Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Georgia Dome | Coach: Dan Quinn
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd120.5 (5th)295.3 (3rd)
Defense25th104.5 (17th)266.7 (28th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
23Alford, Robert CB5-1018611/1/19885Southeastern Louisiana
37Allen, Ricardo FS5-918612/18/19913Purdue
61Averill, Travis C6-329512/21/1993RBoise State
95Babineaux, Jonathan (FA) DT6-230010/12/198113Iowa
44Beasley, Vic OLB6-32467/8/19923Clemson
5Bosher, Matt P6-020810/18/19877Miami (Fla.)
35Branch, Marcelis DB5-111801/19/1994RRobert Morris
76Brunskill, Daniel T6-52601/27/1994RSan Diego State
3Bryant, Matt K5-92035/29/197516Baylor
87Burton, Deante WR6-22057/12/1994RKansas State
59Campbell, De'Vondre OLB6-42327/1/19932Minnesota
65Chester, Chris (FA) G6-33031/12/198312Oklahoma
99Clayborn, Adrian DE6-32807/6/19887Iowa
40Coleman, Derrick RB6-023310/18/19904UCLA
26Coleman, Tevin RB6-12104/16/19933Indiana
32Collins, Jalen CB6-12033/20/19933LSU
95Crawford, Jack DE6-52889/7/19886Penn State
16Dable, Anthony WR6-42209/25/19881No College
35Daniels, B.J. WR5-1121710/24/19895South Florida
1Davis, Reggie WR6-017011/22/1995RGeorgia
72Edison, Cornelius C6-33097/10/19932Portland State
79Freeman, Wil T6-62752/7/1994RSouthern Mississippi
24Freeman, Devonta RB5-82063/15/19924Florida State
93Freeney, Dwight (FA) DE6-12682/19/198016Syracuse
13Fuller, Devin WR6-01941/29/19942UCLA
18Gabriel, Taylor WR5-81672/17/19914Abilene Christian
63Garland, Ben G6-53084/6/19884Air Force
 Goldson, Dashon (FA) DB6-22009/18/198410Washington
29Goodwin, C.J. CB6-31902/4/19902California (PA)
56Grace, Jermaine LB6-122311/8/1993RMiami (Fla.)
66Graf, Kevin T6-63096/17/19912Southern California
89Gray, Alex TE6-42315/1/1991RNo College
49Griswold, Darion TE6-526512/23/19921Arkansas State
77Hageman, Ra'Shede DT6-63188/8/19904Minnesota
17Hall, Marvin WR5-101834/10/19931Washington
14Hardy, Justin WR5-1019212/18/19913East Carolina
64Harlow, Sean G6-43033/28/1995ROregon State
47Harris, Josh LS6-12244/27/19896Auburn
38Hill, Brian RB6-121911/9/1995RWyoming
81Hooper, Austin TE6-424810/29/19942Stanford
 Ifedi, Martin DE6-32759/4/19911Memphis
36Ishmael, Kemal SS6-02065/6/19915UCF
94Jackson, Tyson (FA) DE6-42966/6/19869LSU
97Jarrett, Grady DT6-03054/28/19933Clemson
39Jones, Jarnor DB6-32094/29/1994RIowa State
45Jones, Deion MLB6-122211/4/19942LSU
55Jones, J.T. DE6-324511/12/1993RMiami (Ohio)
11Jones, Julio WR6-32202/3/19897Alabama
27Kazee, Damontae CB5-101836/5/1993RSan Diego State
62Keizur, Cam C6-43201/17/1994RPortland State
52Keyes, Josh LB6-22231/23/19932Boston College
25King, Akeem DB6-121210/29/19923San Jose State
75Knappe, Andreas T6-82956/2/1991RConnecticut
67Levitre, Andy G6-23035/15/19869Oregon State
 Lucas, Marquis T6-43183/25/19931West Virginia
 Lynn, Jack LB6-32348/6/1993RMinnesota
51Mack, Alex C6-431111/19/19859California
7Magee, Josh WR5-1117010/1/1991RSouth Alabama
70Matthews, Jake T6-53052/11/19924Texas A&M
41Mauger, Quincy DB6-02063/4/1995RGeorgia
98McKinley, Takkarist DE6-423011/2/1995RUCLA
6Meyer, Mike K6-21906/2/19921Iowa
48Moore, Jordan DB6-322512/13/1993RTexas-San Antonio
22Neal, Keanu SS6-02117/26/19952Florida
20Neasman, Sharrod DB6-019810/14/19912Florida Atlantic
93Odom, Chris DE6-42569/16/1994RArkansas State
30Olatoye, Deji CB6-12057/20/19912North Carolina A&T
82Perkins, Josh TE6-42278/5/19932Washington
92Poe, Dontari NT6-33468/18/19906Memphis
34Poole, Brian CB5-1021110/20/19922Florida
50Reed, Brooks DE6-32542/28/19877Arizona
39Renew, Tyler RB5-1121710/20/1994RThe Citadel
53Reynolds, LaRoy MLB6-124011/3/19905Virginia
38Reynolds, Taylor DB6-11902/5/1994RJames Madison
42Riley, Duke OLB6-12308/9/1994RLSU
19Roberts, Andre WR5-111921/9/19888The Citadel
68Robinson, Trevor G6-53005/16/19906Notre Dame
2Ryan, Matt QB6-42175/17/198510Boston College
12Sanu, Mohamed WR6-22108/22/19896Rutgers
85Saubert, Eric TE6-52534/30/1994RDrake
8Schaub, Matt QB6-62456/25/198114Virginia
73Schraeder, Ryan T6-73005/4/19885Valdosta State
71Schweitzer, Wes G6-53149/11/19932San Jose State
90Shelby, Derrick DE6-22803/4/19896Utah
4Simms, Matt QB6-32109/27/19884Tennessee
83Tamme, Jacob (FA) TE6-32303/15/198510Kentucky
86Tialavea, D.J. TE6-42607/27/19914Utah State
80Toilolo, Levine TE6-82657/30/19915Stanford
4Torgersen, Alek QB6-32301/13/1995RPennsylvania
21Trufant, Desmond CB6-01909/10/19905Washington
74Tupou, Tani DT6-128412/13/19921Washington
91Upshaw, Courtney DE6-227212/13/19896Alabama
94Vellano, Joe DT6-230010/30/19884Maryland
28Ward, Terron RB5-72012/15/19923Oregon State
49Washington, Deron DB6-12115/3/1993RPittsburg State
56Weatherspoon, Sean (FA) OLB6-224412/29/19877Missouri
41Wheeler, Philip (FA) OLB6-224512/12/198410Georgia Tech
15Williams, Nick WR5-1018411/23/19904Connecticut
33Wreh-Wilson, Blidi DB6-119012/5/19895Connecticut
Injured Players
43Van Dyke, DeMarcus (IR) DB6-11851/17/19894Miami (Fla.)
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Atlanta6-5299.26-2280.925.32142
 
