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Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Georgia Dome | Coach: Dan Quinn
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense4th112.5 (13th)287.0 (5th)
Defense10th87.4 (1st)248.3 (18th)
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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
59Bartu, Joplo OLB6-223010/3/19893Texas State
44Beasley, Vic DE6-22467/8/1992RClemson
71Biermann, Kroy OLB6-32559/12/19858Montana
5Bosher, Matt P6-020810/18/19875Miami (Fla.)
3Bryant, Matt K5-92035/29/197514Baylor
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
30Godfrey, Charles FS5-1121011/15/19858Iowa
93Goodman, Malliciah DE6-42761/4/19903Clemson
66Gradkowski, Gino C6-330011/5/19884Delaware
77Hageman, Ra'Shede DT6-63188/8/19902Minnesota
85Hankerson, Leonard WR6-22111/30/19895Miami (Fla.)
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.)
76Holmes, Lamar T6-63337/8/19894Southern Mississippi
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 DB6-121210/29/1992RSan Jose State
67Levitre, Andy G6-23035/15/19867Oregon State
75Long, Jake T6-73225/9/19858Michigan
70Matthews, Jake T6-53092/11/19922Texas A&M
81Moeaki, Tony TE6-32526/8/19876Iowa
25Moore, William SS6-02215/18/19856Missouri
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
96Soliai, Paul DT6-434512/30/19839Utah
62Stone, James C6-32914/26/19922Tennessee
54Stupar, Nate OLB6-22403/14/19882Penn State
83Tamme, Jacob TE6-32303/15/19858Kentucky
27Therezie, Robenson FS5-92128/5/1991RAuburn
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
75Asamoah, Jon (IR) G6-43057/21/19886Illinois
 Gardner, Beau (IR) TE6-424012/27/1989RNorthern Arizona
73Heimuli, Ricky (IR) DT6-43149/18/19911Oregon
33Howard, Travis (IR) CB6-120011/24/19892Ohio State
39Mooney, Collin (IR) RB5-102384/3/19863Army
67Replogle, Adam (IR) G6-329410/10/19902Indiana
Practice Squad
74Mbu, Joey DT6-33103/28/1993RHouston
90Maponga, Stansly LB6-22653/5/19913Texas Christian
 Goodwin, C.J. WR6-31902/4/19901California (PA)
 Tialavea, D.J. TE6-42607/27/19911Utah State
 Starr, Tyler LB6-52501/25/19912South Dakota
 Johnson, Gus RB5-102158/10/1993RStephen F. Austin St.
 Simms, Matt QB6-32109/27/19882Tennessee
 Heath, T.J. DB6-01909/11/19872Jacksonville State
 Garland, Ben DE6-53084/6/19882Air Force
 Wylie, Devon WR5-91879/2/19882Fresno State
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
Quarterback Matt Simms was among the cuts made by the Bills on Friday as they work to pare their roster down to 53, per the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

Simms, who was released by the rival Jets in late May, completed 19 of 39 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown over the last two seasons.

Devin Hester
Hester (toe) returned to practice Monday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Hester was placed on the Falcons' injured reserve/designated to return list after Week 4 due to a lingering bout with turf toe. Now healthy enough to practice, Hester is eligible to return to game action in Week 13, which would mostly figure to help Atlanta's special teams.

Toe - IR. Designated for return
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.

Ricky Heimuli
The Jaguars have pared down their roster to 53 on Saturday by cutting 20 players.

The players on that list are: C Michael Brewster, G Drew Nowak, DE Gerald Rivers, QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Chad Bumphis, FB Eric Kettani, TE Brandon Barden, OT Cody Booth, DL Deandre Coleman, DT Ricky Heimuli, S Craig Loston, QB Stephen Morris, K/P Kasey Redfern, G Tyler Shatley, TE D.J. Tialavea, LB Marcus Whitfield, WR Kerry Taylor, S Sherrod Martin, LB Nate Stupar and CB Jamell Fleming.
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
O'Brien Schofield
Seahawks offensive stars Marshawn Lynch and Doug Baldwin are active Week 10 against the Giants.

