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August 10, 2020 08:36 PM
Eagles' Duke Riley: Eyeing starting job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Riley, already a special teams ace, could potentially add starting linebacker to his resume, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Riley was acquired by the Eagles in a trade last September. He quickly made an impression on special teams and was eventually named special teams captain for the team's playoff loss in January. With Jatavis Brown retiring, the 26-year-old is also now expected to compete for the third starting linebacker job aside Nate Gerry and T.J. Edwards. His competition figures to include Alex Singleton, Davion Taylor and Shaun Bradley.

October 1, 2019 11:44 PM
Eagles' Duke Riley: Traded to Philadelphia
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Riley is being traded along with a 2020 sixth-round pick from the Falcons to the Eagles in exchange for Johnathan Cyprien and a 2020 seventh-round pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Riley didn't play a snap on defense across four games with the Falcons this season. He'll need to develop consistency as a tackler to earn a substantial role with the Eagles, but a change of scenery could be what the 2017 third-round pick needs. At the very least, Riley should contribute on special teams in Philadelphia.

August 12, 2019 09:04 PM
Falcons' Duke Riley: In pads once again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Riley (groin) participated in Sunday's practice session, Vaughn McClure of reports.

He was beset with a groin/hip flexor injury and forced to recuperate over the past two weeks, but now the 25-year-old linebacker makes his return to the field as Atlanta prepares for its third preseason game against the Jets. Riley has struggled to establish himself as a consistently sound tackler since the Falcons selected him No. 75 overall in the 2017 draft, leaving the door open for 2018 sixth-round pick Foyesade Oluokun to surpass him on the depth chart late last season.

July 27, 2019 03:52 PM
Falcons' Duke Riley: Nursing groin injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Riley did not participate in Saturday's practice due to a groin/hip flexor injury, Will McFadden of reports.

The severity of Riley's injury is a bit unclear at this point, but Stephone Anthony and Yurik Bethune could see additional reps at outside linebacker behind starters De'Vondre Campbell and Foyesade Oluokun in the meantime.

January 4, 2019 06:16 PM
Falcons' Duke Riley: NFL struggles persist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Riley collected 60 tackles and two pass deflections during his second season with the Falcons in 2018.

Riley fell out of favor in the preseason due to missed tackles, and he only received nine defensive snaps in the opener against Philadelphia. But after Deion Jones was diagnosed with a broken foot later that week, the inconsistent RIley was entrusted with 56.8 snaps per game between Weeks 2 and 5. As the season wore on, rookie Foyesade Oluokun surpassed him on the depth chart, eventually leading to Riley's ostracization from the defense by way of just 25 combined defensive snaps over the final five games of the year. With an offseason forthcoming to sharpen his tackling technique, Riley looks to bounce back in 2019 for an Atlanta defense that's desperately searching for playmakers.

November 18, 2018 01:28 PM
Falcons' Duke Riley: Returns to action Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Riley (stinger) returned to Sunday's game against Dallas, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

Riley was listed as questionable to return after suffering a mild neck injury during the first quarter of Sunday's game. He didn't miss much time before returning, likely suggesting the injury was not serious.

November 18, 2018 01:24 PM
Falcons' Duke Riley: Return questionable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Riley is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Cowboys due to a stinger/neck injury, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Riley suffered his injury early in Sunday's game. Look for Kemal Ishmael or Foyesade Oluokun to see some extra snaps for as long as Riley is sidelined.

October 16, 2018 09:08 PM
Falcons' Duke Riley: Drastic cut in playing time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Riley collected four tackles and a pass deflection during Sunday's 34-29 victory over Tampa Bay.

It may not seem like a substantial feat, but Atlanta held an opponent to fewer than 30 points for the first time in the past four games, bringing an end to a disheartening three-game skid. This came with the team's 2017 third-round pick, Riley having his defensive snap count sliced from an average of 56.8 plays per game between Week 2 and Week 5, to 28 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay. The decision to peel back Riley's playing time is likely tied to a turbulent performance against Pittsburgh the game prior in which he missed six of a possible 12 tackles. The team prefers rookie Foyesade Oluokun moving forward, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, leaving Riley's IDP value in flux for the time being.

September 24, 2018 01:08 PM
Falcons' Duke Riley: Posts 12 tackles Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Riley recorded 12 tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's overtime loss to New Orleans.

Riley has seen significant action ever since Deion Jones (foot) was placed on injured reserve. Riley hasn't disappointed, averaging double-digit tackles the past two weeks. He and the Falcons take on the Bengals in Week 4.

September 18, 2018 07:24 PM
Falcons' Duke Riley: Steps up in Jones' absence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Riley finished tied with De'Vondre Campbell for a team-high nine tackles as the Falcons defeated the Panthers 31-24 on Sunday.

