Oluokun collected seven tackles during Sunday's 34-32 win against the Buccaneers.
The 2018 sixth-round pick from Yale vastly exceeded expectations in his rookie campaign, starting in six of Atlanta's final eight games and finishing just three tackles behind De'Vondre Campbell for most on the team this season. With Duke Riley's persistent struggles throughout his first two years in the NFL, there is no more qualified candidate on the roster than Oluokun to start alongside Deion Jones and Campbell at linebacker in 2019.
Oluokun registered nine combined tackles during Sunday's 26-16 loss to the Ravens.
Oluokun has demonstrated an insatiable nose for the football of late, collecting 29 combined tackles over Atlanta's past three outings, and most recently snuffing out four plays for a gain of three or fewer yards during Sunday's loss to Baltimore. The sixth-round rookie has become a fixture in Atlanta's front seven as the season continues to wear on, fielding 77.4 percent of the defensive snaps over the Falcons' past four games, compared to a 50.8 percent snap share between Week 9 and Week 12. Next, he'll be tasked with containing Packers running back Aaron Jones, who has averaged an absurd 5.7 yards per carry on 112 attempts this season.
Head coach Dan Quinn tabbed Oluokun as a "sure tackler" before Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Oluokun has been a pleasant surprise in an otherwise turbulent 2018 for the Falcons defense. A sixth-round pick in April's draft, the Yale product has logged three consecutive starts (one all year prior) and is on pace for over 90 tackles despite fielding just 49.7 percent of the defensive snaps this season. On Sunday, he and the Atlanta front seven will try to prevent a red-hot Gus Edwards from exceeding 100 rushing yards for the third straight game.
Oluokun had 10 tackles (five solo) in Thursday's loss to the Saints.
Oluokun continues to find himself around the ball as he has been the Falcons' first- or second-leading tackler for five of the last six games. The 23-year-old has started the last three games and though Deion Jones could see his first action since Week 1 next week, Jones continues to nurse the foot injury that's sidelined him all season.
Oluokun racked up 10 combined tackles during Sunday's 22-19 loss to Dallas.
Oluokun has had a sharp nose for the football of late, finishing as the Falcons' first or second-leading tackler in four of his past five games. With Deion Jones (foot) still sidelined despite his recent return from injured reserve, the rookie was provided with a lion's share of work, but Atlanta's struggles in containing opposing running backs persisted, as Ezekiel Elliott accounted for more than 200 offensive yards with a rushing score. Even if Jones returns in Week 12 against New Orleans, Oluokun will be a heavily used rotational player at the very least.
Oluokun collected three tackles during Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Browns.
Oluokun paced all Falcons linebackers with 45 defensive snaps, recording his second start over the past five games during Sunday's loss to Cleveland. From the Ivy League, to a sixth-round draft choice and eventual fill-in for the Deion Jones (foot), Oluokun has played 44 percent of the defensive snaps thus far in 2018. With Jones eligible to suit up Sunday against Dallas upon his recent return from the injured reserve, Oluokun is liable to see a reduction in his workload, though he's carved out at least 20 to 25 defensive snaps per game for himself as a result of steady play in substitute duties.
Oluokun tallied six combined tackles, with one tackle for loss during Sunday's 38-14 victory against the Redskins.
The rookie sixth-round draft choice keeps rolling, with five-plus tackles in four straight games for an Atlanta defense that's held opponents to 34 total points over the past two outings, compared to 34.8 points allowed per game between Week 2 and Week 6. Oluokun was instrumental in slowing down Washington's rushing attack, containing Redskins running backs Kapri Bibbs, Samaje Perine and Adrian Peterson to fewer than 60 combined yards on the ground. Next comes a matchup with bruiser Nick Chubb, who has compiled 230 rushing yards and two touchdowns since taking over as the Browns feature back in Week 7.
Oluokun tallied six tackles during Monday's 23-20 win over the Giants.
The rookie is rounding into form as the Falcons near the midway point of the regular season. He's logged 21 combined tackles over the past three weeks, playing more than half of the Falcons' defensive snaps in each of those games. Oluokun's involvement likely will take a hit if Deion Jones (foot) is cleared to return from injured reserve in mid-November, but the sixth-round pick shouldn't fall out of the rotation entirely in such a scenario.
