Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Georgia Dome | Coach: Dan Quinn
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd120.5 (5th)295.3 (3rd)
Defense25th104.5 (17th)266.7 (28th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
23Alford, Robert CB5-1018611/1/19885Southeastern Louisiana
37Allen, Ricardo FS5-918612/18/19913Purdue
95Babineaux, Jonathan (FA) DT6-230010/12/198113Iowa
44Beasley, Vic OLB6-32467/8/19923Clemson
5Bosher, Matt P6-020810/18/19877Miami (Fla.)
3Bryant, Matt K5-92035/29/197516Baylor
59Campbell, De'Vondre OLB6-32347/1/19932Minnesota
65Chester, Chris (FA) G6-33031/12/198312Oklahoma
99Clayborn, Adrian DE6-32807/6/19887Iowa
 Coleman, Derrick RB6-023310/18/19904UCLA
26Coleman, Tevin RB6-12104/16/19933Indiana
32Collins, Jalen CB6-12033/20/19933Louisiana State
 Crawford, Jack DE6-52889/7/19886Penn State
 Dable, Anthony WR6-42209/25/1988RNo College
 Daniels, B.J. WR5-1121710/24/19894South Florida
24Freeman, Devonta RB5-82063/15/19924Florida State
93Freeney, Dwight (FA) DE6-12682/19/198016Syracuse
87Fuller, Devin WR6-01941/29/19942UCLA
18Gabriel, Taylor WR5-81652/17/19914Abilene Christian
63Garland, Ben C6-53084/6/19884Air Force
 Goldson, Dashon (FA) DB6-22009/18/198410Washington
29Goodwin, C.J. CB6-32202/4/19902California (PA)
 Graf, Kevin T6-63096/17/19911USC
 Griswold, Darion TE6-525512/23/19921Arkansas State
77Hageman, Ra'Shede DT6-63188/8/19904Minnesota
14Hardy, Justin WR5-1019212/18/19913East Carolina
47Harris, Josh LS6-12244/27/19896Auburn
81Hooper, Austin TE6-325410/29/19942Stanford
 Ifedi, Martin DE6-32759/4/19911Memphis
36Ishmael, Kemal SS6-02065/6/19915Central Florida
94Jackson, Tyson (FA) DE6-42966/6/19869Louisiana State
97Jarrett, Grady DT6-03054/28/19933Clemson
45Jones, Deion MLB6-122211/4/19942Louisiana State
11Jones, Julio WR6-32202/3/19897Alabama
52Keyes, Josh LB6-22231/23/19933Boston College
25King, Akeem DB6-121210/29/19923San Jose State
 Levitre, Andy G6-23035/15/19869Oregon State
51Mack, Alex C6-431111/19/19859California
70Matthews, Jake T6-53092/11/19924Texas A&M
74Mayes, Chris DT6-33499/27/19912Georgia
 Meyer, Mike K6-21906/2/1992RIowa
 Muir, Blake G6-63155/10/19911Baylor
22Neal, Keanu SS6-02117/26/19952Florida
20Neasman, Sharrod DB5-1121310/14/19912Florida Atlantic
30Olatoye, Deji CB6-12057/20/19913North Carolina A&T
82Perkins, Josh TE6-32278/5/19932Washington
 Poe, Dontari NT6-33468/18/19906Memphis
34Poole, Brian CB5-921310/20/19922Florida
50Reed, Brooks DE6-32542/28/19877Arizona
53Reynolds, LaRoy MLB6-124011/3/19905Virginia
 Roberts, Andre WR5-111921/9/19888The Citadel
60Robinson, Trevor G6-53005/16/19905Notre Dame
2Ryan, Matt QB6-42175/17/198510Boston College
 Sanu, Mohamed WR6-22108/22/19896Rutgers
 Scantling, Garrett WR6-305/19/1993RGeorgia
 Schaub, Matt (FA) QB6-62456/25/198114Virginia
73Schraeder, Ryan T6-73005/4/19885Valdosta State
71Schweitzer, Wes G6-43009/11/19932San Jose State
90Shelby, Derrick DE6-22803/4/19896Utah
52Starr, Tyler LB6-52501/25/19914South Dakota
 Staten, Jimmy DT6-33115/4/19911Middle Tennessee State
83Tamme, Jacob (FA) TE6-32303/15/198510Kentucky
 Thornton, Hugh G6-33206/28/19915Illinois
86Tialavea, D.J. TE6-42607/27/19913Utah State
80Toilolo, Levine TE6-82657/30/19915Stanford
21Trufant, Desmond CB6-01909/10/19905Washington
91Upshaw, Courtney (FA) DE6-227212/13/19896Alabama
 Vainuku, Soma RB6-02555/28/19921USC
 Vellano, Joe DT6-230010/30/19882Maryland
 Vogler, Brian TE6-72633/7/19921Alabama
 Ward, Terron RB5-72012/15/19923Oregon State
56Weatherspoon, Sean (FA) OLB6-224412/29/19877Missouri
41Wheeler, Philip (FA) OLB6-224512/12/198410Georgia Tech
15Williams, Nick WR5-1018411/23/19903Connecticut
 Wreh-Wilson, Blidi DB6-119812/5/19894Connecticut
Injured Players
25Moore, William (IR) SS6-02215/18/19856Missouri
33Howard, Travis (IR) CB6-120011/24/19892Ohio State
39Mooney, Collin (IR) RB5-102384/3/19863Army
43Van Dyke, DeMarcus (IR) DB6-11851/17/19894Miami (Fla.)
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Atlanta6-4307.06-3300.526.12141
 
