Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium | Coach: Dan Quinn
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd120.5 (5th)295.3 (3rd)
Defense25th104.5 (17th)266.7 (28th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
23Alford, Robert CB5-1018611/1/19885Southeastern Louisiana
37Allen, Ricardo FS5-918612/18/19913Purdue
61Averill, Travis C6-329512/21/1993RBoise State
44Beasley, Vic OLB6-32467/8/19923Clemson
5Bosher, Matt P6-020810/18/19877Miami (Fla.)
35Branch, Marcelis DB5-111801/19/1994RRobert Morris
76Brunskill, Daniel T6-52601/27/1994RSan Diego State
3Bryant, Matt K5-92035/29/197516Baylor
87Burton, Deante WR6-22057/12/1994RKansas State
59Campbell, De'Vondre OLB6-32347/1/19932Minnesota
88Cherry, Bra'lon WR5-111887/24/1995RNC State
99Clayborn, Adrian DE6-32807/6/19887Iowa
40Coleman, Derrick RB6-023310/18/19904UCLA
26Coleman, Tevin RB6-12104/16/19933Indiana
32Collins, Jalen CB6-12033/20/19933LSU
95Crawford, Jack DE6-52749/7/19886Penn State
16Dable, Anthony WR6-42209/25/19881No College
84Davis, Reginald WR6-01859/14/1993RTexas Tech
1Davis, Reggie WR6-017011/22/1995RGeorgia
72Edison, Cornelius C6-33097/10/19932Portland State
79Freeman, Wil T6-62752/7/1994RSouthern Mississippi
24Freeman, Devonta RB5-82063/15/19924Florida State
18Gabriel, Taylor WR5-81652/17/19914Abilene Christian
63Garland, Ben G6-53084/6/19884Air Force
29Goodwin, C.J. CB6-42202/4/19902California (PA)
56Grace, Jermaine LB6-122311/8/1993RMiami (Fla.)
66Graf, Kevin T6-63096/17/19912Southern California
62Graham, Larson T6-52924/9/1994RDuquesne
89Gray, Alex TE6-42315/1/1991RNo College
83Griswold, Darion TE6-526512/23/19921Arkansas State
77Hageman, Ra'Shede DT6-63188/8/19904Minnesota
17Hall, Marvin WR5-101904/10/19931Washington
14Hardy, Justin WR5-1019212/18/19913East Carolina
64Harlow, Sean G6-42843/28/1995ROregon State
47Harris, Josh LS6-12404/27/19896Auburn
38Hill, Brian RB6-121911/9/1995RWyoming
81Hooper, Austin TE6-325410/29/19942Stanford
96Ifedi, Martin DE6-32759/4/19911Memphis
36Ishmael, Kemal SS6-02065/6/19915UCF
97Jarrett, Grady DT6-03054/28/19933Clemson
39Jones, Jarnor DB6-32094/29/1994RIowa State
45Jones, Deion MLB6-122211/4/19942LSU
55Jones, JT DE6-324511/12/1993RMiami (Ohio)
11Jones, Julio WR6-32202/3/19897Alabama
27Kazee, Damontae CB5-111746/5/1993RSan Diego State
52Keyes, Josh LB6-22271/23/19932Boston College
25King, Akeem DB6-121210/29/19923San Jose State
75Knappe, Andreas T6-83256/2/1991RConnecticut
67Levitre, Andy G6-23035/15/19869Oregon State
43Lynn, Jack LB6-22468/6/1993RMinnesota
51Mack, Alex C6-431111/19/19859California
7Magee, Josh WR5-1117010/1/1991RSouth Alabama
70Matthews, Jake T6-53092/11/19924Texas A&M
41Mauger, Quincy DB6-02063/4/1995RGeorgia
98McKinley, Takkarist DE6-225011/2/1995RUCLA
6Meyer, Mike K6-21906/2/19921Iowa
48Moore, Jordan DB6-322512/13/1993RTexas-San Antonio
22Neal, Keanu SS6-02117/26/19952Florida
20Neasman, Sharrod DB5-1121310/14/19912Florida Atlantic
93Odom, Chris DE6-42569/16/1994RArkansas State
30Olatoye, Deji CB6-12057/20/19912North Carolina A&T
67Pasztor, Austin G6-730811/26/19905Virginia
82Perkins, Josh TE6-32238/5/19932Washington
92Poe, Dontari NT6-33468/18/19906Memphis
34Poole, Brian CB5-921310/20/19922Florida
26Pressley, Jhurrell RB5-102065/20/19921New Mexico
50Reed, Brooks DE6-32542/28/19877Arizona
39Renew, Tyler RB5-1121710/20/1994RThe Citadel
53Reynolds, LaRoy MLB6-124011/3/19905Virginia
42Riley, Duke OLB6-12188/9/1994RLSU
19Roberts, Andre WR5-111951/9/19888The Citadel
2Ryan, Matt QB6-42175/17/198510Boston College
12Sanu, Mohamed WR6-22108/22/19896Rutgers
85Saubert, Eric TE6-52535/1/1994RDrake
8Schaub, Matt QB6-62456/25/198114Virginia
73Schraeder, Ryan T6-73005/4/19885Valdosta State
71Schweitzer, Wes G6-43009/11/19932San Jose State
90Shelby, Derrick DE6-22803/4/19896Utah
4Simms, Matt QB6-32109/27/19884Tennessee
30Taylor, Kelvin RB5-102059/28/19931Florida
86Tialavea, D.J. TE6-42607/27/19914Utah State
80Toilolo, Levine TE6-82657/30/19915Stanford
9Torgersen, Alek QB6-22291/13/1995RPennsylvania
21Trufant, Desmond CB6-01909/10/19905Washington
74Tupou, Tani DT6-128412/13/19921Washington
91Upshaw, Courtney DE6-227212/13/19896Alabama
94Vellano, Joe DT6-230010/30/19884Maryland
28Ward, Terron RB5-72012/15/19923Oregon State
49Washington, Deron DB6-12115/3/1993RPittsburg State
15Williams, Nick WR5-1018411/23/19904Connecticut
33Wreh-Wilson, Blidi DB6-119012/5/19895Connecticut
Injured Players
13Fuller, Devin (IR) WR6-01941/29/19942UCLA
43Van Dyke, DeMarcus (IR) DB6-11851/17/19894Miami (Fla.)
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Atlanta6-5297.86-2281.425.42142
 
