Davison (ankle) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Davison appears ready to play in Week 3 after he put in limited practice Wednesday. The 28-year-old has seen 75 defensive snaps for the Falcons this season, and now that he appears back to full health, he'll be expected to fill the same depth role for Sunday's contest against Chicago.
Davison (ankle) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice session, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The former Saint played two-thirds of the defensive snaps Week 1 against Seattle, but his workload was reduced to 41 percent Sunday during a loss to the Cowboys. Davison has since been designated with an ankle injury and his status for Sunday's showdown against the Bears remains uncertain. David Montgomery has gotten out to a hot start for Chicago with 146 rushing yards on 29 carries, while Tarik Cohen has plugged his way to 4.4 yards per carry on 12 attempts thus far on the season. Davison would factor in as a key piece to slowing down those two backs if he indeed ends up being active for the game.
The Falcons activated Davison from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.
Davison is thus slated to reprise a key role in Atlanta's run defense in 2020. The 27-year-old logged a career-high 55 tackles and one sack in 16 games (including 12 starts) last season.
The Falcons placed Davison (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Matthew Tabeek of the team's official site reports.
Davison and reserve quarterback Danny Etling became the fourth and fifth Falcons to be placed on the list after testing positive for COVID-19 or having recent contact with someone who tested positive. Once he's removed from the list, Davison will serve as a key cog on the interior of Atlanta's defensive line.
Davison signed a three-year extension with the Falcons on Sunday, Jason Butt of the Athletic reports.
The deal is reportedly worth $12 million over three years, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. It was important for the Falcons to lock Davison up with Vic Beasley about to hit the open market.
Davison accounted for 55 total tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery across 16 appearances for Atlanta in 2019.
The former Saint assimilated well to his new squad, obliterating his previous career high in tackles by 24, tying his personal best in stuffs behind the line of scrimmage, and starting 12-plus games for a fourth straight year. Davison registered just two starts between Weeks 1 and 6, but he closed out the year with 10 straight starts during his debut campaign with the Falcons. After fielding an average of 35.5 defensive snaps per game for Atlanta in 2019, he now becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Davison tallied a pass deflection and collected four combined tackles, including one sack, during Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Seahawks.
The 27-year-old Davison helped the Falcons finally generate some pressure, as Atlanta's defense logged two sacks against Seattle after going four straight games without registering a single one. Besides the sack, Davison has provided IDP value through other avenues as well, collecting a tackle for loss in two consecutive games and picking up four-plus tackles in four of his past five outings. He and the reeling Falcons defense can now catch a collective breath during the Week 9 bye before returning to the field Nov. 10 to take on a Saints offensive attack that has amassed 31 or more points over three of its past four appearances.
Davison collected a team-high eight tackles, including one tackle for loss, during Sunday's 28-12 loss to the Vikings.
Davison swallowed up Vikings ball carriers by the bundle on Sunday, but unfortunately the rest of the front seven had a largely lackluster performance, with Minnesota establishing a 4.5 yards per carry average and reaching the end zone three times on the ground. The 25-year-old Davison certainly did what he could to keep the Falcons' defense from folding Sunday, with all of his eight tackles resulting in a net gain of three or fewer yards for the Minnesota offense. He has a chance to put up profitable IDP numbers in Week 2, opposing an Eagles offense that ran the ball 31 times against Washington in its first outing of the regular season.
Coach Dan Quinn emphasized Thursday that Davison will play a key role in helping Atlanta better defend the run in 2019, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports. "We were really impressed, through free agency, about his ability to play the run," Quinn said. "We thought if we could add him into that mix of guys it would be really impactful for us."
Davison is set to fit into a key rotational role for the Falcons' defensive line in 2019, with an outside shot at earning starter reps if he is capable of outshining Jack Crawford and Deadrin Senat throughout training camp and the preseason. Crawford and Senat each posted higher performance grades than Davison last season -- they were the 52nd- and 55th-ranked defensive tackles according to Pro Football Focus, compared to Davison's No. 83 ranking. Despite not necessarily serving as a talent upgrade, Davison adds valuable veteran presence for a defense that finished 25th against the run in 2018.
Davison signed a one-year contract with the Falcons on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Davison spent the last four seasons with the Saints, and he averaged 27.4 defensive snaps per game during that span. The Fresno State product will likely play in a reserve role with the Falcons and provide solid depth.
Davison will visit with the Falcons this week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
A 2015 fifth-round pick, Davison started 48 of 61 games in New Orleans the past four years, recording 95 tackles and 3.5 sacks while playing at least 421 defensive snaps each season. He doesn't offer much as a pass rusher, but his solid work against the run makes him one of the more valuable players available at this stage of free agency.
Davison (foot) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Davison sat out two straight regular-season games due to a foot injury, but he has finally managed to return to practice. The starting defensive end seems on track to suit up against the Giants on Sunday, so Taylor Stallworth and David Onyemata should return to serving in depth roles.
Davison (foot) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Falcons, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Davison has only played in Week 1, when he made four tackles (one solo) during 52 defensive snaps against the Buccaneers. With Davison's absence, Taylor Stallworth and David Onyemata should both see an uptick in snaps for the second straight week.
Davison (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns.
Davison missed practice earlier this week and was spotted wearing a protective boot, but the starting defensive end's injury is reportedly minor. As long as Davison remains sidelined, Taylor Stallworth is expected to shoulder his full defensive workload.
Davison (foot) did not participate in Wednesday's practice.
Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Davison was wearing a protective boot on Monday after having an MRI following Sunday's game, but the defensive end said he's only dealing with a "short-term injury." While the Saints can breathe a sigh of relief that their starting defensive end isn't nursing a severe injury, Davison is nonetheless uncertain to be ready in time for Sunday's game against the Browns.
Davison recorded 31 tackles (22 solo), two forced fumbles and one pass defensed across 16 games in 2017.
Davison averaged just under 37 defensive reps in 2017, as the 25-year-old became an integral member of the Saints young pass-rush unit. Davison is under contract for one more season with the Saints before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. There's a chance he sees an expanded role in 2018 with John Hughes and Alex Okafor slated to become free agents this offseason.
Davison (shoulder) saw just 16 snaps in Sunday's preseason win against the Chargers, Larry Holder of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Davison had offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum but he has since recovered. He appears in line for another year as a top backup along the Saints defensive line.
Davison (shoulder) is expected to return by training camp, Josh Katzenstein of The Times Picayune reports.
Davison underwent surgery in January to repair the torn labrum that impacted him throughout his rookie campaign. He's been rehabbing and recovering for months and is expected to be back in full for the start of training camp. When he returns he'll likely be the top backup at defensive tackle behind starters Sheldon Rankins and Nick Fairley.
Davison is scheduled for shoulder surgery on Thursday, NOLA.com reports.
Davison started 15 games at nose tackle for the Saints this season and logged the second-most snaps out of any defensive tackle in the league. However, he reportedly played through a torn labrum -- in addition to a separate foot injury -- since Week 4. Assuming the procedure goes well Thursday, Davison should be ready to go in time for the start of offseason activities.
Davison (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Davison figures to get the start at defensive tackle next to Nick Fairley after missing the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons.
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