|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||5||Southeastern Louisiana|
|Averill, Travis||C||6-3||295||12/21/1993||R||Boise State|
|95||Babineaux, Jonathan (FA)||DT||6-2||300||10/12/1981||13||Iowa|
|5||Bosher, Matt||P||6-0||208||10/18/1987||7||Miami (Fla.)|
|Branch, Marcelis||DB||5-11||180||1/19/1994||R||Robert Morris|
|Brunskill, Daniel||T||6-5||256||1/27/1994||R||San Diego State|
|Burton, Deante||WR||6-2||205||7/12/1994||R||Kansas State|
|65||Chester, Chris (FA)||G||6-3||303||1/12/1983||12||Oklahoma|
|32||Collins, Jalen||CB||6-1||203||3/20/1993||3||Louisiana State|
|Crawford, Jack||DE||6-5||288||9/7/1988||6||Penn State|
|Dable, Anthony||WR||6-4||220||9/25/1988||R||No College|
|Daniels, B.J.||WR||5-11||217||10/24/1989||4||South Florida|
|Edison, Cornelius||C||6-3||309||7/10/1993||2||Portland State|
|English, Darius||LB||6-6||227||8/25/1994||R||South Carolina|
|Freeman, Wil||T||6-6||260||2/7/1994||R||Southern Mississippi|
|24||Freeman, Devonta||RB||5-8||206||3/15/1992||4||Florida State|
|93||Freeney, Dwight (FA)||DE||6-1||268||2/19/1980||16||Syracuse|
|18||Gabriel, Taylor||WR||5-8||165||2/17/1991||4||Abilene Christian|
|63||Garland, Ben||C||6-5||308||4/6/1988||4||Air Force|
|Goldson, Dashon (FA)||DB||6-2||200||9/18/1984||10||Washington|
|29||Goodwin, C.J.||CB||6-3||220||2/4/1990||2||California (PA)|
|Grace, Jermaine||LB||6-1||209||11/8/1993||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|Griswold, Darion||TE||6-5||255||12/23/1992||1||Arkansas State|
|14||Hardy, Justin||WR||5-10||192||12/18/1991||3||East Carolina|
|Harlow, Sean||G||6-4||303||3/28/1995||R||Oregon State|
|36||Ishmael, Kemal||SS||6-0||206||5/6/1991||5||Central Florida|
|94||Jackson, Tyson (FA)||DE||6-4||296||6/6/1986||9||Louisiana State|
|Jones, Jarnor||DB||6-3||209||4/29/1994||R||Iowa State|
|45||Jones, Deion||MLB||6-1||222||11/4/1994||2||Louisiana State|
|Jones, J.T.||DE||6-3||246||11/12/1993||R||Miami (Ohio)|
|Kazee, Damontae||CB||5-10||183||6/5/1993||R||San Diego State|
|Keizur, Cam||C||6-4||311||1/17/1994||R||Portland State|
|52||Keyes, Josh||LB||6-2||223||1/23/1993||3||Boston College|
|25||King, Akeem||DB||6-1||212||10/29/1992||3||San Jose State|
|Levitre, Andy||G||6-2||303||5/15/1986||9||Oregon State|
|Magee, Josh||WR||5-11||170||10/1/1991||R||South Alabama|
|70||Matthews, Jake||T||6-5||309||2/11/1992||4||Texas A&M|
|Moore, Jordan||DB||6-3||225||12/13/1993||R||Texas-San Antonio|
|20||Neasman, Sharrod||DB||5-11||213||10/14/1991||2||Florida Atlantic|
|Odom, Chris||DE||6-3||234||9/16/1994||R||Arkansas State|
|30||Olatoye, Deji||CB||6-1||205||7/20/1991||3||North Carolina A&T|
|Renew, Tyler||RB||5-11||209||//||R||The Citadel|
|Reynolds, Taylor||DB||6-1||194||2/5/1994||R||James Madison|
|Riley, Duke||OLB||6-1||231||8/9/1994||R||Louisiana State|
|Roberts, Andre||WR||5-11||192||1/9/1988||8||The Citadel|
|60||Robinson, Trevor||G||6-5||300||5/16/1990||5||Notre Dame|
|2||Ryan, Matt||QB||6-4||217||5/17/1985||10||Boston College|
|Saubert, Eric||TE||6-5||253||5/1/1994||4||No College|
|73||Schraeder, Ryan||T||6-7||300||5/4/1988||5||Valdosta State|
|71||Schweitzer, Wes||G||6-4||300||9/11/1993||2||San Jose State|
|Tago, Christian||LB||6-1||242||1/15/1994||R||San Jose State|
|83||Tamme, Jacob (FA)||TE||6-3||230||3/15/1985||10||Kentucky|
|86||Tialavea, D.J.||TE||6-4||260||7/27/1991||3||Utah State|
|Ward, Terron||RB||5-7||201||2/15/1992||3||Oregon State|
|Washington, Deron||DB||6-1||211||5/3/1993||R||Pittsburg State|
|56||Weatherspoon, Sean (FA)||OLB||6-2||244||12/29/1987||7||Missouri|
|41||Wheeler, Philip (FA)||OLB||6-2||245||12/12/1984||10||Georgia Tech|
|43||Van Dyke, DeMarcus (IR)||DB||6-1||185||1/17/1989||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|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 .
