A.J. Terrell stats against Falcons 2021 opponents

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The Falcons defense is scarce with talent, and in a couple of seasons, there will be few current players still on the team. Atlanta lacks proper personnel for Dean Pees to pressure opposing offenses. The defense is just not a very good overall unit, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t great individual pieces.

Grady Jarrett is as reliable as the come in this league; the staff can count on him day in and day out through any situation. Deion Jones and Foyesade Oluokun are rangy, athletic linebackers; a pleasant surprise, too, is Jaylinn Hawkins, who has really impressed the last couple of weeks. But the Falcons defender that has most impressed is A.J. Terrell.

Terrell is entering an elite territory among corners, and the national media is taking notice.

Terrell is an aggressive and physical run defender, which is sometimes hard to find in cornerbacks. Obviously, though, the former Clemson Tiger is being touted for his coverage ability. He’s valuable to this defense beyond statistics, but here are his stats in coverage this season:

  • Week 1 vs. Eagles: 3 RECs, 30 yards
  • Week 2 at Buccanneers: 0 RECs
  • Week 4 vs. Washington Football Team: 1 REC, 2 yards
  • Week 5 vs. Jets (England): 2 RECs, 10 yards
  • Week 7 at Dolphins: 3 RECs, 14 yards
  • Week 8 vs. Panthers: 2 RECs, -1 yard
  • Week 9 at Saints: 2 RECs, 19 yards, 1 TD
  • Season Total: 13 RECs, 74 yards, 1 TD

Terrell is turning heads; if he can stay consistent, he’ll surely receive accolades by the season’s end.

Photo: Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire

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