 
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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.

Injury
Ryan Schraeder
News
Schraeder (ankle) started in the Steelers' exhibition loss to the Steelers on Sunday.

Schraeder tore a ligament in his right ankle during the Falcons' Super Bowl loss to the Patriots, and has been limited for much of the team's offseason activities. However, he saw 14 snaps in the preseason game, so he is seemingly on track for a healthy start to the season. The veteran currently projects to start at right tackle in Week 1.

Eric Saubert
News
The Falcons selected Saubert in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 174th overall.

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.

Jordan Moore
No Updates
Tani Tupou
No Updates
Anthony Dable
No Updates
Mohamed Sanu
News
Sanu caught two passes for 25 yards in Sunday's preseason loss to Pittsburgh.

Sanu's catches, one for 13 yards and the other for 12, came at the beginning of the Falcons' opening-drive touchdown march. Sanu thrived as the Robin to Julio Jones' Batman in his first season is Atlanta and even took a bigger role at times with five games with at least five receptions. He figures to build on his role as Steve Sarkisian seeks to improve upon the dynamic offense Kyle Shanahan built a season ago.

Matt Schaub
News
Schaub signed a two-year, $9 million contract with Atlanta on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Schaub returned to the Falcons last season after beginning his career as a backup with the team in 2004. He provides the team with a quality veteran option behind reigning MVP Matt Ryan.

Matt Simms
News
Simms completed 10 of 20 pass attempts for 104 yards in Thursday's 23-20 preseason loss to the Dolphins.

Matt Ryan played just one series in the preseason opener, and it was Simms who got the nod over Matt Schaub and Alek Torgersen for the majority of the snaps. Simms hasn't played a down in the NFL since the 2014 season, but perhaps the coaching staff sees something in him that has him in the early running for a role on the final roster.

Reginald Davis
News
Davis caught two of his three targets for 43 yards in Thursday's 23-20 preseason loss to the Dolphins.

Davis led the team by ripping off gains of 17 and 26 yards, but it was a play that ultimately didn't count that stood out. The rookie took a short pass from Matt Simms 48 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, only to see the play called back due to holding. Davis has a plethora of talented options ahead of him on the depth chart at the moment, but he certainly came through with a productive debut as he looks to make the Week 1 roster.

Jack Crawford
News
Crawford (groin) returned to the field in the Falcons exhibition loss to the Steelers on Sunday,

Crawford inked a three-year, $10.3 million contract with the Falcons during the offseason. His start to camp has been slow due to a groin strain, but he was able to see 17 snaps in Falcons' Week 2 loss. The 28-year-old is trying to solidify a role on the team's defensive line, so his return will be advantageous for his chances.