Saubert, a small school product out of Drake, has some intriguing traits that should translate to the NFL. He checks in at 6-foot-5 with big hands and he posted a strong 121-inch broad jump at the Combine. Like any small school player, there will be a learning curve for Saubert, but he has reliable hands and the frame to hold up in the NFL.
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 has bounced around the league since being selected in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft, spending time with the 49ers, Seahawks, Texans, Giants, and now Falcons. Originally a quarterback, Daniels has been transitioning to wide receiver/return specialist over the past few seasons. His diverse skill set could help him obtain a spot on Atlanta's 53-man roster next season.
Simms has spent time with the Falcons in the past, though he's never made the regular season active roster. He'll attempt to make it out of training camp as Matt Ryan's backup, though he'll have to beat out veteran quarterback Matt Schaub for the spot.
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.
Crawford will be a quality addition to the Falcons, who will be without Dwight Freeney in 2017. Crawford had 25 tackles, including 3.5 sacks while playing in all 16 regular season games. Expect Crawford to start across from Brooks Reed at defensive end in 2017.
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.
Coleman last played for the Seahawks in 2015. Legal troubles prevented him from taking the field last season. He joins the Falcons alongside fullback Soma Vainuku, as the two will compete for a starting gig with the reigning NFC champions. In 31 games (seven starts) over three seasons with the Seahawks, Coleman recorded 11 receptions for 91 yards with two receiving touchdowns. He also rushed the ball 10 times for 35 yards.
Griswold spent part of last offseason with the Colts, but was waived by the team before the beginning of the preseason due to an undisclosed injury. Almost a year later and the tight end now has another chance to keep his NFL dream alive. Levine Toilolo and Jacob Tamme (shoulder) are both slated to be unrestricted free agents this offseason, which could boost Griswold's stock as he competes for a spot on the final 53-man roster.
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.
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.
The 2016 third-round pick led the Falcons in targets and brought in a 19-yard touchdown in the second quarter, giving Atlanta a 14-0 lead at the time. Hooper thus wraps up a rookie campaign in which he turned in a modest 19 receptions (on 27 targets) for 271 yards and three touchdowns, with his best stretch coming over Weeks 8 and 9, when he posted a combined eight receptions for 87 yards against the Packers and Bucs, respectively. Atlanta's offense under Kyle Shanahan -- with its highly efficient two-back system, superstar No. 1 receiver, and effective second and third options -- didn't make much use of the tight end overall, limiting Hooper's upside in his first campaign. However, given his big-play ability, the team is likely to invest some time this offseason in attempting to integrate the Stanford product more consistently during the 2017 campaign.
The San Diego State cornerback lacks the ideal measurables for a modern NFL defensive back, but his tape and production speak for themselves. Kazee (5-10, 184) had 15 interceptions over his final two seasons as an Aztec, showing ball-hawking tendencies that override some of his athletic shortcomings. Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford are locked in as starters on the outside, but Kazee could see time in nickel or dime packages.
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 tore his biceps during the Falcons' divisional-round playoff matchup with the Seahawks and has spent the last few months rehabbing the injury. The former Iowa standout is expected to serve as a rotational defensive end in 2017 after accruing 22 tackles and 4.5 sacks a season ago.