Both players came into the game listed as probable. Lynch is dealing with a calf injury. Baldwin has a groin issue. The team will also have Michael Bennett, Jordan Hill, Russell Okung, O'Brien Schofield and Max Unger. All five players were also listed as probable coming into the contest.

Marcus Burley and Byron Maxwell should play as well. They were both listed as questionable. Burley is dealing with a hamstring injury, Maxwell has a calf issue. 

Guard Stephen Schilling is the only doubtful player who is active for the game.

Charles Godfrey
Godfrey was re-signed by the Falcons on Tuesday.

With William Moore (groin) in danger of missing Week 8, the Falcons need extra depth at safety. Even if Moore can't go, Godfrey will likely have a very limited role.

William Moore
Moore (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in San Francisco.

Moore didn't practice all week and will miss a second straight game. Kemal Ishmael figures to fill in at safety, but with Robenson Therezie possibly getting some of the snaps, the situation is best avoided in IDP leagues.

Devon Wylie
The 49ers made several moves to trim the roster to 75 players Monday.

The team waived quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, safety D.J. Campbell, tight end Kevin Greene, running back Jewel Hampton, punt Colton Schmidt, linebacker Kion Wilson and wide receiver Devon Wylie, while also releasing wide receiver David Reed.

The team placed running back Marcus Lattimore, fullback Trey Millard, cornerback Keith Reaser and guard Brandon Thomas on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List and linebacker NaVorro Bowman, tight end Garrett Celek and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey were placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List. Linebacker Blake Costanzo was released from the Injured Reserve list.

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
Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco wasn't threatened when the team signed Collin Mooney during the offseason. 

It's just going to push me to be a better player," DiMarco said, per ESPN. "When competition comes to you, you've got to step up to the plate and you've got to play good. That's my whole thing. There's nothing that he's going to do that's going to change me. I've just got to continue to work on my craft and continue to get better every day

Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
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 (knee) is active Sunday against Washington.

Allen suffered his injury back in Week 3 and was unable to play last Sunday, but he practiced fully this week, allowing him to return. However, with only 17 tackles and one interception in three games this season, he makes for a fairly weak fantasy IDP option in most leagues.

Roddy White
White caught four balls for 24 yards in Sunday's loss to the Colts.

Although White was rather ineffective, he did see nine targets, which marks a season high for the aging veteran. The targets are nice, but it's production that counts, and White hasn't tallied more than 50 yards receiving in a game since Week 1.

Malliciah Goodman
Falcons LB Akeem Dent, DE Malliciah Goodman, S Zeke Motta and LB Sean Weatherspoon are active Week 13 against the Bills.

All four players were questionable coming into the game. They were all able to get through limited practice Friday.

Adrian Clayborn
The Falcons signed a couple of players with hopes of bolstering a defense that ranked dead last in the NFL a season ago. 

Atlanta announced that it has signed contracts with defensive end Adrian Clayborn and cornerback Phillip Adams.

Clayborn's 2014 season ended early due to a biceps injury. Adams, a journeyman entering his sixth NFL season, appeared in 12 games for the Jets in 2014 and totaled 24 tackles and one interception. 

Clayborn played the entire 2013 season and recorded 64 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks. 

Jonathan Babineaux
The Falcons are all but perfectly healthy for their Sunday game against visiting Cleveland. Cornerback Robert Alford (wrist) and offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (hamstring) are out, but the other eight players on their injury report are probable.

That group includes guard Jon Asamoah (shoulder), defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (knee), wide receivers Drew Davis (foot), Harry Douglas (foot), Julio Jones (illness) and Devin Hester (wrist) and running backs Steven Jackson (illness) and Patrick DiMarco (illness).

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
Falcons cornerback Robert Alford knows that in order to continue to play at a high level he has to keep expanding his game, per ESPN.com.

Alford wants to be ready if his coaches approach him and ask for the 26-year-old to move down to the slot and play more in a nickleback role.

"I'd love to play outside and nickel," Alford said. "I told the coaches I'd love to play both. Wherever they need me, I'm willing to play. As long as I'm on the field being able to compete and show my talent, I feel good."

Alford recorded 31 tackles and three interceptions in 10 games last season.

