Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium | Coach: Dan Quinn
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense5th120.6 (11th)257.8 (6th)
Defense10th102.0 (13th)210.4 (12th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
23Alford, Robert CB5-1018611/1/19885Southeastern Louisiana
37Allen, Ricardo FS5-918612/18/19913Purdue
44Beasley, Vic OLB6-32467/8/19923Clemson
5Bosher, Matt P6-020810/18/19877Miami (Fla.)
3Bryant, Matt K5-92035/29/197516Baylor
59Campbell, De'Vondre OLB6-32347/1/19932Minnesota
99Clayborn, Adrian DE6-32807/6/19887Iowa
40Coleman, Derrick FB6-023310/18/19904UCLA
26Coleman, Tevin RB6-12104/16/19933Indiana
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.)
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
81Hooper, Austin TE6-325410/29/19942Stanford
36Ishmael, Kemal SS6-02065/6/19915UCF
97Jarrett, Grady DT6-03054/28/19933Clemson
45Jones, Deion MLB6-122211/4/19942LSU
11Jones, Julio WR6-32202/3/19897Alabama
27Kazee, Damontae FS5-111746/5/1993RSan Diego State
67Levitre, Andy G6-23035/15/19869Oregon State
51Mack, Alex C6-431111/19/19859California
70Matthews, Jake T6-53092/11/19924Texas A&M
98McKinley, Takkarist DE6-225011/2/1995RUCLA
22Neal, Keanu SS6-02117/26/19952Florida
20Neasman, Sharrod DB5-1121310/14/19912Florida Atlantic
68Pasztor, Austin T6-730511/26/19905Virginia
92Poe, Dontari DT6-33468/18/19906Memphis
34Poole, Brian CB5-921310/20/19922Florida
50Reed, Brooks DE6-32542/28/19877Arizona
42Riley, Duke OLB6-12188/9/1994RLSU
19Roberts, Andre WR5-111951/9/19888The Citadel
2Ryan, Matt QB6-42175/17/198510Boston College
74Sambrailo, Ty T6-53113/10/19923Colorado State
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
80Toilolo, Levine TE6-82657/30/19915Stanford
52Tripp, Jordan LB6-32344/3/19914Montana
21Trufant, Desmond CB6-01909/10/19905Washington
93Tupou, Tani DT6-128412/13/19921Washington
91Upshaw, Courtney DE6-227212/13/19896Alabama
94Vellano, Joe DT6-230010/30/19884Maryland
28Ward, Terron RB5-72012/15/19923Oregon State
15Williams, Nick WR5-1018411/23/19904Connecticut
33Wreh-Wilson, Blidi DB6-119012/5/19895Connecticut
Injured Players
95Crawford, Jack (IR) DE6-52749/7/19886Penn State
13Fuller, Devin (IR) WR6-01941/29/19942UCLA
96Ifedi, Martin (IR) DE6-32759/4/19911Memphis
41Mauger, Quincy (IR) DB6-02063/4/1995RGeorgia
53Reynolds, LaRoy (IR) MLB6-124011/3/19905Virginia
43Van Dyke, DeMarcus (IR) DB6-11851/17/19894Miami (Fla.)
Practice Squad
35Branch, Marcelis DB5-111801/19/1994RRobert Morris
76Brunskill, Daniel T6-52601/27/1994RSan Diego State
87Burton, Deante WR6-22057/12/1994RKansas State
 Davis, Reggie WR5-1117011/22/1995RGeorgia
 Douglas, Jamil G6-43082/28/19922Arizona State
89Gray, Alex TE6-42315/1/1991RNo College
55Jones, JT DE6-324511/12/1993RMiami (Ohio)
 Knight, Trevor QB6-121510/3/1993RTexas A&M
 Meyer, Mike K6-21906/2/1992RIowa
 Woodard, Jonathan DE6-62879/19/19931Central Arkansas
Suspended Players
32Collins, Jalen CB6-12033/20/19933LSU
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Atlanta6-4302.56-2283.626.42142
 
 
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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 was able to take part in positional drills Monday and subsequently cleared concussion protocol, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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.

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.

