Since the Falcons lost Keanu Neal for the season, Dan Quinn has been looking for a replacement. Last week the Falcons promoted safety Jamal Carter from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Tonight, Falcons traded linebacker Duke Riley to the Eagles along with a 6th round pick in the 2020 draft to the Eagles for safety Jonathan Cyprien and a 7th round pick in the 2020 draft. Riley was drafted in the 3rd round in the 2017 draft. Riley’s playing time has been limited and was mainly getting his reps on special teams. Riley does have 16 starts at linebacker, but he is undersized and just never really got going during his time here in Atlanta.
As for Jonathan Cyprien, this will definitely help out the Falcons at safety. Cyprien was a 2nd round pick in the 2013 draft for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent 4 seasons with the Jaguars where he started in 60 out of 64 games for the Jaguars. After his time in Jacksonville, Cyprien signed with the Titans where he started in 10 out of 16 games for the Titans in 2017 and was out for all of the 2018 with an ACL injury. He signed a one-year deal this past offseason with the Eagles. Cyprien hasn’t started yet this season, but has gotten some playing time. With Kemal Ishmael not exactly working out at safety, Cyprien should see some significant playing time.
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By: Stewart Zwald @SDZwald041599