PAdrian Clayborn
DL ATL (11)
9 hours ago

Clayborn (shoulder) is expected back for Week 1, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Clayborn was scheduled for an MRI on Friday, after injuring his shoulder during Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins. He's expected to start at left defensive end, but he may lose a lot of snaps to Brooks Reed and/or Dwight Freeney.

PAdrian Clayborn
DL ATL (11)
21 hours ago

Clayborn will undergo an MRI on his left shoulder Friday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The defensive end suffered a shoulder injury during Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins and was unable to return. Friday's MRI figures to shed light on the extent of Clayborn's shoulder injury. If the injury proves to be serious, it'd be a blow to a Falcons pass rush that finished dead last in the league in sacks last year, taking down the quarterback a mere 19 times.

PAdrian Clayborn
DL ATL (11)
5 months ago

The Falcons plan to use Clayborn solely as a defensive end in 2016, according to the Falcons Team Website.

EDGE Analysis

The Falcons rotated Clayborn at defensive tackle at points last year, but they felt he made a bigger impact at defensive end. In his first season year with the Falcons, Clayborn racked up 15 quarterback hits and three sacks, and the Falcons believe he can build on those numbers working only as a defensive end in 2016. He should see a boost in sack numbers this year if he can stay healthy.

PAdrian Clayborn
DL ATL (11)
6 months ago

Clayborn has signed a two-year deal to remain with the Falcons, Peter Schrager of Fox Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Clayborn recorded 15 tackles and three sacks in 2015 for the Falcons. He started five games and appeared in all 16 and will likely remain in a similar role going forward.

PAdrian Clayborn
DL ATL (11)
7 months ago

Clayborn racked up 15 total tackles and three sacks for the Falcons in 2015.

EDGE Analysis

Clayborn worked as a rotational pass rusher and run stopper for the Falcons in 2015, but he played less than half (49.8%) of the total defensive snaps. He enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, and he may look for greener pastures with the potential for an increase in playing time.

PAdrian Clayborn
DL ATL (11)
2 years ago

The Buccaneers placed Clayborn on injured reserve Friday with a biceps injury, Jenna Laine of Sports Talk Florida reports.

Clayborn was replaced on the roster by fellow defensive end Scott Solomon. The Buccaneers opted not to pick up the fifth-year option on Clayborn's contract over the offseason, so it's possible he has played his last game for Tampa Bay.

PAdrian Clayborn
DL ATL (11)
2 years ago

ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas is forecasting a breakout season for fourth-year LE Adrian Clayborn.

Moving from right to left end to make room for high-priced Michael Johnson, Clayborn should see action at both positions this year, and play about 90 percent of Tampa's defensive snaps. "Last year, he had 19.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and three of them were on the left side," noted new DL coach Joe Cullen. "... He's going to play both sides." Clayborn, 26 in July, is in his contract year.

PAdrian Clayborn
DL ATL (11)
2 years ago

The Bucs have decided against exercising DE Adrian Clayborn's fifth-year option for 2015.

It means Clayborn is entering a contract year in 2014. The fifth-year club option would've set up Clayborn for a non-guaranteed $6.969 million in 2015, but he was not drafted by the Buccaneers' current front office, and is a questionable scheme fit for Leslie Frazier's new Tampa 2. Clayborn registered 7.5 sacks in a promising 2011 rookie year, but has just 5.5 across 19 games since.

PAdrian Clayborn
DL ATL (11)
2 years ago

Profootballtalk.com reports the Buccaneers are "doubtful" to exercise DE Adrian Clayborn's fifth-year club option.

A source also told PFT the Bucs have "no intention of trading" Clayborn as he enters his contract year. With Michael Johnson signed to play right defensive end, Clayborn is moving to the left side this season in Leslie Frazier's Tampa-2 style defense. Not exercising the option doesn't mean Clayborn will definitely leave the Bucs after this season, but it greatly increases the chances.

PAdrian Clayborn
DL ATL (11)
2 years ago

The Buccaneers are moving Adrian Clayborn to left defensive end.

Michael Johnson is Tampa Bay's new right defensive end. Clayborn has been a weak-side rusher to this point in his NFL career, but he has a pretty natural body type for left end at 6-foot-3, 281. The 2011 first-round pick notched 64 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles at right end last year. Clayborn could see more tackle chances on the strong side, increasing his IDP consistency.