Groin - Limited practice. Questionable for Week 12 vs. Minnesota
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
The Falcons signed a couple of players with hopes of bolstering a defense that ranked dead last in the NFL a season ago. 

Atlanta announced that it has signed contracts with defensive end Adrian Clayborn and cornerback Phillip Adams.

Clayborn's 2014 season ended early due to a biceps injury. Adams, a journeyman entering his sixth NFL season, appeared in 12 games for the Jets in 2014 and totaled 24 tackles and one interception. 

Clayborn played the entire 2013 season and recorded 64 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks. 

T.J. Heath
The Dolphins waived defensive back T.J. Heath, kicker Zach Hocker and defensive back Lowell Rose on Tuesday, the team announced.

Heath and Rose were with the team during the 2014 season, while Hocker was signed in the offseason. 

Jacob Tamme
Tamme caught one pass off of three targets for 16 yards in Sunday's loss to the Colts.

Sunday snapped Tamme's five-game streak of at least five targets. The reduction in Tamme's role corresponded with Leonard Hankerson's most targets since Week 4 and and Roddy White's most targets of the season. In the week or so before the Falcons' bye, Tamme was emerging as a legitimate starting-caliber tight end. The Falcons' emphasis on its second and third receivers following the bye, however, should suspend those notions at least temporarily so that it can be determined whether the change was game-specific or Atlanta's offense's new look.

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 turned 17 carries into 48 yards, but failed to corral either of his two targets in Sunday's loss to the Colts.

Coleman saw extended run after Devonta Freeman left the game with a concussion. The rookie has averaged a measly 3.9 yards per carry, but he may finally get a chance to live up to his preseason hype if Freeman is forced to miss extended time. While Coleman doesn't contribute much as a receiver, he could prove valuable with a big rushing workload in a talented Atlanta offense.

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.

Sean Renfree
Falcons coach Dan Quinn is not ruling out bringing back former Atlanta quarterback Matt Schaub to compete for the backup role behind starter Matt Ryan, per ESPN.

"Schaub is certainly somebody that we could [add]," Quinn said. "As we get through it, we'll let you know if we go down that road."

The 34-year-old Schaub was released by the Raiders in mid-March. T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree are the other quarterbacks on the Falcons' roster.

Tony Moeaki
Tight end Tony Moeaki was signed by the Falcons on Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

With Jacob Tamme (concussion) still recovering in the wake of a Week 4 absence, Moeaki could serve as the No. 2 tight end behind Levine Toilolo in Sunday's game against the Redskins.

A third-round draft pick back in 2010, Moeaki has struggled with injuries throughout his career, and he no longer possesses the high-end athleticism he had upon entering the league.

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
Falcons linebacker Brooks Reed (groin) is starting Sunday against Houston.

In his debut with Atlanta, he will line up versus his former team at strong-side linebacker, where he'll act as more of a pass rusher than a tackle machine.

Jalen Collins
The Falcons finished last in the NFL in passing yards allowed in 2015. Injuries and a lack of talent at cornerback played a major role in that deficiency. And young standout Desmond Trufant can not be the only dependable player at that position this season if the secondary is to dramatically improve.

Perhaps the most intriguing prospect among the starting hopefuls at corner is rookie second-round pick Jalen Collins, who played plenty of man coverage at LSU, which should allow him to fit into the Atlanta defensive scheme.

"It's something I've come from with LSU, physical defense," he told the team website. "We pressed most of the time at LSU and it's something they're looking forward to me doing this season, so I'm going to step up to the challenge. I'd definitely love to be one of the rookies of the year, hopefully make the Pro Bowl. Everything's up in the air right now and I'm just working as hard as I can."

Stansly Maponga
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.

Leonard Hankerson
Hankerson (hamstring) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Ban Goessling of ESPN.com reports.

Active Sunday for the first time since Week 7, Hankerson's hamstring issue likely contributed to a reduced snap count -- 43 of the 75 on offense -- but he still reeled in four of seven targets for 36 yards. His lack of activity Wednesday may have been a precaution, but if absences continue to add up this week, owners wouldn't be blamed for worrying about the wideout's availability for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Hamstring - Full practice. Probable for Week 12 vs. Minnesota
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 caught three balls for 16 yards and ran twice for two yards in Sunday's loss to the Colts.

