In my many years of covering the Atlanta Falcons, one of the oddest situations I can recall is the situation involving defensive tackle Deadrin Senat. The defensive tackle was a warmly welcomed selection in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the team, and since then has only made two recorded starts for a generally shaky Falcons defensive front. Everyone from Senat to the team to fans who have been rooting for him were hoping this would be his year with a new coaching staff.
Unfortunately, on Sunday it was announced that the Falcons have waive/injured Senat.
Atlanta Falcons waived-injured Deadrin Senat— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 8, 2021
The team has recently begun to suffer more permanent losses, with tight end Jaeden Graham and punter Sterling Hofrichter hitting IR in the last week. There’s currently no specific details on Senat’s injury, but he had been on the physically unable to perform list in training camp and Arthur Smith had indicated it would be a long-term ailment. The waived/injured designation means that if Senat clears waivers—which we expect he will—he will then revert to Atlanta’s injured reserve.
So technically, the story isn’t over for Senat in Atlanta, though he will be a free agent in 2022. It’s been a continuously bizarre saga which has left many, including myself, scratching their heads. From 2019-2020 he was routinely a healthy scratch and only suited up for seven total games during that period, and now we’ll have to wait longer to get a full measure of Senat and his capabilities. The Falcons will roll on, fortunately, with a fairly deep and talented defensive tackle group that includes Grady Jarrett, Tyeler Davison and second-year pro Marlon Davidson, among others.
Best wishes to Senat for a speedy recovery.