|Offense||2nd||120.5 (5th)||295.3 (3rd)|
|Defense||25th||104.5 (17th)||266.7 (28th)|
|23||Alford, Robert||CB||5-10||186||11/1/1988||4||Southeastern Louisiana|
|5||Bosher, Matt||P||6-0||208||10/18/1987||6||Miami (Fla.)|
|32||Collins, Jalen||CB||6-1||203||3/20/1993||2||Louisiana State|
|76||Compton, Tom||T||6-5||308||5/10/1989||4||South Dakota|
|42||DiMarco, Patrick||FB||6-1||234||4/30/1989||5||South Carolina|
|24||Freeman, Devonta||RB||5-8||206||3/15/1992||3||Florida State|
|18||Gabriel, Taylor||WR||5-8||165||2/17/1991||3||Abilene Christian|
|63||Garland, Ben||C||6-5||308||4/6/1988||3||Air Force|
|29||Goodwin, C.J.||CB||6-3||220||2/4/1990||1||California (PA)|
|16||Hardy, Justin||WR||5-10||192||12/18/1991||2||East Carolina|
|94||Jackson, Tyson||DE||6-4||296||6/6/1986||8||Louisiana State|
|45||Jones, Deion||MLB||6-1||222||11/4/1994||R||Louisiana State|
|52||Keyes, Josh||LB||6-2||223||1/23/1993||2||Boston College|
|67||Levitre, Andy||G||6-2||303||5/15/1986||8||Oregon State|
|70||Matthews, Jake||T||6-5||309||2/11/1992||3||Texas A&M|
|20||Neasman, Sharrod||DB||5-11||213||10/14/1991||R||Florida Atlantic|
|30||Olatoye, Deji||CB||6-1||205||7/20/1991||2||North Carolina A&T|
|19||Robinson, Aldrick||WR||5-10||187||9/24/1988||4||Southern Methodist|
|2||Ryan, Matt||QB||6-4||217||5/17/1985||9||Boston College|
|73||Schraeder, Ryan||T||6-7||300||5/4/1988||4||Valdosta State|
|71||Schweitzer, Wes||G||6-4||300||9/11/1993||R||San Jose State|
|86||Tialavea, D.J.||TE||6-4||260||7/27/1991||3||Utah State|
|28||Ward, Terron||RB||5-7||201||2/15/1992||2||Oregon State|
|41||Wheeler, Philip||OLB||6-2||245||12/12/1984||9||Georgia Tech|
|87||Fuller, Devin (IR)||WR||6-0||194||1/29/1994||R||UCLA|
|33||Howard, Travis (IR)||CB||6-1||200||11/24/1989||2||Ohio State|
|36||Ishmael, Kemal (IR)||SS||6-0||206||5/6/1991||4||Central Florida|
|25||King, Akeem (IR)||DB||6-1||212||10/29/1992||2||San Jose State|
|74||Mayes, Chris (IR)||DT||6-3||349||9/27/1991||R||Georgia|
|39||Mooney, Collin (IR)||RB||5-10||238||4/3/1986||3||Army|
|25||Moore, William (IR)||SS||6-0||221||5/18/1985||6||Missouri|
|90||Shelby, Derrick (IR)||DE||6-2||280||3/4/1989||5||Utah|
|52||Starr, Tyler (IR)||LB||6-5||250||1/25/1991||3||South Dakota|
|83||Tamme, Jacob (IR)||TE||6-3||230||3/15/1985||9||Kentucky|
|21||Trufant, Desmond (IR)||CB||6-0||190||9/10/1990||4||Washington|
|43||Van Dyke, DeMarcus (IR)||DB||6-1||185||1/17/1989||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|56||Weatherspoon, Sean (IR)||OLB||6-2||244||12/29/1987||6||Missouri|
|Bykowski, Carter||T||6-7||313||7/25/1990||3||Iowa State|
|Daniels, B.J.||WR||5-11||217||10/24/1989||4||South Florida|
|Griswold, Darion||TE||6-5||255||12/23/1992||R||Arkansas State|
|Pressley, Jhurrell||RB||5-10||206||5/20/1992||R||New Mexico|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
The defensive players gone from the roster are safeties Jonathon Amaya and Malcolm Bronson, linemen Dominique Hamilton, Kyle Love and Kona Schwenke, linebackers Alonzo Highsmith, Devan Walker and Nico Johnson and cornerbacks Justin Rogers and DeMarcus Van Dyke .
Matt Ryan found Sanu in the back of the end zone for a 10 yard strike on a scramble midway through the second quarter. It was Sanu's first score since Week 8. Sanu put together some solid outings to start the season, but he has been quiet in recent weeks, a period that coincides with the emergence of big-play threat Taylor Gabriel. Gabriel was out with a foot injury on Sunday, but is expected back for the playoffs. Those planning on playing Sanu should prepare accordingly.
