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Stadium: Georgia Dome | Coach: Dan Quinn
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense7th100.4 (19th)273.7 (6th)
Defense16th105.0 (13th)242.6 (17th)
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20Adams, Phillip DB5-111957/20/19886South Carolina State
23Alford, Robert CB5-1018611/1/19883Southeastern Louisiana
37Allen, Ricardo FS5-918612/18/19911Purdue
95Babineaux, Jonathan NT6-230010/12/198111Iowa
44Beasley, Vic DE6-22467/8/1992RClemson
71Biermann, Kroy OLB6-32559/12/19858Montana
5Bosher, Matt P6-020810/18/19875Miami (Fla.)
65Chester, Chris G6-33031/12/198310Oklahoma
99Clayborn, Adrian DE6-32807/6/19885Iowa
26Coleman, Tevin RB6-02104/16/1993RIndiana
32Collins, Jalen CB6-12033/20/1993RLouisiana State
42DiMarco, Patrick FB6-12344/30/19894South Carolina
52Durant, Justin OLB6-12309/21/19859Hampton
24Freeman, Devonta RB5-82063/15/19922Florida State
63Garland, Ben DE6-53084/6/19882Air Force
30Godfrey, Charles FS5-1121011/15/19858Iowa
93Goodman, Malliciah DE6-42761/4/19903Clemson
66Gradkowski, Gino C6-330011/5/19884Delaware
6Graham, Shayne K6-021012/9/197713Virginia Tech
77Hageman, Ra'Shede DT6-63188/8/19902Minnesota
16Hardy, Justin WR5-1019212/18/1991REast Carolina
72Harris, Bryce T6-63001/16/19894Fresno State
47Harris, Josh LS6-12244/27/19894Auburn
17Hester, Devin WR5-1119011/4/198210Miami (Fla.)
36Ishmael, Kemal SS6-02065/6/19913Central Florida
94Jackson, Tyson DE6-42966/6/19867Louisiana State
97Jarrett, Grady DT6-03054/28/1993RClemson
11Jones, Julio WR6-32202/3/19895Alabama
28King, Akeem DB6-12128/29/1992RSan Jose State
67Levitre, Andy G6-23035/15/19867Oregon State
75Long, Jake T6-73225/9/19858Michigan
70Matthews, Jake T6-53092/11/19922Texas A&M
74Mbu, Joey DT6-33103/28/1993RHouston
81Moeaki, Tony TE6-32526/8/19876Iowa
68Person, Mike C6-43006/17/19885Montana State
56Reed, Brooks OLB6-32542/28/19875Arizona
12Renfree, Sean QB6-52254/28/19903Duke
2Ryan, Matt QB6-42175/17/19858Boston College
50Schofield, O'Brien OLB6-32424/3/19876Wisconsin
73Schraeder, Ryan T6-73005/4/19883Valdosta State
41Starr, Tyler LB6-52501/25/19912South Dakota
54Stupar, Nate OLB6-22403/14/19882Penn State
83Tamme, Jacob TE6-32303/15/19858Kentucky
27Therezie, Robenson FS5-92128/5/1991RAuburn
86Tialavea, D.J. TE6-42607/27/19911Utah State
80Toilolo, Levine TE6-82657/30/19913Stanford
21Trufant, Desmond CB6-01909/10/19903Washington
33Ward, Terron RB5-72012/15/1992ROregon State
14Weems, Eric WR5-91957/4/19859Bethune-Cookman
51Wheeler, Philip OLB6-224512/12/19848Georgia Tech
84White, Roddy WR6-021111/2/198111Alabama-Birmingham
15Williams, Nick WR5-1018411/23/19901Connecticut
55Worrilow, Paul MLB6-02305/1/19903Delaware
Injured Players
3Bryant, Matt (IR) K5-92035/29/197514Baylor
 Gardner, Beau (IR) TE6-424012/27/1989RNorthern Arizona
33Howard, Travis (IR) CB6-120011/24/19892Ohio State
39Mooney, Collin (IR) RB5-102384/3/19863Army
25Moore, William (IR) SS6-02215/18/19856Missouri
67Replogle, Adam (IR) G6-329410/10/19902Indiana
96Soliai, Paul (IR) DT6-434512/30/19839Utah
62Stone, James (IR) C6-32914/26/19922Tennessee
Practice Squad
 Dickson, Xzavier OLB6-32559/11/1992RAlabama
 Goodwin, C.J. WR6-31902/4/19901California (PA)
 Grant, Curtis LB6-224012/28/1992ROhio State
 Harris, R.J. WR6-01946/3/1992RNew Hampshire
 Johnson, Gus RB5-102158/10/1993RStephen F. Austin St.
 Leslie, Jordan WR6-220910/31/1991RBrigham Young
 Moch, Dontay LB6-22557/19/19883Nevada
 Parks, Terrance DB6-22184/14/19901Florida State
 Rahrig, Collin G6-228510/31/1991RIndiana
 Simms, Matt QB6-32109/27/19882Tennessee
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
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Position Listing
Ryan Schraeder
The Falcons revealed second-year offensive lineman Ryan Schraeder will be starting at right tackle in Week 10 at Tampa Bay.

