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 20-25 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 had six total tackles during Monday's 23-20 win against the Giants.
The rookie Ivy Leaguer is rounding into form as the Falcons near the midway point of the regular season, with 21 combined tackles over the past three weeks (fielding over 50 percent of the defensive snaps in each of those games). Oluokun's involvement in the rotation is sure not to dissipate completely should Deion Jones (foot) prove healthy enough to return off the injured reserve in mid-November, but he's probable to see a substantial reduction in playing time once Atlanta get its Pro Bowl middle linebacker back in the lineup. Following a Week 8 bye, Oluokun figures to get plenty of reps when the Falcons return to the field Nov. 4 against the Redskins' top-15 rush offense (119 yards per game).
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.
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