Daniels signed on with the Giants in early May, hoping to secure a third-string spot behind Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib on the depth chart. With training camp approaching, the Giants decided to instead sign 24-year-old Logan Thomas, leaving Daniels as the odd man out.
Schaub completed 10 of 15 passes for 179 yards in the first preseason game, and while Thursday's performance was far less impressive, there's been no indication he's facing any real pressure for the No. 2 quarterback job. Starter Matt Ryan hasn't missed a game since 2009.
Simms is battling Matt Schaub for the right to back up Matt Ryan, but it will take more than one decent performance to supplant the veteran. His statline is encouraging, nonetheless.
With the Falcons placing Kemal Ishmael (shoulder) on injured reserve, Goldson, who was previously waived by Atlanta in October, will rejoin the team to help restore some depth at safety. The former All-Pro is just a backup player at this stage of his career, so don't expect him to play many snaps over the final two weeks of the regular season.
Keyes has been on the practice squad since Week 7 after getting his walking papers from Tampa Bay. He'll provide some added depth at linebacker down the stretch.
The Falcons were able to sign Chester after they released linebacker Prince Shembo, who was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.
Chester was cut by the Redskins earlier this week after he played 64 consecutive games for the organization.
Moore has managed just two complete 16-game seasons in his seven-year career, and 2015 wasn't one of them. Limited to 11 appearances due to groin and ankle concerns, he was eventually placed on injured reserve as a result of the latter injury, but not before totaling 51 tackles (38 solo), two interceptions, and one forced fumble. While he turns 31 in the offseason, he likely can offer safety depth to another organization, as long as he remains healthy.
Jackson entered this week as questionable after suffering a quadriceps injury against New Orleans in Week 16. Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman will share the load. Jackson could return to action in the postseason, if Atlanta defeat Carolina on Sunday.
Griswold hadn't practiced with the Colt's at all in training camp, remaining on the PUP list for the duration of time he was with the team. If he clears waivers, Indianapolis will likely add him to their IR list.
Tialavea has been stashed on the team's practice squad all season, but he'll get the call up for the final few games of 2016. He'll serve as a depth tight end and may see some work if the Falcons clinch a playoff spot before Week 17.
Mooney has one year left on his contract, but that doesn't mean his roster spot his safe. He'll have to prove he could handle the full time duties in the event Patrick DiMarco went down with an injury in order to secure a roster spot in 2016.
Neal's return is a boon to the Falcons defense both in the passing game and in run support. He injured his ankle early in the first half, but only missed a minimal amount of time before getting back on the field.
After sustaining a sprained MCL in Week 16, Hooper was held out of the season finale, but with the benefit of a first-round bye, he's approaching the end of the line in his recovery effort. Even if he's able to handle a plurality of TE reps this Saturday, he'll have a difficult time making an impact against a Seahawks defense that has conceded no more than three catches nor 40 receiving yards to tight ends in each of the past six contests (including playoffs).
Allen had an impressive sophomore season in 2015, recording 69 total tackles, good for third on the team, and three interceptions, leading all Falcons in that category. The safety was one of the lone bright spots for a weak Atlanta run defense and helped the Falcons finish seventh in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks in 2015 with savvy play in the secondary. Allen has the potential for a breakout campaign in 2016 as he continues to improve in defensive coordinator Richard Smith's 4-3 scheme.
Clayborn went down in Saturday's divisional-round victory over the Seahawks. As Atlanta's second-highest leader in sacks, his absence downgrades the Falcons' pass rush and will likely result in more playing time for Ra'Shede Hageman and Dwight Freeney.
As expected, Babineaux will be ready for Week 1 as he returned for Friday's practice after his brief absence. The veteran will start at defensive tackle alongside Grady Jarrett.
Weems made $730,000 last season, when he had 10 catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 10.
Alford has been a constant in the Atlanta secondary for the past four seasons, collecting two or more interceptions in each year with the team. Through 12 games in 2016, the 28-year-old has also racked up 47 combined tackles, putting him well on pace to surpass his career high. The Southeastern Louisiana product was handsomely rewarded for those efforts Thursday.
Toilolo was only able to haul in one of the three passes thrown in his direction, but that's par for the course for Toilolo, who has exactly one reception in each of his last six games. He'll have to wait until the divisional round to see if he can extend his streak in the playoffs.
Shelby suffered a calf injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, effectively ending the 27-year-old's season. In six games this season, he recorded eight tackles (six solo) and one pass deflection. Expect veteran Jonathan Babineaux to see an increase in reps, with Courtney Upshaw now serving as the only healthy reserve defensive tackle on the roster.
