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Falcons player profile: DT Jacob Tuioti-Mariner

After a look at the projected starters, our player profile series now shifts to the depth on the Falcons roster. Next up is DT Jacob Tuioti-Mariner—a former UDFA who played in a reserve role during the 2019 season.

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We’re in the depths of the offseason here at The Falcoholic, and there has been little to nothing in the way of interesting news in ages. So, we’ll have to make some content of our own in the meantime. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be bringing you a new Player Profile series where we’ll take a look at each of the players on Atlanta’s roster. I’ll break down their measurables, past production, and try to project their 2020 season with the Falcons.

After taking a look at the projected starters, we now turn our attention to the depth on the Falcons’ roster. Today, I’ll be discussing DT Jacob Tuioti-Mariner—a former UDFA who made the roster and played in a reserve role during the 2019 season.

DT Jacob Tuioti-Mariner

Age: 24

Contract: $675K cap hit in 2020, ERFA in 2021

Career Production: 8 games played, 1 game started | 14 total tackles, 1.0 TFL, 0% missed tackle rate, 2 total pressures, 1 FF | 69.0 overall PFF grade

2019 Production: Same as above

Previous Teams: UDFA signed by the Atlanta Falcons (2018-present)

Measurables: 6’2, 285, 31 7/8” arm length, 9.5” hand size | 4.88s 40-yard dash, 1.67s 10-yard split | 29” vertical jump, 110” broad jump | 21 bench reps

The Falcons under Dan Quinn have developed a bit of a reputation as a team where UDFAs have a strong chance of making the roster. Players like Brian Poole, Josh Perkins, C.J. Goodwin, Jermaine Grace, Marvin Hall, Sharrod Neasman, Justin Zimmer, Christian Blake, Matt Gono, and Olamide Zaccheaus all got opportunities on the final roster after signing with the Falcons in training camp. Many of these players have found success in Atlanta, but many others also got opportunities elsewhere in the NFL.

Another recent UDFA success story in Atlanta is Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, a “tweener” at DT who managed to carve out a specialized role as a reserve. Tuioti-Mariner first signed with the Falcons in 2018, where he looked solid in training camp but was beat out in a crowded DT room. He spent the 2018 season on Atlanta’s practice squad before getting a chance to compete again in 2019. Tuioti-Mariner once again fell victim to a stacked DT room, but stuck around with the team on the practice squad until he was called up to the active roster in November.

Finally, Tuioti-Mariner had a chance to play in the regular season—and he actually acquitted himself well. Tuioti-Mariner would appear in 8 games for the Falcons, including 1 start. Dan Quinn utilized Tuioti-Mariner as an interior pass rusher in nickel packages, similar to Jack Crawford. In about 18% of the snaps, Tuioti-Mariner racked up 14 total tackles (0 missed tackles), 1.0 TFL, and 2 pressures to go along with 1 forced fumble. PFF graded him out at a very solid 69.0 overall—a slightly above-average starter.

Tuioti-Mariner certainly proved himself as a capable rotational player, but he’ll have the same issue in training camp that he’s had since joining the team: the Falcons have an absolutely stacked DT room. Atlanta added Marlon Davidson in the second round and brought back Tyeler Davison in free agency, while still having 2019 fourth-rounder John Cominsky and 2018 third-rounder Deadrin Senat in the building.

Projection: Jacob Tuioti-Mariner has proven himself as a quality rotational player, but he’ll have a difficult time carving out a roster spot due to Atlanta’s crowded DT room. Tuioti-Mariner’s best shot at the 53-man roster likely comes at the expense of former third-round pick Deadrin Senat, but Tuioti-Mariner should be a heavy favorite for the practice squad in any case.