|Offense||5th||120.6 (11th)||257.8 (6th)|
|Defense||10th||102.0 (13th)||210.4 (12th)|
|23||Alford, Robert||CB||5-10||186||11/1/1988||5||Southeastern Louisiana|
|5||Bosher, Matt||P||6-0||208||10/18/1987||7||Miami (Fla.)|
|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.)|
|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|
|27||Kazee, Damontae||FS||5-11||174||6/5/1993||R||San Diego State|
|67||Levitre, Andy||G||6-2||303||5/15/1986||9||Oregon State|
|70||Matthews, Jake||T||6-5||309||2/11/1992||4||Texas A&M|
|20||Neasman, Sharrod||DB||5-11||213||10/14/1991||2||Florida Atlantic|
|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|
|74||Sambrailo, Ty||T||6-5||311||3/10/1992||3||Colorado State|
|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|
|28||Ward, Terron||RB||5-7||201||2/15/1992||3||Oregon State|
|95||Crawford, Jack (IR)||DE||6-5||274||9/7/1988||6||Penn State|
|13||Fuller, Devin (IR)||WR||6-0||194||1/29/1994||2||UCLA|
|96||Ifedi, Martin (IR)||DE||6-3||275||9/4/1991||1||Memphis|
|41||Mauger, Quincy (IR)||DB||6-0||206||3/4/1995||R||Georgia|
|53||Reynolds, LaRoy (IR)||MLB||6-1||240||11/3/1990||5||Virginia|
|43||Van Dyke, DeMarcus (IR)||DB||6-1||185||1/17/1989||4||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|
|Douglas, Jamil||G||6-4||308||2/28/1992||2||Arizona State|
|89||Gray, Alex||TE||6-4||231||5/1/1991||R||No College|
|55||Jones, JT||DE||6-3||245||11/12/1993||R||Miami (Ohio)|
|Knight, Trevor||QB||6-1||215||10/3/1993||R||Texas A&M|
|Woodard, Jonathan||DE||6-6||287||9/19/1993||1||Central Arkansas|
|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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
With a full return to practice Thursday, Mack should also be a full go for Sunday night's game against the Packers.
Fuller, who tore his ACL last week, cleared waivers and will now spend a second consecutive year on the Falcons' IR.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With Pasztor back at practice, expect the 25-year-old to settle back in as Ryan Schraeder's backup at right tackle.
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.
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.