Injuries have decimated the Falcons’ offensive line in 2014, which has resulted in an inconsistent offense. 

Matt Simms
Simms signed a future contract with the Falcons in January of 2016.

Simms will compete with Sean Renfree for the right to back up Matt Ryan in 2016.

Devin Hester
Hester will require 3-to-6 months to recover from surgery on his right big toe, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Hester was sidelined from the Falcons' third preseason game through Week 12 due to a broken sesamoid bone. Strictly used in the return game but for one offensive snap down the stretch, he compiled eight punt returns for 34 yards and nine kick returns for 235 yards, marking the 10th consecutive season in which he posted more than 20 yards per return in the latter realm. The 33-year-old will now don a cast for the first three months and a walking boot thereafter, with no rehab scheduled until he's spent about a month in the boot.

Xzavier Dickson
No Updates
Chris Chester
The Falcons signed veteran offensive guard Chris Chester to a one-year deal on Friday, per nfl.com.

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.

O'Brien Schofield
Schofield recorded 30 tackles and two sacks in his first season with the Falcons.

Although it was his first year with the team, it wasn't his first under the tutelage of Dan Quinn, as the pair came over from Seattle in the offseason. Schofield only played in 47.6 percent of defensive snaps, so there's room for improvement if he can get on the field more often in 2016.

Charles Godfrey
Godfrey was limited to 10 tackles and a forced fumble in 2015.

Kemal Ishmael beat out Godfrey for the starting role, and he failed to produce in a limited role. He enters the offseason without a contract, and it seems like he'll be looking for a new team when free agency begins.

William Moore
Moore tallied 51 tackles and two interceptions in 11 games before he was sidelined for the season with an ankle injury.

Injuries have been a problem for Moore throughout his entire career, but he's been solid when he's been on the field. He'll be pressed by some young players in the offseason, but he has two years remaining on his contract and should start at safety if he is healthy in 2016.

Ankle - IR. Out for season
Mike Person
The Falcons announced Tuesday that they have agreed to a deal with offensive lineman Mike Person. A four-year veteran, Person saw his first extended action last season with the Rams, playing in all 16 games.
Tyler Starr
The following players were ruled inactive for the Falcons in Week 17 against Carolina: cornerback Ricardo Allen, safety Charles Godfrey, running back Steven Jackson, defensive end Stansly Maponga, quarterback Sean Renfree, tackle Jonathan Scott and linebacker Tyler Starr.

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.

D.J. Tialavea
The Falcons have announced the signing of running back Michael Ford and tight end DJ Tialavea. They have also waived/injured tight end Beau Gardner and released wide receiver Freddie Martino.

Ford earned some playing time on special teams for Chicago in 2013. Tialavea played on the Buffalo practice squad a year ago.

Ben Garland
The Broncos have signed exclusive-rights free agent tackle Paul Cornick and guard Ben Garland, per the Baltimore Sun.

This season will be Cornick's fourth with the Broncos while Garland will play his fifth with the team.
Collin Mooney
Mooney provided fullback depth for the Falcons in 2015

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.

Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Shayne Graham
Graham signed with the Falcons after Matt Bryant suffered a quadriceps injury, and he connected with 11-of-13 field goals in five games.

