Atlanta Falcons WR Russell Gage Jr., CB AJ Terrell had been eradicated by the New York Giants
BLUMY BRANCH, Georgia – The Atlanta Falcons will be without wide receivers Russell Gage Jr. and top cornerback AJ Terrell as they attempt to claim their first win of the season against the New York Giants on Sunday.
Terrell suffered a concussion in the second half of Sunday’s 48:25 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that destroyed a pass. Gage injured his ankle against the Buccaneers but ended the game.
Atlanta could go in several directions to replace Gage. It could use more two tight end / two running back sets and line up either Cordarrelle Patterson or one of his tight ends, Kyle Pitts or Hayden Hurst, outside. In sets with two receivers, the Falcons could use a combination of Olamide Zaccheaus and Tajae Sharpe against the top receiver Calvin Ridley.
“You just have to have solutions. That’s the name of the game,” said Falcons coach Arthur Smith. “You must have contingency plans. Things will come. You lose a guy early in the game, what’s your plan?
“You have to prepare for these things in advance and be able to adapt. That’s what we’re building here, so we expect other guys to come up.”
Smith said they would do it “week to week” with Gage.
In secondary school, Atlanta is expected to have TJ Green, who started training camp as a security, cornerback to Fabian Moreau. Smith also said that Darren Hall, who was inactive for the first two weeks of the season, will play a bigger role for the fourth round of the draft pick on Sunday.
Green, 26, was a 2016 second-round pick from Indianapolis and was a part-time starter for the Colts in Safety None in 2016 and 2017.
“It’s really good length,” said defensive backs coach Jon Hoke. “He’s got a very good long pace and for a tall guy I think he has really good short pace. It’s always a bit of a challenge for these guys. So he has really good physical properties and he gets it.” Football. He plays instinctively. “
Atlanta will also have to do without rookie wide receiver Frank Darby for the second week in a row due to a calf injury, although he was inactive as a healthy scratch at the start of the season.