|Offense||15th||122.0 (8th)||248.5 (15th)|
|Defense||11th||117.0 (24th)||218.5 (10th)|
|23||Alford, Robert||DB||5-10||186||11/1/1988||6||Southeastern Louisiana|
|5||Bosher, Matt||P||6-0||208||10/18/1987||8||Miami (FL)|
|95||Crawford, Jack||DE||6-5||274||9/7/1988||7||Penn State|
|24||Freeman, Devonta||RB||5-8||206||3/15/1992||5||Florida State|
|65||Fusco, Brandon||G||6-4||306||7/26/1988||8||Slippery Rock|
|63||Garland, Ben||G||6-5||308||4/6/1988||5||Air Force|
|77||Gono, Matt||T||6-4||305||5/10/1996||R||Wesley College|
|14||Hardy, Justin||WR||5-10||192||12/18/1991||4||East Carolina|
|27||Kazee, Damontae||CB||5-11||174||6/5/1993||2||San Diego State|
|70||Matthews, Jake||T||6-5||309||2/11/1992||5||Texas A&M|
|99||McClain, Terrell||DT||6-2||300||7/20/1988||8||South Florida|
|30||Ortiz, Ricky||RB||6-0||236||4/15/1992||1||Oregon State|
|2||Ryan, Matt||QB||6-4||217||5/17/1985||11||Boston College|
|74||Sambrailo, Ty||T||6-5||311||3/10/1992||4||Colorado State|
|73||Schraeder, Ryan||T||6-7||300||5/4/1988||6||Valdosta State|
|71||Schweitzer, Wes||G||6-4||300||9/11/1993||3||San Jose State|
|94||Senat, Deadrin||DT||6-0||314||7/22/1994||R||South Florida|
|25||Smith, Ito||RB||5-9||195||9/11/1995||R||Southern Miss|
|35||Tandy, Keith||DB||5-10||205||2/12/1989||7||West Virginia|
|92||Zimmer, Justin||DT||6-3||292||10/23/1992||1||Ferris State|
|45||Jones, Deion (IR)||LB||6-1||222||11/4/1994||3||LSU|
|67||Levitre, Andy (IR)||G||6-2||303||5/15/1986||10||Oregon State|
|22||Neal, Keanu (IR)||DB||6-0||211||7/26/1995||3||Florida|
|43||Van Dyke, DeMarcus (IR)||DB||6-1||185||1/17/1989||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|Blake, Christian||WR||6-1||182||6/8/1996||R||Northern Illinois|
|76||Brunskill, Daniel||T||6-5||260||1/27/1994||1||San Diego State|
|Calhoun, Taveze||CB||6-1||188||12/26/1992||1||Mississippi State|
|89||Gray, Alex||TE||6-4||231||5/1/1991||1||No College|
|40||Neal, Ryan||DB||6-2||192||12/24/1995||R||Southern Illinois|
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 .
Shraeder has been in concussion protocol since suffering a head injury Week 2 against the Packers. It appears the 29-year-old made enough progress with his recovery during the team's bye week, and he's seemingly on track to start at right tackle Sunday against the Dolphins barring any setbacks.
Though no Falcons tight end stood out in what proved to be a disastrous first showing for the offense as a whole -- there was a combined four receptions for 29 yards between tight ends Saubert, Austin Hooper and Logan Paulsen -- the second-year man from Drake was the best of the bunch. Saubert hauled in both of his targets on the night, including a 10-yard reception from Matt Schaub that provided Atlanta with its only first down of the first half. He also provided some value on special teams, registering a tackle on former Falcon Andre Roberts during a punt return in the first quarter.
Olived has logged two full participation in practice this week since being sidelined for the first two games of the regular season due to an ankle injury. The rookie second-rounder is trending in the right direction to make his NFL debut against the Saints on Sunday.
Sanu's potentially decreasing degree of involvement in the Falcons offense is unsettling for fantasy owners with stock in the 29-year-old wideout,. He finished fifth on the team in targets, as first-round pick Calvin Ridley had a breakout 64-yard performance Sunday. The 6-foot-2 veteran receiver hasn't exceeded 20 yards receiving in a game through Week 2 of the season, after being held to fewer than 20 yards on just one occasion in 2017.
