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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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
 Ahmed, Shahbaz G6-32856/14/1994RTemple
23Alford, Robert CB5-1018611/1/19884Southeastern Louisiana
37Allen, Ricardo FS5-918612/18/19912Purdue
95Babineaux, Jonathan NT6-230010/12/198112Iowa
44Beasley, Vic DE6-22467/8/19922Clemson
5Bosher, Matt P6-020810/18/19876Miami (Fla.)
3Bryant, Matt K5-92035/29/197515Baylor
 Campbell, De'Vondre OLB6-42327/1/1993RMinnesota
66Capi, Nordly DE6-32497/11/19921Akron
65Chester, Chris G6-33031/12/198311Oklahoma
99Clayborn, Adrian DE6-32807/6/19886Iowa
26Coleman, Tevin RB6-02104/16/19932Indiana
32Collins, Jalen CB6-12033/20/19932Louisiana State
68Compton, Tom T6-53085/10/19894South Dakota
42DiMarco, Patrick FB6-12344/30/19895South Carolina
24Freeman, Devonta RB5-82063/15/19923Florida State
 Fuller, Devin WR6-01941/29/1994RUCLA
63Garland, Ben DE6-53084/6/19882Air Force
67Gibson, Laurence T6-63053/19/19911Virginia Tech
 Glidden, David WR5-71857/10/1992ROklahoma State
30Godfrey, Charles FS5-1121011/15/19859Iowa
93Goodman, Malliciah DE6-42761/4/19904Clemson
18Goodwin, C.J. WR6-31902/4/19901California (PA)
 Green, Torrey LB6-223010/29/1993RUtah State
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
17Hester, Devin WR5-1119011/4/198211Miami (Fla.)
 Hooper, Austin TE6-424811/4/1994RStanford
69Huey, Michael G6-43179/28/19881Texas
36Ishmael, Kemal SS6-02065/6/19914Central Florida
94Jackson, Tyson DE6-42966/6/19868Louisiana State
97Jarrett, Grady DT6-03054/28/19932Clemson
 Johnson, Daje WR5-9184//RTexas
 Johnson, Cory DT6-33004/10/1992RKentucky
37Johnson, Gus RB5-102158/10/19931Stephen F. Austin St.
 Johnson, Devonte DB6-11851/3/1993RWeber State
 Jones, Deion OLB6-122211/4/1994RLouisiana State
11Jones, Julio WR6-32202/3/19896Alabama
28King, Akeem DB6-12128/29/19922San Jose State
9Leslie, Jordan WR6-220910/31/19911Brigham Young
67Levitre, Andy G6-23035/15/19868Oregon State
55Mack, Alex C6-431111/19/19858California
70Matthews, Jake T6-53092/11/19923Texas A&M
 Mayes, Chris DT6-33219/27/1991RGeorgia
74Mbu, Joey DT6-33103/28/19931Houston
 McKissic, J.D. WR5-111938/15/1993RArkansas State
 McLennan, Ivan LB6-42336/29/1993RWashington State
 Mims, David II CB5-10184//RTexas State
 Neal, Keanu SS6-02117/26/1995RFlorida
 Neasman, Sharrod DB6-0198//RFlorida Atlantic
45Parms, Damian DB6-221010/28/1992RFlorida Atlantic
 Perkins, Josh TE6-42278/5/1993RWashington
68Person, Mike C6-43006/17/19886Montana State
 Poole, Brian CB5-921010/20/1992RFlorida
54Rahrig, Collin G6-228510/31/19911Indiana
 Ratelle, Will RB5-112503/1/1993RNorth Dakota
56Reed, Brooks OLB6-32542/28/19876Arizona
 Reed, Jake C6-42888/26/1992RIndiana
12Renfree, Sean QB6-52254/28/19904Duke
52Reynolds, LaRoy LB6-124011/3/19904Virginia
13Robinson, Aldrick WR5-101879/24/19884Southern Methodist
 Rose, Nick K6-2203//RTexas
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
 Schweitzer, Wes G6-53149/11/1993RSan Jose State
 Sefon, Jordan DB6-01987/25/1993RSt. Cloud State
79Shelby, Derrick DE6-22803/4/19895Utah
8Simms, Matt QB6-32109/27/19882Tennessee
41Starr, Tyler LB6-52501/25/19912South Dakota
83Tamme, Jacob TE6-32303/15/19859Kentucky
27Therezie, Robenson FS5-92128/5/19912Auburn
86Tialavea, D.J. TE6-42607/27/19911Utah State
80Toilolo, Levine TE6-82657/30/19914Stanford
21Trufant, Desmond CB6-01909/10/19904Washington
91Upshaw, Courtney LB6-227212/13/19895Alabama
37Van Dyke, DeMarcus DB6-11851/17/19894Miami (Fla.)
33Ward, Terron RB5-72012/15/19922Oregon State
55Weatherspoon, Sean LB6-224412/29/19877Missouri
14Weems, Eric WR5-91957/4/198510Bethune-Cookman
51Wheeler, Philip OLB6-224512/12/19849Georgia Tech
 Wilds, Brandon RB6-12257/22/1993RSouth Carolina
15Williams, Nick WR5-1018411/23/19902Connecticut
 Williams, Brandon DE6-52544/4/1994RSouthern Illinois
55Worrilow, Paul MLB6-02305/1/19904Delaware
Injured Players
33Howard, Travis (IR) CB6-120011/24/19892Ohio State
39Mooney, Collin (IR) RB5-102384/3/19863Army
25Moore, William (IR) SS6-02215/18/19856Missouri
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Atlanta6-4302.66-3288.825.92041
 
