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Deji Olatoye
Free agent
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1991-07-20) July 20, 1991 (age 28)
Cleveland, Ohio
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Dublin Scioto (Dublin, Ohio)
College:North Carolina A&T
Undrafted:2014
Career history
* Baltimore Ravens ( 2014)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:17
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Pass deflections:4
Interceptions:1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Ayodeji Olatoye (born July 20, 1991) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at North Carolina A&T. He was originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2014.

Early yearsEdit

Olatoye attended Dublin Scioto High School in Dublin, Ohio.[1] While there he was a three-year letterman. He also earned All-Central District Division II honors. As a senior, he played in seven games and recorded 49 tackles and one interception which was returned for a touchdown.

In addition to football, Olatoye lettered in basketball three times and was the team's starting power forward as a senior. He also lettered in soccer and track and field. In track, he set the school record in the high jump with a mark of 6-foot, 4-inches and also ran the third leg in the 4 × 400 metres relay.

College careerEdit

Olatoye originally began his college career at the University of Colorado, where he graduated from with a degree in mass communications. He redshirted his first season in 2009. In 2010, he recorded six special teams tackles and one forced fumble.[2] In 2011, he recorded 10 tackles and one pass defensed in four games.

In 2012, Olatoye transferred to North Carolina A&T where he started 10 games, recording 30 tackles, seven passes defensed, three interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. Then as a senior in 2013, he played in 11 games recording 39 tackles, two interceptions and 11 passes defensed.[3] He was a member of a defense that allowed 277.9 total yards-per-game, including 187.6 passing, and just 16.8 points-per-game.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 198 lb 4.46 s 1.57 s 2.59 s 4.32 s 7.12 s 35½ in 10 ft 9 in 13 reps

Baltimore RavensEdit

Olatoye was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2014 NFL Draft on May 12.[4][3] He was waived on August 25 and signed to the practice squad.[3] He was released on September 3.[5]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

On October 8, 2014, the Kansas City Chiefs signed him to the practice squad after Phillip Gaines and Chris Owens suffered injuries.[3] On December 30, he was re-signed by the Chiefs to a reserve/futures contract.[6] On September 5, 2015, he was waived by the Chiefs and was re-signed to the practice squad.[7] He was cut from the practice squad on September 8, 2015.

Dallas CowboysEdit

On September 9, 2015, Olatoye was signed to the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad.[8][9] After releasing defensive back Corey White, the Cowboys promoted him to the active roster on November 18.[10][11] His first start came in the fifteenth game of the season against the Buffalo Bills in place of an injured Morris Claiborne. He registered five tackles, one pass defensed and an interception.[12]

In 2016, Olatoye was used at cornerback and safety during training camp. He was having a solid preseason until the last game against the Houston Texans, when he struggled after being targeted by the opposing quarterbacks. On September 3, he was released after being passed on the depth chart by Dax Swanson.[13]

Atlanta FalconsEdit

On September 5, 2016, the Atlanta Falcons signed Olatoye to their practice squad.[14] He was promoted to the active roster on November 23, 2016.[15] Olatoye and the Falcons reached Super Bowl LI, where they faced the New England Patriots. In the final, he had two total tackles as the Falcons fell in a 34–28 overtime defeat.[16]

On September 21, 2017, Olatoye was waived by the Falcons.[17]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

On October 25, 2017, Olatoye signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[18] He was waived on November 7.[19] He was re-signed on November 29.[20] He was waived again on December 12, 2017.[21]

Atlanta Falcons (second stint)Edit

On December 14, 2017, he was signed by the Atlanta Falcons to replace cornerback C. J. Goodwin and provide depth.[22] He was waived on December 29.[23]

Orlando Apollos (AAF)Edit

In 2019, Olatoye joined the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football.[24] He was placed on the injured reserve list before the start of the season and later was activated on March 5. He played with the team until the league folded in April.