 
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Position Listing
DeMarcus Van Dyke
News
The Chiefs have announced their final round of cuts and other moves to reach the league-mandated roster of 53 players.

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

The defensive players gone from the roster are safeties Jonathon Amaya and Malcolm Bronson, linemen Dominique Hamilton, Kyle Love and Kona Schwenke, linebackers Alonzo Highsmith, Devan Walker and Nico Johnson and cornerbacks Justin Rogers and DeMarcus Van Dyke .

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

Injury
Ryan Schraeder
Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
No Updates
Eric Saubert
News
The Falcons selected Saubert in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 174th overall.

Saubert, a small school product out of Drake, has some intriguing traits that should translate to the NFL. He checks in at 6-foot-5 with big hands and he posted a strong 121-inch broad jump at the Combine. Like any small school player, there will be a learning curve for Saubert, but he has reliable hands and the frame to hold up in the NFL.

Jordan Moore
No Updates
Tani Tupou
No Updates
Anthony Dable
No Updates
Mohamed Sanu
News
Sanu caught all four passes that came his way in Sunday's win over the Saints for 32 yards and a touchdown.

Matt Ryan found Sanu in the back of the end zone for a 10 yard strike on a scramble midway through the second quarter. It was Sanu's first score since Week 8. Sanu put together some solid outings to start the season, but he has been quiet in recent weeks, a period that coincides with the emergence of big-play threat Taylor Gabriel. Gabriel was out with a foot injury on Sunday, but is expected back for the playoffs. Those planning on playing Sanu should prepare accordingly.

