Poole recorded six tackles and one sack in Thursday's 18-12 victory over the Eagles.
The Falcons don't ask Poole to blitz often, but the slot corner was able to sneak behind a stout Eagles offensive line to record one of the Falcons' two sacks of the day. He ultimately went on to finish second on the team in tackles, but considering he averaged just 3.9 tackles per game through his first two seasons, Poole may have difficulty sustaining this level of production going forward.
Since entering the league in 2016 as an undrafted free agent out of Florida, Poole has been the Falcons' primary defender against slot receivers, accruing 121 tackles and 14 pass deflections over 31 regular-season games. The Falcons are deep at cornerback, having selected Oliver in the second round of the draft to go along with returning starters Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford. Given the abundance of talent at the position, it's probable that the 25-year-old Poole will see a drop in the 53.5 percent snap share he enjoyed in 2017.
Poole finished 2017 with 63 total tackles (49 solo) and one sack.
Poole finished fifth on the team in tackles, which is impressive considering it's only his second year in the league. There are better IDP options on this Falcons defense, but Poole has been a model of consistency in his two years in the league, and he should continue to see plenty of tackle opportunities next season.
Poole (back) participated fully Wednesday and doesn't carry an injury designation for Thursday's game against the Saints.
The Falcons once looked like they could be low on cornerback depth for the short week, but with Desmond Trufant clearing the NFL's concussion protocol and Poole showing improved health, the team will have all of its key secondary contributors in the fold. Look for Poole, who has collected 48 tackles and has broken up four passes in 11 games this season, to step back in as the Falcons' nickel cornerback following a one-game absence.
Poole (back) was listed as a limited practice participant on Monday's estimated practice report.
The Falcons didn't actually hold practice Monday, but the fact that Poole would have been limited is somewhat encouraging given the short week the team is on. Poole was not listed with a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game against the Vikings, but ended up be made inactive for the contest.
|5||10/7/18||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/4/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|12||11/22/18||@ NO||8:20 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|