|Offense||2nd||120.5 (5th)||295.3 (3rd)|
|Defense||25th||104.5 (17th)||266.7 (28th)|
|23||Alford, Robert||CB||5-10||186||11/1/1988||5||Southeastern Louisiana|
|Averill, Travis||C||6-3||295||12/21/1993||R||Boise State|
|95||Babineaux, Jonathan (FA)||DT||6-2||300||10/12/1981||13||Iowa|
|5||Bosher, Matt||P||6-0||208||10/18/1987||7||Miami (Fla.)|
|Branch, Marcelis||DB||5-11||180||1/19/1994||R||Robert Morris|
|Brunskill, Daniel||T||6-5||256||1/27/1994||R||San Diego State|
|Burton, Deante||WR||6-2||205||7/12/1994||R||Kansas State|
|65||Chester, Chris (FA)||G||6-3||303||1/12/1983||12||Oklahoma|
|Crawford, Jack||DE||6-5||288||9/7/1988||6||Penn State|
|Dable, Anthony||WR||6-4||220||9/25/1988||R||No College|
|Daniels, B.J.||WR||5-11||217||10/24/1989||4||South Florida|
|Edison, Cornelius||C||6-3||309||7/10/1993||2||Portland State|
|Freeman, Wil||T||6-6||260||2/7/1994||R||Southern Mississippi|
|24||Freeman, Devonta||RB||5-8||206||3/15/1992||4||Florida State|
|93||Freeney, Dwight (FA)||DE||6-1||268||2/19/1980||16||Syracuse|
|18||Gabriel, Taylor||WR||5-8||165||2/17/1991||4||Abilene Christian|
|63||Garland, Ben||C||6-5||308||4/6/1988||4||Air Force|
|Goldson, Dashon (FA)||DB||6-2||200||9/18/1984||10||Washington|
|29||Goodwin, C.J.||CB||6-3||220||2/4/1990||2||California (PA)|
|Grace, Jermaine||LB||6-1||209||11/8/1993||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|Graf, Kevin||T||6-6||309||6/17/1991||1||Southern California|
|Gray, Alex||TE||6-4||231||5/1/1991||R||No College|
|Griswold, Darion||TE||6-5||255||12/23/1992||1||Arkansas State|
|14||Hardy, Justin||WR||5-10||192||12/18/1991||3||East Carolina|
|Harlow, Sean||G||6-4||303||3/28/1995||R||Oregon State|
|94||Jackson, Tyson (FA)||DE||6-4||296||6/6/1986||9||LSU|
|Jones, Jarnor||DB||6-3||209||4/29/1994||R||Iowa State|
|Jones, J.T.||DE||6-3||246||11/12/1993||R||Miami (Ohio)|
|Kazee, Damontae||CB||5-10||183||6/5/1993||R||San Diego State|
|Keizur, Cam||C||6-4||311||1/17/1994||R||Portland State|
|52||Keyes, Josh||LB||6-2||223||1/23/1993||3||Boston College|
|25||King, Akeem||DB||6-1||212||10/29/1992||3||San Jose State|
|Levitre, Andy||G||6-2||303||5/15/1986||9||Oregon State|
|Lucas, Marquis||T||6-4||318||3/25/1993||1||West Virginia|
|Magee, Josh||WR||5-11||170||10/1/1991||R||South Alabama|
|70||Matthews, Jake||T||6-5||309||2/11/1992||4||Texas A&M|
|Moore, Jordan||DB||6-3||225||12/13/1993||R||Texas-San Antonio|
|20||Neasman, Sharrod||DB||5-11||213||10/14/1991||2||Florida Atlantic|
|Odom, Chris||DE||6-3||234||9/16/1994||R||Arkansas State|
|30||Olatoye, Deji||CB||6-1||205||7/20/1991||3||North Carolina A&T|
|Renew, Tyler||RB||5-11||209||10/20/1994||R||The Citadel|
|Reynolds, Taylor||DB||6-1||194||2/5/1994||R||James Madison|
|Roberts, Andre||WR||5-11||192||1/9/1988||8||The Citadel|
|60||Robinson, Trevor||G||6-5||300||5/16/1990||5||Notre Dame|
|2||Ryan, Matt||QB||6-4||217||5/17/1985||10||Boston College|
|73||Schraeder, Ryan||T||6-7||300||5/4/1988||5||Valdosta State|
|71||Schweitzer, Wes||G||6-4||300||9/11/1993||2||San Jose State|
|83||Tamme, Jacob (FA)||TE||6-3||230||3/15/1985||10||Kentucky|
|86||Tialavea, D.J.||TE||6-4||260||7/27/1991||3||Utah State|
|Ward, Terron||RB||5-7||201||2/15/1992||3||Oregon State|
|Washington, Deron||DB||6-1||211||5/3/1993||R||Pittsburg State|
|56||Weatherspoon, Sean (FA)||OLB||6-2||244||12/29/1987||7||Missouri|
|41||Wheeler, Philip (FA)||OLB||6-2||245||12/12/1984||10||Georgia Tech|
|43||Van Dyke, DeMarcus (IR)||DB||6-1||185||1/17/1989||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
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 .