 
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Position Listing
Jimmy Staten
News
The Seahawks have signed 11 players to future contracts, the team announced Wednesday.

Running back Demitrius Bronson, wide receiver Douglas McNeil, tight end RaShaun Allen, tackle Justin Renfrow, guards Nate Isles and Drew Nowak, defensive ends Ryan Robinson and Julius Warmsley, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, linebacker Mike Zimmer and safety Dion Bailey will look to compete for spots on the final 53-man roster in 2015.

DeMarcus Van Dyke
News
The Chiefs have announced their final round of cuts and other moves to reach the league-mandated roster of 53 players.

Among the offensive players let go are fullback Jordan Campbell, wide receivers Fred Williams and Mark Harrison, guard Ricky Henry, tackle J'Marcus Webb and running back Charcandrick West.

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 .

The Chiefs have also placed Tyler Bray and Kyle Williams on IR and Mike Catapano on the non-football injury list.

Injury
Ryan Schraeder
News
Schraeder (ankle) has been cleared by doctors to resume running, ESPN.com reports.

After tearing a ligament in his right ankle during the Falcons' Super Bowl loss to the Patriots, Schraeder began lifting weights at the team's facilities toward the end of February. The team is set to begin their offseason program on April 17, and the 28-year-old is expected to participate. He appears to be trending toward complete health heading into the training camp.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Anthony Dable
No Updates
Mohamed Sanu
News
Sanu caught all four passes that came his way in Sunday's win over the Saints for 32 yards and a touchdown.

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.

B.J. Daniels
News
Daniels signed a reserve/future contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports.

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.

Matt Schaub
News
Schaub signed a two-year, $9 million contract with Atlanta on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Schaub returned to the Falcons last season after beginning his career as a backup with the team in 2004. He provides the team with a quality veteran option behind reigning MVP Matt Ryan.

Dashon Goldson
News
Goldson re-signed Tuesday with the Falcons, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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.

Jack Crawford
News
Crawford signed a three-year, $10.3 million contract with the Falcons on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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.

Josh Keyes
News
Keyes was promoted to the active roster on Thursday, the team's official site reports.

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.

Chris Chester
News
Chester announced his retirement Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports.

The 11-year veteran spent his last two seasons with the Falcons, starting at right guard after stints with the Ravens and Redskins. With Chester gone and free agency it its latter stages, the Falcons will likely have to address filling his spot via the draft in April.

William Moore
News
Moore was released by the Falcons on Monday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

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.

Injury
Derrick Coleman
News
Coleman signed a contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Curtis Jackson of the team's official site reports.

Coleman last played for the Seahawks in 2015 as 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.

Blake Muir
No Updates
Tyler Starr
News
Starr spent the 2016 season in injured reserve due to an undisclosed injury, Tim Gallagher of the Sioux City Journal reports.

Starr appeared in one game in 2015 but was placed on IR prior to the start of the 2016 season. He'll be looking to bounce back and secure a depth linebacker or special teams position in 2017.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Darion Griswold
News
Griswold signed a reserve/future contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports.

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.

D.J. Tialavea
News
Tialavea was promoted to the Falcons' active roster on Thursday, the team's official website reports.

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.

Ben Garland
News
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
News
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.

Injury
Keanu Neal
News
Neal (ankle) has returned to Saturday's game against the Panthers, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.

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.

Austin Hooper
News
Hooper brought in three of six targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' 34-28 Super Bowl LI overtime loss to the Patriots.

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.