Josh Keyes
News
Keyes was promoted to the active roster on Thursday, the team's official site reports.

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.

Jarnor Jones
No Updates
Jermaine Grace
No Updates
Derrick Coleman
News
Coleman signed a contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Curtis Jackson of the team's official site reports.

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.

Wil Freeman
No Updates
Darion Griswold
News
Griswold signed a reserve/future contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports.

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.

D.J. Tialavea
News
Tialavea was promoted to the Falcons' active roster on Thursday, the team's official website reports.

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.

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.
Travis Averill
No Updates
Keanu Neal
News
Neal (undisclosed) made his return to the field in Sunday's preseason loss to the Steelers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Neal started in the contest and played a modest six snaps in his return. Little was known of his injury, but he had been limited during training camp thus far. The strong safety's presence in the game indicates his recovery is on track. Barring any setbacks, he presumably should be ready Week 1.

Alek Torgersen
No Updates
Deron Washington
No Updates
Austin Hooper
News
Hooper hauled in both of his targets for 24 yards in Sunday's preseason loss to the Steelers.

Hooper's first catch, a 14-yard gain from the arm of Matt Ryan, helped set up a touchdown on the opening drive. Hooper has already caught three passes this preseason in limited duty, a rate far better than the 19 balls he caught in 14 games as a rookie. Much has been made about new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian improving upon the system left by former coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and incorporating more passes to the tight ends could be one way Sarkisian goes about doing that. Notably, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was a focal point of Sarkisian's offenses at the University of Washington.

Damontae Kazee
News
Kazee (ankle) will watch Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals from the sideline, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Kazee sitting out is in no way detrimental to Atlanta's defense, but he'll need every preseason snap he can get to prove he deserves a spot on the 53-man roster. The rookie's best way in is on special teams, as Falcons' starting safeties, Ricardo Allen (shoulder) and Keanu Neal (undisclosed), rarely take breaks when healthy.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 1 at Chicago
Brian Poole
News
Poole (foot) will play Thursday against the Buccaneers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Poole was able to practice in full on Wednesday after being limited earlier in the week. He figures to back-up Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford at cornerback for the Falcons.

Ricardo Allen
News
Allen (shoulder) started but saw limited snaps in Sunday's preseason loss to the Steelers.

Allen injured his shoulder earlier in camp but was recovered enough to see the field with the first-team defense Sunday. He only played in six snaps, likely as a precaution to ensure his health for the regular season.

Adrian Clayborn
News
Clayborn (biceps) saw five snaps in the Falcons preseason loss to the Steelers on Sunday.

Clayborn had surgery on his biceps after suffering a tear in January. He was originally expected to face a five-month recovery timetable, which has since lingered into training camp. After seeing limited work in practice, the veteran finally made his return to the field Sunday. Barring any setbacks, he is seemingly on track for full health entering Week 1 of the regular season, and projects to be a rotational defensive end for the team.

Quincy Mauger
No Updates
Josh Magee
No Updates
Duke Riley
News
The Falcons selected Riley in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 75th overall.

Riley (6-foot, 232 pounds) was a productive player for LSU and has the athleticism (4.58-second 40) to project as a good coverage linebacker, but Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell figure to keep his relevance capped.

Deji Olatoye
News
The Chiefs signed rookie defensive back Deji Olatoye to their practice squad. He was waived by the Ravens in late August.
Robert Alford
News
Alford signed a four-year, $38 million extension with the Falcons on Thursday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

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.

Levine Toilolo
News
Toilolo signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Falcons on Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

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.

Derrick Shelby
News
Shelby (calf) returned to the field Tuesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Shelby returns from Achilles surgery after ending his 2016 campaign on injured reserve. In six games last season, he recorded eight tackles and one pass defensed, but he could see a decline in reps this season after the Falcons acquired veteran Dontari Poe.

Kelvin Taylor
News
Taylor signed with the Falcons on Tuesday, JuliaKate E. Culpepper of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Taylor spent last season on the practice squads of San Francisco, Seattle and Kansas City. The University of Florida product is not really battling for a running back spot since the Devonta Freeman-Tevin Coleman handcuff has proved more than adequate, so he'll likely try taking on Brian Hill for the job as a situational back and returner.

LaRoy Reynolds
News
Reynolds re-signed with the Falcons on Thursday, Ken Rodriguez of Fox 5 Atlanta reports.

Reynolds joined the Falcons last offseason to add depth at linebacker, but he ultimately settled in as a key piece on special teams. Expect him to operate in a similar capacity this upcoming season.