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

Daniels has bounced around the league since being selected in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft, spending time with the 49ers, Seahawks, Texans, Giants, and now Falcons. Originally a quarterback, Daniels has been transitioning to wide receiver/return specialist over the past few seasons. His diverse skill set could help him obtain a spot on Atlanta's 53-man roster next season.

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

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

Matt Simms
News
Simms signed a contract with the Falcons on Monday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Simms has spent time with the Falcons in the past, though he's never made the regular season active roster. He'll attempt to make it out of training camp as Matt Ryan's backup, though he'll have to beat out veteran quarterback Matt Schaub for the spot.

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

With the Falcons placing Kemal Ishmael (shoulder) on injured reserve, Goldson, who was previously waived by Atlanta in October, will rejoin the team to help restore some depth at safety. The former All-Pro is just a backup player at this stage of his career, so don't expect him to play many snaps over the final two weeks of the regular season.

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

Crawford will be a quality addition to the Falcons, who will be without Dwight Freeney in 2017. Crawford had 25 tackles, including 3.5 sacks while playing in all 16 regular season games. Expect Crawford to start across from Brooks Reed at defensive end in 2017.

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

Keyes has been on the practice squad since Week 7 after getting his walking papers from Tampa Bay. He'll provide some added depth at linebacker down the stretch.

Chris Chester
No Updates
Jarnor Jones
No Updates
Jermaine Grace
No Updates
Derrick Coleman
News
Coleman signed a contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Curtis Jackson of the team's official site reports.

Coleman last played for the Seahawks in 2015. 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.

Wil Freeman
No Updates
Darion Griswold
News
Griswold signed a reserve/future contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports.

Griswold spent part of last offseason with the Colts, but was waived by the team before the beginning of the preseason due to an undisclosed injury. Almost a year later and the tight end now has another chance to keep his NFL dream alive. Levine Toilolo and Jacob Tamme (shoulder) are both slated to be unrestricted free agents this offseason, which could boost Griswold's stock as he competes for a spot on the final 53-man roster.

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

Tialavea has been stashed on the team's practice squad all season, but he'll get the call up for the final few games of 2016. He'll serve as a depth tight end and may see some work if the Falcons clinch a playoff spot before Week 17.

Ben Garland
News
The Broncos have signed exclusive-rights free agent tackle Paul Cornick and guard Ben Garland, per the Baltimore Sun.

This season will be Cornick's fourth with the Broncos while Garland will play his fifth with the team.
Travis Averill
No Updates
Keanu Neal
News
Neal (ankle) has returned to Saturday's game against the Panthers, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.

Neal's return is a boon to the Falcons defense both in the passing game and in run support. He injured his ankle early in the first half, but only missed a minimal amount of time before getting back on the field.

Alek Torgersen
No Updates
Deron Washington
No Updates
Austin Hooper
News
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said Hooper has grown "exponentially" this offseason, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official website reports.

Selected in the third round (No. 81 overall) of last year's draft, Hooper made the most of a limited role as a rookie, producing 10.0 yards per target, 14.3 yards per catch and three touchdowns on just 27 targets, with gains of 44, 42, 34 and 28 yards among his 19 receptions. He also scored in the Super Bowl, and with 33-year-old Jacob Tamme still unsigned, Hooper is the team's unquestioned No. 1 pass-catching option at tight end. The Falcons do seem to value the 6-foot-8, 265-pound Levine Toilolo as a run blocker, which could serve to limit Hooper's snaps on early downs.

Damontae Kazee
News
The Falcons selected Kazee in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 149th overall.

The San Diego State cornerback lacks the ideal measurables for a modern NFL defensive back, but his tape and production speak for themselves. Kazee (5-10, 184) had 15 interceptions over his final two seasons as an Aztec, showing ball-hawking tendencies that override some of his athletic shortcomings. Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford are locked in as starters on the outside, but Kazee could see time in nickel or dime packages.

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

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

Ricardo Allen
News
Allen is performing well in OTAs, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. "Ricardo is playing out of his mind, and he's not going to change that," new defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel said. "I think you're going to see some big plays this year."

