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.