Tevin Coleman
News
Head coach Dan Quinn did not mention Coleman (ankle) when discussing players with injury restrictions at the Falcons' voluntary offseason program, Matt Winkeljohn of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "There's a couple guys ... (who) are going to be limited as far as the offseason goes. They're all participating in some fashion," Quinn explained. "Tru, Claiborne and Shelby are all participating in some fashion with workouts and rehab. Offensively, Julio Jones would be the one in that spot."

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.

Taylor Gabriel
News
Gabriel (leg) returned to practice Sunday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Held out of the preseason opener, Gabriel should be ready for Sunday's exhibition against the Steelers. He's expected to operate as the team's No. 3 wideout, providing a limited-volume deep threat to complement starters Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu.

Blidi Wreh-Wilson
News
Wreh-Wilson signed a one-year contract extension with the Falcons on Friday, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Sean Harlow
No Updates
Dontari Poe
News
Poe agreed to terms on a one-year, $8 million contract with the Falcons on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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.

Deion Jones
News
Jones is up to 230 pounds and hopes to reach 235 before the start of the regular season, Knox Bardeen of CBS Sports Radio reports.

The 52nd overall selection in the 2016 draft, Jones ran a 4.59 40-yard dash while checking in 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. Jones 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.

Jack Lynn
No Updates
Desmond Trufant
News
Trufant (pectoral) returned to OTAs on Tuesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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 in action, he'll look to solidify his position as starting cornerback alongside Robert Alford.

Brooks Reed
News
Reed (groin) was a full participant at the Falcons' practice Friday.

Reed was limited throughout the week, but returned to Friday's practice in full form. Barring any setbacks, he should be good to start at right defensive end in Sunday's tilt with the Chargers.

Jalen Collins
News
Head coach Dan Quinn indicated Saturday that Collins (suspension) is likely to see less time on the field during the team's next exhibition game, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

Collins played 31 snaps on defense and four on special teams during the Falcons' preseason-opening loss to the Dolphins. He will be suspended the first 10 games of the regular season after violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy, so the Falcons likely want to get others involved who will be playing right away. Although Collins started opposite Robert Alford in February's Super Bowl, Quinn stated that he remains undecided about the 2015 second-round pick's future on the 53-man roster. The team is taking it on a "week-to-week basis."

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay
Alex Mack
News
Mack has recovered from the broken fibula he sustained in the Falcons' 2016 postseason run, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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 on May 30.

Devin Fuller
News
Fuller (knee) reverted to injured reserve Saturday.

Fuller, who tore his ACL last week, cleared waivers and will now spend a second consecutive year on the Falcons' IR.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Josh Perkins
News
Perkins caught his first career touchdown pass in Sunday's win over the Panthers.

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.

Cornelius Edison
News
Edison signed a contract Wednesday with the Falcons, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports.

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 in a backup capacity if he's able to win a roster spot out of training camp.

Jhurrell Pressley
News
Pressley signed with the Falcons on Wednesday.

Pressley still remains a long shot to make the 53-man roster, but at least he'll have the opportunity to prove his worth during the preseason. The 25-year-old hails from New Mexico and most recently suited up as a member of Green Bay.

Terron Ward
News
Ward rushed for 37 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and added a two-yard catch during Sunday's preseason loss to the Steelers.

Ward capped Atlanta's opening drive with a touchdown, the second of his preseason. Overshadowed in his career by the duo of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, Ward was able to shine a bit on Sunday with Freeman recovering from a concussion and Coleman seeing limited reps. Ward looked good in limited opportunities last year as well, but with just so many carries to go around and the reigning MVP throwing passes, look for Ward's preseason carriage to turn into a pumpkin come September, barring injuries up top.

Wes Schweitzer
No Updates
Reggie Davis
No Updates
Bra'lon Cherry
No Updates
Andy Levitre
No Updates
Courtney Upshaw
News
Upshaw has agreed to remain with Atlanta, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Upshaw's 2016 campaign with the Falcons was largely disappointing, as he started just five games and only recorded half of a sack. He'll continue his role as a situational run stuffer in the 2017 season.

Martin Ifedi
News
Ifedi (ankle) will not play Thursday against Miami, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

After being drafted in the seventh round of the 2015 draft, Ifedi still hasn't played a NFL snap. He's a long shot to make the 53-man roster even if he gets healthy enough to experience preseason.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 1 at Chicago
Ra'Shede Hageman
News
Hageman was charged with three misdemeanors stemming from a domestic violence case in March, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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.