Allen has been solid during his first two seasons but hasn't garnered much attention for his performance. Last season he recorded 90 tackles, three pass defensed and two interceptions in 16 regular season contests. He also played more snaps than anyone on defense, including 98 of 99 snaps during the Super Bowl. While his stats are admirable, the true strength of Allen lies in his ability to communicate with the rest of the secondary. The 25-year-old knows all the ins and outs of the playbook and erases the chance of big plays for the opponent's offense when he takes the field. If he keeps this level of play up, a breakout season could be in the works for 2017.

Adrian Clayborn
News
Clayborn (biceps) is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp, Matt Winkeljohn of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Clayborn tore his biceps during the Falcons' divisional-round playoff matchup with the Seahawks and has spent the last few months rehabbing the injury. The former Iowa standout is expected to serve as a rotational defensive end in 2017 after accruing 22 tackles and 4.5 sacks a season ago.

Injury
Biceps - Questionable for the start of training camp
Quincy Mauger
No Updates
Jonathan Babineaux
News
Babineaux is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after missing Thursday's practice due to a non-injury-related issue.

As expected, Babineaux will be ready for Week 1 as he returned for Friday's practice after his brief absence. The veteran will start at defensive tackle alongside Grady Jarrett.

Marquis Lucas
News
Lucas signed a contract with the Falcons on Thursday, Charles Odum of The Savannah Morning News reports.

Lucas will compete for a depth role along the Falcons' offensive line.

Josh Magee
No Updates
Duke Riley
News
The Falcons selected Riley in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 75th overall.

Riley (6-foot, 232 pounds) was a productive player for LSU and has the athleticism (4.58-second 40) to project as a good coverage linebacker, but Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell figure to keep his relevance capped.

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

Alford has been a constant in the Atlanta secondary for the past four seasons, collecting two or more interceptions in each year with the team. Through 12 games in 2016, the 28-year-old has also racked up 47 combined tackles, putting him well on pace to surpass his career high. The Southeastern Louisiana product was handsomely rewarded for those efforts Thursday.

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

Toilolo had his best season as a pro in 2016, as he had 264 yards and two touchdowns to the tune of 20.3 yards per catch on 13 catches. He's never been a top-flight fantasy tight end, but he's been a consistent option for the Falcons and will likely see a similar role in 2017.

Derrick Shelby
News
Shelby (calf) returned to the field Tuesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Shelby returns from Achilles surgery after ending his 2016 campaign on injured reserve. In six games last season he recorded eight and one pass defensed but could see a decline in reps this season after the Falcons acquired veteran Dontari Poe.

LaRoy Reynolds
News
Reynolds re-signed with the Falcons on Thursday, Ken Rodriguez of Fox 5 Atlanta reports.

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

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

Operating as Atlanta's starting tight end, Tamme racked up his highest touchdown total since 2010 last season despite appearing in just eight games due to a shoulder injury. However, he's entering his age-32 campaign, while the Falcons have a younger and cheaper alternative in the form of last year's talented third-round selection, Austin Hooper. Although it isn't clear what kind of market awaits the veteran tight end coming off shoulder surgery, Tamme still looked to have something left in the tank before succumbing to injury, so he shouldn't have a problem finding a new home this offseason if and when he can prove his health.

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

Coleman's ankle injury in the Super Bowl appeared somewhat serious, but he didn't need surgery and there's been nothing to suggest it's a long-term concern. Quinn's comments support the notion that the 24-year-old running back is back to full health for the start of the Falcons' offseason program. Coleman will reprise his role as a valued complement to Devonta Freeman, who hopes to secure an extension prior to the start of the final season of his rookie contract. As a key part of the high-powered Atlanta offense even when Freeman is healthy, Coleman may be the most valuable No. 2 running back in the league.

Taylor Gabriel
News
Gabriel is tending to a strained lower leg during mandatory minicamp, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "He's close," head coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday. "He's running, but we are just trying to be extra cautious. ... He's been able to do some things, but just to let it rip full speed, we are not there yet."

Gabriel will be held out of the final stage (minicamp) of the offseason program, but the absence appears to be a precautionary measure with training camp more than a month away. Per Quinn's comments, Gabriel is on the right track, so expect the wideout to be ready once late July rolls around.

