Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium | Coach: Dan Quinn
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense20th124.0 (8th)198.0 (23rd)
Defense27th115.0 (20th)246.0 (27th)
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
02/01/18DLTakkarist McKinleyShoulderQUESTIONABLEMcKinley participated in individual drills during Falcons OTAs on Tuesday as he continues to rehabilitate from offseason shoulder surgery, Vaughn McClure of reports.

There may not be a Falcons player with greater hope for a breakout 2018 campaign than McKinley, who showed flashes of brilliance during his rookie season out of UCLA. The 22-year-old McKinley picked up one sack for every 66.8 snaps during the regular season (six sacks on 401 defensive plays), establishing a pace which rivals some of the league's most ferocious pass rushers. Arizona's Chandler Jones averaged one sack every 61.5 defensive snaps in 2017, while Cameron Jordan of New Orleans averaged 76.2 defensive plays per sack. Head coach Dan Quinn stated last week that so long as his recovery from February shoulder continues to go smoothly, McKinley will be fully recuperated in time for Falcons training camp in July. The second-year man has a strong probability of accumulating 10-plus sacks in 2018, as he is likely to be slotted in as one of the team's starting defensive ends.

(Updated 06/05/2018)
01/24/18WRJustin HardyShoulderQUESTIONABLEFalcons head coach Dan Quinn said Wednesday that Hardy (shoulder) will likely be back to full strength by the time training camp arrives, Vaughn McClure of reports.

For the time being, Hardy continues to partake in individual drills during OTAs as he works his way back from offseason shoulder surgery. Hardy's sleeper potential heading into 2018 was diminished when Atlanta selected Calvin Ridley in the first round of April's draft, but Hardy should still have a path to snaps in four-wideout sets while competing for kick-returning duties. The 5-foot-10 Hardy made the most of his limited opportunities in 2017, hauling in three touchdown receptions despite being on the field for only 33 percent of the Falcons' offensive snaps.

(Updated 05/30/2018)
01/14/18RBDevonta FreemanKnee - MCLQUESTIONABLEFreeman (knee) plans to participate in Matt Ryan's off-site passing camp in July, William McFadden of the Falcons' official website reports.

Freeman played through MCL and PCL sprains during the playoffs and avoided offseason surgery, but he seems to have been limited to individual drills during OTAs and minicamp. While he should be ready for the start of training camp, the 26-year-old carries more risk than in past seasons after suffering the aforementioned knee injury and a pair of concussions in 2017. Including the playoffs. Freeman handled 933 touches the past three seasons, with at least 266 each year. The Falcons could look to give Tevin Coleman more work in the final season of his rookie contract, as they have a clear interest in keeping Freeman healthy for the long haul after signing him to a five-year, $41.25 million extension last August.

(Updated 06/20/2018)