Tani Tupou
News
The Falcons signed Tupou off their practice squad Tuesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Tupou will assume the roster spot of defensive end Jack Crawford (biceps), who was placed on injured reserve last week. The 24-year-old defensive tackle, who previously attended training camp with the Falcons before being cut in September, is expected to serve as the primary backup to Dontari Poe.

Mohamed Sanu
News
Falcons coach Dan Quinn confirmed that Sanu (hamstring) is out for Sunday's game against Miami, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Reports.

Sanu was unable to return to practice coming out of a bye week, but he did at least do some rehab running off to the side at Friday's session, according to Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site. Taylor Gabriel figures to fill in as the No. 2 receiver, with Justin Hardy likely joining Gabriel and Julio Jones when the Falcons deploy three-wide formations. Tight ends Austin Hooper and Levine Toilolo may also pick up a few extra snaps in Sanu's absence.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 7 at New England
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.

Jack Crawford
News
Crawford (bicep) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

After D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that the team was "planning on moving forward without" Crawford, his placement on injured reserve doesn't come as much of a surprise. With Crawford likely done for the year, Joe Vellano is in line to serve as the primary reserve defensive tackle.

Injury
Biceps - Injured Reserve
Jermaine Grace
News
Grace is dealing with a hamstring injury and was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Grace was a limited participant Friday after not practicing earlier in the week, but it apparently wasn't enough to convince the team he's ready to go. Starter Deion Jones is the Falcons' only other middle linebacker, so reserve weakside linebackers Duke Riley and Jordan Tripp are likely to serve as Jones' backup Sunday.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 7 at New England
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.

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.
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.

Austin Hooper
News
Hooper played 91 percent of the Falcons' offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Dolphins, ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure reports.

Hooper's snap share fell between 70 and 80 percent in each of Atlanta's first four games. The uptick doesn't seem related to Mohamed Sanu's absence with a hamstring injury, as Hooper's extra work came at the expense of No. 2 tight end Levine Toilolo, who logged just 15 snaps after handling 29, 28, 35 and 29 in the previous games. Hooper established new career-high marks with seven catches and nine targets, but he only managed 48 yards and was held to a long gain of 11. He could get a comparable snap share Week 7 against New England, even if Sanu is ready to return.

Damontae Kazee
News
Kazee (ankle) put together a full practice Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

Kazee has been slowed down by an ankle injury since mid-August, but is seemingly on track to play in the Falcons' opener against the Bears on Sunday. The 2017 fifth-round pick projects to provide depth in the secondary.

Brian Poole
News
Poole led the Falcons with nine total tackles and two defensed passes in Sunday's 30-26 win over the Lions.

The nine stops brings Poole to 22 total tackles on the season, and he's had at least six tackles in all three games this season. He also has a sack and three defensed passes, making him an intriguing defensive option in IDP leagues.

Ricardo Allen
News
Allen has cleared concussion protocol and logged a full practice Monday, D.Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The team's bye week came at the right time for Allen, who suffered a concussion in Week 4's loss to the Bills. He now appears fully recovered from the injury and should be set to start at free safety Sunday against the Dolphins barring any setbacks.

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 originally was 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 seemingly is 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
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Duke Riley
News
Riley will be the starting weak-side linebacker for the season opener against the Bears, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Riley was selected in the third round of this year's draft by the Falcons after a successful career at LSU. After an impressive offseason and preseason, Atlanta coaches feel confident in inserting Riley as the starter on the weak side with De'Vondre Campbell making the move to strong-side linebacker.

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 was not targeted in Sunday's 30-26 win over Detroit.

That makes it one target in three weeks for Toilolo. Though he's on the field a fair amount (35 of 68 offensive plays on Sunday), it is clear that with Austin Hooper as the primary tight end and so many other weapons in Atlanta, there isn't much opportunity for Toilolo.

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.

LaRoy Reynolds
News
Reynolds (pectoral) was placed on injured reserve Monday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Reynolds was mainly a special teams contributor in 2016, but in training camp he did rotate in at weak-side and middle linebacker. With just one tackle in the first three preseason contests, though, he likely would have been back to special teams duties. Unless the rest of the Falcons stay of injured reserve, don't expect Reynolds to be one of two activations this season.

Injury
Pectoral - Injured Reserve
Tevin Coleman
News
Coleman carried nine times for 32 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's game against the Dolphins. He also turned his only target into a four-yard gain in the 20-17 loss.