The wily Schaub was able to get the ball in the hands of his playmakers, but didn't necessarily provide them with space to maneuver in the open field. Schaub averaged six yards per attempt in his first action of the season, well short of the league average for starting quarterbacks from last year (7.1) as well as his personal career average of 7.6 yards per attempt. Fellow Virginia Wahoo Kurt Benkert didn't exactly set the world on fire in his pro debut (nine completions on 17 attempts, 125 yards and one interception), so Schaub remains firmly entrenched as the No. 2 quarterback heading into the second week of preseason action.
A potential injury to the recently signed Nelson is troubling news, as Atlanta is extremely thin at linebacker as it is -- sixth-round rookie Foye Oluokun is stepping into the starting lineup this week with Deion Jones (foot) being placed on injured reserve recently. Nelson provides a veteran presence to a Falcons' linebacking corps that has only one healthy player with more than six career starts (De'Vondre Campbell). Nelson's best season came in 2016 when he picked up 61 combined tackles and five pass deflections across 16 games (six starts) for the Broncos.
Crawford remains a long shot to be slotted in besides Grady Jarrett as a starting defensive tackle, but the 29-year-old is beginning to build momentum in training camp after missing all but four games last season with a torn bicep. The London-born behemoth (6-foot-5, 288 pounds) is just two years removed from an 11-start, 3.5-sack season as a member of the Cowboys, and early developments from camp indicate that he will serve as a rotational player along with Terrell McClain and Deadrin Senat at interior defensive line in 2018.
Not only did the undrafted rookie pace all non-quarterback skill position players by accounting for 83 offensive yards, but he nearly doubled the receiving output of any other receiver. (Charles Johnson of the Jets had the second-most productive night with 45 yards.) The former Cincinnati Bearcat has flown under the radar to this point in training camp, but he certainly turned heads during his professional debut, leading the team with four receptions while finishing second in targets behind running back Justin Crawford.
Matt Gono comes from little-known Division III Wesley College, and one might find it hard to believe that the services of an offensive tackle prospect would be highly sought after at the NFL level. Personnel evaluators evidently saw something in the 6-foot-4 lineman, as Atlanta had to outbid the Lions, Packers, Bears, Jets and Bills to secure the services of Gono in the wake of April's draft -- offering him the third-highest signing bonus of any undrafted player brought in for a tryout with the team. Gono turned some heads during training camp and preseason, as he is one of just nine offensive linemen whom Atlanta decided to carry onto the 53-man roster to start the season.
It's nearly impossible to replace a Pro Bowl-caliber safety midseason, but that is exactly what the Falcons aim to do over the remainder of this so far injury-riddled campaign. Defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel will try to blend the abilities of remaining safeties on the roster to keep opposing offenses in check -- including the run enforcement that Richards offers, Damontae Kazee's ability to generate turnovers, as well as Ricardo Allen's skills in pass coverage.
Zimmer has yet to make an NFL roster in the regular season but has spent portions of training camp with the Bills and Saints. He also spent part of the 2017 season with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, where he logged three tackles and a sack in one contest.
Atlanta signed McClain to a one-year contract in May to be a rotational player at the very least, if not a candidate to fill the vacant starting role at defensive tackle that arose when Dontari Poe departed for Carolina during free agency. Defensive line coach Bryant Young said of McClain earlier this offseason, "He's a guy that's been around and has experience. He's a good run defender (and) I think he'll help us in being able to push the pocket as well." It's plausible that McClain will get the nod for the Week 1 starting 11 given that Jack Crawford has been easing his way back into practice after suffering a torn bicep last season, while Senat may need some time to develop before the coaching staff entrusts the rookie to a down-in, down-out workload.
With the announcement that Andy Levitre (triceps) is down for the remainder of the season, it's encouraging to see Garland working his way back into the fold. The coaching staff wants to get Garland some reps this week in practice, as he is the primary backup option at both right and left guard should either starter -- Brandon Fusco or Wes Schweitzer -- suffer an injury.