Oluokun is listed as the Falcons starting middle linebacker on the team's official depth chart for an upcoming Week 7 game against the Giants, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The rookie sixth rounder saw an increase in his playing time after Deion Jones (foot) went down with an injury during the season opener, but even more so over the past two weeks. Oluokun picked up his first career start Week 5 against the Steelers, and played a career-high 60.6 percent of the defensive snaps in a Week 6 win over Tampa Bay. In total, the former Yale Bulldog has averaged 36.5 defensive plays per game over the Falcons' past two outings, compared to 15.3 plays per game in the team's first four. He will be tasked with trying to slow down Saquon Barkley, a player who averages 135 scrimmage yards per game, with potential to be an absolute matchup nightmare against a Falcons defense that has surrendered 51 running back receptions thus far in 2018, nine more than any other team.
Oluokun (ankle) was a full participant in practice Friday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The rookie sixth-rounder followed the same pattern as last week, practicing on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday before returning to full participation Friday. Oluokun has seen his defensive snap share increase from 5.6 percent in Week 1 to 22.4, 24.1 and 31.5 percent over the ensuing three weeks with Deion Jones (foot) going on injured reserve after the opener. Atlanta has remained steady against the run with Oluokun becoming a more instrumental role player, but the linebackers have struggled in coverage with an elite pass defender like Jones out of the lineup. Philadelphia tight ends and backs combined for 10 catches and 74 receiving yards in Week 1, compared to an average of 17.6 catches for 143 yards in three games since with Jones inactive.
Oluokun (ankle) was cleared to participate in practice Friday after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Oluokun has carved out a rotational role for himself on the Falcons' defense with Deion Jones (foot) inactive until early November while recovering from a Week 1 injury. The former Yale Bulldog has been on the field for at least 22 percent of Atlanta's defensive plays over each of the past two weeks after seeing just 5.5 percent of the snaps in the season opener against Philadelphia. He remains an unproven IDP commodity with no more than four tackles in any of his three career games, while his value this week in particular may be hampered by the Bengals' playing style. Cincinnati has elected to attack opponents through the air, logging the 10th-most pass attempts thus far in 2018 while ranking 30th in carries -- thus potentially curtailing the number of tackle opportunities for Oluokun in Week 4.
Oluokun was a limited participant for Wednesday's practice due to an ankle injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The sixth-round pick out of Yale has been a pleasant surprise for Atlanta, establishing himself as a special teams standout during training camp and stepping up as a replacement for Deion Jones (foot), who was placed on injured reserve following the season opener. Oluokun played a season-high 19 defensive snaps (24.1 percent) in the Week 3 loss to the Saints, but was removed from the game momentarily to be evaluated for an ankle injury. He was able to return to action after a brief visit with the medical staff, but the Falcons want to ensure his ankle has completely healed before he's allowed to practice on a full-time basis.
Oluokun is listed as the Falcons' starting weakside linebacker for Sunday's home game against New Orleans, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
This time last year, the rookie linebacker was breaking down film on Cornell in preparation for an Ivy League showdown. This week Oluokun is preparing to go up against a Saints offense that boasts the NFL's third all-time leading passer, the 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year, and a wide receiver on pace for 224 receptions. With the injury to Deion Jones (foot), the sixth-round pick has been thrust into the starting lineup -- he recorded four tackles on 33 combined defensive and special teams snaps Sunday in a win over Carolina.
Oluokun has received some reps at fullback this week for the Falcons, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
It's evident that Atlanta remains skeptical of Ricky Ortiz becoming the unabated starting fullback, as the team has cycled in a number of players to compete for the role since letting Derrick Coleman walk in free agency -- from undrafted rookie Luke McNitt to fourth-year man Jalston Fowler. Oluokun has carved out a special teams role for himself with steady play on kickoff coverage but he remains open-minded to the opportunity for an audition at fullback. "If they feel like they need me there or need me to do something else, it's me getting on the field," Oluokun said Tuesday. "I just go out there and do what they tell me to do." The Falcons were a bottom-10 team in red zone offense last year, so the search continues for a serviceable fullback who can help the team punch in a few more goal-to go rush attempts in 2018.
Oluokun (toe) logged one tackle in 31 total snaps during Friday's preseason loss to the Chiefs.
Oluokun was on the field for 22 of the Falcons' defensive snaps, so he doesn't appear to currently be bothered by health issues. He'll continue to provide starters De'Vondre Campbell and Duke Riley with depth at outside linebacker.
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