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Falcons work out former Bills, Eagles cornerback Leodis McKelvin

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No signing yet, but if Brian Poole can’t go Sunday, it may well happen.

Washington Redskins v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images

The Atlanta Falcons may well have Brian Poole Sunday, which would be a huge boost against a quality Minnesota passing attack. If they don’t, however, we just got a clue as to what the Falcons will do.

The team worked out former Bills and Eagles cornerback Leodis McKelvin earlier today, a sensible enough choice for a team that just needs a solution for a week or two. McKelvin is a smaller, quick-footed corner who started 12 games for the Eagles last year, amassing two interceptions and 16 pass deflections on the year. He was also one of the NFL’s most frequently burned cornerbacks, making him a true boom or bust option at the position.

If McKelvin does wind up in Atlanta and he was active, he’d be the team’s fourth cornerback if Poole’s out and fifth if he’s not. After all, Poole, Robert Alford, C.J. Goodwin and Blidi Wreh-Wilson all have more experience in this defense and are probably better options in coverage, leaving McKelvin as more of an option of last resort and special teams option. Considering that, he’d be a perfectly unobjectionable signing.

We’ll likely know after tomorrow’s injury report whether Poole is going to play, and then we’ll probably see McKelvin come in by end of day tomorrow if he’s going to. At this point, though, I wouldn’t expect it.