Reynolds will receive the start due to Deion Jones' projected absence.
Bowen played eight games in 2014, totaling 11 tackles. In four seasons with the Redskins, he totaled 96 tackles with seven sacks. By releasing Bowen, the Redskins will save $5.52 million in cap space, according to the Washington Post.
Compton has spent all three years with Washington, starting nine of 16 games in 2014.
Tamme missed back-to-back games before a Week 11 bye, during which he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. With Monday's move official, the Falcons will turn to rookie Austin Hooper as the primary pass-catching tight end, but Levine Toilolo may continue to be the starter in name.
Coleman slipped out of the backfield and into the flat for a seven-yard touchdown to get Atlanta on the board in the first quarter. It was Coleman's 11th score of the season and fifth in the six games since Atlanta's bye. Coleman seldom puts up the same kind of yardage as his counterpart Devonta Freeman, Freeman reaching 100 total yards seven times this season to Coleman's three. Yet, with the level of consistency that he's been able to contribute in the passing game and score down the stretch, Coleman is a worthwhile play in the playoffs.
With the benefit of the Falcons' first-round bye, Gabriel has clearly put behind the toe and ankle injuries that forced him to be sidelined in Week 17. The multi-faceted wideout will now focus his efforts on exploiting a Seattle secondary that has allowed 12.9 YPC and 15 total touchdowns to wide receivers this season (including playoffs).
The defensive back was released by the Falcons three days ago, but now rejoins the team after they waived offensive tackle Kevin Graf. Look for Wreh-Wilson to resume his regular role as a depth option at cornerback.
Jones was limited at practice last week before ultimately being removed from the final injury report. He ended up playing in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, and recorded six tackles in the contest. He appears to be on track to play again in Week 7.
Trufant tended to a shoulder injury throughout November, missing two games as a result. He was diagnosed with a torn pectoral over the weekend, and with season-ending surgery on tap, the Falcons made the obvious roster move. With Trufant sidelined, Jalen Collins will assume starting cornerback duty opposite Robert Alford for the rest of the campaign.
Collins missed last week's game due to his knee issue but he was able to practice in full this week and will jump back in with the starting unit Saturday.
The Falcons drafted Fuller out of LSU in the seventh-round of this years draft. The Rookie impressed early on in the preseason recording 66 yards and a touchdown in his first two games before injuring his shoulder in the team's third game against the Dolphins. The Saints had hoped he could earn a spot returning kicks heading into the season.
It was a big day for tight ends on the lower end of the depth chart for the Falcons, as both Perkins and D.J. Tialavea caught the first touchdowns of their careers. Coming off a career day which included two catches for 34 yards, don't expect big things out of Perkins in Week 17.
Pressley was released this week with the Packers in need of a roster spot at another position, but it appears team and player have come to an agreement that he will rejoin the roster after spending one week off it.
Ward's 16 carries over the past two weeks exceeds his previous season total. The uptick in usage requires more than a look at the box score, however. Ward has benefited from back-to-back blowouts by the Falcons. Every one of his touches in those two games has come in garbage time in the fourth quarter.
Levitre missed some practice time and he may still be limited during the week but he's not in danger of sitting out the team's regular season finale.
The details of the signing remain a bit unclear, but the 6-foot-2, 272-pound outside linebacker specializes in stuffing the run, but the bulkiness keeps him from becoming an elite linebacker. He will need to transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3 outside linebacker with the move to Atlanta, which will result in him serving in coverage more often. Upshaw collected 51 tackles (29 solo) last season, starting 15 of 16 games after Terrell Suggs suffered a torn Achilles, and will look to build on that to secure a starting job again in 2016.
Hageman's charges come from an alleged incident with the mother of his child and include interfering with a call for emergency help, battery family violence and cruelty to children in the third degree. According to the report, the NFL has been in contact with the Falcons regarding the situation. A second-round pick in 2014, Hageman was inactive for the Falcons' season-opening loss Sunday.
Ishmael suffered a shoulder injury during Week 14's win over the Rams and was unable to return. His presence will be missed on special teams, but won't have much of an impact on the Falcons' defense.
Dealing with a foot injury he suffered on Monday, Mayes had been been placed on the team's waived/injured list, but cleared waivers and will now be stashed on the Falcons' IR.
Worrilow popped up on the Falcons' injury report after the illness prevented him from practicing Friday, but with a day off to recover, it's not expected that he'll face any limitations. The middle linebacker has a pair of 120-plus-tackle seasons on his resume, but after being displaced by Deion Jones for the starting role in 2016, Worrilow remains off the IDP radar.