Brian Poole
News
Poole (foot) will play Thursday against the Buccaneers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Poole was able to practice in full on Wednesday after being limited earlier in the week. He figures to back-up Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford at cornerback for the Falcons.

Ricardo Allen
News
Allen has signed his exclusive rights tender with the Falcons, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Adrian Clayborn
News
Clayborn (biceps) faces about four more months of recovery, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

Clayborn stated that he faced a five-month recovery from when his torn biceps occurred Jan. 14, so by that measure he faces about four months left in his recovery process. That puts his return at some time in mid-June, so he should be ready for 2017's training camp.

Injury
Biceps - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jonathan Babineaux
News
Babineaux is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after missing Thursday's practice due to a non-injury-related issue.

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.

Deji Olatoye
News
The Chiefs signed rookie defensive back Deji Olatoye to their practice squad. He was waived by the Ravens in late August.
Robert Alford
News
Alford signed a four-year, $38 million extension with the Falcons on Thursday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

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.

Levine Toilolo
News
Toilolo signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Falcons on Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

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.

Derrick Shelby
News
Shelby (calf) is progressing in his recovery and is expected to be ready for the 2017 regular season, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal Consitution reports.

Shelby suffered a season ending calf injury back in October, but has been bulking up during his rehab and should be a full go come the start of the season. The defensive tackle might see a decrease in usage this year however, with the Falcons having acquired Dontari Poe in free agency.

Injury
Calf - Questionable for the start of training camp
LaRoy Reynolds
News
Reynolds re-signed with the Falcons on Thursday, Ken Rodriguez of Fox 5 Atlanta reports.

Reynolds joined the Falcons last offseason to add depth at linebacker but ultimately settled in as a key piece on special teams. Expect him to operate in a similar capacity this upcoming season.

Jacob Tamme
News
Tamme (shoulder) doesn't appear to be in the Falcons' plans for 2017, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Jacob will more than likely get to free agency," general manager Thomas Dimitroff said.

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.

Injury
Shoulder - Did Not Practice on Friday. Questionable for the start of training camp
Tevin Coleman
News
Head coach Dan Quinn did not mention Coleman (ankle) when discussing players with injury restrictions at the Falcons' voluntary offseason program, Matt Winkeljohn of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "There's a couple guys ... (who) are going to be limited as far as the offseason goes. They're all participating in some fashion," Quinn explained. "Tru, Claiborne and Shelby are all participating in some fashion with workouts and rehab. Offensively, Julio Jones would be the one in that spot."

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.

Taylor Gabriel
News
Gabriel signed his contract tender with the Falcons on Saturday, Kelsey Conway of AtlantaFalcons.com reports.

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.

Blidi Wreh-Wilson
News
Wreh-Wilson signed a one-year contract extension with the Falcons on Friday, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Dontari Poe
News
Poe agreed to terms with the Falcons on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Poe was one of the last big-ticket players available in free agency. The 6-3, 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 for 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.

Deion Jones
News
Jones (ankle) was not listed on Wednesday's injury report, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

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.

Desmond Trufant
News
Trufant agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Falcons on Saturday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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. He has started in 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.

Injury
Pectoral - Limited Practice on Friday. Questionable for the start of training camp
Brooks Reed
News
Reed (groin) was a full participant at the Falcons' practice Friday.

Reed was limited throughout the week, but returned to Friday's practice in full form. Barring any setbacks, he should be good to start at right defensive end in Sunday's tilt with the Chargers.

Jalen Collins
News
Collins (knee) is active for Saturday's tilt against Carolina.

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.

Alex Mack
News
Mack (fibula) will not require offseason surgery, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

It was originally thought that Mack would require surgery on the chip fracture in his left fibula, but Falcons head coach Dan Quinn stated at his season-closing press conference Tuesday that the center would indeed avoid a procedure. Mack will still require time to recover after toughing out Sunday's Super Bowl and may or may not be healthy in time to participate in spring practices.

Injury
Lower Leg - Questionable for the start of training camp
Devin Fuller
News
The Falcons placed Fuller (shoulder) on the IR on Monday,

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.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Josh Perkins
News
Perkins caught his first career touchdown pass in Sunday's win over the Panthers.

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.

Philip Wheeler
News
The Falcons have re-signed Wheeler.

Wheeler, who recorded 29 tackles and a sack in nine games for the Falcons this past season, may be off the IDP radar these days, but retaining him bolsters the depth situation in Atlanta's linebacking corps.

Terron Ward
News
Ward rushed for 52 yards on six carries in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

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.

