Arthur Smith will have to solve the problem by testing formations with his Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Georgia – Atlanta Falcons They won’t have starting wide receiver Russell Gage Jr. and cornerback AJ Terrell when they try to get their first win of the season. on Sunday against the New York Giants.
Terrell suffered a concussion during the second half in Sunday’s 48-25 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gage injured an ankle against the Buccaneers but ended the game.
Atlanta would have multiple options to replace Gage. He could use more two tight ends / two running back formations and line up Cordarrelle Patterson or one of his tight ends, Kyle Pitts or Hayden Hurst on the outside. In sets of two receivers, the Falcons could use a combination of Olamide Zaccheaus and Tajae Sharpe against receiver Calvin Ridley.
“You just have to have solutions. That’s the name of the game,” Falcons coach Arthur Smith said. “You have to have contingency plans. Things are going to come up. If you lose a player early in the game, what is your plan?”
“You have to prepare for those things in advance and be able to adapt. That’s what we’re trying to build here, so we hope other guys will step up. “
Smith said they will go “week to week” with Gage.
On the secondary defense, Atlanta is expected to have TJ Green, who started training camp at safety, versus Fabian Moreau at cornerback. Smith also said fourth-round draft pick Darren Hall, who has been inactive for the first two weeks of the season, will play a bigger role Sunday.
The 26-year-old Green was selected in the second round by Indianapolis in 2016 and was a part-time starter for the Colts at safety in 2016 and 2017. He has played for Carolina, New Orleans and Atlanta since then, appearing in five games, none. as holder.
“He’s got a really good length,” defensive backs coach Jon Hoke said. “He has very good speed at long distance, and then for a tall guy I think he has very good speed in the short area. That’s always a challenge for those guys. So he has very good physical traits and understands football. Play instinctively. “
Atlanta also won’t have rookie wide receiver Frank Darby for the second straight week due to a calf injury.