After a shaky rookie season in 2017 and an up-and-down 2018 preseason, Riley emerged with his best outing as a pro Sunday against Carolina, picking up a career-high nine combined tackles (he never exceeded six tackles in first 13 games of career). Sunday's home game against the Saints presents a daunting task for Riley and the front seven, going up against one of the league's premier offenses without Pro Bowl middle linebacker Deion Jones in the lineup. Alvin Kamara is a nightmare matchup coming out of the backfield against this dinged-up linebacking corps, with 15 receptions for 165 yards and a touchdown through two games. Atlanta struggled mightily at containing Christian McCaffrey in the passing game Sunday, as the second-year back tore up the Falcons for 14 catches and 100-plus yards in Week 2.

September 12, 2018 12:32 PM
Falcons' Duke Riley: Likely moving to middle linebacker
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Riley is the likely candidate to replace Deion Jones (foot) at middle linebacker going forward, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official website reports.

Riley will likely move from weakside linebacker to the mack role, which bodes well for his IDP value. His ability to communicate is one of his biggest strengths and essential for a middle linebacker. After a significant knee injury cut short his rookie season, the 24-year-old looks to be in line for a more prominent role as the season progresses.

July 3, 2018 01:44 PM
Falcons' Duke Riley: Probable Week 1 starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Riley is the favorite to earn the starting weakside linebacker job heading into training camp, Matthew Tabeek of the Falcons' official site reports.

Riley recorded 24 tackles in 12 games during his rookie campaign out of LSU but missed a quarter of the regular season with a knee injury. The Falcons want to give the 23-year-old another shot to prove his worth with a third-round draft choice invested, but Foyesade Oluokun of Yale has a puncher's chance to push Riley for the starting role if he continues to play lights out, as he has throughout OTAs and minicamp. Atlanta allowed 18.9 points per game last season in 14 regular-season and postseason contests with Riley in the lineup and 19.5 points per game when he was inactive between Week 8 and Week 11, which included the only performance in which the team surrendered more than 26 points.

January 23, 2018 10:20 PM
Falcons' Duke Riley: Ends season as starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Riley recorded 30 tackles (15 solo) through 12 games this season.

Despite a knee injury that cost the rookie four games, Riley had a solid performance his first year in the league. He'll now get a full offseason to grow in the unit and seems likely to retain his starting position heading into 2018.

December 21, 2017 08:32 PM
Falcons' Duke Riley: Plays 10 snaps, records tackle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Riley notched a solo tackle on 10 snaps in Monday's 24-21 win over the Buccaneers.

Riley has been eased back into game action since returning from meniscus surgery in Week 12 after missing four games. The rookie's 10 snaps represent his highest amount since before the knee injury. If Riley can continue to progressively increase his snap count to his pre-injury level, he will likely see his tackle numbers rise.

November 25, 2017 11:52 AM
Falcons' Duke Riley: Ready for Week 12
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Although he logged a full practice Friday, Riley landed on the team's final injury report heading into Sunday's game against Buccaneers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Riley was absent from the injury report throughout the week until Friday, but he is still without an official injury label heading into the weekend. Thus, he looks ready to resume his role as a depth linebacker for Week 12, assuming he avoids any setbacks prior to kickoff.

November 20, 2017 07:28 PM
Falcons' Duke Riley: Inactive Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Seahawks have listed Riley (knee) as inactive for Monday's game versus the Seahawks.

Riley is looking to make his return from knee surgery he underwent following a Week 7 injury. However, the team will play it safe with the rookie and hold him out another week.

November 18, 2017 04:24 PM
Falcons' Duke Riley: Questionable Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Riley (knee) is questionable for Monday's tilt with the Seahawks, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Riley is in danger of missing his fourth straight game as he continues to recover from surgery on a torn meniscus. Look for a decision on his status to be made a few hours before kickoff, with Kemal Ishmael in line to see more reps should Riley be ruled out once again.

November 11, 2017 04:44 PM
Falcons' Duke Riley: Will not play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Riley (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Head coach Dan Quinn indicated Riley has began running and is coming closer to a return, but he will miss his third consecutive game after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in late October. Kemal Ishmael should continue to see an increased role on the Falcons' defense.

November 1, 2017 04:32 PM
Falcons' Duke Riley: Ruled out for Week 9
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said Riley (knee) won't play Sunday against the Panthers, Vaughn McClure of reports.

As expected, Riley will be sidelined for a second straight week while he recovers from surgery to repair a torn meniscus. The rookie could miss additional time beyond this week, which would pave the way for De'Vondre Campbell to take on a larger role in the Falcons' defense.

October 27, 2017 01:16 PM
Falcons' Duke Riley: Officially out Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Dan Quinn says Riley (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Jets, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Riley will miss his first game since entering the league in the third round of this season's draft. He had surgery on his meniscus Wednesday and is expected to miss a few more weeks too. In his absence, expect Kemal Ishmael to take over his workload. Riley has 20 tackles (eight solo) this season, and he has only played over 40 defensive snaps once.

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