 
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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.

Ryan Schraeder
News
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. 

Mohamed Sanu
News
Sanu has impressed Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan with the strength of his hands during offseason workouts.

Sanu has occasionally struggled with drops through his first four seasons , but is aiming for a breakout campaign after signing a five-year contract with the Falcons in March. With star teammate Julio Jones surely commanding the bulk of opposing defenses' attention in the passing game, Sanu should have plenty of opportunities to capitalize on single coverage underneath as Atlanta's new No. 2 wideout. While the 26-year-old Sanu has only reached the 50-catch, 500-yard plateau once so far, his offseason work with a Pro Bowl-caliber passer like Ryan should ease his transition into a new offense this season.

Matt Schaub
News
The Falcons have signed Schaub, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The veteran QB will thus reunite with Kyle Shanahan, who he worked with while both were with Houston, with Schaub now slated to serve as Matt Ryan's backup in 2016.

Matt Simms
News
Simms signed a future contract with the Falcons in January of 2016.

Simms will compete with Sean Renfree for the right to back up Matt Ryan in 2016.

Devin Hester
News
Hester (toe) still hasn't been cleared to run yet, ESPN.com reports.

Hester underwent surgery on his right big toe in January, a procedure that coincided with a four-to-six month recovery timetable. Although he's approaching the four-month mark, Hester was been limited to jogging and ladder drills in offseason workouts thus far. At 33 years old, Hester is being cautious with his rehab, but also knows that if he's unable to return kicks as the season grows closer, his $3 million salary cap figure would make him a candidate to be cut, particularly with the Falcons drafting receiver/returner Devin Fuller over the weekend.

Chris Chester
News
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.

Charles Godfrey
News
Godfrey has agreed to one-year deal with the Falcons, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

Godfrey has now signed with the Falcons five times since October of 2014, a testimony to his situation in Atlanta as a fill-in rather than a focal point on the Falcons' defense. The veteran safety recorded only 12 total tackles in 2015 and will more than likely serve as a backup to young safeties Ricardo Allen and Kemal Ishmael in 2016. Don't look for Godfrey to make much fantasy noise this coming season.

William Moore
News
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.

