Riley recorded 24 tackles in 12 games during his rookie campaign out of LSU, but missed a quarter of the regular season with a knee injury. The Falcons want to give the 23-year old another shot to prove his worth with a third-round draft choice invested, but Foyesade Oluokun of Yale has a puncher's chance to push Riley for the starting role if he continues to play lights-out, as he has throughout OTAs and minicamp. Atlanta allowed 18.9 points per game last season in 14 regular-season and postseason contests with Riley in the lineup and 19.5 points per game when he was inactive between Week 8 and Week 11, which included the only performance in which the team surrendered more than 26 points.
Riley recorded 30 tackles (15 solo) through 12 games this season.
Despite a knee injury that cost the rookie four games, Riley had a solid performance his first year in the league. He'll now get a full offseason to grow in the unit and seems likely to retain his starting position heading into 2018.
Riley notched a solo tackle on 10 snaps in Monday's 24-21 win over the Buccaneers.
Riley has been eased back into game action upon returning from meniscus surgery in Week 12 after missing four games. The rookie's 10 snaps represent his highest amount since before the knee injury. If Riley can continue to increase his snap count and return to the amount of snaps he played pre-injury, he will likely see his tackle numbers rise.
Although he logged a full practice Friday, Riley landed on the team's final injury report heading into Sunday's game against Buccaneers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Riley was absent from the injury report throughout the week until Friday, but he is still without an official injury heading into the weekend. Thus, he looks ready to resume his role as a depth linebacker for Week 12 assuming he avoids any setbacks prior to kickoff.
The Seahawks have listed Riley (knee) as inactive for Monday's game versus the Seahawks.
Riley is looking to make his return from knee surgery he underwent following a Week 7 injury. However, the team will play it safe with the rookie and hold him out another week.