Falcons Get Badly Needed Corner Help as Rookie A.J. Terrell Re-Joins the Active Roster

A.J. Terrell with Clemson in 2018. Photo by John Mersits/CSM/Shutterstock (10043408cf)

Atlanta Falcons’ secondary has been dealing with all sorts of problems since the season started, but the team could finally get some relief in Week 5. Falcons announced on Thursday that rookie corner A.J. Terrell re-joined the team’s active roster and might play in Week 5.

Terrell, who was Atlanta’s first-round pick in 2020, showed promise in the first two weeks of the season with 11 combined tackles and one QB hit. The 22-year-old Clemson Tigers’ product unfortunately couldn’t continue to build on this as he landed on Reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Week 3 and missed the following two games.

While he couldn’t confirm whether Terrell will get on the field for Sunday’s game against Carolina Panthers, Falcons’ defensive coordinator Raheem Morris said the team is glad to have him back.

“We can’t wait to see him,” said Morris.

Atlanta Falcons are significantly banged up on the secondary, being forced to place starting corner Darqueze Dennard and starting safety Damontae Kazee on injured reserve in recent weeks. Besides the duo, safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen are practicing on a limited basis while safety Jaylinn Hawkins hasn’t been practicing at all due to a concussion.