|Offense||7th||100.4 (19th)||273.7 (6th)|
|Defense||16th||105.0 (13th)||242.6 (17th)|
|20||Adams, Phillip||DB||5-11||195||7/20/1988||6||South Carolina State|
|23||Alford, Robert||CB||5-10||186||11/1/1988||3||Southeastern Louisiana|
|5||Bosher, Matt||P||6-0||208||10/18/1987||5||Miami (Fla.)|
|32||Collins, Jalen||CB||6-1||203||3/20/1993||R||Louisiana State|
|42||DiMarco, Patrick||FB||6-1||234||4/30/1989||4||South Carolina|
|24||Freeman, Devonta||RB||5-8||206||3/15/1992||2||Florida State|
|63||Garland, Ben||DE||6-5||308||4/6/1988||2||Air Force|
|6||Graham, Shayne||K||6-0||210||12/9/1977||13||Virginia Tech|
|16||Hardy, Justin||WR||5-10||192||12/18/1991||R||East Carolina|
|72||Harris, Bryce||T||6-6||300||1/16/1989||4||Fresno State|
|17||Hester, Devin||WR||5-11||190||11/4/1982||10||Miami (Fla.)|
|36||Ishmael, Kemal||SS||6-0||206||5/6/1991||3||Central Florida|
|94||Jackson, Tyson||DE||6-4||296||6/6/1986||7||Louisiana State|
|28||King, Akeem||DB||6-1||212||8/29/1992||R||San Jose State|
|67||Levitre, Andy||G||6-2||303||5/15/1986||7||Oregon State|
|70||Matthews, Jake||T||6-5||309||2/11/1992||2||Texas A&M|
|68||Person, Mike||C||6-4||300||6/17/1988||5||Montana State|
|2||Ryan, Matt||QB||6-4||217||5/17/1985||8||Boston College|
|73||Schraeder, Ryan||T||6-7||300||5/4/1988||3||Valdosta State|
|41||Starr, Tyler||LB||6-5||250||1/25/1991||2||South Dakota|
|54||Stupar, Nate||OLB||6-2||240||3/14/1988||2||Penn State|
|86||Tialavea, D.J.||TE||6-4||260||7/27/1991||1||Utah State|
|33||Ward, Terron||RB||5-7||201||2/15/1992||R||Oregon State|
|51||Wheeler, Philip||OLB||6-2||245||12/12/1984||8||Georgia Tech|
|3||Bryant, Matt (IR)||K||5-9||203||5/29/1975||14||Baylor|
|Gardner, Beau (IR)||TE||6-4||240||12/27/1989||R||Northern Arizona|
|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|
|67||Replogle, Adam (IR)||G||6-3||294||10/10/1990||2||Indiana|
|96||Soliai, Paul (IR)||DT||6-4||345||12/30/1983||9||Utah|
|62||Stone, James (IR)||C||6-3||291||4/26/1992||2||Tennessee|
|Grant, Curtis||LB||6-2||240||12/28/1992||R||Ohio State|
|Harris, R.J.||WR||6-0||194||6/3/1992||R||New Hampshire|
|Leslie, Jordan||WR||6-2||209||10/31/1991||R||Brigham Young|
|Goodwin, C.J.||WR||6-3||190||2/4/1990||1||California (PA)|
|Johnson, Gus||RB||5-10||215||8/10/1993||R||Stephen F. Austin St.|
|Parks, Terrance||DB||6-2||218||4/14/1990||1||Florida State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ford earned some playing time on special teams for Chicago in 2013. Tialavea played on the Buffalo practice squad a year ago.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 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.
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.
Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst will make his second straight start.
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.
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.
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."
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
Durant and William Moore were both casualties on the first date in which teams could make such moves, and neither was as surprise due to the injury-laden seasons each has cobbled together. In particular, Durant missed three games in 2015 with elbow and calf issues, which contained him to 82 tackles (57 solo) and one forced fumble. Considering his age (30) heading into the offseason, the outside linebacker shouldn't have a problem drumming up interest on the free-agent market.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Southward had 23 tackles, one sack and two pass defenses last year.
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