Poole collected six combined tackles, two pass deflections and an interception during Sunday's 34-29 win against Tampa Bay.
Poole has taken advantage of ample playing time this season with defensive backs Keanu Neal (knee) and Ricardo Neal (Achilles) both on injured reserve. The 25-year-old has fielded 81 percent of the defensive snaps this year, following a more modest 60.1-percent timeshare in 2017. During a crucial Week 6 victory over Tampa Bay, Poole came up big once again by intercepting a deflected pass in the end zone to keep the Bucs at a two-possession deficit early in the second half. Next comes a Monday night showdown against the Giants, and a passing offense that ranks in the bottom half of the league with 260.8 yards per game.
Poole collected three solo takedowns, and two assisted tackles in a 37-36 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday.
Poole again committed a bone-headed unnecessary roughness foul, but this one was not as costly as the two penalties he was guilty of in Week 3 against the Saints (those two penalties helped lead New Orleans to 10 points over the course of two separate drives). This time around, fellow starting safety Damontae Kazee intercepted a deflected Andy Dalton pass on the very next play to help bail out his teammate. Poole is a talented and truly underrated defensive back, but its undisciplined errors like these that have helped opposing passers carve up the Falcons' secondary to the tune of 356 passing yards per game since Week 2.
Poole (thumb, toe) doesn't carry an injury designation ahead of Sunday's matchup against the Bengals, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Poole was a limited participant in practice all week, including Thursday's practice where he wore a non-contact jersey. The Falcons are running thin in the secondary as Ricardo Allen (Achilles) and Keanu Neal (knee) have both suffered season-ending injuries. The Florida product played 70 defensive snaps in an overtime loss to the Saints last week.
Poole (thumb, toe) was listed as a limited participant for Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Poole has been limited in consecutive practices to start the practice week, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Atlanta is extremely thin in the defensive backfield with season-ending injuries to Ricardo Allen (Achilles) and Keanu Neal (knee). Going up against Andy Dalton and Cincinnati's 12th-ranked passing offense, the Falcons will want Poole in the lineup so long as it does not come with a high probability of re-injury.
Poole was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to thumb and toe injuries, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Poole's injuries are just another mark on a long list of afflictions in Atlanta's secondary. It's gotten so bad that the Falcons are looking to shift Poole to safety after the team allowed 43 points to the Saints in Week 3. Nothing's cemented, and Poole would need to get healthy first, but he could be in a new role Week 4 against the Bengals.
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