The 38-year-old filled in well, all things considered. Matt Bryant has one year left on his contract, and while the team will probably look for a younger option this season, the 38-year-old Graham isn't going to be a long term option.

Nate Stupar
The Falcons signed linebacker Nate Stupar, a special teams standout, to a one-year extension for the minimum, $585,000, reports ESPN.com. Stupar ranked second on the team with nine special teams tackles, seven solo, while appearing in 15 games last season.
Beau Gardner
The Falcons have announced the signing of running back Michael Ford and tight end DJ Tialavea. They have also waived/injured tight end Beau Gardner and released wide receiver Freddie Martino.

Ford earned some playing time on special teams for Chicago in 2013. Tialavea played on the Buffalo practice squad a year ago.

Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Ricardo Allen
Allen finished the 2015 season with 68 tackles and three interceptions.

Allen emerged as the starting free safety for the Falcons this season, and he ended up putting together a pretty solid statline. Allen didn't make the 53-man roster after being drafted in the 5th round in 2014, but he worked his way up from the practice squad and caught the eye of Dan Quinn. He should be back with the team in 2016 as he'll enter the offseason as an exclusive-rights free agent.

Roddy White
White caught one ball for 10 yards in the season finale against the Saints.

White caught 43 balls for 506 yards and a touchdown in 2015, by far his worst statistical season in years. He was held under 50 catches for the first time since 2006, and he's not getting any younger. White is still under contract for two more years, but Justin Hardy could push him for more playing time in 2016. White's best days are behind him, but if he can stay healthy and the offense gets another year under their belt with Kyle Shanahan, it wouldn't be surprising to see White build on a disappointing year in 2016.

Malliciah Goodman
Goodman was limited to three total tackles in four games in 2015.

Goodman played in all 16 games in 2014, but the Falcons brought in some other pass rushers in the offseason, and Goodman's playing time significantly dropped off. He has one year left on his contract heading into the offseason.

Adrian Clayborn
Clayborn racked up 15 total tackles and three sacks for the Falcons in 2015.

Clayborn worked as a rotational pass rusher and run stopper for the Falcons in 2015, but he played less than half (49.8%) of the total defensive snaps. He enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, and he may look for greener pastures with the potential for an increase in playing time.

Jonathan Babineaux
Babineaux tallied two tackles in the season finale against the Saints.

Babineaux put together another decent year, finishing with 30 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception in 2015. He has one year left on his contract, so expect to see the big man back in the trenches for the Falcons in 2016.

Eric Weems
Wide receiver Eric Weems has agreed to a new two-year contract with the Falcons, according to a report by ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure

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. 

Robert Alford
Alford recorded a season high eight tackles in Week 17 against the Saints.

Alford had a less than spectacular season for the 8-8 Falcons this season. He did manage to set a new season high with 53 total tackles in his third season in the league, and he returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown, but he was also penalized nine times, which was the second most on the team. He should continue to grow into his role in 2016.

Levine Toilolo
The Falcons have been active in changing their tight end depth chart this offseason.

While starting tight end Levine Toilolo is still on the roster, Bear Pascoe and Kyle Miller are gone. The Falcons have since added Jacob Tamme, Tony Moeaki, Mickey Shuler Jr. and Beau Gardner to the roster.

Toilolo progressed as a blocker in his second season in the NFL in 2014, but he never developed into the red-zone threat the team envisioned. He had just two touchdowns in 16 games.

Although, it seems first-year coach Dan Quinn feels the 6-foot-8 Toilolo might have better offensive numbers moving forward.

"It’s all about pad level for him," Quinn said, per AJC.com. "He’s come in, and he’s been ready to work. I’ve been anxiously waiting to see what he can do."

Phillip Adams
Adams didn't record any stats in the season finale against the Saints.

All things considered, it wasn't a bad 2015 season for Adams, who was claimed by the Falcons off waivers in September. He finished the season with 38 total tackles, a forced fumble, an interception and four passes defensed. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but he's probably performed well enough to garner another look from the Falcons or another team in need of secondary depth.

Jacob Tamme
Tamme caught four balls for 61 yards in Sunday's loss to the Saints.

