|Offense||3rd||110.0 (9th)||302.0 (3rd)|
|Defense||27th||100.8 (15th)||280.8 (32nd)|
|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|
|18||Gabriel, Taylor||WR||5-8||165||2/17/1991||3||Abilene Christian|
|63||Garland, Ben||C||6-5||308||4/6/1988||3||Air Force|
|29||Goodwin, C.J.||CB||6-3||220||2/4/1990||1||California (PA)|
|16||Hardy, Justin||WR||5-10||192||12/18/1991||2||East Carolina|
|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|
|45||Jones, Deion||MLB||6-1||222||11/4/1994||R||Louisiana 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|
|20||Neasman, Sharrod||DB||5-11||213||10/14/1991||R||Florida Atlantic|
|30||Olatoye, Deji||CB||6-1||205||7/20/1991||2||North Carolina A&T|
|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|
|28||Ward, Terron||RB||5-7||201||2/15/1992||2||Oregon State|
|41||Wheeler, Philip||OLB||6-2||245||12/12/1984||9||Georgia Tech|
|87||Fuller, Devin (IR)||WR||6-0||194||1/29/1994||R||UCLA|
|33||Howard, Travis (IR)||CB||6-1||200||11/24/1989||2||Ohio State|
|25||King, Akeem (IR)||DB||6-1||212||10/29/1992||2||San Jose 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|
|90||Shelby, Derrick (IR)||DE||6-2||280||3/4/1989||5||Utah|
|52||Starr, Tyler (IR)||LB||6-5||250||1/25/1991||3||South Dakota|
|83||Tamme, Jacob (IR)||TE||6-3||230||3/15/1985||9||Kentucky|
|21||Trufant, Desmond (IR)||CB||6-0||190||9/10/1990||4||Washington|
|43||Van Dyke, DeMarcus (IR)||DB||6-1||185||1/17/1989||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|56||Weatherspoon, Sean (IR)||OLB||6-2||244||12/29/1987||6||Missouri|
|Bykowski, Carter||T||6-7||313||7/25/1990||3||Iowa State|
|Keyes, Josh||LB||6-2||223||1/23/1993||2||Boston College|
|85||McKissic, J.D.||WR||5-10||187||8/15/1993||R||Arkansas State|
|Pressley, Jhurrell||RB||5-10||206||5/20/1992||R||New Mexico|
|86||Tialavea, D.J.||TE||6-4||260||7/27/1991||3||Utah State|
|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 .
Sanu was a mere onlooker at Wednesday's practice, only catching passes on the side, which equated to no practice on the Falcons' first injury report of the week. There's no telling if Sanu will buck Quinn's assessment and participate in one (or both) of the remaining sessions this week. If not, Sanu could be ruled out before week's end, thereby ensuring Taylor Gabriel is the nominal No. 2 wideout behind Julio Jones, assuming the latter plays through his bout with turf toe.
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.
Keyes' yo-yo season continues, with the second-year linebacker now having seen two stints apiece on the practice squad and active roster for the Bucs. Given his familiarity with the team's system, it wouldn't be surprising to see Keyes on speed dial should the team need some reinforcements at linebacker at some point.
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.
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 up to four forced fumbles on the season, and he's also recorded at least eight tackles in every game since Week 1. He's now averaging eight tackles per contest, and along with his big-play ability, he's an outstanding option at safety in IDP leagues.
The Falcons only targeted their tight ends once on the day, severely limiting Hooper or Levine Toilolo's value. Even in deep leagues, there should be better tight end options on the waiver wire than either of the options in Atlanta at this point.
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.
The Seahawks swapped defensive ends on Tuesday, as they brought in Damontre Moore to replace Goodman. The 26-year-old failed to record a stat in Sunday's loss to the Saints, the only game he played in all season.
Clayborn did not practice all week due to torn MCL and meniscus. He is expected to undergo surgery but the team is hopeful he will be able to return before the end of the season. Look for Brooks Reed and Dwight Freeney to see increased reps in Clayborn's absence.
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.
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.
The interceptions were the first two on the year for Alford, leaving him the fourth-year cornerback one short of his career high. However, this was the second time in the last two years that he's taken one of those picks to the house. In addition, he's averaging 5.25 tackles per game which puts him on pace for a career-high in that category. Based on the numbers he's posted in three-plus years in the league, he isn't likely to post big enough numbers to be rostered in most IDP leagues.
Toilolo only saw one target on the day, so although Jacob Tamme is out for the year with a shoulder injury, it doesn't appear that Toilolo will receive a big uptick in looks from quarterback Matt Ryan. He has much more real-world value than he does in the fantasy world at this point in the season.
Shelby suffered a calf injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, effectively ending the 27-year-old's season. In six games this season, he recorded eight tackles (six solo) and one pass deflection. Expect veteran Jonathan Babineaux to see an increase in reps, with Courtney Upshaw now serving as the only healthy reserve defensive tackle on the roster.
Reynolds will receive the start due to Deion Jones' projected absence.
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 missed back-to-back games before a Week 11 bye, during which he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. With Monday's move official, the Falcons will turn to rookie Austin Hooper as the primary pass-catching tight end, but Levine Toilolo may continue to be the starter in name.
Coleman averaged a miserable 1.1 yards per carry in his return to the field last week, but he managed a much more respectable performance this time around as he equaled his season high in attempts. Devonta Freeman touched the ball 19 times in this one, including a pair of one-yard scores, so he clearly seems to have the edge in this timeshare of sorts. That said, there is room for Coleman to produce in Atlanta's fast-paced offense and he should be in line for a similar workload next week against the Rams, who have proven susceptible to strong rushing attacks this year.