Injury
David Glidden
No Updates
Mike Person
News
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
News
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
News
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.

Daje Johnson
No Updates
Will Ratelle
No Updates
D.J. Tialavea
News
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
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.
Collin Mooney
News
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.

Injury
Keanu Neal
News
The Falcons selected Neal in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 17th overall.

Consensus seemed fairly evenly split on the question of whether it was Neal or Karl Joseph who was the top safety in the draft, and the two ended up going within three picks of each other. Neal was the enforcer on a tough 2015 Florida defense, finishing with 96 tackles and an interception in 12 games. Neal should push for a three-down role right away in Atlanta, and he'll be a major IDP consideration whenever that occurs.

Austin Hooper
News
The Falcons don't think Hooper needs to put on any weight, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Hooper, the 81st overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, ran a 4.7 40-yard dash at 6-4, 254 pounds at the scouting combine. He's not a standout athlete and didn't put up huge numbers at Stanford, but the 21-year-old has a well-rounded skillset that could allow him to succeed as both a blocker and receiver. While the Falcons likely view Hooper as a future starter, his age and position will make it tough to have a major impact as a rookie. The learning curve is typically steep for tight ends, though it is worth noting that the Falcons don't exactly have strong competition at the position. Hooper could challenge Jacob Tamme and Levine Toilolo for a leading role out of the gate.

Brian Poole
No Updates
Ricardo Allen
News
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.

Michael Huey
No Updates
Malliciah Goodman
News
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
News
The Falcons plan to use Clayborn solely as a defensive end in 2016, according to the Falcons Team Website.

The Falcons rotated Clayborn at defensive tackle at points last year, but they felt he made a bigger impact at defensive end. In his first season year with the Falcons, Clayborn racked up 15 quarterback hits and three sacks, and the Falcons believe he can build on those numbers working only as a defensive end in 2016. He should see a boost in sack numbers this year if he can stay healthy.

Jonathan Babineaux
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
The Falcons have been active in changing their tight end depth chart this offseason.

While starting tight end Levine Toilolo is still on the roster, Bear Pascoe and Kyle Miller are gone. The Falcons have since added Jacob Tamme, Tony Moeaki, Mickey Shuler Jr. and Beau Gardner to the roster.

Toilolo progressed as a blocker in his second season in the NFL in 2014, but he never developed into the red-zone threat the team envisioned. He had just two touchdowns in 16 games.

Although, it seems first-year coach Dan Quinn feels the 6-foot-8 Toilolo might have better offensive numbers moving forward.

"It’s all about pad level for him," Quinn said, per AJC.com. "He’s come in, and he’s been ready to work. I’ve been anxiously waiting to see what he can do."

Derrick Shelby
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
Tamme caught four balls for 61 yards in Sunday's loss to the Saints.

Tamme had a rather consistent 2015 season, but consistency and success aren't the same thing. He finished with between 16 and 36 receiving yards in seven of his 15 games, and only once did he top 100 yards. Anyone who started Tamme during his lone 100-plus-yard performance also benefited from Tamme's lone touchdown, but outside of that game against Tampa, Tamme struggled to really make his mark in a decent offense. A second year in the offense and the fact that he'll be in a contract year in 2016 leads us to believe Tamme should improve on his 657 yard, one touchdown season.

Tevin Coleman
News
Coach Dan Quinn relayed that Coleman is among the Falcons players that he is counting on to elevate their games in 2016, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Coleman's rookie season came to an end after Week 15's action, when he slipped in the shower and sustained a concussion that forced him to miss the final two games of the regular season. Coleman also dealt with hamstring and rib issues in 2015, so staying healthy, after an offseason that allowed him to heal up, figures to key his chances of securing a key role in the Atlanta backfield this coming season. Of course, Devonta Freeman's breakout campaign last year assures him a shot to head the team's 2016 running attack out of the gate, but Coleman is viewed by Quinn as a good fit in the Falcons' offense, and player whose skill-set complements Freeman's.

