The Bengals have claimed defensive end Takkarist “Takk” McKinley off of waivers from the Atlanta Falcons.
The 25-year old McKinley was drafted by the Falcons with the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
McKinley was not as effective as Atlanta had hoped when making the selection. He recorded 17.5 sacks in his three and a half seasons with the Falcons. This included six in the 2017 season and seven in the 2018 season. Cincinnati is hoping to see the numbers reflecting his first two seasons, while giving the opportunity to revitalize his career.
We've acquired DE @Takk McKinley on waivers from the Atlanta Falcons.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) November 11, 2020
McKinley may be most recognized for his polarizing draft night moment. Once selected McKinley walked out onto the stage carrying a large picture of his grandmother. He proceeded to exclaim how he had made a promise to his grandmother when she was on her death bed that he would make it to the NFL.
Overcome with emotion, Takk told Dion Sanders, “It means everything man, it means everything. I made a promise to her that I was going to go D1, I was going to get out of Oakland, I was going to go to the pros.” He went on to say “it means every (expletive) thing, fine me later.”
McKinley is the type of player and story that fans love to root for and there is no lack of drive or effort from the young defensive end. Look for him to bring a high motor, positive influence and ideally high production to the Bengals defensive front.
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