Injury
Lower Leg - Questionable for the start of training camp
Blidi Wreh-Wilson
News
Wreh-Wilson signed a one-year contract extension with the Falcons on Friday, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com reports.

Wreh-Wilson joined the Falcons in late November but only managed to take the field once last season. He'll head into the offseason vying for a spot on the 53-man roster as a depth cornerback and special teamer.

Sean Harlow
No Updates
Dontari Poe
News
Poe agreed to terms on a one-year, $8 million contract with the Falcons on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Poe was one of the last big-ticket players available in free agency. The 6-foot-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 on opposing offenses. Atlanta was 26th in the NFL with 4.5 yards allowed per carry in 2016, so Poe will be welcomed as a boost to the Falcons' run defense as they try to make another push deep into the playoffs.

Deion Jones
News
Jones is up to 230 pounds and hopes to reach 235 before the season, Knox Bardeen of CBS Sports Radio reports.

The 52nd overall selection in last year's draft, Jones ran a 4.59 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 222 pounds at the Combine, making him one of the lightest and fastest linebackers in the NFL for what turned out to be a standout rookie season. He made 13 starts in 15 games and finished with 108 tackles, three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and a forced fumble. While speed and coverage skills will remain his calling cards, Jones may find that adding a bit of weight helps him defend the run. He'll enter his second season locked into a three-down role, with a good shot to improve on last season's IDP production.

Jack Lynn
No Updates
Desmond Trufant
News
Trufant (pectoral) returned to OTAs on Tuesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Trufant was expected to return for training camp so his early appearance on the field is a positive sign. The cornerback tore his pectoral muscle in November and ended the season on injured reserve. Now back, he'll look to solidify his position as starting cornerback alongside Robert Alford.

Brooks Reed
News
Reed (groin) was a full participant at the Falcons' practice Friday.

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

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

Collins missed last week's game due to his knee issue but he was able to practice in full this week and will jump back in with the starting unit Saturday.

Alex Mack
News
Mack has recovered from the broken fibula he sustained in the Falcons' 2016 postseason run, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Mack suffered a hairline fracture in his left fibula during the NFC championship game against the Packers, although the injury ultimately wasn't enough to keep him from taking part in the Super Bowl. Fortunately, he recovered in time for the start of the start of the Falcons' OTAs, which begin May 30.

Devin Fuller
News
The Falcons placed Fuller (shoulder) on the IR on Monday,

The Falcons drafted Fuller out of LSU in the seventh-round of this years draft. The Rookie impressed early on in the preseason recording 66 yards and a touchdown in his first two games before injuring his shoulder in the team's third game against the Dolphins. The Saints had hoped he could earn a spot returning kicks heading into the season.

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

It was a big day for tight ends on the lower end of the depth chart for the Falcons, as both Perkins and D.J. Tialavea caught the first touchdowns of their careers. Coming off a career day which included two catches for 34 yards, don't expect big things out of Perkins in Week 17.

Cornelius Edison
News
Edison signed with the Falcons on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Edison played in six games for the Bears during his rookie season. Entering his second year, the 23-year-old will look to make Atlanta his new home for the long-term. He'll likely serve as a backup lineman throughout training camp with the chance to move into a starting role depending on how well he performs during preseason.

Philip Wheeler
News
The Falcons have re-signed Wheeler.

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

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

Ward's 16 carries over the past two weeks exceeds his previous season total. The uptick in usage requires more than a look at the box score, however. Ward has benefited from back-to-back blowouts by the Falcons. Every one of his touches in those two games has come in garbage time in the fourth quarter.

Wes Schweitzer
No Updates
Reggie Davis
No Updates
Andy Levitre
No Updates
Courtney Upshaw
News
Upshaw has agreed to remain with Atlanta, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

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

Martin Ifedi
News
Ifedi signed a contract with the Falcons on Thursday, Charles Odum of The Savannah Morning News reports.

Ifedi, who has spent time with the Falcons each of the past two seasons, was given a tryout on Tuesday and evidently performed well enough to earn a spot on the 90-man roster. However, he'll likely need to have an impressive training camp and preseason in order to survive final cuts come Week 1.