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.
Matt Ryan found Sanu in the back of the end zone for a 10 yard strike on a scramble midway through the second quarter. It was Sanu's first score since Week 8. Sanu put together some solid outings to start the season, but he has been quiet in recent weeks, a period that coincides with the emergence of big-play threat Taylor Gabriel. Gabriel was out with a foot injury on Sunday, but is expected back for the playoffs. Those planning on playing Sanu should prepare accordingly.
Daniels has bounced around the league since being selected in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft, spending time with the 49ers, Seahawks, Texans, Giants, and now Falcons. Originally a quarterback, Daniels has been transitioning to wide receiver/return specialist over the past few seasons. His diverse skill set could help him obtain a spot on Atlanta's 53-man roster next season.
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.
With the Falcons placing Kemal Ishmael (shoulder) on injured reserve, Goldson, who was previously waived by Atlanta in October, will rejoin the team to help restore some depth at safety. The former All-Pro is just a backup player at this stage of his career, so don't expect him to play many snaps over the final two weeks of the regular season.
Crawford will be a quality addition to the Falcons, who will be without Dwight Freeney in 2017. Crawford had 25 tackles, including 3.5 sacks while playing in all 16 regular season games. Expect Crawford to start across from Brooks Reed at defensive end in 2017.
Keyes has been on the practice squad since Week 7 after getting his walking papers from Tampa Bay. He'll provide some added depth at linebacker down the stretch.
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.
Griswold spent part of last offseason with the Colts, but was waived by the team before the beginning of the preseason due to an undisclosed injury. Almost a year later and the tight end now has another chance to keep his NFL dream alive. Levine Toilolo and Jacob Tamme (shoulder) are both slated to be unrestricted free agents this offseason, which could boost Griswold's stock as he competes for a spot on the final 53-man roster.
Tialavea has been stashed on the team's practice squad all season, but he'll get the call up for the final few games of 2016. He'll serve as a depth tight end and may see some work if the Falcons clinch a playoff spot before Week 17.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As expected, Babineaux will be ready for Week 1 as he returned for Friday's practice after his brief absence. The veteran will start at defensive tackle alongside Grady Jarrett.
Alford has been a constant in the Atlanta secondary for the past four seasons, collecting two or more interceptions in each year with the team. Through 12 games in 2016, the 28-year-old has also racked up 47 combined tackles, putting him well on pace to surpass his career high. The Southeastern Louisiana product was handsomely rewarded for those efforts Thursday.
Toilolo had his best season as a pro in 2016, as he had 264 yards and two touchdowns to the tune of 20.3 yards per catch on 13 catches. He's never been a top-flight fantasy tight end, but he's been a consistent option for the Falcons and will likely see a similar role in 2017.
Shelby 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.
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.
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.
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.
