Atlanta Falcons will need Takk Mckinley in 2019


Takk has been an inconsistent player on the Atlanta Falcons defense but has one of the best motors in the NFL. We saw his passion for the game on draft night and at times that same passion has transferred to the football field.

Takk is entering his third season with the Atlanta Falcons and is ready for a big year. He was impressive at times during his rookie campaign with six sacks and two forced fumbles.

The most memorable part of his rookie season was his playoff performance when the Atlanta Falcons faced the Los Angeles Rams in the Wildcard round and the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional round.

McKinely was able to have sacks in both games at crucial points in the game. Against the Rams in the 2017, he sacked Rams QB Jared Goff on third down early in the game to set the tone for the defense. In the Eagles game Takk sacked Eagles QB Nick Foles on third down to take the Eagles out of field goal range.

Yes, 2018 was a disappointing year for the Falcons but Takk was able to improve notching seven sacks, which was a slight improvement from his rookie season. Fans want a reason to buy his jersey and scream his name and that starts with improving his numbers and becoming even more consistent. He has challenged himself to have a double-digit sack season saying he will cut off his dreads.

Dan Quinn is also high on Takk this year and early indications from mini camp and OTA’s are he is finally healthy and appears to be lighter and faster. In an interview with Zach Klein from WSB, Dan Quinn said this time next year he will be talking about the monster season Takk had in 2019.

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A bold prediction for Takk McKinley in 2019: he is going to have double digit sacks and possibly more than Vic Beasley had in 2016. He has the motor and is talented enough that sixteen sacks can become a reality.