Jarrett had been limited in practice before participating fully on Wednesday, as he projects to start at defensive tackle next to Jonathan Babineaux.
Campbell suffered a concussion in Week 15 and ended up missing the Falcons' most recent game against the Panthers with some lingering symptoms. After some time off for additional rehab, he's slowly upped his practice workload this week, going through a limited session Wednesday, before being upgraded to a full participant Thursday. Campbell should be cleared of the team's concussion protocol, which means he'll likely slide back in as one of the starters at outside linebacker opposite Vic Beasley in Week 17.
Matthews was uncertain to play after spraining his knee last week against the Chiefs.
Freeman had over 100 total yards after the Falcons' first two drives, posting catches of 13 and 35 yards in the team's opening drive and then rumbling for a 75-yard touchdown in the team's second possession. Tevin Coleman, when healthy, has been a talented enough complement to Freeman to prevent dominance like Freeman displayed early last year. He's still managed seven games with at least 100 total yards this season - including thrice in the last five weeks.
This is the second consecutive season that Jackson has been sackless. He was never a dominant pass rusher with the Chiefs, but he did have seven combined sacks in his final two years in Kansas City. He still has three years left on his contract, but the Falcons will likely need to see a little more out of Jackson if he wants to stay on the roster for three more years.
Weatherspoon was placed on the injured reserve after rupturing his right achilles in Week 4's win over Carolina. The Falcons have signed AJ Hawk to attempt to fill Weatherspoon's shoes at linebacker.
It was Hardy's first four-catch game of the season and just his second touchdown since Week 3. The young receiver had entered Sunday's game with just one game with more than two catches in his previous nine outings. Those days are not likely behind him. Hardy's uptick can rather easily be attributed to Taylor Gabriel, an unexpected star of Atlanta's season, sitting out with a foot injury. With Gabriel likely to return to practice this week, expect Hardy's production to settle back down.
Williams missed last week's game due to a concussion but was able to practice the past few days and was cleared to play this week. However, with Julio Jones (toe) returning from injury, Williams was the odd man out at the bottom of the receiver depth chart.
The Falcons have a crowded secondary, and it's likely that King will need to make his presence felt on special teams if he wants to secure a roster spot for years to come.
Ryan came out gunning early, capping his MVP campaign with four touchdowns to four different receivers in the first half. In the final quarter of the season, he's thrown 11 touchdowns without a pick. A pessimist could point to the sub-par competition he's faced in such games, but Ryan has generally stepped up when Atlanta's competition has been the stiffest. In Atlanta's four games against teams that made the playoff field, Ryan completed 71 percent of his passes, averaged 329 yards per game and posted a 10:3 touchdown:interception ratio.
During the stretch run of the regular season, Jones was initially diagnosed with turf toe, which kept him sidelined in Weeks 14 and 15. In the midst of his recovery, though, Quinn reiterated that Jones was in fact dealing with a sprained toe. Although Jones has fared well in three subsequent appearances -- 17 receptions (on 24 targets) for 223 yards and two touchdowns -- he may have a hill to climb in order to suit up for the NFC championship game.
Bosher was able to practice in full on Friday but the team will ultimately go with recent addition Matt Wile instead. Look for more updates on his hamstring aliment to come next week.
Freeney missed Wednesday's practice, but returned on a limited basis Thursday, and followed that up with a full session Friday. His IDP value may be hindered by limited usage, however, as Freeney hasn't seen more than 30 snaps since Week 5 against Denver, nor has he recorded a sack since then.
Beasley hurt his shoulder during the regular season finale but was able to play the entire game and further testing Monday revealed no significant injuries. He's fully expected to play in Saturday's playoff game against the Seahawks.
As a team, Pittsburgh managed just 68 yards on 19 carries in relief of star running back Le'Veon Bell, who missed Saturday's game with a knee injury.
DiMarco was limited in previous practices throughout the week, but was able to get a full one in Friday. He has no injury status listed for Sunday's matchup with the Chargers, so he should be expected to take the field.
Robinson's production slipped in the past two weeks after going off for 111 yards in Week 15, but he may be called upon to play a bigger role in the playoffs should the Falcons go up against a formidable Seattle pass defense in the divisional round. If whoever the Falcons play make it a point to double team Julio Jones, secondary receivers are going to need to step up.
The 41-year-old kicker has been a model of consistency throughout the season, connecting on 34 of 37 field goal attempts and knocking through all but one of his 57 extra point attempts. He'll be kicking in a dome throughout the playoffs, whether those games be in Atlanta, Dallas or Houston, and with Atlanta's high-powered offense, Bryant has to be considered one of the best kicking options in the playoffs.
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