Personal lifeEdit

Olatoye was born to Nigerian immigrants.[25] His younger sister, Oyesade, was a three-time state champion thrower at Dublin Coffman High School.[26] She is also the Ohio State University record holder in the indoor weight throw and represented the United States at the Junior World Championships in 2016 in Poland.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Dublin Scioto Football - Irish in the NFL". http://www.sciotofootball.com/irishinthenfl.php.
  2. "Deji Olatoye 2010 Game Log" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/deji-olatoye-1/gamelog/2010/.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Paylor, Terez A. (October 9, 2014). "Chiefs sign cornerback Deji Olatoye to practice squad". The Kansas City Star. http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article2637392.html.
  4. "Ravens Sign 17 Undrafted Free Agents". May 12, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20170807071740/http://www.baltimoreravens.com/news/article-1/Ravens-Sign-17-Undrafted-Free-Agents/058fa495-45d3-487a-883e-63f019d16649. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  5. Zrebiec, Jeff. "Former Ravens players currently in the playoffs" (in en-US). Baltimore Sun. http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-former-ravens-players-currently-in-the-playoffs-20170104-story.html.
  6. "Deji Olatoye, CB, Free Agent". http://www.kffl.com/player/30023/nfl/deji-olatoye.
  7. "Chiefs Roster down to NFL-Mandated 53". September 5, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20170518101111/http://www.chiefs.com/news/article-2/Chiefs-Roster-down-to-NFL-Mandated-53/f840345b-1dbf-4de8-ae51-904c2e7a41a8. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  8. George, Brandon (September 9, 2015). "Brandon George (of the Dallas Morning News) Tweet". https://twitter.com/DMN_George/status/641649606732845056. "The Dallas Cowboys have a 10th practice squad player now: CB Deji Olatoye from North Carolina A&T. Wearing No. 29."
  9. Kahn, Jeffrey (September 9, 2015). "Dallas Cowboys add CB Deji Olatoye, complete practice squad". http://dal.247sports.com/Bolt/Dallas-Cowboys-add-CB-Deji-Olatoye-complete-practice-squad-39289806.
  10. Phillips, Rob (November 18, 2015). "Cornerback Signed; Rookie LB Nzeocha Activated; Practice Squad Moves". Dallas Cowboys. https://www.dallascowboys.com/news/cornerback-signed-rookie-lb-nzeocha-activated-practice-squad-moves-392836.
  11. Crispt, Scott (November 18, 2015). "Cowboys Promote CB Deji Olatoye to Active Roster". KXAS-TV. http://www.nbcdfw.com/blogs/blue-star/Cowboys-Promote-CB-Deji-Olatoye-to-Active-Roster-351442741.html.
  12. "Dallas Cowboys at Buffalo Bills - December 27th, 2015" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201512270buf.htm.
  13. Helman, David (September 3, 2016). "Three Former Draft Picks Among Cowboys' Cuts; McFadden Moved To NFI". Archived from the original on February 22, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20180222185931/http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/2016/09/03/three-former-draft-picks-among-cowboys-cuts-mcfadden-moved-nfi.
  14. "Falcons Sign Johnson, Olatoye to Practice Squad". September 5, 2016. https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/falcons-sign-johnson-olatoye-to-practice-squad-17623884.
  15. Jackson, Curtis (November 23, 2016). "Falcons Promote CB Olatoye, Release RB Ridley". https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/falcons-promote-cb-olatoye-release-rb-ridley-18138781.
  16. "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201702050atl.htm. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  17. Conway, Kelsey (September 21, 2017). "Falcons Waive Cornerback Deji Olatoye". https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/falcons-waive-cornerback-deji-olatoye-19420263.
  18. Smith, Scott (October 25, 2017). "With Spence Headed to IR, Bucs Sign DE Tapp". https://www.buccaneers.com/news/with-spence-headed-to-ir-bucs-sign-de-tapp-19640004.
  19. Smith, Scott (November 7, 2017). "Buccaneers Activate Ryan Griffin". https://www.buccaneers.com/news/buccaneers-activate-ryan-griffin-19722865.
  20. Smith, Scott (November 29, 2017). "Dotson, Marpet to IR Among Multiple Moves". Archived from the original on January 3, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20180103003945/http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-smith/Dotson-Marpet-to-IR-Among-Multiple-Moves/fc51c8ef-97fe-4e9f-acc9-5ad9569388cb.
  21. Smith, Scott (December 12, 2017). "Riley Bullough Promoted to Active Roster". https://web.archive.org/web/20180526120924/http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-smith/Riley-Bullough-Promoted-to-Active-Roster/0efa32d8-bfa4-446d-858b-aa4b35cb35ef.
  22. McFadden, Will (December 14, 2017). "Falcons waive CB C.J. Goodwin, sign ex-Buc CB Deji Olatoye". https://web.archive.org/web/20171218061554/http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/transactions/article-1/Falcons-waive-CB-CJ-Goodwin-sign-ex-Buc-CB-Deji-Olatoye/4a2e43e8-aec1-459d-bb39-36506ee26ee9.
  23. Conway, Kelsey (December 29, 2017). "Falcons sign guard Jamil Douglas to active roster, waive cornerback Deji Olatoye". https://web.archive.org/web/20180102224630/http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/transactions/article-1/Falcons-sign-guard-Jamil-Douglas-to-active-roster-waive-cornerback-Deji-Olatoye-/f2aecd7e-0aba-4dd1-8a73-b09ca135f66e.
  24. "Orlando Apollos Set Final Roster". Our Sports Central. January 30, 2019. https://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/orlando-apollos-set-final-roster/n-5442986. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  25. Jerod Smalley (February 3, 2017). "Olatoye family set for Super Sunday". http://nbc4i.com/2017/02/03/olatoye-family-set-for-super-sunday/. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  26. "Sade Olatoye - Stats" (in en). http://oh.milesplit.com/athletes/2612400-sade-olatoye/stats#.WJfRcrYrI6g.
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