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Akeem Dent | Linebacker

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/27/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 239
College: Georgia
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Texans acquired ILB Akeem Dent from the Falcons in exchange for QB T.J. Yates.
Dent, 26, started seven games for the Falcons at middle linebacker before being benched after Week 10 and playing just six more defensive snaps over the season's final two months. He was a plus run defender as a 13-game starter in 2012, but he can't cover at all. In Houston, the Texans are looking for a running mate at inside 'backer to pair with Brian Cushing. Brooks Reed may be asked to convert from outside linebacker to the inside, but if the transition doesn't go as smoothly, Dent has starting experience and can play early downs. Jun 19 - 12:53 AM

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Updating a previous item, Falcons LB Akeem Dent won't need offseason ankle surgery.

Dent was initially expected to need a "clean-out" procedure. He got a second opinion this week, and it was determined rest and rehab should do the trick. Dent lost his starting job as the Falcons middle linebacker this past season to Paul Worrilow and will contribute as a reserve and on special teams in 2014.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 8 - 11:28 AM

Falcons LB Akeem Dent is expected to undergo an offseason "cleanout" procedure on his ankle.

He's currently getting a second opinion. Dent lost his starting job to undrafted rookie MLB Paul Worrilow in 2013, and finished with 51 tackles after registering 65 as a 13-game starter in 2012. He's likely to return to Atlanta on a cheap $725,000 base salary, but has no value in Dynasty IDP leagues.
Jan 20 - 1:15 PM

Falcons MLB Akeem Dent (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 5.

Being ruled out four days in advance of Monday night's tilt with the Jets is a sign Dent has a high-ankle sprain. The hits just keep on coming for the Falcons, who will likely be forced to go with journeyman Omar Gaither in Dent's absence.
Thu, Oct 3, 2013 04:11:00 PM

Falcons MLB Akeem Dent (ankle) was held out of Thursday's practice, and spotted in a walking boot.

This is getting ridiculous for the Falcons, who have been hit by an almost biblical wave of injuries. OLB Paul Worrilow (knee) was also sidelined Thursday. Dent's Week 5 status is unclear, but it doesn't sound like he'll be a go for Monday night's game. His status should be updated over the weekend.
Thu, Oct 3, 2013 01:55:00 PM

Falcons MLB Akeem Dent left Sunday night's Week 4 game with an ankle injury.

His return is questionable. Paul Worrilow also exited in the third quarter with a knee injury and will be held out for the rest of the game.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 11:05:00 PM

Falcons MLB Akeem Dent has lost his starting job.

Dent has struggled in pass coverage this season and will be replaced by undrafted rookie Paul Worrilow. He should still see playing time in sub-packages as a situational run stopper.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 08:35:00 PM

Falcons MLB Akeem Dent was promoted to a full-time player in Week 6 against the Raiders.

Dent opened the season as an early-down thumper, or essentially a situational run defender. He was used in the nickel package too against Oakland, and racked up eight tackles while playing every one of Atlanta's 73 defensive snaps. ESPN's Pat Yasinskas suspects Dent was only used as an every-down linebacker because SLB Stephen Nicholas was injured and played strictly special teams.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Oct 15, 2012 03:43:00 PM

Falcons MLB Akeem Dent (concussion) has been medically cleared for contact.

He'll resume practicing in team drills immediately and play in Atlanta's third preseason game. Concussed in the exhibition opener, Dent remains on track to start at middle linebacker in Week 1. The fact that Dent will leave the field on virtually every passing down means he's more of an LB3 in IDP leagues.
Sun, Aug 19, 2012 12:20:00 PM

Falcons MLB Akeem Dent left Thursday's preseason opener with a concussion.

The concussion may be a bit of a relief, as it initially appeared that Dent was forced from the game due to a more serious knee injury. The Falcons' new starter in the middle will have to pass the customary battery of tests to return to the field next week.
Thu, Aug 9, 2012 08:48:00 PM

Akeem Dent has emerged as the favorite to start at middle linebacker for the Falcons following Lofa Tatupu's pectoral injury.

ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas suggests that the Falcons' coaching staff had wanted Dent to claim the job all along. He's now going to get it, "ready or not." Dent is expected to be a two-down player, coming off the field in nickel packages. He may still push for 90 tackles, but will lose big-play potential.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Jul 22, 2012 06:05:00 PM

Middle linebackers Akeem Dent and Lofa Tatupu are alternating with the first-team defense during minicamp.

Curtis Lofton is now in New Orleans, leaving the early-down middle 'backer gig wide open. Tatupu might have the edge due to more experience, but he's been slowed by knee issues of late. Either way, there's not much IDP upside here.
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 10:52:00 AM

Coach Mike Smith confirmed that 2011 third-round pick Akeem Dent will battle newly-signed Lofa Tatupu for the starting middle linebacker job.

Smith labeled the competition "wide open." While Dent has the fresher legs, Smith indicated that Tatupu's workout for the Falcons was "really strong," with good change-of-direction ability. The winner will likely be limited to early downs.
Wed, Mar 28, 2012 09:16:00 AM

Falcons agreed to terms with No. 91 overall pick LB Akeem Dent on a four-year contract.

With Stephen Nicholas and Mike Peterson re-signed, Dent will begin his career as a core special teamer and reserve at all three linebacker spots. He profiles as a two-down thumper long term.
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 05:29:00 PM

Falcons third-round rookie Akeem Dent is expected to focus on playing the strong side in his first season.

Dent, the 91st pick in the draft, could potentially even start at "SAM" backer should Stephen Nicholas and/or Mike Peterson leave in free agency. (This assumes Sean Weatherspoon would start at weak side.) Dent played the strong side for most of his college career before starting in the middle as a senior at Georgia. He's a two-down thumper, run-stopping linebacker.
Source: FOX Sports
Tue, May 31, 2011 11:50:00 AM

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