Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley (98) reaches for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (5) in the first half Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Pittsburgh.
Photo: Don Wright/AP
Photo: Don Wright/AP

PHOTOS: Takkarist McKinley’s Falcons debut  

McKinley, who was the 26th player taken in the NFL draft, has recovered from a surgically repaired right shoulder. He didn’t register a sack in the first half of action rushing from right defensive end.  

He played 10 plays on defense and five on special teams and had a quarterback hit. 

McKinley gave the Falcons’ pass rush a boost. 

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley (98) warms up before of an NFL preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Photo: Don Wright/AP
Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley (98) warms up before of an NFL preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Photo: Don Wright/AP
Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley (98) warms up before of an NFL preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Photo: Don Wright/AP
Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley (98) warms up before of an NFL preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Photo: Don Wright/AP
Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley (98) warms up before of an NFL preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Photo: Don Wright/AP

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