Arthur Smith of the Falcons gives a positive update on two key players.


Arthur Smith of the Falcons gives a positive update on two key players.

Last week, two crucial Atlanta Falcons players returned to practice after being placed on the injured reserve list.

Josh Andrews, the starting left guard, was back on the field for the first time since breaking his hand in August, and Kendall Sheffield, the cornerback, returned to practice after being placed on injured reserve due to an unexplained ailment.

Neither player saw action in Week 4’s loss to Washington, but both might see action in Week 5’s clash in London against the New York Jets.

During Wednesday’s press conference, Falcons coach Arthur Smith said, “It’s totally conceivable.” “We still have some time with those men,” says the narrator. Both of those players will put in a lot of practice time this week. Both of those gentlemen will accompany us on our journey. We have the ability to make a decision at any time. Those are the possibilities.”

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Jalen Mayfield, what about him?

For a long time, the left guard position has been Atlanta’s biggest question mark.

Matt Gono was re-signed by the Falcons for the starting left guard position, however he has been out since the offseason due to an injury. Andrews was the next in line for the post. The Falcons had to settle for rookie guard Jalen Mayfield when he broke his hand.

Mayfield will make his NFL debut against a stout Philadelphia Eagles defense, which he didn’t like after allowing two of Matt Ryan’s three sacks. Since then, he’s continued to progress, and he was particularly impressive in the Falcons’ victory over the New York Giants on Sept. 26.

But, with Andrews on the verge of returning, what happens to the Falcons’ fourth-round pick in 2021? Andrews, after all, has a great deal more experience.

After signing with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014, the Oregon State product spent three seasons in Philadelphia, bouncing between the practice squad and the 53-man roster.

Andrews spent the 2018 season with the Minnesota Vikings after his tenure with the Eagles. He returned to Philadelphia and spent time on the practice squad of the Indianapolis Colts before joining the Jets in 2020.

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