Hennessy registered his second consecutive start during Atlanta's 44-27 Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers, concluding his 2020 campaign with 13 game appearances.
With Alex Mack (concussion/illness) ruled out for Weeks 16 and 17, Hennessy logged the first two starts of his NFL career. The Temple standout joined Atlanta as a third-round draft choice in last April's draft, and he could inherit a more integral role in 2021, given that Mack will become an unrestricted free agent in March.
Hennessy does not carry an injury designation going into Week 1, and coach Dan Quinn said that the rookie will be in a rotation at left guard with James Carpenter, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The third-round pick from Temple has shifted away from his collegiate position, as he is instead expected to make most of his offensive contributions at guard this season with Alex Mack holding down the center position. A knee injury suffered during an intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 28 sidelined Hennessy for over a week, but he is now running at full speed and expected to fill an important role Sunday against the Seahawks.
Hennessy (knee) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Hennessy hurt his knee during an intra-squad scrimmage toward the end of training camp, but he's shaken it off heading into Week 1. A third-round selection in April's draft, Hennessy is expected to be the primary backup for James Carpenter and Chris Lindstrom on the offensive line.
Hennessy (knee) was a non-participant during Atlanta's practice session Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The rookie lineman banged his knee and subsequently was pulled from Friday's scrimmage as a "precaution." Since that point, Hennessy's return to full-contact drills has been delayed, as he's now wearing a brace on his right knee and has logged three consecutive missed practices. It is a positive sign, at least, that Hennessy has been working through mechanics on his own while watching teammates complete drills in practice, per Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. With Hennessy remaining on the shelf for the time being, the likelihood of James Carpenter being the Week 1 starter at left guard is enhanced.
Hennessy hit his knee during the Falcons' scrimmage Friday, and he was held out for the remainder of the practice as a precautionary measure, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The rookie was replaced by veteran James Carpenter at left guard, as the Falcons want to avoid taking unnecessary injury risks at this stage of the season. Hennessy and Carpenter continue to be the top two contenders to fill the left guard spot after that position proved to be one of the weak points of the line in 2019. It doesn't appear Hennessy will miss substantial time beyond Friday, if any at all, and he remains firmly in the mix to start Week 1 against the Seahawks.
Hennessy lined up with the first-team offense during the Falcons' first intra-squad scrimmage Thursday, and he has been working with that group ever since, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
The rookie out of Temple may eventually become the Falcons' solution at center, but with a veteran talent in Alex Mack already well situated at that spot, Hennessy has a chance to provide immediate utility by lining up at left guard. Atlanta let go of veteran guard Jamon Brown on Monday, and so far James Carpenter has been unable to overtake Hennessy for the spot. While reports have been encouraging on Hennessy so far, coach Dan Quinn did note that his sample size of work has been limited. "I would say we're only two practices with pads in," Quinn stressed. "But he's certainly doing a good job with where we're at.
Hennessy is expected to compete for Atlanta's starting left guard spot once in-person team activities commence, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Hennessy lined up at center during his career at Temple, but given that James Carpenter struggled through injuries and ineffectiveness during his debut campaign with the Falcons, all bets are off as to who will ultimately earn the starting nod at left guard. The rookie may end up back at center eventually, but with Alex Mack currently holding the position down, Hennessy's talents may be needed elsewhere in the more immediate term. A shortened in-person offseason program lessens the rookie's chances at being a Week 1 starter, but if he can impress during an abbreviated camp, Hennessy may find himself in the lineup sooner rather than later.