John Cominsky’s role on Falcons defense to increase

Falcons defensive end John Cominsky joins the offensive line on special teams to block for a kick during the third practice  of training camp Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Flowery Branch.
Falcons defensive end John Cominsky joins the offensive line on special teams to block for a kick during the third practice of training camp Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Flowery Branch.

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

Falcons defensive end/tackle John Cominsky is set to receive an increased role, coach Dan Quinn said Wednesday.

“Certainly, we’ll see Cominsky and his role increasing as it’s going,” Quinn said on a video conference call with the media.

Cominsky, a fourth-round pick in 2019, played at Division II Charleston (W.Va.). He played 63 defensive snaps (6.7%) and 28 special-teams snaps (7%) in eight games before he sustained a high ankle sprain. He had six tackles, a quarterback hit and a pass defensed. Overall, he played 102 defensive snaps (9.7%) last season.

Cominsky was inactive for six games with the injury.

Cominsky was a high school quarterback who weighed 215 pounds and didn’t have any scholarship offers coming out of Barberton (Ohio) High. He developed into a pass-rusher menace while at Charleston and impressed NFL scouts with his physical and intellectual capacity (31 Wonderlic score).

He finished his college career with 218 tackles (48-1/2 for loss) and 16 sacks.

Cominsky was just starting to get comfortable in the NFL before the ankle injury.

Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett was impressed with Cominsky’s small body of work late last season.

“He’s a big dude,” Jarrett said. “He’s versatile. He can play all across the defensive line, whether it’s tackle or end. He’s a factor on special teams. We are excited for him to show what he can do. He’s a guy that wants to prove it to us that he belongs. He wants to go out there and have a good showing.”

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