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Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Georgia Dome | Coach: Dan Quinn
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense7th100.4 (19th)273.7 (6th)
Defense16th105.0 (13th)242.6 (17th)
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23Alford, Robert CB5-1018611/1/19884Southeastern Louisiana
37Allen, Ricardo FS5-918612/18/19912Purdue
95Babineaux, Jonathan NT6-230010/12/198112Iowa
44Beasley, Vic LB6-32467/8/19922Clemson
5Bosher, Matt P6-020810/18/19876Miami (Fla.)
3Bryant, Matt K5-92035/29/197515Baylor
59Campbell, De'Vondre OLB6-32347/1/1993RMinnesota
96Capi, Nordly DE6-32497/11/19921Akron
65Chester, Chris G6-33031/12/198311Oklahoma
99Clayborn, Adrian DE6-32807/6/19886Iowa
26Coleman, Tevin RB6-12104/16/19932Indiana
32Collins, Jalen CB6-12033/20/19932Louisiana State
76Compton, Tom T6-53085/10/19894South Dakota
42DiMarco, Patrick FB6-12344/30/19895South Carolina
24Freeman, Devonta RB5-82063/15/19923Florida State
54Freeney, Dwight DE6-12682/19/198015Syracuse
87Fuller, Devin WR6-01941/29/1994RUCLA
63Garland, Ben C6-53084/6/19883Air Force
66Gibson, Laurence T6-63153/19/19911Virginia Tech
93Goodman, Malliciah DE6-42761/4/19904Clemson
29Goodwin, C.J. WR6-42202/4/19901California (PA)
6Graham, Shayne K6-021012/9/197714Virginia Tech
32Gray, Cyrus RB5-1020611/18/19894Texas A&M
77Hageman, Ra'Shede DT6-63188/8/19903Minnesota
16Hardy, Justin WR5-1019212/18/19912East Carolina
72Harris, Bryce T6-63001/16/19895Fresno State
47Harris, Josh LS6-12244/27/19895Auburn
81Hooper, Austin TE6-325411/4/1994RStanford
36Ishmael, Kemal SS6-02065/6/19914Central Florida
94Jackson, Tyson DE6-42966/6/19868Louisiana State
97Jarrett, Grady DT6-03054/28/19932Clemson
98Johnson, Cory DT6-22984/10/1992RKentucky
33Johnson, Devonte DB5-101801/3/1993RWeber State
45Jones, Deion OLB6-122211/4/1994RLouisiana State
11Jones, Julio WR6-32202/3/19896Alabama
25King, Akeem DB6-121210/29/19922San Jose State
67Levitre, Andy G6-23035/15/19868Oregon State
51Mack, Alex C6-431111/19/19858California
70Matthews, Jake T6-53092/11/19923Texas A&M
92Mbu, Joey DT6-33103/28/19932Houston
85McKissic, J.D. WR5-101878/15/1993RArkansas State
22Neal, Keanu SS6-02117/26/1995RFlorida
20Neasman, Sharrod DB5-1121310/14/1991RFlorida Atlantic
40Parms, Damian DB6-221010/28/19921Florida Atlantic
82Perkins, Josh TE6-32238/5/1993RWashington
68Person, Mike G6-43006/17/19886Montana State
34Poole, Brian DB5-921310/20/1992RFlorida
64Rahrig, Collin G6-228510/31/19911Indiana
50Reed, Brooks OLB6-32542/28/19876Arizona
53Reynolds, LaRoy LB6-124011/3/19904Virginia
19Robinson, Aldrick WR5-101879/24/19884Southern Methodist
2Ryan, Matt QB6-42175/17/19859Boston College
12Sanu, Mohamed WR6-22108/22/19895Rutgers
8Schaub, Matt QB6-62456/25/198113Virginia
73Schraeder, Ryan T6-73005/4/19884Valdosta State
71Schweitzer, Wes G6-43009/11/1993RSan Jose State
90Shelby, Derrick DE6-22803/4/19895Utah
4Simms, Matt QB6-32109/27/19884Tennessee
52Starr, Tyler LB6-52501/25/19913South Dakota
83Tamme, Jacob TE6-32303/15/19859Kentucky
27Therezie, Robenson FS5-92128/5/19912Auburn
86Tialavea, D.J. TE6-42607/27/19913Utah State
80Toilolo, Levine TE6-82657/30/19914Stanford
21Trufant, Desmond CB6-01909/10/19904Washington
91Upshaw, Courtney LB6-227212/13/19895Alabama
43Van Dyke, DeMarcus DB6-11851/17/19894Miami (Fla.)
28Ward, Terron RB5-72012/15/19922Oregon State
88Washington, Corey WR6-421412/29/19912Newberry
56Weatherspoon, Sean LB6-224412/29/19876Missouri
14Weems, Eric WR5-91957/4/198510Bethune-Cookman
46Wells, Matt LB6-222211/26/19901Mississippi State
41Wheeler, Philip OLB6-224512/12/19849Georgia Tech
20Wilds, Brandon RB6-02207/22/1993RSouth Carolina
15Williams, Nick WR5-1018411/23/19903Connecticut
55Worrilow, Paul MLB6-02305/1/19904Delaware
Injured Players
33Howard, Travis (IR) CB6-120011/24/19892Ohio State
74Mayes, Chris (IR) DT6-33499/27/1991RGeorgia
39Mooney, Collin (IR) RB5-102384/3/19863Army
25Moore, William (IR) SS6-02215/18/19856Missouri
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
DeMarcus Van Dyke
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.