Outside of the blowout against Houston, this was the first time Ward earned carries at tailback for the Falcons. He saw a slight uptick in work because Devonta Freeman left the game with a concussion, but it was Tevin Coleman who got the majority of work in Freeman's absence. Ward could see a few more touches should Freeman miss games with the concussion, but Coleman looks like the backup to roster.

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
Joplo Bartu
Falcons linebacker Justin Durant (elbow) isn't practicing Wednesday.

Durant was removed from Sunday's win against the Texans with an elbow injury, which was subsequently confirmed as a sprain. It's unclear if he'll be able to play through the ailment.

If the Falcons' leading tackler is unable to play Sunday against Washington, Joplo Bartu would take on Durant's responsibilities at weakside linebacker.

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
Falcons rookie defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman suffered only a bone bruise in his wrist when he got into a scuffle with center Joe Crawley, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Earlier reports suggested Hageman had a hairline fracture.

Coach Mike Smith said Hageman will practice Monday.

Kemal Ishmael
Falcons defensive backs Dwight Lowery (knee) and Kemal Ishmael (hamstring) each left Sunday's regular season finale against Carolina due to injuries, per the team's official website. Both players were deemed questionable to return to the game.
Joey Mbu
No Updates
Kroy Biermann
The Falcons announced they've re-signed defensive end Kroy Biermann, who had 77 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble last season. Terms were not released.

Biermann, 29, has spent his entire seven-year career in Atlanta, registering 277 tackles and 21 sacks. He has played a full 16-game season six times, including last year.

Paul Worrilow
Linebacker Paul Worrilow led the Falcons with nine total tackles in Sunday's overtime win over the Redskins.

Worrilow led the Falcons in tackles in 2014, but he has gotten off to a little bit of a slow start this year. Part of slow start was due to a calf injury, so it was good to see him lead his team in tackles against Washington. He'll get the Saints on a short week in Week 6.

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
The Falcons are touting rookie defensive tackle Grady Jarrett as potentially one of the steals of the draft. And they have the ammunition to back up their claim.

The just-signed Clemson product racked up 207 tackles, including 29.5 for losses, 5.5 sacks and 37 quarterback pressures during his college career. But his 6-foot frame prevented him from being selected higher than the fifth round.

Jarrett topped the list of the biggest draft steals produced by ProFootballFocus.com. Its statistical breakdown revealed that he was in the Top 5 in both run stop percentage and pass rushing productivity against premier competition. He was the only player to rank that high in both categories.

He understands, however, that such numbers mean nothing now. He most prove they can be translated into production at the NFL level.

"I'm just happy to be here in Atlanta," Jarrett said. "The draft is just a thing of the past. You can only control what you control. What I control is what I do out there and I'm just trying to be a better player and help the team win."

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. 

Devonta Freeman
Freeman won't take part in practice Wednesday, as he remains in the first phase of the concussion protocol.

Head coach Dan Quinn relayed Monday that Freeman had already received clearance to attend meetings, but Wednesday's development indicates otherwise. As the week progresses, the Falcons will tread carefully with their star running back due to the murky nature of concussions. While Freeman's availability could come down to a game-time call, the team kicks off at 1 PM ET on Sunday, affording his owners a chance to make necessary adjustments. If he's unable to play, Tevin Coleman will head Atlanta's backfield.

Concussion - Full practice. Probable for Week 12 vs. Minnesota
Jon Asamoah
The Falcons placed offensive guard Jon Asamoah on injured reserve, which will end his season, reports ESPN.

Asamoah was dealing with a hip injury. He started 15 games for the Falcons last season.

Justin Durant
Durant (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in San Francisco.

Durant will likely be replaced in the starting lineup by either Nathan Stupar or Joplu Bartu, neither of whom warrants IDP consideration. Durant has 40 tackles in six appearances, but he only played a few snaps in one of those games and has otherwise been a solid IDP.

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
Falcons defensive tackle Tyson Jackson can sit back and relax after signing a five-year, $25 million deal with the team last season, but he's showing more dedication than ever.