Neal confirmed that the procedure he underwent to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee went well. The typical recovery timetable for an ACL tear is between six and eight months, so Atlanta can hope for Neal to return to health in time to participate in OTAs next offseason. Damontae Kazee will serve as the Falcons' starting strong safety for the remainder of the season.
Hooper's performance on Sunday was his most substantial PPR-scoring output since Week 10 of last season (16.9 points). With 59 yards against Carolina, the former Stanford standout also eclipsed 50 receiving yards for the first time since putting up over 100 in Week 1 of 2017. Upcoming for Hooper and the Falcons is a Saints defense that has allowed 663 passing yards during the first two games of the season to Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tyrod Taylor.
The second-year safety was handed a hefty fine from the league after delivering a vicious hit on a defenseless ball carrier, but at least he won't be forced to miss any game time for the infraction. Kazee will be starting for the foreseeable future in place of Keanu Neal (knee), who is down for the season with a torn ACL. The secondary has thus far performed admirably without Neal in the lineup, ranking 10th in passing yards allowed per game (219) through Week 2.
Poole was limited throughout the practice week due to an ankle injury, but he appears to have fully recovered. With Keanu Neal (knee) already out for the season and Isaiah Oliver (ankle) questionable for Sunday's matchup, Poole's health is a piece of good news for Atlanta's depleted defense. Poole serves as the Falcons' most reliable nickel corner, as well as a solid pass-rushing option.
Allen secured a vital interception midway through the fourth quarter of Sunday's game to help put the game out of reach. After a pass deflected off of C.J. Anderson's hands, Allen made a leaping grab to get Atlanta the ball back with a two-possession lead midway through the fourth quarter. Though Drew Brees is yet to throw an interception for the Saints this season, Allen may get a shot at recording a pick for the second-straight week due to the pass-heavy nature of the Saints' attack. Brees has attempted at least 627 passes over nine of the past 11 years -- with an average of 13.3 interceptions per season during that span.
Bethel recently visited with the Falcons, rendering this move relatively unsurprising. He logged 14 starts at cornerback for the Cardinals in his first six seasons, compiling four interceptions, but his main contributions were through special teams. Thus, the veteran corner figures to help provide depth in the secondary with the Falcons, while also playing an ace role on special teams.
After a shaky rookie season in 2017 and an up-and-down 2018 preseason, Riley emerged with his best outing as a pro Sunday against Carolina, picking up a career-high nine combined tackles (he never exceeded six tackles in first 13 games of career). Sunday's home game against the Saints presents a daunting task for Riley and the front seven, going up against one of the league's premier offenses without Pro Bowl middle linebacker Deion Jones in the lineup. Alvin Kamara is a nightmare matchup coming out of the backfield against this dinged-up linebacking corps, with 15 receptions for 165 yards and a touchdown through two games. Atlanta struggled mightily at containing Christian McCaffrey in the passing game Sunday, as the second-year back tore up the Falcons for 14 catches and 100-plus yards in Week 2.
He only had one interception this year, which is surprising considering he's had at least two interceptions in all four previous seasons. He's under contract for three more years, so he should continue to be a decent IDP option with 50 to 70 expected tackles and the chance at a couple of interceptions.
With Takkarist McKinley (groin) already on the shelf for Week 3, Shelby's absence leads to Atlanta having to face New Orleans without the team's starting left defensive end and backup right defensive end. Brooks Reed is in line to start in place of McKinley, while Steven Means will see playing time as Vic Beasley's substitute.
Ridley finished second on the team in targets and tied Julio Jones for the lead in receiving yards, scoring his first career NFL touchdown on an 11-yard reception in the second quarter. He didn't record a catch and was targeted just twice in Week 1, but his role expanded notably with Devonta Freeman (knee) sidelined and the opposition keying in on Jones. Ridley's role could fluctuate throughout the season, but he could certainly be in for some productive weeks when quarterback Matt Ryan looks to spread the targets around. He could be similarly involved next week against the Saints.
