Atlanta Falcons: 3 Players with rising stock after Week 6
1. Deion Jones, MLB
Middle linebacker Deion Jones had a fantastic game. He led the team with 11 total tackles, shared in a tackle for loss and had an interception. It could have been an even bigger night for him had his teammates played with more discipline.
With the Falcons up 17-0 and Miami driving, the Dirty Birds needed a big play to stuff any momentum the Dolphins were gaining. Jones provided that play when he picked off quarterback Jay Cutler for the second time.
As he returned the ball, there was yellow laundry flying all around. The refs threw the flags and two penalties were called — both on Atlanta. The first they mentioned was an illegal block in the back after the turnover. That would have been annoying, but not a huge deal as they could have kept possession. The other penalty however, was a killer.
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Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett was called for a ridiculous late hit on Cutler, which nullified the pick and gave Miami 15-yards. They of course scored and started the big comeback. If it were up to Jones though, Atlanta would have had the ball and a three-score lead still. The second-year player is fantastic, but his help around him this year has only been average at best.