Sheffield (ankle) recorded 43 tackles, three pass deflections and a forced fumble across 16 appearances for the Falcons in 2019.
The rookie from Ohio State saw an uptick in playing time while Desmond Trufant was inactive between Weeks 6 and 10 with a toe injury, and he continued to remain an integral piece after Trufant went down due to a season-ending forearm injury Week 14. Sheffield fielded just 46 total defensive snaps over the Falcons' first five games of 2019, but from Week 6 on, he averaged over 59 defensive snaps per contest, logging 11 straight starts before succumbing to an ankle injury in the finale. Though he was thoroughly battle-tested during his debut NFL campaign, Sheffield ranked as Pro Football Focus' 17th-worst coverage corner among 123 qualified players, while his performance against the run placed fifth worst at the position.
Sheffield won't return to Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after suffering an ankle injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Sheffield has been a starter since Week 6, and he's recorded 36 tackles and three pass breakups over the last 10 games. The rookie fourth-round pick's season is over. Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Jamar Taylor are in line for additional snaps for the remainder of Sunday's divisional clash.
Sheffield (illness) is active for the team's Week 12 contest against the Buccaneers.
Sheffield had battled an illness throughout the week but is prepared to play Week 12. He's served as the team's slot cornerback and will likely have his hands full trying to keep Chris Godwin in check.
Sheffield (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Coach Dan Quinn said Friday that he expects Sheffield to play Week 12, but a final decision on the rookie's availability will ultimately come down to how well he recovers from his illness. If cleared to suit up, Sheffield stands to play a key role in Atlanta's secondary as slot cornerback.
Coach Dan Quinn was impressed with Sheffield's outing against the Cardinals on Sunday and says that he will continue lining up as a perimeter cornerback, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
Sheffield got his first career start and played on 100 percent of the team's defensive snaps while registering four tackles. He was a key part of Atlanta's defense buckling down in the second half and forcing punts on three consecutive drives to help the offense mount a 17-point comeback, but ultimately the unit conceded a go-ahead touchdown pass to Kyler Murray in the final six minutes of regulation. Quinn would not explicitly state that Sheffield will remain a starter when Desmond Trufant (toe) returns from injury, but he did admit the rookie deserves more time playing on the outside given his individual performance against the Cardinals.
Sheffield is considered to be part of a committee that will be filling in for the injured Kenjon Barner (concussion) on punt and kickoff returns Sunday against the Titans, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Barner has fielded all 12 returnable kicks that Atlanta has received as a team this year, establishing a 22.3 yards-per-attempt average on four kickoff returns, and an impressive 8.5 yards per return on punts -- seventh best among all NFL players with at least five attempts this season. Sheffield, who has played 70 percent of the Falcons' special teams snaps without returning a kick, is part of Atlanta's contingency plan in Barner's absence alongside Justin Hardy and Mohamed Sanu.
Sheffield (hamstring) is not listed on Atlanta's injury report Wednesday, William McFadden of the team's official site reports.
Sheffield appears back to full health after managing a hamstring injury during the preseason. The rookie fourth-round pick projects to contribute on special times and provide the Falcons with depth in the secondary.
Sheffield (hamstring) did not participate with the team in Monday's practice session, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The rookie fourth-round draft choice out of Ohio State continues to rehabilitate after exiting Thursday's preseason game against the Jets with a hamstring issue. This is the second injury that has afflicted Sheffield since playing his final collegiate game, as he also tore a pectoral muscle while bench pressing at the NFL Combine. Sheffield strives for a rapid return so that he can resume his bid for playing time in the defensive backfield rotation.
Sheffield was removed from Thursday's preseason matchup with the Jets due to a hamstring injury, Wendy Adams of the Falcons Radio Network reports.
The injury is the second to afflict Atlanta's secondary Thursday, as Damontae Kazee also exited the contest with a rib injury. With Sheffield sidelined, Chris Cooper, Ryan Neal and Jayson Stanley seem likeliest to see extra reps.
Sheffield was fielding snaps as the second-team nickelback during OTAs on Thursday, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Sheffield was contained to individual drills during rookie minicamp after injuring his left pectoral muscle while benching at the NFL combine. Now recuperated and fully participating in OTAs, the uber-athletic rookie will look to polish his defensive skill set in a backup role, while retaining a puncher's chance at overtaking Justin Hardy as the primary punt returner. Though he took snaps at nickelback Thursday, head coach Dan Quinn stated earlier this offseason that he expects Sheffield to line up as a perimeter corner frequently.
Sheffield has seemingly recovered from the pectoral injury that limited him at rookie minicamp, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Sheffield sustained the pectoral injury at the combine. Now that he's healthy, the Ohio State product should be in the mix for Atlanta's No. 4 cornerback job behind starters Desmond Trufant and Isaiah Oliver, as well as Damontae Kazee. Sheffield was also spotted fielding punts Thursday and could end up racking up return yards on the special teams unit this season, given his speed and athleticism.
Head coach Dan Quinn said that Sheffield (pectoral) was limited to individual drills during rookie minicamp, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Upon his installation as a full practice participant, Sheffield will find himself in the mix for Atlanta's No. 4 cornerback job behind starters Desmond Trufant and Isaiah Oliver, as well as nickelback-to-be Damontae Kazee. In addition to a potential role in the defensive rotation, Sheffield is also ecstatic about the opportunity to contribute on special teams. He was spotted fielding kicks during rookie minicamp Friday, and could prove to be a difference-maker on kickoff and punt returns given his elite athleticism.
The Falcons selected Sheffield (pectoral) in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 111th overall.
Sheffield is a very athletically talented cornerback who might have gone earlier if a torn pectoral muscle from the combine hadn't complicated his pre-draft testing. He was able to conduct an Ohio State pro day workout in April, where he posted a 39-inch vertical, 128-inch broad jump, and 10.88 agility score, however, proving the athleticism he showed on tape was no illusion. On the other hand, when a player this athletic falls this far it usually indicates an underdeveloped skill set, so the Falcons might hope to limit his defensive snaps as a rookie despite his long-term upside.
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