Gabriel's value has increased of late, as he's seen at least five targets in each of the last four games, and he's scored three touchdowns during that stretch. He could earn an even bigger share of targets if Julio Jones is forced to miss time with a toe injury.
Wreh-Wilson has been biding his time on the free-agent market since his release from the Titans near the end of the preseason slate. The move to sign Wreh-Wilson was necessitated by the placement of Falcons cornerback Desomond Trufant (pectoral) on injured reserve.
Jones was limited at practice last week before ultimately being removed from the final injury report. He ended up playing in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, and recorded six tackles in the contest. He appears to be on track to play again in Week 7.
Trufant tended to a shoulder injury throughout November, missing two games as a result. He was diagnosed with a torn pectoral over the weekend, and with season-ending surgery on tap, the Falcons made the obvious roster move. With Trufant sidelined, Jalen Collins will assume starting cornerback duty opposite Robert Alford for the rest of the campaign.
Collins was inactive for Sunday's win over the Packers for an undisclosed reason. However, the Falcons seem optimistic regarding his status for Thursday. The 23-year-old figures to provide depth in the secondary if he can take the field.
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.
Perkins' absence projects as a coach's decision, but more updates are likely to come in the next couple of days.
Pressley was released this week with the Packers in need of a roster spot at another position, but it appears team and player have come to an agreement that he will rejoin the roster after spending one week off it.
Ward had picked up 15 carries over a three-week span, but he didn't see the field in last Sunday's win over the Cardinals and will be out of the mix again in Week 13. So long as both Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are healthy, it doesn't look as though Ward will be active in any of the final four games.
Levitre was able to practice in full on Wednesday despite dealing with a minor knee issue, which won't be severe enough to keep him sidelined for the Falcons' Week 9 matchup. He figures to get the start at left guard per usual.
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.
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.
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.
Worrilow popped up on the Falcons' injury report after the illness prevented him from practicing Friday, but with a day off to recover, it's not expected that he'll face any limitations. The middle linebacker has a pair of 120-plus-tackle seasons on his resume, but after being displaced by Deion Jones for the starting role in 2016, Worrilow remains off the IDP radar.
Jarrett had been limited in practice before participating fully on Wednesday, as he projects to start at defensive tackle next to Jonathan Babineaux.
Jones returned to the field in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks after a four game absence, and recorded three tackles in the process. He appears to have not suffered any type of setback, as he was able to practice in full on Wednesday.
Even if he is able to practice this week, Matthews isn't a lock to play Sunday against the Rams.
Freeman opened the scoring with a one-yard plunge in the first quarter and repeated the feat again in the fourth for his second consecutive two-touchdown performance. He was held to 3.7 yards per carry but was able to produce his second-best receiving yardage output of the season to top 100 scrimmage yards for the fifth time. Freeman should remain a solid fantasy play next week when the Falcons travel to take on a Rams team that has been susceptible to strong running back play this season.
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 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.
The good news is that his seven targets over the past two games marks the most of any two-game stretch in 2016, but it seems that Taylor Gabriel has passed Hardy on the depth chart, making him the third or fourth option in Atlanta's passing attack. If Julio Jones is sidelined with his turf toe injury, Hardy could be in line for more targets, but for now he'll struggle to earn looks in the potent offense.
Williams participated in 14 games for the Falcons during his 2015 campaign, posting 17 receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He was expected to be a bit buried on the wide receiver depth chart heading into the upcoming regular season and with the Falcons picking up fellow wide receiver Taylor Gabriel off of waivers on Sunday, Williams became expendable and was released. He'll head to the free agent market and could get some looks considering he's just 25 years old.
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.
Although he was held down for much of the day, Ryan put his team in a position to win the game when his only touchdown pass came late in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the Falcons elected to go for two after the score and Ryan's pass attempt was intercepted by Eric Berry, who ran it all the way back for a pick-two that ultimately decided the outcome of the game. Ryan has now been held under 300 yards passing in five of his last six games and has just four touchdowns compared to three interceptions over the last three. He will look to bounce back next week against the Rams.
Turf toe is not to be trifled with, so Jones' lack of practice reps to kick off Week 14 prep isn't unexpected. Due to his established rapport with Matt Ryan, Jones doesn't necessarily need to practice in order to be ready for game day. Although his status will continue to be watched closely as the weekend draws closer, Jones may focus entirely on his rehab rather than risk a potential setback on the practice field.
Bosher was able to practice in full on Friday but the team will ultimately go with recent addition Matt Wile instead. Look for more updates on his hamstring aliment to come next week.
Freeney missed Wednesday's practice, but returned on a limited basis Thursday, and followed that up with a full session Friday. His IDP value may be hindered by limited usage, however, as Freeney hasn't seen more than 30 snaps since Week 5 against Denver, nor has he recorded a sack since then.
Beasley now has three multi-sack performances on the season, which puts him at 9.5 on the year. However, since starting the season a bit slowly, he's notched 8.5 of his sacks in the last six games, and he's been an elite IDP performer during that time. It wouldn't a surprise if he's a top-five option at linebacker for the remainder of the campaign.
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.
DiMarco was limited in previous practices throughout the week, but was able to get a full one in Friday. He has no injury status listed for Sunday's matchup with the Chargers, so he should be expected to take the field.
The touchdown helped save Robinson's stat line from mediocrity, as only three of the 32 passes thrown by Matt Ryan were in his direction. He'd get a boost in value if Julio Jones is sidelined with a turf toe condition, but for now he remains a tertiary option at best in the passing attack.
Two of his field goals were 22-yard chip shots, but the 59-yard kick at the end of the half was impressive. He doesn't have the luxury of kicking in a dome in Week 14 now that the Rams moved out west, but a match up against the lowly Rams is still pretty favorable.