Dent Proves to be Falcons’ Unsung Special Teamer

Dent Proves to be Falcons’ Unsung Special Teamer

Jay Adams

Published July 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM

On Monday, NFL.com’s Gil Brandt listed his 10 unsung special teamers around the league, breaking them down into three categories: four-core (players who make an impact on kickoff, kick return, punt and punt return), long snappers and kick blockers.

While there are some great and deserving names on his list, there could be an argument that one Falcon was overlooked. Linebacker Akeem Dent, in his rookie year, proved to be not only a solid special-teamer, but one of the more accomplished in the league.

Dent’s 19 special teams tackles in 2011 was tied for second-highest in Falcons history. The most was turned in by Artie Ulmer in 2002, and Jason Snelling sat alone in second with 19 in 2008 until Dent came along.

Dent was also third in the league in special teams tackles last season, behind Seattle’s Heath Farwell (21) and Minnesota’s Eric Frampton (20), neither of which made Brandt’s list either.

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