Tamme had a rather consistent 2015 season, but consistency and success aren't the same thing. He finished with between 16 and 36 receiving yards in seven of his 15 games, and only once did he top 100 yards. Anyone who started Tamme during his lone 100-plus-yard performance also benefited from Tamme's lone touchdown, but outside of that game against Tampa, Tamme struggled to really make his mark in a decent offense. A second year in the offense and the fact that he'll be in a contract year in 2016 leads us to believe Tamme should improve on his 657 yard, one touchdown season.

Adam Replogle
The Falcons trimmed their roster down to 53 on Saturday, cutting the following players: LB Pat Angerer, DL Nosa Eguae, RB Maurice Hagens, CB Jordan Mabin, WR Freddie Martino S Kimario McFadden, OL Pat McQuistan, TE Jacob Pedersen, OL Adam Replogle, DL Donte Rumph, LB Yawin Smallwood, RB Josh Vaughan, CB Ricardo Allen, S Sean Baker, WR Jeremy Ebert, G Harland Gunn, OT Terren Jones, WR Bernard Reedy, DT Travian Robertson, TE Mickey Shuler, LB Jacques Smith, WR Geraldo Boldewijn
Tevin Coleman
Coleman (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Coleman slipped in the shower last week and will now miss a second consecutive game. He thus finishes his rookie season with 87 carries for 392 yards (4.5 YPC) and a touchdown, but he only caught two passes (on targets) and lost three fumbles. Even with Devonta Freeman slowing down throughout the season, Coleman will likely have to settle for a backup role next year.

Gus Johnson
Running back Gus Johnson was signed by the Cowboys to their practice squad, Rob Phillips of the team's official website reports. Although injuries have clearly decimated the offense as a whole, the Cowboys' backfield appeared to come out of Week 2 in good health.

With all four running backs believed to be healthy, the Cowboys have no need for Johnson on the active roster. The undrafted rookie likely needs multiple injuries in front of him in order to have any shot at a significant role in the offense.

Dontay Moch
The Titans declared quarterback Zach Mettenberger (shoulder), defensive back Jemea Thomas, linebacker Dontay Moch, offensive tackles Taylor Lewan (ankle) and Terren Jones (concussion), wideout Rico Richardson and defensive end Ropati Pitoitua inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst will make his second straight start.

Sean Renfree
Renfree served as Matt Ryan's backup in 2015.

He did see action in two games in garbage time, completing 3-of-7 passes for 11 yards while throwing an interception. He has one year left on his contract, but nothing is guaranteed as a backup quarterback.

Tony Moeaki
Moeaki saved his best game for the final game of the season, catching two balls for 47 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Saints.

Heading into the game, Moeaki had only caught one ball for 11 yards in 11 games with the Falcons. He was signed after Jacob Tamme suffered a concussion, but Tamme returned to the lineup and Moaeki was basically used as a blocker when he saw game action. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he may look for a new home as Tamme is still under contract for another year.

Desmond Trufant
Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant will not play in the team's preseason opener against the Titans on Friday as he deals with a shoulder strain, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Trufant injured his shoulder during practice Thursday and the Falcons coaching staff doesn't want to take any chances with re-injury. 

"He's going to get treatment today and tomorrow," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. "Then we are going to try and take it through tomorrow, but that (not playing him) is where we are leaning."

Brooks Reed
Reed was limited to 17 tackles in 13 games with the Falcons in 2015.

Reed failed to record a sack for the first time in his career, and he only played in 32.9 percent of the defensive snaps. He has four years remaining on his contract, so Dan Quinn will need to find new ways to get production out of Reed in 2016.

Jalen Collins
Collins tallied 17 total tackles in 16 games during his rookie year with the Falcons.

Collins was limited to rotational work, only seeing the field on 28.6 percent of the total defensive snaps. He'll likely earn more playing time in the coming years, but the Falcons have a pretty young core of secondary players, meaning it won't be easy for Collins to ascend the ranks.

Philip Wheeler
The 49ers have released veteran linebacker Philip Wheeler, according to NFL Network. He signed a one-year contract in the offseason before missing most of training camp with a leg strain.

