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20 Kendall Sheffield DB

Atlanta Falcons

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September 18, 2020 03:48 PM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Won't suit up Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sheffield (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Cowboys, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Sheffield's season debut will wait another week. His absence leaves the Falcons in a tight spot against the receiver-rich Cowboys, and Darqueze Dennard should maintain his starting role in Week 2. Sheffield will look to get healthy for Week 3's clash against Chicago.

September 16, 2020 04:32 PM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Foot injury persists
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sheffield (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Coach Dan Quinn has downplayed Sheffield's foot injury, but it forced the cornerback to miss Atlanta's first game. If Sheffield fails to up his practice participation as the week unfolds, he'll likely be out again Sunday in Dallas.

September 14, 2020 04:24 PM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: injury downplayed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Dan Quinn said Monday he doesn't expect Sheffield (foot) to face a long-term absence, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

The 24-year-old was inactive for the season opener due to the left foot issue he was battling during training camp, but it doesn't appear to be a serious concern. Sheffield's status for Week 2 against the Cowboys should receive more clarity once the Falcons return to practice Wednesday.

September 11, 2020 04:52 PM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Officially out Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sheffield (foot) has been ruled out of Sunday's game versus the Seahawks, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Sheffield battled this injury through training camp and was unable to practice all week, so he'll watch from the sidelines Sunday. Darqueze Dennard should see an increase in snaps with Sheffield out, and Blidi Wreh-Wilson could also enjoy a bump in usage.

September 11, 2020 11:20 PM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Unlikely to go Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sheffield (foot) is doubtful to play Sunday against Seattle after sitting out Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

The second-year cornerback continues to sport a walking boot, leaving Atlanta with just one of its top three perimeter cornerbacks certain to suit up Week 1. Rookie A.J. Terrell (hamstring) was limited Thursday, making Isaiah Oliver the only member of the group who is completely clear for play at the moment. With Sheffield likely to be on the shelf Week 1, veteran Darqueze Dennard may shift out of the slot and see more snaps lining up on outside receivers.

September 10, 2020 07:32 PM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Can't practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sheffield (foot) was a nonparticipant in Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Sheffield was spotted wearing a walking boot on his left foot at Wednesday's practice, per D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. When healthy, the second-year pro looks primed to handle a rotational role at cornerback, but he'll only have two more opportunities to practice ahead of Sunday's contest against the Seahawks.

August 18, 2020 09:04 AM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Back at practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sheffield (foot) returned to practice Tuesday morning, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

The second-year pro missed a few days of practice while nursing a sore foot. Sheffield will compete for cornerback snaps with A.J. Terrell, Isaiah Oliver and Darqueze Dennard.

August 15, 2020 02:08 PM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Misses second straight practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sheffield was absent from a second consecutive practice session Saturday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

It has not yet been announced why Sheffield is not practicing, but an update on his status is expected from coach Dan Quinn shortly. The former Ohio State Buckeye logged 11 starts as a rookie last year, and based on Quinn's high praise of him this offseason, it seems he is slated to inherit a prominent defensive role for 2020 as well.

April 20, 2020 08:48 PM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Garnering praise from head coach
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Dan Quinn believes that Sheffield could develop into the Falcons' No. 1 cornerback, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "He's definitely somebody with the speed and short-space quickness to (become our best cornerback)," Quinn said Monday. "I definitely think he has a shot to do that, based on his speed and that I think he's going to continue to grow."

Some advanced metrics providers may consider the coach's assessment optimistic, as Pro Football Focus reported Sheffield as having the 15th-worst coverage grade among 114 qualified cornerbacks last year. He fielded 378 of his 697 defensive snaps in the slot and another 227 as a wide corner, but he'll have to improve in both regards if he is to match up reasonably against the myriad of Pro-Bowl caliber receivers within his own division.

January 7, 2020 09:12 PM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Starts 11 games as rookie
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sheffield (ankle) recorded 43 tackles, three pass deflections and a forced fumble across 16 appearances for the Falcons in 2019.

The rookie from Ohio State saw an uptick in playing time while Desmond Trufant was inactive between Weeks 6 and 10 with a toe injury, and he continued to remain an integral piece after Trufant went down due to a season-ending forearm injury Week 14. Sheffield fielded just 46 total defensive snaps over the Falcons' first five games of 2019, but from Week 6 on, he averaged over 59 defensive snaps per contest, logging 11 straight starts before succumbing to an ankle injury in the finale. Though he was thoroughly battle-tested during his debut NFL campaign, Sheffield ranked as Pro Football Focus' 17th-worst coverage corner among 123 qualified players, while his performance against the run placed fifth worst at the position.

December 29, 2019 03:32 PM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Leaves with ankle injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sheffield won't return to Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after suffering an ankle injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Sheffield has been a starter since Week 6, and he's recorded 36 tackles and three pass breakups over the last 10 games. The rookie fourth-round pick's season is over. Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Jamar Taylor are in line for additional snaps for the remainder of Sunday's divisional clash.

