap count for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh with Grady Jarrett (ankle) already having been proclaimed inactive for Week 5, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Crawford registered his first start since 2016 last Sunday against the Bengals, racking up three tackles on 45 defensive snaps (61.6 percent). The eight-year veteran will team up with Terrell McClain and rookie Deadrin Senat to try and keep the Steelers' 27th-ranked rushing attack in check.
Crawford gathered praise from head coach Dan Quinn regarding his play in the Falcons' inter-squad scrimmage Saturday, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports. "I thought Jack Crawford was one (player) that stood out today. He looked to have a good day," Quinn said in a press conference following the practice session, "(He) was really active both in the run game and the pass game."
Crawford remains a long shot to be slotted in besides Grady Jarrett as a starting defensive tackle, but the 29-year-old is beginning to build momentum in training camp after missing all but four games last season with a torn bicep. The London-born behemoth (6-foot-5, 288 pounds) is just two years removed from an 11-start, 3.5-sack season as a member of the Cowboys, and early developments from camp indicate that he will serve as a rotational player along with Terrell McClain and Deadrin Senat at interior defensive line in 2018.
Crawford (biceps) took part in positional drills during the Falcons' minicamp session Thursday, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
A torn bicep cost Crawford the majority of the 2017 season, with the 29-year-old landing on injured reserve shortly after a Week 4 loss to Buffalo. Crawford's return to the practice field is a welcome sight, as the Falcons envision him serving as a key rotational player on the defensive line in 2018. Though he registered zero sacks and just five tackles on 101 defensive snaps in his first year in Atlanta ,Crawford was a solid contributor across 32 games with the Cowboys in 2015 and 2016, amassing 7.5 sacks and 46 tackles.
Crawford (biceps) is expected back by training camp, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Crawford tore his biceps and is hopeful to return for Offseason Team Activities. However, even if his recovery takes longer than anticipated, he'll be back to full participation in time for training camp.
Crawford (biceps) is expected to be ready in time for OTAs, Matthew Tabeek of the Falcons' official site reports.
Crawford landed on injured reserve after undergoing surgery to repair a torn biceps he suffered in Week 4. Fortunately, it doesn't sound like the 29-year-old will miss any part of the offseason program as he enters the second season of this three-year contract.
Crawford (biceps) is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery in the near future, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The operation means that Crawford now has no chance of being one of the two players the Falcons can activate from injured reserve later this season. Per McClure, the Falcons worked out a slew of defensive linemen Tuesday, so don't be surprised if the team adds depth to that position group prior to its next game Oct. 15 against the Dolphins.
Crawford (bicep) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
After D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that the team was "planning on moving forward without" Crawford, his placement on injured reserve doesn't come as much of a surprise. With Crawford likely done for the year, Joe Vellano is in line to serve as the primary reserve defensive tackle.
Crawford (bicep) is expected to be out indefinitely, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The belief is that Crawford suffered a torn bicep in Sunday's loss to the Bills, but Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reported that the lineman will be undergoing an MRI to confirm. With Crawford out, Joe Vellano will be the lone backup defensive tackle who is healthy.
Crawford sustained a bicep injury and did not return to Sunday's loss to the Bills, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
Crawford recorded two tackles (both solo) prior to leaving with the injury. There's no word on the severity of the injury at this point, but he was ruled out fairly soon after exiting.
Crawford (groin) returned to the field in the Falcons' exhibition loss to the Steelers on Sunday,
Crawford inked a three-year, $10.3 million contract with the Falcons during the offseason. His start to camp has been slow due to a groin strain, but he was able to see 17 snaps in the loss. The 28-year-old is trying to solidify a role on the team's defensive line, so his return will be advantageous for his chances.
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