Wheeler did see action in 21 plays in the final preseason game Thursday and recorded a sack, but his performance was apparently not encouraging enough to save his job.

Terron Ward
Ward ran for 11 yards on his lone carry of the game in a 20-17 loss to the Saints.

Ward finished the season with 29 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown, and he hauled in nine receptions for 73 yards. Not a terrible line for a guy who was buried behind Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman for most of the season, but his season total loses a little luster when you note that 19 carries, 72 yards and his touchdown came in garbage time in a blowout against the Texans. Outside of that game, he never carried more than five times in a game or amassed more than 20 total yards. There's little reason to suspect, outside of injury to the top dogs, that Ward's role will change much in 2016.

Collin Rahrig
The Steelers made a slew of roster moves Monday, including placing offensive tackle Mike Adams on the PUP list to begin the season.

Pittsburgh also placed cornerback Senquez Golson and kicker Garrett Hartley on injured reserve, which means both players will miss the 2015 season.

Tight end Cameron Clear, defensive end Niko Davis and tight end Ray Hamilton were all waived/injured.

The Steelers also released G Miles Dieffenbach, WR Kenzel Doe, WR C.J. Goodwin, RB Braylon Heard, DE Joe Kruger, DT Joe Okafor, OL Collin Rahrig, CB Jordan Sullen, OT Kevin Whimpey and S Ian Wild.

Travis Howard
The Giants trimmed their roster by two Wednesday night. 

According to the New York Daily News, the Giants waived offensive tackle Rogers Gaines and cornerback Travis Howard. Both players were placed on injured reserve in 2014. 

Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Jake Long
Offensive tackle Jake Long has signed a one-year deal with the Falcons that has a play-and-pay structure with no guaranteed money, Field Yates of ESPN reports. 

The nature of this deal, with a good chunk of the money tied to incentives, indicates that Long's market has dried up for teams looking to take any risk on the 30-year-old, former first overall pick.

It's a low-risk deal for the Falcons, who will probably wait a while for Long to get into shape before working him into the depth chart. Long isn't likely to overtake Jake Matthews, but he could have a shot at time at right tackle if Ryan Schraeder underperforms. That is, of course, if Long can stay healthy.

Andy Levitre
The Titans have announced that they have gained a sixth-round pick from Atlanta for guard Andy Levitre, per NFL.com.

LeVitre did not miss a start with Tennessee in two seasons despite nagging injuries.

Ra'Shede Hageman
Hageman tallied 27 tackles and a sack in his second year in the league.

He showed some slight improvement from his rookie season, but he's still only being used in a rotational role. He played in 39.9 percent of the team's defensive snaps, and that should increase as he continues to grow into his role.

Kemal Ishmael
Ishmael tallied 46 total tackles and an interception with the Falcons in 2015.

Despite winning the starting job, Ishmael fell well short of his 2014 season when he notched 98 tackles and grabbed four interceptions. He was used in a more rotational role this year, which hurt his final statline. He's got one year left on his contract, so he has plenty of reasons to make 2016 his best year yet.

Joey Mbu
Mbu recorded four tackles in two games with the Falcons this season.

Mbu worked his way back to the active roster after being waived as an undrafted free agent during training camp. He is under contract for one more year, but he'll need to battle for a roster spot.

R.J. Harris
No Updates
Kroy Biermann
Biermann tallied three total tackles in the Week 17 loss to the Saints.

Biermann finished the 2015 season with 55 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He was working on a one-year contract, and while he likely played well to earn another contract, there's no guarantee it will be with the Falcons.

Curtis Grant
No Updates
Paul Worrilow
Worrilow led the Falcons with 95 tackles in 2015.

He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and notched two interceptions on the year. It was certainly a solid season for Worrilow, but IDP owners likely expected a lot more. He failed to record a sack in 2015 after recording two in each of his first two seasons, and it was the first time he failed to top 125 tackles in his three-year career. Coming off a 143 tackle season, owners likely expected a little more production out of the young linebacker. He'll be a restricted free agent this offseason, and the Falcons will likely ensure he returns to the team in 2016.

James Stone
With center Peter Konz (ACL) out for the season, the Falcons are going with undrafted rookie James Stone at center Sunday against the Lions. He'll be Atlanta's third center this season after the team put Joe Hawley and Konz on injured reserve.

