An Under-the-Radar Addition: Heading into free agency, a number of outlets suggested
Strong Hands: Scouts and other talent evaluators agree that Shelby’s hand technique is one of his greatest strengths. This likely caught the attention of Dan Quinn, who places a big emphasis on handwork.
A Stout Run-Stopper: Based on last year’s numbers, Shelby is one of the best run-stoppers among NFL 4-3 defensive ends. In that group, only eight posted higher run stop percentages, and only three compiled more stops against the rush.
Entering His Prime: Shelby hit free agency at a good time for the Falcons. As someone who turned 27 last week, the University of Utah alum is fresh enough to give Atlanta his best years physically. Signed through 2019 at a relatively modest cost, Shelby and
Valuable on All Three Downs: While Shelby is at his best when defending the run, he’s grown into a viable pass-rusher, as well. In the last five games of 2015, when he was starting in place of the injured Wake, Shelby generated 16 QB pressures from the left side—more than all but eight other 4-3 defensive ends in the league.