|Offense||7th||100.4 (19th)||273.7 (6th)|
|Defense||16th||105.0 (13th)||242.6 (17th)|
|23||Alford, Robert||CB||5-10||186||11/1/1988||4||Southeastern Louisiana|
|5||Bosher, Matt||P||6-0||208||10/18/1987||6||Miami (Fla.)|
|32||Collins, Jalen||CB||6-1||203||3/20/1993||2||Louisiana State|
|76||Compton, Tom||T||6-5||308||5/10/1989||4||South Dakota|
|42||DiMarco, Patrick||FB||6-1||234||4/30/1989||5||South Carolina|
|24||Freeman, Devonta||RB||5-8||206||3/15/1992||3||Florida State|
|63||Garland, Ben||C||6-5||308||4/6/1988||3||Air Force|
|66||Gibson, Laurence||T||6-6||315||3/19/1991||1||Virginia Tech|
|29||Goodwin, C.J.||WR||6-4||220||2/4/1990||1||California (PA)|
|6||Graham, Shayne||K||6-0||210||12/9/1977||14||Virginia Tech|
|32||Gray, Cyrus||RB||5-10||206||11/18/1989||4||Texas A&M|
|16||Hardy, Justin||WR||5-10||192||12/18/1991||2||East Carolina|
|72||Harris, Bryce||T||6-6||300||1/16/1989||5||Fresno State|
|36||Ishmael, Kemal||SS||6-0||206||5/6/1991||4||Central Florida|
|94||Jackson, Tyson||DE||6-4||296||6/6/1986||8||Louisiana State|
|33||Johnson, Devonte||DB||5-10||180||1/3/1993||R||Weber State|
|45||Jones, Deion||OLB||6-1||222||11/4/1994||R||Louisiana State|
|25||King, Akeem||DB||6-1||212||10/29/1992||2||San Jose State|
|67||Levitre, Andy||G||6-2||303||5/15/1986||8||Oregon State|
|70||Matthews, Jake||T||6-5||309||2/11/1992||3||Texas A&M|
|85||McKissic, J.D.||WR||5-10||187||8/15/1993||R||Arkansas State|
|20||Neasman, Sharrod||DB||5-11||213||10/14/1991||R||Florida Atlantic|
|40||Parms, Damian||DB||6-2||210||10/28/1992||1||Florida Atlantic|
|68||Person, Mike||G||6-4||300||6/17/1988||6||Montana State|
|19||Robinson, Aldrick||WR||5-10||187||9/24/1988||4||Southern Methodist|
|2||Ryan, Matt||QB||6-4||217||5/17/1985||9||Boston College|
|73||Schraeder, Ryan||T||6-7||300||5/4/1988||4||Valdosta State|
|71||Schweitzer, Wes||G||6-4||300||9/11/1993||R||San Jose State|
|52||Starr, Tyler||LB||6-5||250||1/25/1991||3||South Dakota|
|86||Tialavea, D.J.||TE||6-4||260||7/27/1991||3||Utah State|
|43||Van Dyke, DeMarcus||DB||6-1||185||1/17/1989||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|28||Ward, Terron||RB||5-7||201||2/15/1992||2||Oregon State|
|46||Wells, Matt||LB||6-2||222||11/26/1990||1||Mississippi State|
|41||Wheeler, Philip||OLB||6-2||245||12/12/1984||9||Georgia Tech|
|20||Wilds, Brandon||RB||6-0||220||7/22/1993||R||South Carolina|
|33||Howard, Travis (IR)||CB||6-1||200||11/24/1989||2||Ohio State|
|74||Mayes, Chris (IR)||DT||6-3||349||9/27/1991||R||Georgia|
|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|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
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 .
Injuries have decimated the Falcons’ offensive line in 2014, which has resulted in an inconsistent offense.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jackson entered this week as questionable after suffering a quadriceps injury against New Orleans in Week 16. Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman will share the load. Jackson could return to action in the postseason, if Atlanta defeat Carolina on Sunday.
Ford earned some playing time on special teams for Chicago in 2013. Tialavea played on the Buffalo practice squad a year ago.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Babineaux put together another decent year, finishing with 30 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception in 2015. He has one year left on his contract, so expect to see the big man back in the trenches for the Falcons in 2016.
Weems made $730,000 last season, when he had 10 catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 10.
Alford had a less than spectacular season for the 8-8 Falcons this season. He did manage to set a new season high with 53 total tackles in his third season in the league, and he returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown, but he was also penalized nine times, which was the second most on the team. He should continue to grow into his role in 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reed failed to record a sack for the first time in his career, and he only played in 32.9 percent of the defensive snaps. He has four years remaining on his contract, so Dan Quinn will need to find new ways to get production out of Reed in 2016.
Collins 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a team, Pittsburgh managed just 68 yards on 19 carries in relief of star running back Le'Veon Bell, who missed Saturday's game with a knee injury.
More importantly, he played an integral role leading the way for Devonta Freeman, who finished the season tied with three other running backs for the most rushing touchdowns (11) on the season. Freeman finished fourth in the league in rushing, and a lot of that was due to DiMarco opening holes for the agile back. The pair will anchor Atlanta's ground game for the foreseeable future.
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.
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.
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