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.
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 had his best season as a pro in 2016, as he had 264 yards and two touchdowns to the tune of 20.3 yards per catch on 13 catches. He's never been a top-flight fantasy tight end, but he's been a consistent option for the Falcons and will likely see a similar role in 2017.
Shelby ended the 2016 campaign on injured reserve due to the calf injury. He appeared in six games last season and accrued eight tackles and no sacks, and could see his role diminish further in 2017 with the Falcons acquiring Dontari Poe to bolster their defensive line.
Operating as Atlanta's starting tight end, Tamme racked up his highest touchdown total since 2010 last season despite appearing in just eight games due to a shoulder injury. However, he's entering his age-32 campaign, while the Falcons have a younger and cheaper alternative in the form of last year's talented third-round selection, Austin Hooper. Although it isn't clear what kind of market awaits the veteran tight end coming off shoulder surgery, Tamme still looked to have something left in the tank before succumbing to injury, so he shouldn't have a problem finding a new home this offseason if and when he can prove his health.
Coleman's ankle injury in the Super Bowl appeared somewhat serious, but he didn't need surgery and there's been nothing to suggest it's a long-term concern. Quinn's comments support the notion that the 24-year-old running back is back to full health for the start of the Falcons' offseason program. Coleman will reprise his role as a valued complement to Devonta Freeman, who hopes to secure an extension prior to the start of the final season of his rookie contract. As a key part of the high-powered Atlanta offense even when Freeman is healthy, Coleman may be the most valuable No. 2 running back in the league.
Gabriel reported to offseason workouts this past week without a solidified contract situation as a restricted free agent, while no other team offered to match his second-round tender worth $2.746 million in Atlanta. Having officially signed his tender with the Falcons, Gabriel will likely continue seeking a long-term deal given his good standing with the organization.
Wreh-Wilson joined the Falcons in late November but only managed to take the field once last season. He'll head into the offseason vying for a spot on the 53-man roster as a depth cornerback and special teamer.
Poe was one of the last big-ticket players available in free agency. The 6-foot-3, 346 pound defensive tackle recorded a career-low 27 combined tackles in 16 games played last season, but his massive frame is still capable of wreaking havoc on opposing offenses. Atlanta was 26th in the NFL with 4.5 yards allowed per carry in 2016, so Poe will be welcomed as a boost to the Falcons' run defense as they try to make another push deep into the playoffs.
The 52nd overall selection in last year's draft, Jones ran a 4.59 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 222 pounds at the Combine, making him one of the lightest and fastest linebackers in the NFL for what turned out to be a standout rookie season. He made 13 starts in 15 games and finished with 108 tackles, three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and a forced fumble. While speed and coverage skills will remain his calling cards, Jones may find that adding a bit of weight helps him defend the run. He'll enter his second season locked into a three-down role, with a good shot to improve on last season's IDP production.
Trufant was expected to become a free agent following the 2017 season, but the Falcons have opted to lock up the 26-year-old corner for the foreseeable future. He has started every game he has played since being drafted by the team in 2017, but his season was cut short this past year due to a torn pectoral muscle. The Washington product provided 55 tackles, 17 passes defended, two interceptions, and a forced fumble in nine games before being placed on IR. He hopes to be ready for May practices, and will head into training camp primed for a productive year as the team's starting right cornerback.
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.
Mack suffered a hairline fracture in his left fibula during the NFC championship game against the Packers, although the injury ultimately wasn't enough to keep him from taking part in the Super Bowl. Fortunately, he recovered in time for the start of the start of the Falcons' OTAs, which begin May 30.
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.
Edison played in six games for the Bears during his rookie season. Entering his second year, the 23-year-old will look to make Atlanta his new home for the long-term. He'll likely serve as a backup lineman throughout training camp with the chance to move into a starting role depending on how well he performs during preseason.
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.
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 was listed as a free safety on last year's depth chart, but with the Falcons releasing Philip Wheeler and Vic Beasley being more of a pass rusher, they are looking to Ishmael to fill a more traditional strong-side linebacker role. He recorded 52 combined tackles while playing only 27.9 percent of Atlanta's defensive snaps in 13 games last season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury, so the Falcons will be hoping he can successfully bring his tackling abilities from safety to linebacker in the coming months.