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. 

Illness - Out for Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay
Mohamed Sanu
Sanu secured two of three targets for 19 yards in Thursday's 17-6 preseason loss to the Dolphins.

The presumed No. 2 receiver wasn't targeted often despite Julio Jones' early exit with an ankle injury, yet was efficient with the opportunities he received. Sanu took a fairly wicked shot near the sideline on one of his receptions, but escaped unscathed. While nothing in his skill set particularly stands out, the former Bengal figures to receive a decent amount of attention from Matt Ryan while starting opposite Jones, a role that should also afford him plenty of single coverage as the season unfolds.

Matt Schaub
Schaub completed eight of 12 passes for 78 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Browns.

Schaub completed 10 of 15 passes for 179 yards in the first preseason game, and while Thursday's performance was far less impressive, there's been no indication he's facing any real pressure for the No. 2 quarterback job. Starter Matt Ryan hasn't missed a game since 2009.

Matt Simms
Simms finished 10-of-13 for 136 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason win over the Browns.

Simms is battling Matt Schaub for the right to back up Matt Ryan, but it will take more than one decent performance to supplant the veteran. His statline is encouraging, nonetheless.

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.

William Moore
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.

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.
Nordly Capi
The Jaguars placed defensive end Nordly Capi on the Active/non-football injury list on Tuesday, the team announced. Capi went undrafted out of Akron. 
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.
Cyrus Gray
Gray ran for 76 yards on 18 carries in Thursday's preseason win over the Browns.

The 76 yards was good for the team lead, but he only averaged 4.2 yards a carry. Devonta Freeman, Brandon Wilds and Gus Johnson all averaged at least six yards a carry on Thursday, with Freeman boasting an impressive 10.5 yards a clip on four carries. Gray proved he can handle a heavy workload, but he'll need to be a little more effective if he wants to make the final roster.

Collin Mooney
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.

Keanu Neal
Neal (torso) injured his knee in Thursday's preseason loss to the Dolphins, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Neal is dealing with his second injury of the preseason. First it was a torso strain that kept him out of the team's first preseason game and now his knee injury. Despite being dinged up a bit, the rookie did tell teammates that he didn't think the injury was serious and he expects to play in the teams Week 1 matchup with Tampa Bay.

Knee - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay
Shayne Graham
Graham signed a contract with the Falcons on Saturday.