Head coach Dan Quinn said he would be comfortable inserting Means into the lineup against New Orleans on Sunday if the situation calls for it, as the Falcons have both Takkarist McKinley (groin) and Derrick Shelby (groin) ailing with newfound injuries. The one-time Super Bowl Champion (with Philadelphia in 2017-2018) has played scarcely since entering the league as a fifth-round draft choice five years ago -- tallying 13 tackles over 26 career games with the Buccaneers, Ravens and Eagles.
In the absence of Devonta Freeman (knee), Coleman received twice as many touches as he did in Week 1, responding with his highest scrimmage yard total since last October. He averaged an excellent 6.7 yards per carry thanks in part to a long gain of 36 yards, and tied for fourth on the team in targets even though he didn't make a huge impact through the air. Coleman should continue to carry the load for the time being, with Freeman expected to miss up to four additional weeks while he recovers. He should be heavily involved once again next week against the Saints.
As the old Western adage goes, "This town ain't big enough for the both of us." The same almost certainly holds true for the Falcons' fullback competition, where Ortiz is now beginning to be a consistent presence on the first-team offense in 11-on-11 drills. Stanford's Daniel Marx already has been eliminated from the mix, meaning Ortiz and Luke McNitt are the only fullbacks currently remaining on the roster, with Ortiz being the man most likely to receive the starting nod for Friday's preseason opener in the Meadowlands.
Wreh-Wilson was sidelined for the Falcons' season opener due to a shoulder injury but appears to have made a full recovery. The veteran seems likely to suit up Sunday against the Panthers, providing Atlanta with essential cornerback depth.
The 31-year-old tight end has almost exclusively contributed as a run blocker throughout his career, eclipsing 20 targets in a year just twice across eight professional seasons. This week's matchup against New Orleans doesn't provide reason for optimism, as the Saints surrendered the fewest number of tight end receptions in the NFL last season with 43.
An undrafted 25-year-old cornerback out of Mississippi State, Calhoun will get an opportunity to move his way up through the Falcons organization following stints with the Saints and Dolphins. Atlanta has dealt with injuries to the back end of the defense early in the season -- Keanu Neal (knee) done for the season with a torn ACL -- resulting in intrigue for Calhoun as a worthwhile developmental backup.
Just one week into the season, the Falcons will already be without the services of two of their top defensive playmakers for extended time, with Jones set to join safety Keanu Neal (knee) on IR. The Falcons were initially hopeful that Jones was just dealing with a sore foot after he racked up a team-high nine tackles in the season-opening loss to the Eagles, but followup testing revealed that the linebacker required a procedure to address the injury. Head coach Dan Quinn said the Falcons expect Jones to play again in 2018, so expect the team to use one of its two designated-to-return spots on the 23-year-old. Jones will still be sidelined for a minimum of eight weeks as a result of the IR placement.
The IV indicates that Trufant was likely dealing with cramps when he was forced to exit the game. If the veteran corner is forced to miss any more time, Brian Poole should see additional work at cornerback.
The reduction of Reed's $5.44 million cap hit affords Atlanta some much needed financial wiggle room, with the Falcons entering the offseason as a bottom-10 team in terms of available cap space. The 31-year-old defensive end proved to be more than a rotational player in 2017, starting in 14-plus games for the first time since 2013. In doing so, Reed logged the second-highest sack total (four) of his career, to go along with 41 tackles.
Mack will suit up in Week 17, despite failing to participate in practice Thursday and Friday. If Mack were to re-injure his calf Sunday, Ben Garland could fill in at center.
Blake signed with Atlanta as an undrafted free agent this offseason, catching two passes for 13 yards in the preseason. The former Northern Illinois wideout will compete to earn a depth role as part of the Falcon's practice squad.
The 2016 sixth-round pick will step in for the injured Andy Levitre (triceps), who head coach Dan Quinn announced Tuesday will be down for the season. Schweitzer lost out to Brandon Fusco on the starting gig at right guard during the preseason after starting all 16 games for the Falcons last year. He'll now be re-inserted into the starting lineup against a Saints pass rush that tied for the seventh-most sacks in 2017.
