|Offense||7th||100.4 (19th)||273.7 (6th)|
|Defense||16th||105.0 (13th)||242.6 (17th)|
|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|
|63||Garland, Ben||C||6-5||308||4/6/1988||3||Air Force|
|66||Gibson, Laurence||T||6-6||315||3/19/1991||1||Virginia Tech|
|7||Glidden, David||WR||5-7||173||7/10/1992||R||Oklahoma State|
|29||Goodwin, C.J.||WR||6-4||220||2/4/1990||1||California (PA)|
|46||Green, Torrey||LB||6-1||238||10/29/1993||R||Utah State|
|16||Hardy, Justin||WR||5-10||192||12/18/1991||2||East Carolina|
|72||Harris, Bryce||T||6-6||300||1/16/1989||5||Fresno State|
|36||Ishmael, Kemal||SS||6-0||206||5/6/1991||4||Central Florida|
|94||Jackson, Tyson||DE||6-4||296||6/6/1986||8||Louisiana State|
|35||Johnson, Gus||RB||5-10||215||8/10/1993||1||Stephen F. Austin St.|
|33||Johnson, Devonte||DB||5-10||180||1/3/1993||R||Weber State|
|45||Jones, Deion||OLB||6-1||222||11/4/1994||R||Louisiana State|
|25||King, Akeem||DB||6-1||212||10/29/1992||2||San Jose State|
|18||Leslie, Jordan||WR||6-3||209||10/31/1991||1||Brigham Young|
|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|
|85||McKissic, J.D.||WR||5-10||187||10/15/1993||R||Arkansas State|
|48||McLennan, Ivan||LB||6-2||238||6/29/1993||R||Washington State|
|38||Mims, David II||CB||5-10||184||8/6/1993||R||Texas State|
|20||Neasman, Sharrod||DB||5-11||213||10/14/1991||R||Florida Atlantic|
|40||Parms, Damian||DB||6-2||210||10/28/1992||R||Florida Atlantic|
|68||Person, Mike||G||6-4||300||6/17/1988||6||Montana State|
|39||Ratelle, Will||RB||5-9||256||3/1/1993||R||North Dakota|
|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|
|39||Sefon, Jordan||DB||5-11||192||7/25/1993||R||St. Cloud State|
|52||Starr, Tyler||LB||6-5||250||1/25/1991||3||South Dakota|
|86||Tialavea, D.J.||TE||6-4||260||7/27/1991||3||Utah State|
|43||Van Dyke, DeMarcus||DB||6-1||185||1/17/1989||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|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|
|20||Wilds, Brandon||RB||6-0||220||7/22/1993||R||South Carolina|
|71||Williams, Brandon||DE||6-5||256||4/4/1994||R||Southern Illinois|
|33||Howard, Travis (IR)||CB||6-1||200||11/24/1989||2||Ohio State|
|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|
|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 .
Sanu has occasionally struggled with drops through his first four seasons , but is aiming for a breakout campaign after signing a five-year contract with the Falcons in March. With star teammate Julio Jones surely commanding the bulk of opposing defenses' attention in the passing game, Sanu should have plenty of opportunities to capitalize on single coverage underneath as Atlanta's new No. 2 wideout. While the 26-year-old Sanu has only reached the 50-catch, 500-yard plateau once so far, his offseason work with a Pro Bowl-caliber passer like Ryan should ease his transition into a new offense this season.
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.
Godfrey was signed by the Falcons several times last year and into this offseason as the team used him as a fill-in option. Entering his ninth NFL season, the safety was unlikely to see much time on the field and he decided it was better to simply retire. In his eight seasons, Godfrey recorded 11 interceptions, 34 passes defensed, and 384 tackles while playing seven seasons in Carolina and one in Atlanta.
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.
Ford earned some playing time on special teams for Chicago in 2013. Tialavea played on the Buffalo practice squad a year ago.
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.