Graham is no stranger to Atlanta. After Matt Bryant went down due to a quadriceps injury last season, Graham assumed kicking duties for the Falcons. In his short five game stint, Graham connected on 11 of 13 tries and hit all of his eight extra point attempts. Entering his 19th season, Graham hasn't showed any signs of decay and could be a solid option at kicker for an offense expected to score a lot of points in 2016.

Austin Hooper
Hooper secured all five of his targets for 50 yards in Thursday's 17-6 preseason loss to the Dolphins.

The 2016 third-round pick had his first breakout performance of sorts, serving as an effective receiver for both Matt Ryan and Matt Schaub. Hooper was encouragingly only behind Aldrick Robinson in targets by game's end, although that was undoubtedly aided by the fact that Julio Jones had an early exit due to an ankle injury. Hooper did outperform starting tight end Jacob Tamme on the evening, however, and could slowly force his way into increasing playing time once the regular season begins, given both his third-round status and Tamme's solid but unspectacular skill set.

Corey Washington
The Lions waived-injured Washington (knee) on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Washington's recovery from the knee injury he suffered last August apparently was not going as planned, so the Lions decided to remove him from the roster in order to free up a spot for another, presumably healthier, player.

Brian Poole
No Updates
Ricardo Allen
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.

Malliciah Goodman
Goodman was limited to three total tackles in four games in 2015.

Goodman played in all 16 games in 2014, but the Falcons brought in some other pass rushers in the offseason, and Goodman's playing time significantly dropped off. He has one year left on his contract heading into the offseason.

Adrian Clayborn
Clayborn (shoulder) is expected back for Week 1, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Clayborn was scheduled for an MRI on Friday, after injuring his shoulder during Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins. He's expected to start at left defensive end, but he may lose a lot of snaps to Brooks Reed and/or Dwight Freeney.

Shoulder - Probable for Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay
Jonathan Babineaux
Babineaux tallied two tackles in the season finale against the Saints.

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.

Cory Johnson
No Updates
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
Alford recorded a season high eight tackles in Week 17 against the Saints.

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.

Levine Toilolo
Toilolo (hand) caught one pass for 13 yards on two targets in Thursday's preseason game against the Browns.

Jacob Tamme got the start, but Toilolo and Austin Hooper also got some snaps with the first-team offense. Each player managed just one catch, and while Tamme appears to have an early advantage, there's still time for Toilolo or Hooper to make a move before Week 1. Regardless, the Atlanta tight ends probably won't be a big part of the team's passing game this season.

Derrick Shelby
Shelby has signed with the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Shelby has played 63 of a possible 64 games for the Dolphins over the past four seasons and started eight games at defensive end in 2016. He had 6.5 sacks and two interceptions over the past two seasons and will compete for defensive end snaps with Vic Beasley and Tyson Jackson.

LaRoy Reynolds
Reynolds will enter the starting lineup Sunday against the Lions, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Shea McClellin is set to miss his first game of the season due to a knee injury, paving the way for Reynolds to pick up his first extended snaps of the season. While his placement at middle linebacker should lend itself to plenty of tackle opportunities, Reynolds will need to make good on that production over multiple games before those in IDP leagues look to him for help.

J.D. McKissic
No Updates
Tom Compton
The Redskins announced Friday the release of defensive end Stephen Bowen and the re-signing of tackle Tom Compton.

Bowen played eight games in 2014, totaling 11 tackles. In four seasons with the Redskins, he totaled 96 tackles with seven sacks. By releasing Bowen, the Redskins will save $5.52 million in cap space, according to the Washington Post.

Compton has spent all three years with Washington, starting nine of 16 games in 2014.

Jacob Tamme
Tamme caught his only target for a nine-yard gain in Thursday's preseason game against the Browns.