Gage's absence in Week 2 comes as no surprise, given that the rookie sixth-round pick has not yet participated in practice this week. The deepest receiver on Atlanta's depth chart, Gage was a long shot to take offensive snaps even if healthy. When in uniform, Gage should primarily play on special teams.
Levitre -- who injured his triceps during Sunday's victory over the Panthers -- is set to miss the remainder of the season. Wes Schweitzer is expected to replace Levitre at left guard.
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 picks up his first fine of the regular-season in contentious fashion, as the 25-year-old is arguing that he merely fell on Foles, rather than "pile-driving" him into the ground as indicated by the levied penalty. It will be intriguing to see if the discipline from the league has any impact on Jarrett's aggressiveness, for example if he's presented with the opportunity to wrestle down Cam Newton during Sunday's game against Carolina.
Currently situated no higher than fourth on the Falcons' tight end depth chart, Graham's likelihood of making the 53-man roster to start the season seems remote. With Austin Hooper locked into a starting job -- and both Logan Paulsen and Eric Saubert entrenched in backup roles -- Graham remains a promising candidate to join Atlanta's practice squad in 2018. Given his strong showing in Week 4 of the preseason, however, another team may swoop in to secure the 22-year-old's services for a backup role.
With Deion Jones (foot) out for at least eight weeks while on IR, Campbell stepped up as the anchor to Atlanta's injury-riddled defense in a crucial interdivisional clash against the Panthers. Though Christian McCaffrey enjoyed rampant production in the passing game with 14 receptions, Campbell helped keep the Panthers' ground attack somewhat in check, as no Carolina player exceeded 42 rushing yards on the afternoon.
Shortly after Matt Ryan signed his record-breaking contract in May, general manager Thomas Dimitroff identified Matthews as one of the Falcons' foremost priorities in terms of finalizing a multi-year extension. Evidently, the 26-year-old tackle is part of Atlanta's long-term plan, as Matthews now becomes the NFL's third highest-paid offensive lineman behind only Taylor Lewan and Nate Solder. Since entering the league as the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft, Matthews has missed just one game in four seasons, and he was the cornerstone of an offensive line that tied for the third-fewest sacks allowed last year.
Sambrailo was forced to miss the Falcons' preseason opener against the Jets last Friday due to a hand injury, but he's returned to practice without seemingly any limitations Monday. He's slated to provide depth at offensive tackle behind starters Jake Matthews and Ryan Schraeder.
Freeman hasn't been able to practice in any capacity since injuring his knee in the season opener. Tevin Coleman will handle the lead role for a second straight week, with Ito Smith getting some work off the bench. Freeman will turn his focus to Week 4 against the Bengals.
Hall may not be a high-volume target just yet, but he makes defenses pay when he does get the ball in his hands. The 25-year-old speedster has three career regular-season receptions, each going for at least 20 yards (gains of 20, 30 and 40 yards, respectively). The Falcons' Week 3 opponent will be New Orleans, which sports a secondary that has surrendered 663 passing yards and five touchdowns over its first two games of the season.
The undrafted rookie's stat line during the preseason was far from impressive (43.8 completion percentage, zero touchdowns and four interceptions), but he possesses the intangibles personality-wise to become a valuable developmental backup for the Falcons. Though Benkert struggled with throwing accuracy during his first summer in an NFL camp, the Falcons see him as a potential replacement for Matt Schaub as the team's future No. 2 quarterback. If Benkert is able to develop into a serviceable option over the next 12 months, he would provide Atlanta with a younger and more affordable option at the position in comparison to Schaub.
Hardy, who underwent minor shoulder surgery in January, has gradually worked his way back to full strength and is taking first-team reps on kickoffs alongside Marvin Hal in addition to seeing action with the first-team offense in team drills during training camp. He's probably the frontrunner in the mix to be the top backup behind Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley, but Hardy is unlikely to see enough playing time to be of fantasy consideration.
After averaging just 2.5 yards per rush during the preseason, the Falcons' fourth-round pick was effective in rotation alongside Tevin Coleman on Sunday. Smith averaged over five yards per carry against a Carolina front seven that in Week 1 held Ezekiel Elliott to his lowest rushing output since September of last season. Given that Devonta Freeman (knee) may miss 3-to-4 weeks with injury, Smith carries a strong likelihood to field 10-plus touches next week against a Saints defense that has surrendered 205 rushing yards across it's first two games of the season.
