The Atlanta Falcons unofficially cast former first-round draft pick Takk McKinley as a disappointment when they declined the fifth-year option on his rookie contract this offseason. McKinley hasn’t taken offense to the decision, however. In fact, as the edge rusher told reporters Saturday, he used it as motivation — to shed weight, add speed and, most of all, use the 2020 season as proof that he belongs, not only in Atlanta but in the NFL.
“I’m going into my fourth season, (but) I feel like yesterday I just got drafted,” the pass rusher said. “Sometimes, being a pro, you kind of forget like, ‘Damn, OK.’ You feel like you’ve got time, but once I realized they declined my fifth-year option, it’s like, ‘Man, if I want to be in this league, I’ve got to do something better.'”
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