Tamme's reception came on Atlanta's first offensive snap, but he was quiet for the rest of the night. Levine Toiliolo (one catch for 13 yards) and rookie Austin Hooper (one catch for seven yards) didn't fare much better, and the Falcons haven't gotten much from their tight ends through the first two weeks of the preseason. Tamme is the favorite to serve as the team's primary pass-catching tight end, but as seen last season, it's not a role that comes with much upside.

Tevin Coleman
Coleman gained six yards on three carries and secured his only target for a loss of five yards in Thursday's 17-6 preseason loss to the Dolphins.

The 2015 third-round pick found running room at a premium against a strong Dolphins front, which didn't bottle him up and didn't allow him to showcase any of his trademark speed. Coleman figures to still receive a solid workload to start the regular season as a rotational and change-of-pace back, while also occasionally threatening defenses by splitting out wide.

Deion Jones
No Updates
Desmond Trufant
Trufant (hip) returned to practice on Sunday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

Trufant had missed the last few Falcons practices with a minor hip injury, likely more as a precaution than a necessity. Now that he's returned he'll be expected to jump back in line with the first team defense.

Brooks Reed
Reed was limited to 17 tackles in 13 games with the Falcons in 2015.

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.

Shoulder - Probable for Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay
Jalen Collins
Collins has been suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Collins is still eligible to partake in all offseason and preseason activities, but will have to miss the first quarter of the regular season. A second round selection last year, Collins was hoping to carve out a larger role in the Falcons' secondary this term, and although he very well may still, his absence will open opportunities for his teammates to begin the campaign.

Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 at Denver
Alex Mack
Browns center Alex Mack has been cleared to participate in training camp drills, reports ESPN.com. Mack is recovering from a broken leg, which ended his season in Week 6.
Devin Fuller
Fuller (shoulder) may need surgery to repair an unspecified shoulder injury, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Fuller, the Falcons' seventh-round pick from LSU, suffered the injury during Thursday's preseason tilt against the Dolphins. However, he was drafted with the expectation he would earn a job returning kickoffs, but fellow rookie J.D. McKissic has been the most impressive candidate for the role thus far into the preseason. Now injured and potentially sidelined indefinitely, Fuller appears to be a long shot to make Atlanta's final 53-man roster ahead of Week 1.

Shoulder - Doubtful for Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay
Josh Perkins
No Updates
Philip Wheeler
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
Ward (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's preseason matchup with the Dolphins.

Ward hasn't played so far this preseason and it's unclear if he'll be able to return for the team's final go before the regular season, next Thursday against the Jaguars. He's expected to be the team's No. 3 option at running back, behind Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, but his lengthy absence will again open the door Gus Johnson to take a shot at that role with added game snaps on Thursday.

Ankle - Probable for Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay
Wes Schweitzer
No Updates
Collin Rahrig
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.

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. 

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.

Courtney Upshaw
Upshaw agreed to terms on a contract with the Falcons on Friday.

The details of the signing remain a bit unclear, but the 6-foot-2, 272-pound outside linebacker specializes in stuffing the run, but the bulkiness keeps him from becoming an elite linebacker. He will need to transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3 outside linebacker with the move to Atlanta, which will result in him serving in coverage more often. Upshaw collected 51 tackles (29 solo) last season, starting 15 of 16 games after Terrell Suggs suffered a torn Achilles, and will look to build on that to secure a starting job again in 2016.

Ra'Shede Hageman
Hageman tallied 27 tackles and a sack in his second year in the league.

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.

Kemal Ishmael
Ishmael (shoulder) will not practice Sunday, Vaugn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Original expectations had Ishmael returning to the practice field Sunday. However, it appears he's not completely over the injury and will take another day off for further rest and recovery. The injury isn't considered to be serious, so look for the 25-year-old safety to be back on the field later in the week.

Shoulder - Probable for Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay
Joey Mbu
Mbu recorded four tackles in two games with the Falcons this season.

Mbu worked his way back to the active roster after being waived as an undrafted free agent during training camp. He is under contract for one more year, but he'll need to battle for a roster spot.

