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Hazard's Huddle: Perry Riley vs. Atlanta Falcons (2nd Half)

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An All-22 film breakdown of Perry Riley's performance against the Falcons (2nd Half)

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We already took a look at Perry Riley's performance in the 1st half vs. the Atlanta Falcons. Let's take a look at his performance from the 2nd half.

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1.) Perry Riley is the backside linebacker on this screen pass. The center and guard are going to lead the way and the target is Jacquizz Rodgers.

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The center and guard make good blocks up-field. Riley is free but takes a poor angle, choosing to step up into this gap.

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Riley is still able to chase him down but not until a gain of 15 yards.

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2.) ATL is running two crossing routes here. A deep one by Roddy White and a shallow one from Tony Gonzalez. Riley is in a zone coverage.

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He takes Roddy White away right after the snap.

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Riley passes off White to Brandon Meriweather and jumps the Gonzalez route that had just entered his zone. Play ends in an incomplete pass.

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3.) Matt Ryan is going to audible to a sweep left here. Peter Konz is responsible for blocking Riley on the play.

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Konz tries to cut block Riley but Riley shows his athleticism by staying on his feet.

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Riley runs down the play from the backside and is in on the tackle.

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4.)  Here's 4th down from the inch line. Steven Jackson is going to take this off-tackle. Riley is going to go outside and it's pretty much just one on one.

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Hell of a collision, but Riley wins the match-up. Turnover on downs.

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5.) One of our starting MLBs and leader on defense in tackles playing special teams.

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Riley makes his block and then heads down-field after the punt. He hand-fights the guy next to him and wins the fight.

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Riley makes a good open field tackle.

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6.) ATL is going to run a screen pass here to Riley's side. Riley is in man coverage with Jacquizz Rodgers.

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When the ball is snapped, Riley immediately jumps to the outside and meets Rodgers at the spot. Rodgers therefore tries cutting back inside.

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Rodgers receives the ball but can't get away from Riley who sandwiches him with Barry Cofield. Minimal gain on the play.

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7.) ATL is going to run a zone right. Perry Riley is the LB on that side. The RT is responsible for blocking him.

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The RT doesn't get to his spot because Riley is too fast to the outside. He fills the gap and makes the tackle with the help of others.

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8.) ATL is going to run a play-action pass here. T.Gonzalez is going to run a seam route.

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Brian Orakpo is suppose to jam Gonzalez off the line but puts one hand on him and pretty much gives him a free release (I criticized him for it in the Orakpo breakdown). Riley bites up on the play-action opening up a huge hole in the middle of the field.

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Riley is trying to catch up but Gonzalez would have had a big gain if Matt Ryan saw it. He didn't and ended up dumping the ball off to J.Rodgers in the flat.

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9.) ATL is going to run a fake toss/shovel pass here to Jason Snelling.

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Riley mirrors Snelling. He doesn't attack this open gap because that's not where Snelling is going. Riley does a good job not getting caught up in traffic and meets Snelling in the next gap.

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Riley squares him up and makes the tackle in this gap.

That does it for the Perry Riley review. His athleticism his apparent on the field but the Falcons O-line looked slow at the same time. They had a hard time getting to the 2nd level in the run game. Still, Riley did a good job reading and reacting most of the time. One of the things I questioned when looking at him last year was his instincts. They are not top-notch yet but they certainly seem improved.