Jarrett had been limited in practice before participating fully on Wednesday, as he projects to start at defensive tackle next to Jonathan Babineaux.
Campbell left in the second quarter with cramps but is now back in action with the first-string unit.
Freeman is currently entering the final year of his rookie contract, which is good for under $2 million this season. After joining the Falcons as a fourth-round pick in 2014, Freeman has totaled over 3,000 yards of offense and 27 touchdowns over the past two seasons. Although Atlanta also boasts Tevin Coleman in its backfield, Freeman is surely worth more than he's slated to earn this year, but knowing both he and the Falcons' openness to a long-term extension, he won't complicate matters by skipping workouts.
Jackson is 30 years old and is coming off of a season where he only recorded 13 combined tackles. He will look to find a home with another NFL team in free agency.
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 NFL prohibits rookies from partaking in offseason workouts other than rookie camps until their colleges finish their current term. UCLA's spring quarter does not end until June 15, which happens to be the same date as the final day of Falcons' minicamp. Thus, even if he was healthy, McKinley would be unable to practice with the team until training camp kicks off in late July. When camp does begin, it will mark roughly five months from his shoulder surgery. Until then, the Falcons' first overall pick will continue rehabbing and studying the playbook. He figures to contend for a starting linebacker role with the team.
Formerly a safety, King will continue his conversion to cornerback now that he's staying in Atlanta for another year. However, he likely won't compete for anything more than a depth role.
Ryan, and the Falcons offense he helmed, were masterful for two quarters-plus before Tom Brady's killer instinct kicked in. He started to heat up on Atlanta's third possession, completing passes of 19 and 23 yards to Julio Jones on a drive that ultimately culminated in a five-yard Freeman touchdown run. The veteran quarterback came back on the next drive to connect with Taylor Gabriel for 24 yards and Jones for another 18, before capping matters off with a pretty 19-yard scoring connection with rookie Austin Hooper. After an eight-play, 85-yard scoring drive early in the third quarter that featured a 35-yard connection to Gabriel and a six-yard touchdown strike to Tevin Coleman, Ryan and the Falcons appeared to be in the proverbial driver's seat, but ironically would fail to score the rest of the game. One of their subsequent unsuccessful possessions came in the early part of the fourth quarter, when Ryan lost the ball after getting hit by Donta Hightower on a play where Freeman whiffed on his block. The turnover would lead to one of the Patriots' second-half touchdowns, and Ryan ultimately would never have a chance to touch the ball in overtime after the Patriots drove for a touchdown on the opening drive of the extra period. The record comeback by New England ironically caps Ryan's MVP season, a campaign in which he threw for a career-best 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns.
Hill lands in a crowded backfield, but his prospect profile gives reason to think he'll stick around and be a top candidate to see meaningful reps if injury should strike Devonta Freeman or Tevin Coleman. At 6-foot-1, 219 pounds, Hill put forth a good showing at the Combine, running a 4.54-second 40-yard dash and 125-inch broad jump. He finished his memorable Wyoming career with 4,287 yards (5.5 YPC) and 35 touchdowns in 37 games.
Still rehabbing from February surgery to remove a bunion, Jones has been walking around the team facility without a noticeable limp. His status as a limited participant likely will stretch beyond April workouts and into May, but he should be a full go for the start of training camp in late July, or possibly even for mandatory minicamp in mid-to-late June. His surgery came with an expected rehab timetable of four-to-five months.
Freeney, who is likely destined for the Hall of Fame once he retires, ended his 15th season with four sacks over the Falcons' final eight total games, including one in their Super Bowl collapse. That followed Freeney posting eight sacks during the 2015 regular season, proving he's still impactful in a situational pass-rushing role. Set to be a free agent at 37 years old, Freeney is clearly not an every-down option, but his pedigree off the edge should still garner interest on the open market.
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.
Roberts will add depth to Atlanta's group of receivers after totaling 188 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown over 16 games with Detroit in 2016. On top of that, the 29-year-old could be in line to return kicks and punts for his new team, especially since he combined for 993 return yards and two touchdowns last season.
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.