Chris Mayes
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.

Foot - Injured Reserve
Matt Wells
No Updates
Paul Worrilow
Worrilow signed his restricted free agent tender with the Falcons on Wednesday.

Now officially back in the fold, Worrilow is set to reprise his starting middle linebacker role for the Falcons, on the heels of a 2015 campaign in which the 25-year-old recorded 95 tackles and two picks in 15 games, production that represented a dip from the IDP-friendly 142 tackles that he recorded for the Falcons in 2014.

Grady Jarrett
Jarrett recorded 24 tackles and a sack in his first season with the Falcons.

While the numbers don't jump off the page, he outperformed a lot of rookie fifth-rounders this season. He could push some of the elder defensive lineman for playing time in the coming years.

De'Vondre Campbell
The Falcons selected Campbell in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 115th overall.

The hyper-athletic Campbell had an impressive career at Minnesota and showed the type of coverage skills that are rare for college outside linebackers. At 6-4, 232 pounds with long arms, Campbell has an excellent frame to hold up against the run and move blockers. That said, there are concerns about his ability to get the the quarterback when he's used as a pass rusher. The fact that the Falcons took LSU's Deion Jones and Campbell with two of their first four picks shows that they're committed to infusing youth into their linebacking corps, so Campbell could see the field earlier than his draft position may indicate.

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 gained eight yards on five carries and secured two of three catches for 10 yards in Thursday's 17-6 preseason loss to the Dolphins.

Last season's breakout star couldn't duplicate the success he'd found on the ground in last week's effort against the Browns, where he'd ripped off 42 yards and a touchdown on four carries. Freeman looked quick, decisive and willing Thursday, but the Dolphins countered with a suffocating and stonewalling run defense. The second-year back is nevertheless slated to begin the season as the starter, but sophomore ballcarrier and 2015 third-round pick Tevin Coleman figures to lay claim to a notable swath of playing time as well.

Tyson Jackson
Jackson racked up 31 tackles in 16 games for the Falcons in 2015.

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.

Sean Weatherspoon
Weatherspoon has signed with the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Weatherspoon played 14 games for Arizona in 2015 and made nine tackles. He spent four years in Atlanta, from 2010-2013, and recorded eight sacks and two interceptions in 31 starts over that span. His familiarity with the club was likely a factor in Atlanta's decision to bring him in.

Justin Hardy
Hardy suffered an ankle injury in Thursday's preseason matchup with the Dolphins and will not return to the game.

The Falcons would rather be safe than sorry as they give the wideout the rest of the night off. Hardy will join Julio Jones on the sidelines for the remainder of the game, who also suffered some sort of ankle injury on Thursday night. The severity of the injury is still unknown, but expect more clarity on the matter once the team releases information in the next couple of days.

Ankle - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay
Damian Parms
No Updates
Nick Williams
Williams caught 17 balls for 159 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games with the Falcons this season.

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.

Akeem King
King recorded one tackle in five games of limited work in his rookie season.

The Falcons have a crowded secondary, and it's likely that King will need to make his presence felt on special teams if he wants to secure a roster spot for years to come.

Robenson Therezie
No Updates
Laurence Gibson
Cowboys seventh-round pick Laurence Gibson underwent surgery on a broken finger and will not take part in either OTAs or mini-camp as he tries to make the roster as a tackle, per the Dallas Morning-News

Gibson, who went to Virginia Tech, is expected to be ready for July's training camp. 

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.

Devonte Johnson
No Updates
Sharrod Neasman
No Updates
Matt Ryan
Ryan completed 12 of 22 passes for 129 yards with no touchdowns and an interception in Thursday's 17-6 preseason loss to the Dolphins.

