Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said Friday that Falcons fans should get their first glimpse of Dwight Freeney on the field against the Cleveland Browns this Friday.
Freeney was signed by the Falcons on Aug. 2 and has spent the 11 days since then getting up to speed in Atlanta’s scheme. He did not play against Washington Thursday, and while he will finally get a chance to take the field Friday against the Browns, don’t expect him to spend much time on the field.
Quinn thinks Dwight Freeney will get into the rotation against Cleveland. He "won't lead the league in play time in the preseason" though.— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) August 12, 2016
It’s unclear at this point how significantly Freeney will factor into the Falcons’ defensive plans this season. Last season, Freeney played 256 defensive snaps for the Arizona Cardinals after joining the team prior to Week 6 of the 2015 season. His lowest number of snaps in any game was 20, and his highest was 28. On average, Freeney played 37 percent of the snaps in each game last season.
Even limited playing time on Friday should provide an idea of where Freeney is physically and how he might contribute this season.