Ra'Shede Hageman
News
Hageman was charged with three misdemeanors stemming from a domestic violence case in March, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Hageman's charges come from an alleged incident with the mother of his child and include interfering with a call for emergency help, battery family violence and cruelty to children in the third degree. According to the report, the NFL has been in contact with the Falcons regarding the situation. A second-round pick in 2014, Hageman was inactive for the Falcons' season-opening loss Sunday.

Mike Meyer
No Updates
Kemal Ishmael
News
Ishmael (shoulder) practiced with the linebackers Tuesday, Vaugn McClure of ESPN reports.

It was reported earlier in the offseason that Ishmael would be working with the linebackers when he recovered from shoulder surgery. Formerly a free safety, Ishmael played in just 27.9 percent of Atlanta's defensive snaps in 2016, but he managed to record 52 tackles. The position change will allow him to better utilize his skills as a tackler and could result in an increase in snaps for the 26 year old defender.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Taylor Reynolds
No Updates
Joe Vellano
News
Kevin Graf
No Updates
Grady Jarrett
News
Jarrett (shoulder) will be active for Thursday's game against the Buccaneers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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

Daniel Brunskill
No Updates
De'Vondre Campbell
News
Campbell underwent Lasik eye surgery this offseason, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Campbell's eyesight has improved a noticeable amount heading into the 2017 season as he makes the switch to strongside linebacker. He'll be competing for snaps throughout camp behind Vic Beasley.

Jake Matthews
No Updates
Devonta Freeman
News
Falcons owner Arthur Blank said on CBS Atlanta's 92.9 The Game that he's confident the team will reach an agreement with Freeman on a long-term contract soon, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.

Freeman, who is currently in the final year of his rookie contract, has totaled over 1,500 yards from scrimmage and at least 13 touchdowns in both of the past two seasons. Given that production, the 2014 fourth-rounder is clearly more valuable than the $1.797 million he's scheduled to earn this season. With both Freeman's representatives and the Falcons recognizing that, it's anticipated that the 25-year-old will ink a lucrative extension with the franchise before long, which would work to eliminate a potential distraction during training camp.

Marvin Hall
News
Hall signed a contract with the Falcons on Friday, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports.

Hall is a undrafted receiver who played under Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian from 2012-13 when Sarkisian was the head coach at the University of Washington. He slots in as the 13th member of the Falcons' current receiving corps.

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

Jackson is 30 years old and is coming off of a season where he only recorded 13 combined tackles. He will look to find a home with another NFL team in free agency.

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

Weatherspoon was placed on the injured reserve after rupturing his right achilles in Week 4's win over Carolina. The Falcons have signed AJ Hawk to attempt to fill Weatherspoon's shoes at linebacker.

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

It was Hardy's first four-catch game of the season and just his second touchdown since Week 3. The young receiver had entered Sunday's game with just one game with more than two catches in his previous nine outings. Those days are not likely behind him. Hardy's uptick can rather easily be attributed to Taylor Gabriel, an unexpected star of Atlanta's season, sitting out with a foot injury. With Gabriel likely to return to practice this week, expect Hardy's production to settle back down.

J.T. Jones
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Nick Williams
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Williams (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's matchup with Carolina.

Williams missed last week's game due to a concussion but was able to practice the past few days and was cleared to play this week. However, with Julio Jones (toe) returning from injury, Williams was the odd man out at the bottom of the receiver depth chart.

Takkarist McKinley
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McKinley (shoulder) may not be ready for the start of training camp, Vaugn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

According to Falcons coach Dan Quinn, there's a chance that McKinley won't be full-go during the early stages of training camp as he continues to rehab from pre-draft shoulder surgery. McKinley hasn't been with the team through OTAs or minicamp as he finishes up his last semester at UCLA, so he could be a bit behind in the competition for a Week 1 starting spot at outside linebacker.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Akeem King
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King (undisclosed), an exclusive-rights free agent, was tendered by the Falcons on Thursday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Formerly a safety, King will continue his conversion to cornerback now that he's staying in Atlanta for another year. However, he likely won't compete for anything more than a depth role.

