|Offense||2nd||120.5 (5th)||295.3 (3rd)|
|Defense||25th||104.5 (17th)||266.7 (28th)|
|23||Alford, Robert||CB||5-10||186||11/1/1988||5||Southeastern Louisiana|
|95||Babineaux, Jonathan (FA)||DT||6-2||300||10/12/1981||13||Iowa|
|5||Bosher, Matt||P||6-0||208||10/18/1987||7||Miami (Fla.)|
|Bykowski, Carter||T||6-7||313||7/25/1990||3||Iowa State|
|65||Chester, Chris (FA)||G||6-3||303||1/12/1983||12||Oklahoma|
|32||Collins, Jalen||CB||6-1||203||3/20/1993||3||Louisiana State|
|Crawford, Jack||DE||6-5||288||9/7/1988||6||Penn State|
|Dable, Anthony||WR||6-4||220||9/25/1988||R||No College|
|Daniels, B.J.||WR||5-11||217||10/24/1989||4||South Florida|
|24||Freeman, Devonta||RB||5-8||206||3/15/1992||4||Florida State|
|93||Freeney, Dwight (FA)||DE||6-1||268||2/19/1980||16||Syracuse|
|18||Gabriel, Taylor||WR||5-8||165||2/17/1991||4||Abilene Christian|
|63||Garland, Ben||C||6-5||308||4/6/1988||4||Air Force|
|Goldson, Dashon (FA)||DB||6-2||200||9/18/1984||10||Washington|
|29||Goodwin, C.J.||CB||6-3||220||2/4/1990||2||California (PA)|
|Griswold, Darion||TE||6-5||255||12/23/1992||1||Arkansas State|
|16||Hardy, Justin||WR||5-10||192||12/18/1991||3||East Carolina|
|36||Ishmael, Kemal||SS||6-0||206||5/6/1991||5||Central Florida|
|94||Jackson, Tyson (FA)||DE||6-4||296||6/6/1986||9||Louisiana State|
|45||Jones, Deion||MLB||6-1||222||11/4/1994||2||Louisiana State|
|52||Keyes, Josh||LB||6-2||223||1/23/1993||3||Boston College|
|25||King, Akeem||DB||6-1||212||10/29/1992||3||San Jose State|
|Levitre, Andy||G||6-2||303||5/15/1986||9||Oregon State|
|70||Matthews, Jake||T||6-5||309||2/11/1992||4||Texas A&M|
|20||Neasman, Sharrod||DB||5-11||213||10/14/1991||2||Florida Atlantic|
|30||Olatoye, Deji||CB||6-1||205||7/20/1991||3||North Carolina A&T|
|Roberts, Andre||WR||5-11||192||1/9/1988||8||The Citadel|
|60||Robinson, Trevor||G||6-5||300||5/16/1990||5||Notre Dame|
|2||Ryan, Matt||QB||6-4||217||5/17/1985||10||Boston College|
|Schaub, Matt (FA)||QB||6-6||245||6/25/1981||14||Virginia|
|73||Schraeder, Ryan||T||6-7||300||5/4/1988||5||Valdosta State|
|71||Schweitzer, Wes||G||6-4||300||9/11/1993||2||San Jose State|
|52||Starr, Tyler||LB||6-5||250||1/25/1991||4||South Dakota|
|Staten, Jimmy||DT||6-3||311||5/4/1991||1||Middle Tennessee State|
|83||Tamme, Jacob (FA)||TE||6-3||230||3/15/1985||10||Kentucky|
|86||Tialavea, D.J.||TE||6-4||260||7/27/1991||3||Utah State|
|91||Upshaw, Courtney (FA)||DE||6-2||272||12/13/1989||6||Alabama|
|Ward, Terron||RB||5-7||201||2/15/1992||3||Oregon State|
|56||Weatherspoon, Sean (FA)||OLB||6-2||244||12/29/1987||7||Missouri|
|41||Wheeler, Philip (FA)||OLB||6-2||245||12/12/1984||10||Georgia Tech|
|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|
|43||Van Dyke, DeMarcus (IR)||DB||6-1||185||1/17/1989||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
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.
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 .
Schraeder agreed to convert his roster bonus into a signing bonus, which will effectively open up $4.8 million for the Falcons in cap space.
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.
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.
Schaub joined the Falcons as their backup quarterback last season after beginning his career as a backup with the team in 2004. He provides the team with a quality, veteran backup behind reigning MVP Matt Ryan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shelby suffered a calf injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, effectively ending the 27-year-old's season. In six games this season, he recorded eight tackles (six solo) and one pass deflection. Expect veteran Jonathan Babineaux to see an increase in reps, with Courtney Upshaw now serving as the only healthy reserve defensive tackle on the roster.
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 season and the Falcons may feel they've found a cheaper replacement in the form of last year's third-round selection, Austin Hooper. Levine Toilolo remains in the fold, but he is a blocking specialist and is unlikely to inherit much of Tamme's responsibilities in the passing game. While it isn't clear what kind of market awaits the veteran tight end, Tamme shouldn't have a problem finding a new home when he can prove his shoulder is fully recovered.
Head coach Dan Quinn said as much Tuesday, all but clarifying the severity of the injury sustained by Coleman in Super Bowl LI. No matter, Coleman will likely focus on rehab in the coming weeks and perhaps months with the aim of working in tandem with Devonta Freeman out of the Falcons' backfield once again.
Gabriel's tender is valued at $2.81 million and reserves the Falcons' right to match any offer extended his way as a restricted free agent. For his part, Gabriel said he want to remain in Atlanta, and a long-term deal to do so is still a possibility. After spending his first two seasons with the Browns, Gabriel enjoyed his best campaign yet in 2016 with the Falcons, finishing with 35 receptions for 579 yards and seven total touchdowns.
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.
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.
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.
Trufant was placed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral Nov. 29 and had surgery briefly after. The cornerback had one interceptions and two forced fumbles through nine games played and is undoubtedly one of Atlanta's top playmakers in the secondary. His absence was recognizable during Sunday's Super Bowl, where the Falcons gave up 466 passing yards and two touchdowns to Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady. Whether or not Trufant is able to get healthy for May practices, he should be be back before training camp, where he will provide a boost for Atlanta's pass defense.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Falcons needed to bring back depth in their secondary, and Ishmael will fit in well as a top-three safety next to Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal. The 25-year-old only played nine games for Atlanta in 2016 due to a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 13, but was able to record 52 tackles in his limited time.
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.
Jarrett had been limited in practice before participating fully on Wednesday, as he projects to start at defensive tackle next to Jonathan Babineaux.
Campbell left in the second quarter with cramps but is now back in action with the first-string unit.
Matthews was uncertain to play after spraining his knee last week against the Chiefs.
Even though Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Freeman won't get a new deal during the current free agent period, both sides have made it clear they want to stay together for at least one more season. Dimitroff didn't rule out the possibility of an extension before the season starts, but it does seem CB Desmond Trufant is the team's first priority in contract discussions. While the emergence of Tevin Coleman arguably makes Freeman expendable, the Falcons didn't have much trouble finding room for both running backs to contribute during their march to the Super Bowl last season. Expect the duo to reprise their roles for at least one more year, with Freeman leading the way and Coleman serving as a valuable complement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the surgery that Jones underwent Monday was described as a minor one to address a bunion that "had bothered him for years." The wideout is now slated for a 4-to-5 month timetable for recovery, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. While he'll miss the entirety of the Falcons' offseason program, Jones should be operating at full speed by the start of training camp in late July.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.