4 Falcons players the Panthers must do better against in Week 8
By Dean Jones
Foyesade Oluokun – LB
Foyesade Oluokun was absolutely everywhere for the Falcons during their first contest against the Carolina Panthers. The linebacker is making steady improvement with each passing game and although Atlanta’s defense might be struggling overall, that should not detract from well he’s performed for large periods.
Oluokun recorded 14 combined tackles, 12 solo tackles, and a tackle for loss in Week 5. This didn’t have much of an impact on the overall outcome. But the Panthers should still look for ways to limit his influence nonetheless.
Carolina’s offense has been tremendous through seven weeks of the season. Joe Brady seems to be putting his playmakers in the best positions to succeed and in quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, they have a more accurate passer than during the days of Cam Newton.
This might end up being a shootout thanks to the playmakers on display. So it is vital for the Panthers to cut out Oluokun’s ability to make stops at the second level in pursuit of putting some significant points on the board.
Oluokun has 49 combined tackles, 33 solo tackles, three forced fumbles, two passes defended, two tackles for loss, one interception, and a 61.9 grade from Pro Football Focus from his efforts this season. Carolina has already seen him in action and should be fully aware of his superb athletic traits.