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

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

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

Ryan, and the Falcons offense he helmed, were masterful for two quarters-plus before Tom Brady's killer instinct kicked in. He started to heat up on Atlanta's third possession, completing passes of 19 and 23 yards to Julio Jones on a drive that ultimately culminated in a five-yard Freeman touchdown run. The veteran quarterback came back on the next drive to connect with Taylor Gabriel for 24 yards and Jones for another 18, before capping matters off with a pretty 19-yard scoring connection with rookie Austin Hooper. After an eight-play, 85-yard scoring drive early in the third quarter that featured a 35-yard connection to Gabriel and a six-yard touchdown strike to Tevin Coleman, Ryan and the Falcons appeared to be in the proverbial driver's seat, but ironically would fail to score the rest of the game. One of their subsequent unsuccessful possessions came in the early part of the fourth quarter, when Ryan lost the ball after getting hit by Donta Hightower on a play where Freeman whiffed on his block. The turnover would lead to one of the Patriots' second-half touchdowns, and Ryan ultimately would never have a chance to touch the ball in overtime after the Patriots drove for a touchdown on the opening drive of the extra period. The record comeback by New England ironically caps Ryan's MVP season, a campaign in which he threw for a career-best 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns.

Brian Hill
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Hill will have a chance to return kicks in 2017, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal Sentinel reports.

The Falcons kick returner from years past, Eric Weems, was released this offseason, opening the door for Hill to claim the spot. Hill will have to beat out Justin Hardy and Andre Roberts for the role. If Hill can add kick returner to his list of duties, it will add to his fantasy value that is otherwise low while he remains behind Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman on the depth chart.

Tyler Renew
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Julio Jones
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Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian wants to get Jones (toe) more looks in the red zone in 2017, Mark Inabinett of AL.com reports.

Sarkisian evidently believes Jones was underutilized in the red zone last season, and he definitely has a point: Jones finished the 2016 season with just 10 targets inside the 20-yard line, which ranked fourth on his own team and tied for 81st among all pass catchers in the league. It's tough to find cracks in one of last season's most efficient red-zone offenses, but one would think getting this 6-foot-3, 220-pound, two-time All-Pro receiver more involved could be an area for improvement. However, that's likely easier said than done, considering Jones faces much more double coverage than the average wideout -- especially near the goal line. While fantasy owners should appreciate Sarkisian's stated intention to take advantage of his No. 1 receiver's end-zone capabilities, remember that Jones has only topped six scores once in the past four years and should continue to be the focus of opposing defenses.

Injury
Toe - Questionable for the start of training camp
Matt Bosher
No Updates
Dwight Freeney
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Freeney intends to continue playing going into the 2017 season, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports.

Freeney, who is likely destined for the Hall of Fame once he retires, ended his 15th season with four sacks over the Falcons' final eight total games, including one in their Super Bowl collapse. That followed Freeney posting eight sacks during the 2015 regular season, proving he's still impactful in a situational pass-rushing role. Set to be a free agent at 37 years old, Freeney is clearly not an every-down option, but his pedigree off the edge should still garner interest on the open market.

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

Beasley hurt his shoulder during the regular season finale but was able to play the entire game and further testing Monday revealed no significant injuries. He's fully expected to play in Saturday's playoff game against the Seahawks.

Josh Harris
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Chris Odom
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Andre Roberts
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Roberts was held out of Wednesday's practice due to a back injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

In the offseason, Roberts signed with the Falcons to serve as the primary returner on both kickoffs and punts. His relevance as a pass catcher will more than likely depend on the health of the rest of the receiving corps, which includes a hobbled Julio Jones (toe) and Taylor Gabriel (lower leg) at the moment. More telling than an absence during this week's mandatory minicamp will be one at the outset of training camp in late July. Only time will tell, but Justin Hardy is the next man up when it comes to kick and punt returns in Atlanta.

Injury
Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Marcelis Branch
No Updates
Matt Bryant
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Bryant made a 22-yard field goal and all five extra point attempts in Sunday's win over the Saints.

The 41-year-old kicker has been a model of consistency throughout the season, connecting on 34 of 37 field goal attempts and knocking through all but one of his 57 extra point attempts. He'll be kicking in a dome throughout the playoffs, whether those games be in Atlanta, Dallas or Houston, and with Atlanta's high-powered offense, Bryant has to be considered one of the best kicking options in the playoffs.

Cam Keizur
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Trevor Robinson
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Deante Burton
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Andreas Knappe
No Updates
 

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