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Takkarist McKinley looked fast and physical in his first NFL action

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Takk is back, and he looks very good.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons-Training Camp Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Takkarist McKinley wasn’t on the field for the first snap of the game. He didn’t get in right away and destroy Josh Dobbs on his first snap. As great as a story as that would have been, what he ultimately accomplished in his limited snaps was even more impressive.

Takk looked to have a truly astonishing first step in this one, and the Falcons had no qualms on sending him after the quarterback on eight of ten snaps. He wound up with a hit, two hurries, and a near sack, and generally looked very fast and very strong in his first game action as an NFLer. It was a reminder of how good Takk can be, and a reminder that even if we don’t see much of him the rest of the way, he’s going to play early and often as the team attempts to improve a young, athletic defense.