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Falcons Roster Review: Tyler Starr

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The third-year linebacker is facing a crucial test.

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We come to Tyler Starr on our roster review...and we just don't have a ton to say about him that we haven't already said over the last week. That's what happens when you make the list of Falcons who must step up in 2016.

Let's break his 2015 and his 2016 situation down.

Another quiet year

Starr was drafted in the seventh round as a project, and no one really expected him to make an immediate impact. That said, I think we all hoped he'd be a factor at some point in 2015, and Starr got on the field just once and made one tackle last season. Dan Quinn lauded his progress, which meant his season ended on a positive note, but it was a  second straight season with very little activity for Starr.

Contract Status

Starr is on the second year of a two year deal, and will make $600,000 in 2017. That's perfectly reasonable if he winds up getting on the field for 2016 as a reserve.

2016 Outlook

Starr may factor in at linebacker, and he'll need to in order to stave off the axe. If Quinn does feel he's made enough progress, he should be able to carve out a role as a reserve and special teamer.