Stone has played in three games. Quarterback Matt Ryan said Stone performed well after replacing Konz in the first quarter Week 7 at Baltimore. "I thought James Stone did a great job of coming in and filling in for Peter," Ryan told the team's website.

Grady Jarrett
Jarrett recorded 24 tackles and a sack in his first season with the Falcons.

While the numbers don't jump off the page, he outperformed a lot of rookie fifth-rounders this season. He could push some of the elder defensive lineman for playing time in the coming years.

Jake Matthews
The Falcons had two offensive linemen cleared to practice on Thursday. 

Left tackle Jake Matthews, recovering from offseason foot surgery, will be able to participate in the team's first practice of training camp on Friday. His reps may be limited, however.

"It feels good," Matthews said, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "I'm ready to go. I'm cleared to do anything. When we start tomorrow, I will be out there and playing. I'm excited. It's been awhile." 

Right guard Jon Asamoah was also cleared to begin practice. He suffered an ankle injury in the offseason. 

Jordan Leslie
No Updates
Devonta Freeman
Freeman rushed for 81 yards on 24 carries and added 18 yards and a touchdown on two receptions in Sunday's loss to New Orleans. He fumbled during the game.

Freeman's fumble was especially costly as the Falcons were marching deep into Saints' territory, it was his third of the season. The second-year back scored a total of 10 touchdowns between Weeks 2 and 6, but scored just once between Weeks 7 and 14. He bounced back, finding the end zone in each of the Falcons' final three games. The version of the West Coast offense offensive coordinator Kyle Shanhan runs has produced fantasy darlings such as Arian Foster, Clinton Portis, Alfred Morris and Justin Forsett. Expect Freeman to be similarly valued in fantasy drafts ahead of next season.

Justin Durant
Durant finished the season with 82 tackles and a forced fumble in 13 games with the Falcons in 2015.

Durant had a solid season, and he played 62.5 percent of the total defensive snaps, although that doesn't account for the three games he missed, so he was a regular presence on the defensive side of the ball. Only Paul Worrilow had more tackles for the Falcons this season. Durant enters the 2016 season in the final year of his contract.

Gino Gradkowski
The Falcons claimed center Gino Gradkowski off waivers from the Broncos on Monday. To clear a roster spot, they released center Joe Hawley.
Tyson Jackson
Jackson racked up 31 tackles in 16 games for the Falcons in 2015.

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.

Justin Hardy
Hardy caught four balls for 34 yards in Sunday's loss to the Falcons.

It took Hardy a while to crack the active roster, but he eventually earned some playing time in November and finished on the upswing. He caught 21 balls for 194 yards in nine games, but he never found the endzone in 2015. 19 of his 36 targets came in the final four games, so it was clear that he was starting to get some more looks from Matt Ryan. Julio Jones and Roddy White are still under contract for at least two more years, but it's clear that White isn't what he used to be, and the Falcons may give Hardy some more looks in 2016 while reducing White's role. Should the opt to cut the veteran and take the cap hit, Hardy would likely slide into the starting lineup.

Nick Williams
Williams caught 17 balls for 159 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games with the Falcons this season.

Williams finally got a few looks at wide receiver in his third season in the league, and he played admirably in limited work. He found the endzone for the first time in his career, but he failed to catch a pass in the final three games of the season. He has one year left on his contract entering the 2016 season.

Akeem King
King recorded one tackle in five games of limited work in his rookie season.

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.

Robenson Therezie
No Updates
C.J. Goodwin
The Steelers made a slew of roster moves Monday, including placing offensive tackle Mike Adams on the PUP list to begin the season.

Pittsburgh also placed cornerback Senquez Golson and kicker Garrett Hartley on injured reserve, which means both players will miss the 2015 season.

Tight end Cameron Clear, defensive end Niko Davis and tight end Ray Hamilton were all waived/injured.

The Steelers also released G Miles Dieffenbach, WR Kenzel Doe, WR C.J. Goodwin, RB Braylon Heard, DE Joe Kruger, DT Joe Okafor, OL Collin Rahrig, CB Jordan Sullen, OT Kevin Whimpey and S Ian Wild.

