|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|
|61||Averill, Travis||C||6-3||295||12/21/1993||R||Boise State|
|5||Bosher, Matt||P||6-0||208||10/18/1987||7||Miami (Fla.)|
|35||Branch, Marcelis||DB||5-11||180||1/19/1994||R||Robert Morris|
|76||Brunskill, Daniel||T||6-5||260||1/27/1994||R||San Diego State|
|87||Burton, Deante||WR||6-2||205||7/12/1994||R||Kansas State|
|88||Cherry, Bra'lon||WR||5-11||188||//||R||NC State|
|95||Crawford, Jack||DE||6-5||274||9/7/1988||6||Penn State|
|16||Dable, Anthony||WR||6-4||220||9/25/1988||1||No College|
|84||Davis, Reginald||WR||6-0||185||9/14/1993||R||Texas Tech|
|72||Edison, Cornelius||C||6-3||309||7/10/1993||2||Portland State|
|79||Freeman, Wil||T||6-6||275||2/7/1994||R||Southern Mississippi|
|24||Freeman, Devonta||RB||5-8||206||3/15/1992||4||Florida State|
|18||Gabriel, Taylor||WR||5-8||165||2/17/1991||4||Abilene Christian|
|63||Garland, Ben||G||6-5||308||4/6/1988||4||Air Force|
|29||Goodwin, C.J.||CB||6-4||220||2/4/1990||2||California (PA)|
|56||Grace, Jermaine||LB||6-1||223||11/8/1993||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|66||Graf, Kevin||T||6-6||309||6/17/1991||2||Southern California|
|89||Gray, Alex||TE||6-4||231||5/1/1991||R||No College|
|83||Griswold, Darion||TE||6-5||265||12/23/1992||1||Arkansas State|
|14||Hardy, Justin||WR||5-10||192||12/18/1991||3||East Carolina|
|64||Harlow, Sean||G||6-4||284||3/28/1995||R||Oregon State|
|39||Jones, Jarnor||DB||6-3||209||4/29/1994||R||Iowa State|
|55||Jones, JT||DE||6-3||245||11/12/1993||R||Miami (Ohio)|
|27||Kazee, Damontae||CB||5-11||174||6/5/1993||R||San Diego State|
|52||Keyes, Josh||LB||6-2||227||1/23/1993||2||Boston College|
|25||King, Akeem||DB||6-1||212||10/29/1992||3||San Jose State|
|67||Levitre, Andy||G||6-2||303||5/15/1986||9||Oregon State|
|7||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|
|48||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|
|93||Odom, Chris||DE||6-4||256||9/16/1994||R||Arkansas State|
|30||Olatoye, Deji||CB||6-1||205||7/20/1991||2||North Carolina A&T|
|26||Pressley, Jhurrell||RB||5-10||206||5/20/1992||1||New Mexico|
|39||Renew, Tyler||RB||5-11||217||10/20/1994||R||The Citadel|
|19||Roberts, Andre||WR||5-11||195||1/9/1988||8||The Citadel|
|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|
|86||Tialavea, D.J.||TE||6-4||260||7/27/1991||4||Utah State|
|28||Ward, Terron||RB||5-7||201||2/15/1992||3||Oregon State|
|49||Washington, Deron||DB||6-1||211||5/3/1993||R||Pittsburg State|
|13||Fuller, Devin (IR)||WR||6-0||194||1/29/1994||2||UCLA|
|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.
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 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.
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.
Crawford picked up the injury in Sunday's practice. It's believed that Crawford's absence was precautionary, so the injury shouldn't hinder him too much in his preparation for his first season with the Falcons. The 28-year-old inked a three-year, $10.3 million contract with Atlanta in March after accruing 25 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 16 games with Dallas in 2016.
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 wasn't expected to play Thursday after apparently suffering a right leg strain. Sharrod Neasman is expected to see increased reps while Neal remains sidelined.
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.
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 was spotted wearing a non-contact jersey during Monday's practice. The fact that he was out there on the field suggests the injury may not be of great severity, but it's still important to monitor his progress.
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.
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 tackles and one pass defensed, but he could see a decline in reps this season after the Falcons acquired veteran Dontari Poe.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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."
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.
Fuller, who tore his ACL last week, cleared waivers and will now spend a second consecutive year on the Falcons' IR.
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 in a backup capacity if he's able to win a roster spot out of training camp.
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.
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.
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.
Graf wasn't necessarily expected to start on the line for the Falcons, yet Thursday would've been a good chance to show he's a valid future option.
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 didn't travel with the Falcons for this past Sunday's preseason game in Pittsburgh, as he remained in the NFL's concussion protocol. As long as the team's top running back is sidelined, Tevin Coleman will assume a starting role in the backfield, while Terron Ward and fifth-round pick Brian Hill are still battling for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart at running back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jones has been ramping up his practice activity lately, but with it only being the second exhibition contest, there's no need for him to suit up Sunday. At the moment, it remains to be seen whether Jones will get any game action prior to the regular season, but Atlanta's third preseason tilt would figure to be the most useful one for him to be involved in. As a result, his status should continue to be tracked in the upcoming week.
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.
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.
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.