Wes Schweitzer
No Updates
Garrett Scantling
No Updates
Travis Howard
News
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. 

Injury
Andy Levitre
News
Levitre (hip) is healthy for Sunday's matchup with New Orleans, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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.

Courtney Upshaw
News
Upshaw has agreed to remain with Atlanta, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Upshaw's 2016 campaign with the Falcons was largely disappointing, as he started just five games and only recorded half of a sack. He'll continue his role as a situational run stuffer in the 2017 season.

Martin Ifedi
No Updates
Ra'Shede Hageman
News
Hageman was charged with three misdemeanors stemming from a domestic violence case in March, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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.

Mike Meyer
No Updates
Kemal Ishmael
News
Ishmael (shoulder) will play outside linebacker exclusively in the spring, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

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.

Injury
Shoulder - Did Not Practice on Thursday. Questionable for the start of training camp
Chris Mayes
News
Mayes (foot) has been placed on the Falcons' injured reserve list.

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.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
Joe Vellano
News
Kevin Graf
News
The Eagles announced Monday they activated tackle Lane Johnson from the reserve/suspended list. To clear a roster spot, tackle Kevin Graf was released.
Soma Vainuku
No Updates
Grady Jarrett
News
Jarrett (shoulder) will be active for Thursday's game against the Buccaneers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Jarrett had been limited in practice before participating fully on Wednesday, as he projects to start at defensive tackle next to Jonathan Babineaux.

De'Vondre Campbell
News
Campbell (cramps) returned to Sunday's Super Bowl against the Patriots, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Campbell left in the second quarter with cramps but is now back in action with the first-string unit.

Jake Matthews
News
Matthews (knee) is active Sunday against the Rams.

Matthews was uncertain to play after spraining his knee last week against the Chiefs.

Devonta Freeman
News
Freeman was in attendance for the start of the Falcons' offseason workout program Monday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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.

Tyson Jackson
News
Jackson is being released by the Falcons, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

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.

Sean Weatherspoon
News
Weatherspoon (achilles) has been placed on the injured reserve.

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.

Injury
Achilles - Questionable for the start of training camp
Justin Hardy
News
Hardy reeled in four of seven targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Saints.

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.

Brian Vogler
News
Vogler was added to Indianapolis' practice squad Thursday.

The undrafted rookie was most recently with the Bears in training camp before being placed on the waived/injured list with a foot injury in August. He'll join the practice squad in advance of Indianapolis' season finale.

Nick Williams
News
Williams (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's matchup with Carolina.

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.

Akeem King
News
King (undisclosed), an exclusive-rights free agent, was tendered by the Falcons on Thursday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
C.J. Goodwin
News
Goodwin (hamstring) was a full participant at Falcons' practice Friday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Goodwin was limited in practices the prior two days, so he appears to be trending in the right direction for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Sharrod Neasman
No Updates
Matt Ryan
News
Ryan completed 17 of 23 passes for 284 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Falcons' 34-28 Super Bowl LI overtime loss to the Patriots. He also lost a fumble.

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.

Julio Jones
News
Jones (toe) is participating in the Falcons' voluntary offseason program in a limited fashion, with the expectation he'll be back to full strength for training camp, Matt Winkeljohn of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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.

Injury
Toe - Questionable for the start of training camp
Matt Bosher
News
Bosher (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's tilt with the Cardinals.

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.

Dwight Freeney
News
Freeney intends to continue playing going into the 2017 season, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports.

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.

Vic Beasley
News
Beasley (shoulder) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

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.

Josh Harris
News
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.

Andre Roberts
News
Roberts signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract with the Falcons on Monday, Dan Graziano of ESPN reports.

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.

Matt Bryant
News
Bryant made a 22-yard field goal and all five extra point attempts in Sunday's win over the Saints.

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.

Trevor Robinson
News
The Chargers have agreed to terms with center Trevor Robinson and defensive end Ricardo Mathews, per the team.

Robinson was signed off of the Bengals' practice squad in 2014 after the Chargers suffered multiple injuries at the center position. He played in three games while starting one.

Mathews, a former Colt with whom general manager Tom Telesco had ties to, was signed prior to the first game of the 2014 season. The sixth-year veteran played in 12 games last year, totaling 21 total tackles, two forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks.

Hugh Thornton
News
Thornton signed a contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Alex Marvez of SportingNews.com reports.

Thornton spent the entirety of last season on injured reserve due to an ankle injury. Although he's struggled with injuries throughout his professional career, the 25-year-old will look to secure a reserve spot on Atlanta's offensive line.

 

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