Terrance Parks
Parks provided depth for the Falcons in 2015 after signing with the team in December.

In a crowded secondary, it seems unlikely that Parks will remain on the roster in 2016 so long as the team remains healthy this offseason.

Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Matt Ryan
Ryan acknowledged that he had a tough time adjusting to Kyle Shanahan's scheme, but the quarterback also said that his offensive coordinator did a nice job late in the season, ESPN.com reports.

This is one of the more amusing January storylines, as the early-season narrative gave new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan a significant portion of the credit for Atlanta's September success. If adjustment to a new scheme was really the problem, the Falcons offense probably wouldn't have been at its best at the beginning of the season. The obvious issue was the lack of a secondary receiving threat behind Julio Jones, which led to a massive number of dump-offs to Devonta Freeman. It may be more interesting to blame Ryan or Shanahan, but both have proven to be perfectly competent during their successful NFL careers. The Falcons will likely prioritize the acquisition of a starting-caliber No. 2 wide receiver and/or tight end this offseason.

Julio Jones
Jones caught nine passes for 149 yards on 11 targets in Sunday's loss to the Saints.

Jones and Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown battled for the league lead in receptions all season, so it's fitting for the two to end the year tied at 136. Jones ended the season strong, with five consecutive games of at least seven catches and three consecutive games of over 100 yards. If a complaint could be made about Jones' year, it would be that he failed to find the end zone in 10 of 16 games this season. Expect finding more red-zone opportunities for Jones to be a priority for Atlanta in 2016.

Matt Bosher
The Falcons signed punter Matt Bosher to a five-year contract extension and long snapper Josh Harris to a four-year extension, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Vic Beasley
Beasley racked up 20 total tackles and four sacks in his rookie campaign for the Falcons.

He also forced two fumbles and grabbed an interception in rotational work. Overall Beasley had a decent rookie season considering he only played in 51.3 percent of the team's defensive snaps. He should build on those rookie numbers as he earns more playing time in the coming years.

Bryce Harris
Offensive tackle Bryce Harris has signed with the Saints , according to the Times Picayune.

The 26-year-old has played in 34 games for the team. During that time he has started four games.

Josh Harris
Steelers running backs Josh Harris and Ben Tate were able to find little running room in Saturday's 30-17 loss to Baltimore. Harris ran nine times for 25 yards while Tate had five carries for 19 yards.

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.

Patrick DiMarco
DiMarco had the best season of his career, catching 13 balls for 110 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons in 2015.

More importantly, he played an integral role leading the way for Devonta Freeman, who finished the season tied with three other running backs for the most rushing touchdowns (11) on the season. Freeman finished fourth in the league in rushing, and a lot of that was due to DiMarco opening holes for the agile back. The pair will anchor Atlanta's ground game for the foreseeable future.

Matt Bryant
Bryant connected with 14-of-18 field goal attempts in 2015 before a quadriceps injury ended his season.

It was a disappointing year for Bryant, as he missed more kicks this year than he did in 2014 despite playing in six fewer games and attempting 14 fewer kicks. He's got one more year left on his contract, but it won't be surprising if the Falcons bring in a young kicker to push the 40-year-old veteran in camp.

Right quadricep - IR. Out for season
Paul Soliai
New Falcons coach Dan Quinn met with the media at the Indianapolis scouting combine on Thursday and discussed his plans for the team's defensive players. 

The biggest news was that the team plans to move Prince Shembo back to outside linebacker. Shembo was drafted as an outside linebacker, but injuries on the defense required him to move inside. 

Shembo had 59 tackles for the Falcons in his rookie season, but he'll likely play more of a role in the pass rush from the outside. He had nine sacks as a senior at Notre Dame while playing OLB. 

Quinn also plans to use Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai on the inside. They split time between defensive tackle and end last season, but Quinn was impressed with their size at the tackle spots. Soliai had 29 tackles and a sack last season. Jackson had 22 tackles. 

Quinn said Dezmen Southward, who played exclusively at safety last season, will get a look at the cornerback position as well. 

Southward had 23 tackles, one sack and two pass defenses last year. 

Calf - IR. Out for season
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