Consensus seemed fairly evenly split on the question of whether it was Neal or Karl Joseph who was the top safety in the draft, and the two ended up going within three picks of each other. Neal was the enforcer on a tough 2015 Florida defense, finishing with 96 tackles and an interception in 12 games. Neal should push for a three-down role right away in Atlanta, and he'll be a major IDP consideration whenever that occurs.
Hooper, the 81st overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, ran a 4.7 40-yard dash at 6-4, 254 pounds at the scouting combine. He's not a standout athlete and didn't put up huge numbers at Stanford, but the 21-year-old has a well-rounded skillset that could allow him to succeed as both a blocker and receiver. While the Falcons likely view Hooper as a future starter, his age and position will make it tough to have a major impact as a rookie. The learning curve is typically steep for tight ends, though it is worth noting that the Falcons don't exactly have strong competition at the position. Hooper could challenge Jacob Tamme and Levine Toilolo for a leading role out of the gate.
Washington's recovery from the knee injury he suffered last August apparently was not going as planned, so the Lions decided to remove him from the roster in order to free up a spot for another, presumably healthier, player.
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.
The Falcons rotated Clayborn at defensive tackle at points last year, but they felt he made a bigger impact at defensive end. In his first season year with the Falcons, Clayborn racked up 15 quarterback hits and three sacks, and the Falcons believe he can build on those numbers working only as a defensive end in 2016. He should see a boost in sack numbers this year if he can stay healthy.
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.
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 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.
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."
Shelby has played 63 of a possible 64 games for the Dolphins over the past four seasons and started eight games at defensive end in 2016. He had 6.5 sacks and two interceptions over the past two seasons and will compete for defensive end snaps with Vic Beasley and Tyson Jackson.
Shea McClellin is set to miss his first game of the season due to a knee injury, paving the way for Reynolds to pick up his first extended snaps of the season. While his placement at middle linebacker should lend itself to plenty of tackle opportunities, Reynolds will need to make good on that production over multiple games before those in IDP leagues look to him for help.
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 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.
Coleman has also been mentioned as a potential kick returner. Running backs coach Bobby Turner has said he'd like to reduce Devonta Freeman's carries in 2016 to keep him fresh. It's not clear how many touches per game Coleman will get in the backfield and he'll need to end his fumbling issues (3 lost fumbles in 12 games) to stay on the field. Still, the early buzz in training camp is that Coleman may have a larger role in the offense than many expected.
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.
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.
Trufant has emerged as one of the league's best up-and-coming cornerbacks since being drafted in the first-round in 2013, so it's hardly surprising that Atlanta wants to keep him around as long as possible. Yet to miss a game across his three-year career, Trufant is fresh off a personal-best 70 tackles (55 solo) last season, when he also nabbed a pair of interceptions as a key member of coach Dan Quinn's defensive scheme.
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.
Collins is still eligible to partake in all offseason and preseason activities, but will have to miss the first quarter of the regular season. A second round selection last year, Collins was hoping to carve out a larger role in the Falcons' secondary this term, and although he very well may still, his absence will open opportunities for his teammates to begin the campaign.
A seventh-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Fuller missed June minicamp with a hamstring injury, but he's apparently made a full recovery. The Falcons released Devin Hester (foot) on Tuesday, leaving Fuller and Eric Weems as the leading candidates for work in the return game. Fuller ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at his pro day, but he didn't impress as a return man at UCLA, averaging 22.8 yards on 36 kick returns and 10.5 yards on 14 punt returns. Even with Hester no longer in the picture, Fuller may find himself fighting for a roster spot.
Bobby Turner is a renowned RB coach, having wrangled 1,000-yard seasons out of eight separate running backs. However, his commentary in this scenario may prove to be mere coachspeak. Devonta Freeman is his most recent runner to pass the millennial mark on the ground, and hasn't gone anywhere, leaving him the presumed starter entering the 2016 campaign. Turner has also expressed a desire to get Tevin Coleman more involved as well. Ultimately, there are only so many touches to be allocated amongst one backfield, and barring an injury to Freeman and Coleman, Ward will likely find himself on the outside looking in this season.