Wreh-Wilson joined the Falcons in late November but only managed to take the field once last season. He'll head into the offseason vying for a spot on the 53-man roster as a depth cornerback and special teamer.
Poe was one of the last big-ticket players available in free agency. The 6-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Falcons drafted Fuller out of LSU in the seventh-round of this years draft. The Rookie impressed early on in the preseason recording 66 yards and a touchdown in his first two games before injuring his shoulder in the team's third game against the Dolphins. The Saints had hoped he could earn a spot returning kicks heading into the season.
It was a big day for tight ends on the lower end of the depth chart for the Falcons, as both Perkins and D.J. Tialavea caught the first touchdowns of their careers. Coming off a career day which included two catches for 34 yards, don't expect big things out of Perkins in Week 17.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jarrett had been limited in practice before participating fully on Wednesday, as he projects to start at defensive tackle next to Jonathan Babineaux.
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.
Freeman is currently entering the final year of his rookie contract, which is good for under $2 million this season. After joining the Falcons as a fourth-round pick in 2014, Freeman has totaled over 3,000 yards of offense and 27 touchdowns over the past two seasons. Although Atlanta also boasts Tevin Coleman in its backfield, Freeman is surely worth more than he's slated to earn this year, but knowing both he and the Falcons' openness to a long-term extension, he won't complicate matters by skipping workouts.
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.
Jackson is 30 years old and is coming off of a season where he only recorded 13 combined tackles. He will look to find a home with another NFL team in free agency.
Weatherspoon was placed on the injured reserve after rupturing his right achilles in Week 4's win over Carolina. The Falcons have signed AJ Hawk to attempt to fill Weatherspoon's shoes at linebacker.
It was Hardy's first four-catch game of the season and just his second touchdown since Week 3. The young receiver had entered Sunday's game with just one game with more than two catches in his previous nine outings. Those days are not likely behind him. Hardy's uptick can rather easily be attributed to Taylor Gabriel, an unexpected star of Atlanta's season, sitting out with a foot injury. With Gabriel likely to return to practice this week, expect Hardy's production to settle back down.
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.
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.
Formerly a safety, King will continue his conversion to cornerback now that he's staying in Atlanta for another year. However, he likely won't compete for anything more than a depth role.
Ryan, and the Falcons offense he helmed, were masterful for two quarters-plus before Tom Brady's killer instinct kicked in. He started to heat up on Atlanta's third possession, completing passes of 19 and 23 yards to Julio Jones on a drive that ultimately culminated in a five-yard Freeman touchdown run. The veteran quarterback came back on the next drive to connect with Taylor Gabriel for 24 yards and Jones for another 18, before capping matters off with a pretty 19-yard scoring connection with rookie Austin Hooper. After an eight-play, 85-yard scoring drive early in the third quarter that featured a 35-yard connection to Gabriel and a six-yard touchdown strike to Tevin Coleman, Ryan and the Falcons appeared to be in the proverbial driver's seat, but ironically would fail to score the rest of the game. One of their subsequent unsuccessful possessions came in the early part of the fourth quarter, when Ryan lost the ball after getting hit by Donta Hightower on a play where Freeman whiffed on his block. The turnover would lead to one of the Patriots' second-half touchdowns, and Ryan ultimately would never have a chance to touch the ball in overtime after the Patriots drove for a touchdown on the opening drive of the extra period. The record comeback by New England ironically caps Ryan's MVP season, a campaign in which he threw for a career-best 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns.
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.
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.
Freeney, who is likely destined for the Hall of Fame once he retires, ended his 15th season with four sacks over the Falcons' final eight total games, including one in their Super Bowl collapse. That followed Freeney posting eight sacks during the 2015 regular season, proving he's still impactful in a situational pass-rushing role. Set to be a free agent at 37 years old, Freeney is clearly not an every-down option, but his pedigree off the edge should still garner interest on the open market.
Beasley hurt his shoulder during the regular season finale but was able to play the entire game and further testing Monday revealed no significant injuries. He's fully expected to play in Saturday's playoff game against the Seahawks.
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.
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.