Mike Meyer
No Updates
Kemal Ishmael
News
Ishmael (shoulder) practiced with the linebackers Tuesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

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.

Joe Vellano
News
Kevin Graf
News
Graf (arm) returned to action in the Falcons preseason loss to the Steelers.

Graf signed a reserve/future contract with the Falcons during the offseason. He has been limited during training camp so far due to an arm issue, but appears to be back to full health after logging 50 snaps in Week 2. The 26-year-old is competing for a depth role on the offensive line.

Grady Jarrett
News
Jarrett (shoulder) will be active for Thursday's game against the Buccaneers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Jarrett had been limited in practice before participating fully on Wednesday, as he projects to start at defensive tackle next to Jonathan Babineaux.

Daniel Brunskill
No Updates
De'Vondre Campbell
News
Campbell underwent Lasik eye surgery this offseason, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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.

Jake Matthews
No Updates
Devonta Freeman
News
Head coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday that Freeman is approaching the end of the concussion protocol but still won't practice this week, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Without practice reps under his belt, Freeman is unlikely to see the field during Saturday's exhibition against the Cardinals after spending at least a week in the protocol. Even if he gets no more game reps before the regular season, he's expected to serve as the No. 1 running back in what was the highest-scoring offense in 2016. Meanwhile, Tevin Coleman and Terron Ward will comprise the top-2 backs.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 1 at Chicago
Marvin Hall
News
Hall signed a contract with the Falcons on Friday, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports.

Hall is an undrafted receiver who played under Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian from 2012-13 at the University of Washington. He slots in as the 13th member of the Falcons' current receiving corps.

Justin Hardy
News
Hardy reeled in four of seven targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Saints.

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.

JT Jones
No Updates
Nick Williams
News
Williams (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's matchup with Carolina.

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.

Takkarist McKinley
News
McKinley (shoulder) will play in Sunday's preseason game against the Steelers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

McKinley has slowly increased his practice reps and is apparently ready to go for the Falcons' second preseason game Sunday. The Falcons' 2017 first-round pick is expected to shore up their defensive front, and could possibly push for a starting role.

Larson Graham
No Updates
Akeem King
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King (undisclosed) recorded an interception in the Falcons preseason loss to the Steelers on Sunday.

King, an exclusive-rights free agent, was tendered by the Falcons during the offseason. His participation had been limited at camp thus far due to an undisclosed issue, but after tallying 29 snaps Sunday, appears to be back to full health. The 24-year-old is looking to land a depth cornerback role on the final roster.

C.J. Goodwin
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Goodwin (hamstring) was a full participant at Falcons' practice Friday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Goodwin was limited in practices the prior two days, so he appears to be trending in the right direction for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Alex Gray
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Sharrod Neasman
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Matt Ryan
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Ryan completed four of six targets for 57 yards in Sunday's preseason loss to Pittsburgh.

Like last week, Ryan was limited to one series and led Atlanta to a score. This time, his passes 14 and 18 yards to Austin Hooper and Marvin Hall, respectively, set up a Terron Ward touchdown scamper. Ryan has been sharp in his limited reps as Atlanta looks to build upon last season's success despite replacing last season's offensive coordinator with an outside hire.

Brian Hill
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Hill will have a chance to return kicks in 2017, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal Sentinel reports.

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.

Tyler Renew
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Julio Jones
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Jones may be allowed to play in Saturday's preseason game versus the Cardinals, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Since training camp opened in late July, Jones has built up his practice reps slowly but surely to the point that he's closing in on game action. Perhaps the only hurdle to suiting up Saturday is clearance from the Falcons' medical and training staffs with the regular season in mind. No matter how the team proceeds, he'll be the clear-cut No. 1 receiver in Week 1.

Matt Bosher
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Vic Beasley
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Beasley (shoulder) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

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.

Austin Pasztor
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Pasztor is still nursing a pectoral injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Pasztor recently inked a deal with the Falcons. It's not sure how serious the pectoral issue is but the team didn't seem overly concerned.

Injury
Pectoral - Questionable for Week 1 at Chicago
Josh Harris
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Chris Odom
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Andre Roberts
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Roberts (back) returned to practice Thursday after sitting out on Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Roberts has dealt with a couple minor injuries but hasn't been in danger of missing significant time. He'll continue to function as the primary returner on kicks and punts as well as a depth receiver.

Marcelis Branch
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Matt Bryant
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Bryant made a 22-yard field goal and all five extra point attempts in Sunday's win over the Saints.

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.

Deante Burton
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Andreas Knappe
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