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.
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.
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.
Now officially back in the fold, Worrilow is set to reprise his starting middle linebacker role for the Falcons, on the heels of a 2015 campaign in which the 25-year-old recorded 95 tackles and two picks in 15 games, production that represented a dip from the IDP-friendly 142 tackles that he recorded for the Falcons in 2014.
The hyper-athletic Campbell had an impressive career at Minnesota and showed the type of coverage skills that are rare for college outside linebackers. At 6-4, 232 pounds with long arms, Campbell has an excellent frame to hold up against the run and move blockers. That said, there are concerns about his ability to get the the quarterback when he's used as a pass rusher. The fact that the Falcons took LSU's Deion Jones and Campbell with two of their first four picks shows that they're committed to infusing youth into their linebacking corps, so Campbell could see the field earlier than his draft position may indicate.
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.
Freeman narrowly trailed Coleman on the Falcons' depth chart going into last season, but after the then-rookie broke his ribs in Week 2, Freeman fully capitalized on his newfound starting opportunity, finishing with 1,634 all-purpose yards and 14 touchdowns. While that production earned Freeman fantasy fame and a Pro Bowl selection, Falcons running back coach Bobby Turner recently revealed the team's backfield could further improve by getting Coleman more involved. With obvious big-play potential, Coleman showed flashes during his 12-game first season, and with better health and ball security, could cut into Freeman's snaps this season, making Atlanta's backfield situation worthwhile to monitor once again going into the upcoming campaign.
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 played 14 games for Arizona in 2015 and made nine tackles. He spent four years in Atlanta, from 2010-2013, and recorded eight sacks and two interceptions in 31 starts over that span. His familiarity with the club was likely a factor in Atlanta's decision to bring him in.
Unfortunately, Hardy won't just slide into that second receiver role, as the Falcons signed Mohamed Sanu during free agency, a player who General Manager Thomas Dimitroff stated was "a legitimate #2" for the Falcons. Hardy has a leg up in the competition in terms of knowing the offense, but Sanu brings experience. Hardy should see a bigger role in the offense this year, but at least currently, he looks like the third passing option in Atlanta.
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.
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.
Jones reportedly could have kept practicing, but there's no reason to push things at the very beginning of training camp. Coming off a 136-catch season, the 27-year-old superstar should be in line for another massive workload in a Falcons offense that still has shaky receiving talent behind him.
Beasley set the Falcons' team record for sacks by a rookie with four last season in his 16 games at defensive end, but the team wants to move him to better utilize his skill set and improve the defense. Though he's moving positions he'll remain a pass rusher, with the team playing him in a hybrid role that could see him play defensive end in obvious passing situations. Brooks Reed and O'Brien Schofield were the team's strongside linebackers last season, but the pair combined for just 47 tackles and two sacks, low production that may be the reason for Beasley's move.
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.
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.
Robinson participated in some of the offseason program after being signed by the Ravens in early 2015, but was released during the trimming of the 53-man roster before the regular season began. The speedy receiver hasn't seen legitimate action since the 2013 regular season, where he caught 18 passes on 46 targets for 365 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games for an average of 20.3 yards per reception. Part of Robinson's problem as an NFL receiver is that he has been seen solely as a deep threat, and in that regard he is not entering a good situation in Atlanta. Matt Ryan doesn't have a particularly strong deep-ball arm, and one third of his throws in 2015 were targeted towards superstar Julio Jones, leaving a negligible share of work for the rest of the Falcons' receiving corps. Robinson will really need to fight if he wants to receive a spot on the 53-man roster, and even if he does he will most likely stick to special teams, leaving him with marginal upside for fantasy production in 2016.
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.
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