The Falcons re-signed Means to a one-year contract Thursday, Gaby Moran of the team's official site reports.
After a 2020 campaign filled with career highs in tackles (38), sacks (three) and forced fumbles (two), Means will return to Atlanta. The 30-year-old will continue his depth position along the team's defensive line in the upcoming season.
Means, who registered four tackles during Atlanta's 44-27 Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers, concluded the 2020 season with 38 tackles, six QB hits, three sacks and two forced fumbles over 16 game appearances.
Means had never started more than four games in a season over his first five active professional campaigns with the Buccaneers, Ravens, Eagles and Falcons between 2013 and 2018. He then went on to miss all of last season while recuperating from a ruptured Achilles. However, in 2020, the 30-year-old defensive end totaled 11 starts while establishing career highs with his totals in tackles, sacks and appearances. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent in March as Atlanta prepares to welcome in a new general manager.
Means (hand) was a full participant at Thursday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Means played through this injury last week and handled his typical allotment of defensive snaps (63 percent). The veteran defensive end didn't record a tackle, marking the fourth time this season he put up a goose egg in the category. Means should nevertheless see plenty of playing time in a Week 16 matchup against the Chiefs.
Means (hand) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The 30-year-old saw his practice workload reduced last week as well, heading into the Falcons' Week 15 matchup against the Buccaneers. Means was able to fight through his hand issue to take on the divisional foes last Sunday, fielding 43 defensive snaps without recording a tackle. He'll have two more practice days to round himself into form before the team makes a call on his Week 16 injury designation for a matchup against the Chiefs.
Means (hand) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
Means was limited by the hand injury at practice throughout the week, but his availability for Sunday's divisional matchup isn't in doubt. The 30-year-old is seeing the most action of his NFL career in 2020 and has 33 tackles (19 solo), three sacks and two forced fumbles in 13 games.
Means (hand) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice session, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Means has been enjoying his most impactful professional season in 2020, collecting career highs in starts (eight), tackles (33), sacks (three) and forced fumbles (two) while earning recognition as the Falcons' Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. The Buffalo product has been especially active of late, with three sacks over his past three outings. Means' practice workload Thursday and Friday will be worth monitoring to get a gauge on his status for a Week 15 matchup against the Buccaneers.
Means registered three tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble during Sunday's 21-16 loss to New Orleans.
Means provided a critical defensive spark in the NFC South showdown, registering a strip-sack of Taysom Hill with 11:21 to go in the fourth quarter. After Deion Jones scooped up the loose ball, Atlanta would cut New Orleans' lead to five points eight plays later by virtue of a Matt Ryan-to-Russell Gage TD pass. Though the takeaway wasn't ultimately enough to change the Falcons' fate in the game, Means has collected three sacks and two forced fumbles over his past pair of appearances.
Means tied for a team-high six tackles, collecting one sack and a forced fumble during Sunday's 43-6 win against the Raiders.
Means helped initiate Derek Carr's third lost fumble of the contest, reaching the quarterback with 12:13 to go in the fourth quarter and forcing the ball into the hands of teammate LaRoy Reynolds. The play provided Means with his first sack of the 2020 campaign, though he was able to generate a combined three QB hits over 10 appearances prior to Week 12. He's logged starts in four consecutive games as the Falcons prepare for an upcoming Sunday afternoon matchup against New Orleans.
Means was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Means is back in the mix at defensive end after serving a nine-day stint on the reserve list. With that much missed practice time leading into Week 1, it remains to be seen what his workload will look like behind starters Takkarist McKinley and Dante Fowler on Sunday against the Seahawks. Means played 15 percent of the defensive snaps for the Falcons when he was last active in 2018, and he is expected to establish a role in the defensive line rotation as the season wears along.
Means (illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Means becomes the eighth Falcon to endure a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list, though he is the lone Atlanta player currently being held out over COVID concerns. Per NFL policy, a team is not permitted to disclose whether a player is being quarantined because of a positive test or exposure to someone who tested positive, leaving Means' timetable for return uncertain at this time. Once able to make it back on the field, the 29-year-old will continue to provide depth at defensive end behind presumed starters Takkarist McKinley and Dante Fowler.
Means and Charles Harris are expected to be the second-string defensive ends for the Falcons this season, Matthew Tabeek of the team's official site reports.