An Atlanta defense that entered 2018 with great hope for success has been severely depleted by injury just two weeks into the regular season. The Falcons are now without their two Pro Bowl defenders -- Deion Jones (foot) and Keanu Neal (knee) -- as well as perhaps the team's most talented pass-rusher in McKinley (second on the team in sacks last year behind Adrian Clayborn, who signed with New England over the offseason). With key players missing at every level, it will take an incredibly inspired performance for this Falcons defense to be able to hang in there against an ultra-talented Saints offense.
After a bit of a slow start, Ryan led the Falcons on back-to-back touchdown drives to end the first half, completing touchdown passes to Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper. He then plunged into the end zone himself from one yard out in the third quarter and scored on an eight-yard rush in the fourth. Ryan was held in check in the season opener against the Eagles, so this bounce-back effort was a great sign for the veteran, despite the fact that Julio Jones had a quiet game in his own right. He should be in for another big outing at home next week against the Saints.
Jones returned to practice as a limited participant Friday after sitting out entirely the previous two days. He's been a semi-regular presence on Atlanta's injury report the past few seasons, typically fighting through one minor injury or another at any given time. Jones should be busy against a slow-starting New Orleans secondary, though he figures to spend a good portion of the game matched up with top cornerback Marshon Lattimore.
Bosher looked sharp in Saturday's tune-up against the Jaguars by pinning four of his five punts inside the twenty-yard line, and multiple times stranding Jacksonville inside the 6-yard line. The seven-year veteran will get a rest in the preseason finale as Atlanta looks to keep him healthy for the kickoff to the regular season next Thursday against the Eagles.
A summer of high-fueled competition with the incumbent Wes Schweitzer culminates in Fusco earning the nod to become Atlanta's No. 1 option at right guard, where he has started in 46 of a possible 48 games over the past three seasons with San Francisco and Minnesota. Though it's his first year with the team, Fusco entered training camp in an advantageous position due to familiarity in a Kyle Shanahan-led 49ers' offense that mimics many of the blocking schemes that Atlanta currently deploys. With Fusco stepping in as the starter at right guard, Schweitzer will move to swing guard and backup center, according to comments from head coach Dan Quinn following Tuesday's practice.
Beasley has yet to record a sack, and he has just three combined tackles through the Falcons' first two outings of the new season. It will be compelling to gauge who wins the battle in Week 3 -- 2016 sack leader Beasley and the Falcons' pass rush, or a Saints offensive line that finished with the second-fewest sacks allowed last season (20).
Harris was forced to sit out Atlanta's season opener due to a hip injury but seems to have fully recovered. The starting long snapper seems likely to suit up against the Panthers on Sunday, giving both placekicker Matt Bryant and punter Matt Bosher the comfort of reliable snap timing.
This time last year, the rookie linebacker was breaking down film on Cornell in preparation for an Ivy League showdown. This week Oluokun is preparing to go up against a Saints offense that boasts the NFL's third all-time leading passer, the 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year, and a wide receiver on pace for 224 receptions. With the injury to Deion Jones (foot), the sixth-round pick has been thrust into the starting lineup -- he recorded four tackles on 33 combined defensive and special teams snaps Sunday in a win over Carolina.
After missing a Week 1 extra-point try against Philadelphia -- his first since November of 2016 -- the wily veteran Bryant was not going to allow it to happen again Sunday, as he was sharp as usual in knocking down a 44-yard attempt to even the Falcons with Carolina midway through the first quarter. It will be intriguing to see how Atlanta does in getting down into scoring range against a so far-surprisingly shoddy Saints defense that allowed the eight-fewest points to kickers in 2017.
Tandy, a former Buccaneer and experienced veteran, brings depth to Atlanta's safety position following a season-ending injury to Keanu Neal (knee). Having played in 84 games with 156 tackles, 14 pass defensed, eight interceptions and a sack to his name, Tandy should play a key rotational role in Atlanta's defense this season.