2018 Falcons Player Preview: Takk McKinley

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Get to the damn quarterback.

Takk is ferocious. Before being drafted people knew that he would come to any team and give them his best. The Falcons were looking for another DE on the other side of Beasley, and McKinley seemed to be the right player.

The Falcons bought him into the season slowly with him still recovering from injury. He was still making an impact with limited time, throwing quarterbacks off their spot and giving linemen problems. Takk’s bull rush is what makes him special, and his power gives him a good advantage.

Towards the end of the season is where the best of Takk came out. He was racking up more sacks, and his mindset of not giving up really showed. His energy and motor was nonstop, and he looked like a good compliment to Beasley on the line.

In these previous years, the Falcons have hit on most of their draft picks, and McKinley proved that to be true for another year. The Falcons are bringing him along slowly again this offseason as he’s coming off shoulder surgery. When the reguar season come around, he should be full go unlike last season. He’ll have a great chance to build off his rookie season and maybe go for double-digit sacks.

Malik Brown | @_MalikATL

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