Ishmael, who's spent his entire five-year career with the Falcons, is a versatile member of the Atlanta secondary and should continue to serve as a special-teams ace who can provide depth at safety. The 2013 seventh-rounder accrued 29 tackles, one sack and one pass breakup in 16 games during the 2017 campaign.
Ishmael recorded 29 tackles (15 solo), one sack, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery across 16 games in 2017.
Ishmael saw a dropoff in defensive snaps last season, going from 310 in 2016 to 114 this past year. He now hits the market as an unrestricted free agent, and due to his lack of play time last season, it seems likely the safety could be calling somewhere else home next season.
Ishmael tallied nine tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.
Ishmael had recorded just two tackles (one solo) across five games before Sunday's impressive showing. He was on the field for just 28 snaps (38.0 percent) so he certainly made the most of his opportunities. He could be in line for more snaps in future weeks with Duke Riley (knee) facing an uncertain return timetable.
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