Coleman produced a pedestrian 3.6 yards per carry in this one, but he salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective with a six-yard touchdown plunge in the second quarter. Despite his inefficiency, the third-year back actually received just one fewer touch than Devonta Freeman on the day. Coleman should get the shorter end of the backfield timeshare most weeks, but his steady volume, his explosive ability and the potential for additional red-zone usage have his fantasy value on the rise ahead of next week's matchup with the Patriots.

Taylor Gabriel
News
Gabriel caught four passes for 39 yards Sunday against the Dolphins, but the Falcons fell, 20-17.

Gabriel was targeted eight times on the day, trailing only Austin Hooper, who saw nine targets. Gabriel will continue to benefit from extra snaps and targets so long as Mohamed Sanu is out with a hamstring injury.

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 notched 11 total tackles, half a sack and an interception in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Dolphins.

Jones led the Falcons in tackles on Sunday and now has 38 total stops on the year. He's had at least five total tackles in each game this season, and he'll continue to be a solid IDP option as the campaign unfolds.

Desmond Trufant
News
Trufant delivered the dagger against the Packers after picking up a backwards pass and scampering for a touchdown in Sunday's 34-23 win. He also logged two tackles (both solo) and a pass defensed.

Trufant displayed some of his trademark playmaking ability while notching his second turnover in as many games to open the campaign. Considering opponents may often find themselves playing from behind, Trufant should continue to have plenty of tackle and turnover opportunities this season.

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 (back) will be a full participant in practice Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

With a full return to practice Thursday, Mack should also be a full go for Sunday night's game against the Packers.

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
Jonathan Woodard
News
Woodard played 30 snaps in the Jaguars' preseason opener against the Patriots, recording three tackles in the game.

Woodard didn't see the field last season after tearing his Achilles in the Jaguars' offseason program. His extended run in the preseason suggests he has a strong chance of earning a backup slot with the club.

Jordan Tripp
News
Tripp signed a contract with the Falcons on Wednesday, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

Tripp will provide the Falcons with depth at linebacker after LaRoy Reynolds (pectoral) was placed on injured reserve Monday.

Terron Ward
News
Ward (neck/shoulder) was a full participant at the Falcon's practice Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Ward has been sidelined since mid-September with the neck and shoulder issues but finally appears to be in the clear. Assuming the 25-year-old suffers no setbacks the rest of the week, he should resume his role as a depth running back behind Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

Wes Schweitzer
No Updates
Reggie Davis
News
Davis was waived by the Browns on Friday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.

Davis was claimed by the Browns in early September after spending the preseason with the Falcons. The 24-year-old is a likely candidate to end up on a practice squad if he clears waivers.

Andy Levitre
No Updates
Courtney Upshaw
News
Upshaw (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Upshaw did not practice this week and has not seen game action since suffering the injury Week 2 against the Packers. Derrick Shelby should continue to see snaps a starting defensive end in his absence.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 7 at New England
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 - Injured Reserve
Mike Meyer
News
Meyer was released by the Falcons on Friday, The Associated Press reports.

Meyer always faced steep odds of surviving final cuts while competing against the likes of veteran Matt Bryant. He fared well in limited action during the preseason, though, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him resurface elsewhere soon.

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.

Jamil Douglas
News
Dolphins rookie Jamil Douglas continues to gain first-team snaps at left guard in OTAs. 

Douglas is competing with Dallas Thomas for the starting job. Over the last few weeks, he's gone from occasional snaps to a 50/50 split of starting snaps. 

"I like the fact that when he’s been in there he doesn’t make a lot of mental mistakes,” coach Joe Philbin said, per the Palm Beach Post. “I think he’s grasped the system relatively well. I think his play speed’s been pretty good. He doesn’t seem to hesitate a lot and that’s a good sign for a young guy. ... I really like what I see."

Joe Vellano
News
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
Ty Sambrailo
News
Sambrailo was traded to the Falcons on Friday for a 2018 fifth-round pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Sambrailo gives the Falcons another experienced, quality option at tackle on an improving offensive line.

Devonta Freeman
News
Freeman carried nine times for 68 yards and caught two of four targets for 11 additional yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Dolphins.