November 24, 2019 12:04 PM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Ready to go Week 12
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sheffield (illness) is active for the team's Week 12 contest against the Buccaneers.

Sheffield had battled an illness throughout the week but is prepared to play Week 12. He's served as the team's slot cornerback and will likely have his hands full trying to keep Chris Godwin in check.

November 22, 2019 06:24 PM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Officially questionable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sheffield (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Coach Dan Quinn said Friday that he expects Sheffield to play Week 12, but a final decision on the rookie's availability will ultimately come down to how well he recovers from his illness. If cleared to suit up, Sheffield stands to play a key role in Atlanta's secondary as slot cornerback.

October 16, 2019 01:04 AM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: To remain important defensive piece
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Dan Quinn was impressed with Sheffield's outing against the Cardinals on Sunday and says that he will continue lining up as a perimeter cornerback, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

Sheffield got his first career start and played on 100 percent of the team's defensive snaps while registering four tackles. He was a key part of Atlanta's defense buckling down in the second half and forcing punts on three consecutive drives to help the offense mount a 17-point comeback, but ultimately the unit conceded a go-ahead touchdown pass to Kyler Murray in the final six minutes of regulation. Quinn would not explicitly state that Sheffield will remain a starter when Desmond Trufant (toe) returns from injury, but he did admit the rookie deserves more time playing on the outside given his individual performance against the Cardinals.

September 27, 2019 06:48 PM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: May get opportunity on returns
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sheffield is considered to be part of a committee that will be filling in for the injured Kenjon Barner (concussion) on punt and kickoff returns Sunday against the Titans, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Barner has fielded all 12 returnable kicks that Atlanta has received as a team this year, establishing a 22.3 yards-per-attempt average on four kickoff returns, and an impressive 8.5 yards per return on punts -- seventh best among all NFL players with at least five attempts this season. Sheffield, who has played 70 percent of the Falcons' special teams snaps without returning a kick, is part of Atlanta's contingency plan in Barner's absence alongside Justin Hardy and Mohamed Sanu.

September 4, 2019 06:08 PM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Fully recovered
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sheffield (hamstring) is not listed on Atlanta's injury report Wednesday, William McFadden of the team's official site reports.

Sheffield appears back to full health after managing a hamstring injury during the preseason. The rookie fourth-round pick projects to contribute on special times and provide the Falcons with depth in the secondary.

August 20, 2019 11:56 AM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Held out of practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sheffield (hamstring) did not participate with the team in Monday's practice session, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

The rookie fourth-round draft choice out of Ohio State continues to rehabilitate after exiting Thursday's preseason game against the Jets with a hamstring issue. This is the second injury that has afflicted Sheffield since playing his final collegiate game, as he also tore a pectoral muscle while bench pressing at the NFL Combine. Sheffield strives for a rapid return so that he can resume his bid for playing time in the defensive backfield rotation.

August 15, 2019 08:44 PM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Exits with hamstring injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sheffield was removed from Thursday's preseason matchup with the Jets due to a hamstring injury, Wendy Adams of the Falcons Radio Network reports.

The injury is the second to afflict Atlanta's secondary Thursday, as Damontae Kazee also exited the contest with a rib injury. With Sheffield sidelined, Chris Cooper, Ryan Neal and Jayson Stanley seem likeliest to see extra reps.

May 31, 2019 02:24 AM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Getting reps at nickelback
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sheffield was fielding snaps as the second-team nickelback during OTAs on Thursday, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

Sheffield was contained to individual drills during rookie minicamp after injuring his left pectoral muscle while benching at the NFL combine. Now recuperated and fully participating in OTAs, the uber-athletic rookie will look to polish his defensive skill set in a backup role, while retaining a puncher's chance at overtaking Justin Hardy as the primary punt returner. Though he took snaps at nickelback Thursday, head coach Dan Quinn stated earlier this offseason that he expects Sheffield to line up as a perimeter corner frequently.

May 24, 2019 09:20 AM
Falcons' Kendall Sheffield: Healthy for OTAs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sheffield has seemingly recovered from the pectoral injury that limited him at rookie minicamp, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Sheffield sustained the pectoral injury at the combine. Now that he's healthy, the Ohio State product should be in the mix for Atlanta's No. 4 cornerback job behind starters Desmond Trufant and Isaiah Oliver, as well as Damontae Kazee. Sheffield was also spotted fielding punts Thursday and could end up racking up return yards on the special teams unit this season, given his speed and athleticism.

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Career Defensive Stats
SeasonTeamGGSTKLTLKASTSACKSINTYDSLGDTDPASS DEF
2020ATL00000000000
2019ATL1611463313000003
Total161146 33.013 000-12703
Career Kick Return Stats
SeasonTeamGRETYDSAVGLGTD
2020ATL000---00
2019ATL16610617.7290
Total16610617.7290
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-10/212
Birthdate:
5/30/1996
Age:
24
Hometown:
Missouri City, TX, USA
School:
Ohio State
NFL Experience:
2
Awards: