Atlanta Falcons bring back familiar face on defense

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Deji Olatoye
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Deji Olatoye /

Atlanta Falcons have added a piece to their defense heading into their Week 15 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

On Thursday, it was reported that the Atlanta Falcons have added a familiar face to their defense. The Dirty Birds have brought Ayodeji Olatoye back into the fold. Olatoye played with the Falcons in 2016 and again in 2017. He also spent some time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season.

From North Carolina A&T, Olatoye has a combined 18 career tackles over the span of 13 games. His most productive year to date came in 2015 when, for the Dallas Cowboys, he produced 13 combined tackles and one interception in 5 games of play.

The addition of Olatoye, meant the need to remove a player form the active roster. That player was defensive back C.J. Goodwin. On the year, Goodwin has produced a combined 8 total tackles thus far for the Atlanta Falcons.

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The timing of this transaction (addition of Olatoye and the waiving for Goodwin) is interesting because the Falcons are preparing to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football, a team that Olatoye played for this season.

Atlanta’s defense is currently racked 7th in the NFL and is arguably in a better position than they were this time last year. However, this 2017 Falcons defense has failed to produce a high number of turnovers. If Atlanta plans to win on Monday and again in Week 16, their defense will most certainly benefit from creating as many turnovers as possible.

The Falcons may not have seen the last of Goodwin, but they will certainly expect Olatoye to contribute during his second run with the team, however long it may last.

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