Gus Johnson
News
Running back Gus Johnson was signed by the Cowboys to their practice squad, Rob Phillips of the team's official website reports. Although injuries have clearly decimated the offense as a whole, the Cowboys' backfield appeared to come out of Week 2 in good health.

With all four running backs believed to be healthy, the Cowboys have no need for Johnson on the active roster. The undrafted rookie likely needs multiple injuries in front of him in order to have any shot at a significant role in the offense.

Sean Renfree
News
Renfree served as Matt Ryan's backup in 2015.

He did see action in two games in garbage time, completing 3-of-7 passes for 11 yards while throwing an interception. He has one year left on his contract, but nothing is guaranteed as a backup quarterback.

Jordan Sefon
No Updates
David II Mims
No Updates
Deion Jones
No Updates
Desmond Trufant
News
Trufant's fifth-year contract option has been exercised by the Falcons, NFL.com reports.

Trufant has emerged as one of the league's best up-and-coming cornerbacks since being drafted in the first-round in 2013, so it's hardly surprising that Atlanta wants to keep him around as long as possible. Yet to miss a game across his three-year career, Trufant is fresh off a personal-best 70 tackles (55 solo) last season, when he also nabbed a pair of interceptions as a key member of coach Dan Quinn's defensive scheme.

Ivan McLennan
No Updates
Brooks Reed
News
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.

Jalen Collins
News
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.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 at Denver
Alex Mack
News
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
No Updates
Josh Perkins
No Updates
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.

Shahbaz Ahmed
No Updates
Terron Ward
News
Falcons RB coach Bobby Turner admitted that although Ward went undrafted, he made the team for a reason and could push Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman in 2016 as the No. 3 running back, The Atlanta Journal-Constiution reports.

Bobby Turner is a renowned RB coach, having wrangled 1,000-yard seasons out of eight separate running backs. However, his commentary in this scenario may prove to be mere coachspeak. Devonta Freeman is his most recent runner to pass the millennial mark on the ground, and hasn't gone anywhere, leaving him the presumed starter entering the 2016 campaign. Turner has also expressed a desire to get Tevin Coleman more involved as well. Ultimately, there are only so many touches to be allocated amongst one backfield, and barring an injury to Freeman and Coleman, Ward will likely find himself on the outside looking in this season.

Nick Rose
No Updates
Wes Schweitzer
No Updates
Collin Rahrig
News
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
News
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. 

Injury
Andy Levitre
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
Ishmael tallied 46 total tackles and an interception with the Falcons in 2015.

Despite winning the starting job, Ishmael fell well short of his 2014 season when he notched 98 tackles and grabbed four interceptions. He was used in a more rotational role this year, which hurt his final statline. He's got one year left on his contract, so he has plenty of reasons to make 2016 his best year yet.

Joey Mbu
News
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
No Updates
Paul Worrilow
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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. 

Jordan Leslie
No Updates
Devonta Freeman
News
Freeman's touch total in 2016 could decrease in order to keep him fresher and also get Tevin Coleman more involved in the Falcons' offense, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Freeman narrowly trailed Coleman on the Falcons' depth chart going into last season, but after the then-rookie broke his ribs in Week 2, Freeman fully capitalized on his newfound starting opportunity, finishing with 1,634 all-purpose yards and 14 touchdowns. While that production earned Freeman fantasy fame and a Pro Bowl selection, Falcons running back coach Bobby Turner recently revealed the team's backfield could further improve by getting Coleman more involved. With obvious big-play potential, Coleman showed flashes during his 12-game first season, and with better health and ball security, could cut into Freeman's snaps this season, making Atlanta's backfield situation worthwhile to monitor once again going into the upcoming campaign.

Tyson Jackson
News
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
News
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
News
Hardy should see a bigger role in Atlanta's offense this year with the departure of Roddy White.