Jackson, who currently weighs 318 pounds, hired a personal chef with the goal of slimming down to 305 pounds, per ESPN.com.

"I just started recently, and constantly, week by week, I want to trim down," Jackson said. "I got my personal chef at the end of March. I know Matt Ryan used her, and a couple Falcons in the past have used her, too."

Jackson wants to slime down because the Falcons' defensive schemes will be much different this year. Last season he was encouraged to be as big as possible because the team pictured him as a run-stuffer. This year's defense is a more complex version of last season's 4-3 scheme and it incorporates a lot of 3-4 principles, so Jackson's big frame isn't an ideal fit.

"Playing this 4-3 style of defense, there's no reason to be heavy because you're not two-gapping no more," Jackson said. "Everything is ball, key and get-off. So, that's pretty much the reason for [losing weight]."

Jackson started all 16 games for the Falcons last year and recorded 22 tackles.

Justin Hardy
Hardy caught two balls for 21 yards in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.

Hardy caught two of the four balls thrown his way, but Matt Ryan threw 45 times, so it would have been nice to see him look Hardy's way more often. Julio Jones saw 13 targets, Jacob Tamme saw 12, and Devonta Freeman received eight targets out of the backfield. Week 8 was his first week on the active roster, and he should remain there so long as Leonard Hankerson stays out with a hamstring injury.

Nick Williams
Williams (hamstring) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Williams - who has nine catches for 98 yards in seven games to date -- is in uniform Sunday, but with the likes of fellow wideouts Julio Jones, Roddy White and Justin Hardy also on hand, he's not a high-percentage fantasy play in Week 9.

Akeem King
The Falcons announced on Saturday that five draft picks are now under contract. 

In addition to fifth-round pick Grady Jarrett, announced on Friday, the Falcons have signed second-round CB Jalen Collins, fourth-round WR Justin Hardy, seventh rounders G Jake Rodgers and S Akeem King

Robenson Therezie
Hamstring - Limited practice. Questionable for Week 12 vs. Minnesota
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.

Matt Ryan
Ryan completed 25-of-46 passes for 280 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions in Sunday's loss to the Colts.

Ryan's 15 throws to Julio Jones accounted for 160 of his passing yards in an otherwise sloppy outing for Atlanta's signal-caller. He now has seven turnovers in the last four weeks after recording only six over the season's first six games, and will need to clean up his game if he wants to succeed against a tough Vikings defense next week. Look for Ryan to shoulder a lot of the offensive load in coming weeks, as star running back Devonta Freeman could miss some time with a concussion.

Lamar Holmes
Falcons tackle Lamar Holmes arrived at training camp Thursday morning on crutches and with his right foot in a protective boot. 

Holmes is recovering from a broken foot and clearly doesn't appear ready to start practicing with the team when camp opens on Friday. 

Holmes will open camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. The team placed him on PUP Thursday afternoon.

Julio Jones
Jones caught 9-of-15 targets for 160 yards Sunday against the Colts.

After failing to top 100 receiving yards in four straight games, Jones has now posted at least 137 in each of his last three games. With running back Devonta Freeman suffering a concussion, Atlanta's offense may become even more Jones-centric in the coming weeks. With another home tilt coming up next week against the Vikings, Jones will have a strong chance of finding pay dirt for the first time in three weeks.

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 (foot) is active Sunday against the 49ers.

Beasley will look to get after Blake Bortles and the depleted 49ers offense as he'll be in the lineup at left defensive end. He has two sacks on the season, but none since Week 3.

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 came out of nowhere to score two touchdowns in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Colts, catching three of four targets for 21 yards.

It's a shame DiMarco's moment in the sun came in a losing cause. Don't be surprised if the fullback falls back into obscurity, as he has just nine touches all season.

Matt Bryant
Bryant was limited in practice Wednesday due to a right quadriceps injury.

Until the Falcons sign another kicker, Bryant should be considered good to go for Sunday's contest against the Vikings. Typically one of the highest-scoring kicking options in the NFL, he's fallen all the way to 18th in scoring with 68 points, as the Falcons have sputtered after a fast start to the season.

Right quadriceps - Limited practice. Questionable for Week 12 vs. Minnesota
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. 

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