Despite not getting his team into the end zone and losing Julio Jones early to an ankle injury, Ryan was reasonably effective. He did have one glaring gaffe, however, appearing not to see safety Rashad Jones lurking near the goal line on 3rd and goal in the first quarter, resulting in a drive-killing interception. Otherwise, Ryan looked comfortable in connecting with both Mohamed Sanu and Aldrick Robinson on several occasions, as well as in executing a couple of designed rollouts and bootlegs, which are reportedly slated to be a larger part of the offense in 2016 than in seasons past. Assuming Jones' injury is minor, Ryan and the rest of the Falcons starting offense look to be prepared for the start of the regular season.

Julio Jones
Jones (ankle) missed a second consecutive practice Monday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Removed from Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins with an ankle injury, Jones said afterward that he would have kept playing if it had been a regular-season contest. Already accustomed to producing at an elite level while nicked up, Jones still has nearly two weeks to prepare for Atlanta's opener against Tampa Bay. There won't be any cause for concern unless Jones is still absent from practice heading into next week.

Ankle - Probable for Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay
Matt Bosher
Bosher (chest) is on pace to play in Thursday's matchup with the Dolphins, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

It's unclear what exactly Bosher's injury is after he took a big hit to the chest, but it isn't very serious. The Falcons had veteran punter Brandon Fields in for a workout late last week but decided against signing him because of optimism that Bosher would be able to return by Thursday.

Chest - Probable for Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay
Brandon Wilds
Wilds suffered a knee injury Thursday and did not return, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports.

The rookie running back suffered the injury late in Thursday's contest, so the fact that he did not return does not necessarily mean that he's dealing with anything serious. Still, any additional missed time for Wilds could be problematic for a running back fighting for a roster spot with cuts looming. Prior to leaving the game, Wilds actually led the Falcons in rushing Thursday, taking three carries for 11 yards against a Dolphins defense that allowed just 31 yards on the ground.

Knee - Probable for Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay
Dwight Freeney
Freeney (back) returned to practice on Monday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Freeney has been dealing with a back strain throughout the preseason, which kept him off the field for Thursday's preseason loss to the Dolphins. While he did return to practice, it seems unlikely the coaching will risk the chance of the injury becoming worse and will keep the veteran on the sidelines for Thursday's preseason finale against the Jaguars.

Back - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay
Vic Beasley
Beasley has a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, but he's still expected to play in Atlanta's third preseason game, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.

Beasley missed Thursday's preseason game against the Browns, and while he may end up sitting out another exhibition, this doesn't sound like a threat to his Week 1 availability. Selected eighth overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, Beasley had just 20 tackles and four sacks while working in a part-time role as a rookie. He's expected to start and take on a considerable snap count this season, working as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end, with his role mostly focused on getting after the quarterback.

Shoulder - Probable for Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay
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 had the best season of his career, catching 13 balls for 110 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons in 2015.

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.

Aldrick Robinson
Robinson secured three of six targets for 70 yards in Thursday's 17-6 preseason loss to the Dolphins.

Despite the unfavorable result for the team, Robinson thrived through the air once again and enjoyed additional opportunity once Julio Jones went down with a first-quarter ankle injury. Robinson has outperformed the pair receivers immediately above him on the depth chart, Mohamed Sanu and Justin Hardy, over the last two weeks, amassing 188 yards on six receptions. The SMU product has certainly shown plenty of downfield chops over his three-year career, having averaged over 20 yards per reception over the 2012-13 seasons in Washington. Robinson was out of the NFL last season after a summer 2015 release by the Ravens, but looks highly likely to secure a roster spot on a Falcons receiving corps that is not overly deep beyond All-Pro Julio Jones.

Matt Bryant
Bryant will not play in Thursday's preseason matchup with Miami for undisclosed reasons.

Bryant is coming off of an injury shortened 2015 that saw him connect on just 14-of-18 field goals. Entering his age-40 season, the veteran kicker is competing with Shayne Graham, who replaced Bryant for the final six games of the season last year, for the kicker spot. Bryant's absence will give Graham a few extra in game reps in Thursday's game.

Undisclosed - Probable for Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay
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