Unfortunately, Hardy won't just slide into that second receiver role, as the Falcons signed Mohamed Sanu during free agency, a player who General Manager Thomas Dimitroff stated was "a legitimate #2" for the Falcons. Hardy has a leg up in the competition in terms of knowing the offense, but Sanu brings experience. Hardy should see a bigger role in the offense this year, but at least currently, he looks like the third passing option in Atlanta.

Damian Parms
No Updates
Nick Williams
News
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
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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
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Laurence Gibson
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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
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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
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Sharrod Neasman
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Matt Ryan
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Ryan acknowledged that he had a tough time adjusting to Kyle Shanahan's scheme, but the quarterback also said that his offensive coordinator did a nice job late in the season, ESPN.com reports.

This is one of the more amusing January storylines, as the early-season narrative gave new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan a significant portion of the credit for Atlanta's September success. If adjustment to a new scheme was really the problem, the Falcons offense probably wouldn't have been at its best at the beginning of the season. The obvious issue was the lack of a secondary receiving threat behind Julio Jones, which led to a massive number of dump-offs to Devonta Freeman. It may be more interesting to blame Ryan or Shanahan, but both have proven to be perfectly competent during their successful NFL careers. The Falcons will likely prioritize the acquisition of a starting-caliber No. 2 wide receiver and/or tight end this offseason.

Torrey Green
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Julio Jones
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Jones caught nine passes for 149 yards on 11 targets in Sunday's loss to the Saints.

Jones and Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown battled for the league lead in receptions all season, so it's fitting for the two to end the year tied at 136. Jones ended the season strong, with five consecutive games of at least seven catches and three consecutive games of over 100 yards. If a complaint could be made about Jones' year, it would be that he failed to find the end zone in 10 of 16 games this season. Expect finding more red-zone opportunities for Jones to be a priority for Atlanta in 2016.

Matt Bosher
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The Falcons signed punter Matt Bosher to a five-year contract extension and long snapper Josh Harris to a four-year extension, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Brandon Wilds
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Jake Reed
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Vic Beasley
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Beasley will be moving from defensive end to strongside linebacker in 2016, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Beasley set the Falcons' team record for sacks by a rookie with four last season in his 16 games at defensive end, but the team wants to move him to better utilize his skill set and improve the defense. Though he's moving positions he'll remain a pass rusher, with the team playing him in a hybrid role that could see him play defensive end in obvious passing situations. Brooks Reed and O'Brien Schofield were the team's strongside linebackers last season, but the pair combined for just 47 tackles and two sacks, low production that may be the reason for Beasley's move.

Bryce Harris
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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
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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
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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
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Robinson has signed a contract with the Falcons, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Robinson participated in some of the offseason program after being signed by the Ravens in early 2015, but was released during the trimming of the 53-man roster before the regular season began. The speedy receiver hasn't seen legitimate action since the 2013 regular season, where he caught 18 passes on 46 targets for 365 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games for an average of 20.3 yards per reception. Part of Robinson's problem as an NFL receiver is that he has been seen solely as a deep threat, and in that regard he is not entering a good situation in Atlanta. Matt Ryan doesn't have a particularly strong deep-ball arm, and one third of his throws in 2015 were targeted towards superstar Julio Jones, leaving a negligible share of work for the rest of the Falcons' receiving corps. Robinson will really need to fight if he wants to receive a spot on the 53-man roster, and even if he does he will most likely stick to special teams, leaving him with marginal upside for fantasy production in 2016.

Brandon Williams
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Matt Bryant
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Bryant connected with 14-of-18 field goal attempts in 2015 before a quadriceps injury ended his season.

It was a disappointing year for Bryant, as he missed more kicks this year than he did in 2014 despite playing in six fewer games and attempting 14 fewer kicks. He's got one more year left on his contract, but it won't be surprising if the Falcons bring in a young kicker to push the 40-year-old veteran in camp.

 
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