Heading into the Monday night game there was some hope we might see Deone Bucannon for the first time this year. The Cardinals elected to make him inactive for the game. Bucannon has been practicing and is near a return but most of us will want to see him play before committing a roster spot. Even when he gets on the field it may be a few weeks before he returns to a full workload. That said, Haason Reddick has done little to make the coaching staff want to be patient with Bucannon.
As anticipated the absence of Vic Beasley meant a bigger role for Takkarist McKinley. The rookie finished 2-0-1 with a batted pass on a season-high 48 snaps. He looked pretty good in pass rush situations but I am not going to get excited about McKinley until he improves as a run defender.
The Falcons continue to have DeVondre Campbell and Duke Riley share time at the outside linebacker positions but both were on the field in some situations against the Lions. Campbell continues to see more snaps, playing 52 of 70 in week three. As we have seen thus far Campbell is probably going to have some good weeks but it is hard to trust him as more than a bye week placeholder with some upside.