Falcons rookie defensive end Takkarist McKinley had a quarterback sack and hit against the Buccaneers last week.

He has six sacks on the season and is tied with Aundray Bruce for the second-most sacks by a rookie in team history. He needs one to tie Ron Pitts and two to claim the record.

“The game is starting to slow down for me,” McKinley said. “It’s not as fast as it used to be for me like in the (exhibition) season and early in the season. It’s starting to slow down. I’m just trying to go out there when I get my opportunity and just rush.”

McKinley has played 349 of the defensive snaps (37.6 percent) at both right and left defensive end.

“We certainly know that that’s something that he can do,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “We started him off at right end, then he’s played on the left end, so he’s probably the most equipped to play on both sides, and we train him that way in practice.”

McKinley also believes they he’s rushing better with his teammates.