The 29-year-old has been with the Falcons nearly two years now, but his anticipated role for this upcoming season is perhaps involved as ever, as he hopes to build on a career-high 15 percent defensive snap share from 2018. Means was unable to suit up for a single game last season because of a ruptured Achilles suffered during offseason workouts, but now it appears that he is well on his way towards earning a backup position along the Falcons' defensive line for 2020.
Means (Achilles) agreed to a one-year deal with the Falcons on Monday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
The Falcons waived Lukayas McNeil in a corresponding move. Means is working his way back to the gridiron after missing the 2019 season with a ruptured Achilles.
Means (Achilles) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, Mike Kaye of NJ.com reports.
Means ruptured his Achilles during Wednesday's practice and will not see the field this season. The former Eagle appeared in eight games last season for Atlanta, logging 14 tackles (seven solo) and one sack. Means signed a one-year extension this offseason but now will have to focus on recovering and preparing to hit the open market again in 2020.
Means ruptured his Achilles during Wednesday's practice and is expected to miss the entire 2019 season, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Means joined Atlanta last season and made eight appearances, accruing 14 tackles and a sack. The 29-year-old signed a one-year extension this offseason but will now look to regain his health and prepare to hit the open market again in 2020.
Means signed a one-year contract extension with the Falcons on Wednesday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
Means played in eight games for the Falcons in 2018, collecting 14 tackles and one sack along the way. His path to playing time is clearer at the moment with Brooks Reed out of the picture, but that could change depending on what Atlanta does in the draft and free agency.
Means tallied three combined tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack during Sunday's 40-14 win against the Cardinals.
Means has seen an uptick in playing time of late, fielding 25 defensive snaps per game between Weeks 14 and 15, compared to 18.5 snaps per game through his first four appearances of 2018. As Atlanta continues to play out the string, the veteran defensive end figures to remain firmly fixed in the line rotation, both for his effective streak of play lately (four TFL in the past two games) as well as for evaluative purposes, as he heads into what will be a long offseason for coaches and player personnel alike. In Week 16, Means will look to get after Cam Newton and a Panthers offensive line that's allowed only 29 sacks all year, tied for seventh-fewest in the NFL.
Means said that he's "definitely confident" if the Falcons need to put him on the field Sunday against the Saints, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
Head coach Dan Quinn said he would be comfortable inserting Means into the lineup against New Orleans on Sunday if the situation calls for it, as the Falcons have both Takkarist McKinley (groin) and Derrick Shelby (groin) besieged by injuries. The one-time Super Bowl champion (with Philadelphia in 2017-2018) has played sparingly since entering the league as a fifth-round draft choice five years ago -- tallying 13 tackles over 26 career games with the Buccaneers, Ravens and Eagles.
Means signed a contract with the Falcons on Monday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Means narrowly missed out on a roster spot with the Eagles after a strong preseason and 2.0 sacks in the exhibition finale. Now with Atlanta, Means, who's only appeared in 15 games over the past five seasons, will likely serve as a depth defensive lineman.
Means logged six tackles (five solo), three sacks, and a forced fumble in Thursday's preseason win over the Jets.
Means is on the bubble to make the Eagles' 53-man roster but certainly helped his case with the monster performance. He is currently battling with rookie Josh Sweat to be either fifth or sixth on the depth chart at defensive end, and neither player is assured a spot on the team. Whoever makes the team will be at the back end of a rotation already including Michael Bennett, Chris Long, Brandon Graham (ankle), and Derek Barnett, which means they'll likely have minimal fantasy impact.
Means (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Means is a healthy scratch in Week 2 as the Eagles' defensive end corps remains healthy. Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham are slated to draw the start per usual.
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|Sun 09/20||@ DAL||L 39-40||2||1||3||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Sun 10/11||vs CAR||L 16-23||1||3||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/18||@ MIN||W 40-23||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/25||vs DET||L 22-23||2||3||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Thu 10/29||@ CAR||W 25-17||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/08||vs DEN||W 34-27||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/22||@ NO||L 9-24||4||0||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/29||vs LV||W 43-6||3||3||6||1||0||0||1||0|
|Sun 12/06||vs NO||L 16-21||2||1||3||2||0||0||1||0|
|Sun 12/13||@ LAC||L 17-20||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/20||vs TB||L 27-31||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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