An explosive 44-yard gain propelled Freeman to an impressive 7.6 yards per carry, but he curiously finished with his fewest allotment of touches in any game this season. Tevin Coleman received 10 touches of his own in this one and converted a six-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. A timeshare of sorts between the two backs was expected this year, but Freeman's fantasy value could take a hit if he begins to lose out on more of the valuable red-zone opportunities he has received in seasons past. He's still considered the lead back in Atlanta at this juncture and should see his workload increase next week against the Patriots.

Trevor Knight
News
Knight was placed on the Falcons' practice squad injured reserve Tuesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Knight suffered an undisclosed injury and will now most likely spend the remainder of the season on injured reserve. Look for more updates to come once information is made available.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 7 at New England
Marvin Hall
News
Hall, who was promoted to the active roster on Saturday, caught one ball (on two targets) for 40 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Dolphins.

The Falcons needed some extra help at receiver with Mohamed Sanu out with a hamstring injury, and although Hall only saw two targets, he did the most with his opportunities. He will likely return to irrelevancy once Sanu returns to the lineup, but at least he's shown he can perform when called upon.

Justin Hardy
News
Hardy caught three passes for 34 yards in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.

With Mohamed Sanu nursing a hamstring injury, some people thought Hardy would see a sizable uptick in production, but most of the extra looks went to Austin Hooper and Taylor Gabriel, who combined for 17 targets. Hardy still offers some potential with Sanu on the sidelines, but the Falcons have too many offensive weapons for him to be a regular contributor at this time.

JT Jones
No Updates
Nick Williams
News
Williams (coach's decision) is inactive for the Falcons' Week 1 game versus the Bears.

Williams is buried on the Falcons' depth chart at wide receiver, while Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel figure to maintain their positioning at the top of the group. Williams appeared in just two games for Atlanta throughout the 2016 season, hauling in five passes for 59 yards on seven targets.

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.

C.J. Goodwin
News
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
No Updates
Sharrod Neasman
No Updates
Matt Ryan
News
Ryan completed 24 of 35 pass attempts for 248 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Dolphins.

Ryan threw a 40-yard touchdown strike to Marvin Hall in the first quarter, but he struggled to make throws downfield after that point en route to a pedestrian 7.1 yards per attempt. His lone interception proved to be quite costly, coming on the final drive of the game as he looked to move his team into the red zone to potentially tie the score. Ryan's form in 2017 has been a far cry from his performance a year ago, with a substandard 6:6 TD:INT and just one game with over 300 yards passing to his name. He will look to emerge from his early-season funk next week against the Patriots.

Julio Jones
News
Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Monday that he isn't happy with Jones' target volume, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Quinn did mention that part of the issue is overall offensive volume, with the Falcons ranking 27th in the NFL at 61.2 snaps per game. Of course, that could be an ongoing problem, given that Atlanta finished last season ranked 26th with 62.0 snaps per game. The team's deliberate pace, strong running game and mediocre defense force the passing attack to rely on efficiency rather than raw volume. It wasn't an issue for Jones last season, as he still managed 9.2 targets and 100.6 receiving yards per game. He's been nearly as efficient (minus touchdowns) this season, but his average of just 7.4 targets has limited him to 73.4 yards per contest. The numbers do look a bit better once his injury-shortened Week 4 is taken into account, but the fact remains that the Falcons aren't feeding Jones the way one would expect for such a talented player. A Week 7 matchup with the leaky New England pass defense could be just what the doctor ordered.

Matt Bosher
No Updates
Vic Beasley
News
Beasley (hamstring) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Beasley was a limited participant Wednesday and Thursday but faced no limitations Friday. It looks as the 25-year-old is on track to see his first game action since sustaining the injury against the Packers in Week 2.

Austin Pasztor
News
Pasztor (pectoral) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

With Pasztor back at practice, expect the 25-year-old to settle back in as Ryan Schraeder's backup at right tackle.

Josh Harris
No Updates
Andre Roberts
News
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
No Updates
Matt Bryant
News
Bryant connected on a 50-yard field goal and two extra points in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Dolphins.

Bryant also attempted a 59-yard field goal at the end of the first half, and although it had the accuracy, the kick fell just short. He won't be kicking in a dome in Week 7, but Bryant should have plenty of scoring opportunities against the Patriots in his next game.

Deante Burton
No Updates
 

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