Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium | Coach: Dan Quinn
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense9th102.5 (17th)265.5 (8th)
Defense20th92.0 (16th)242.0 (23rd)
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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
95Crawford, Jack DE6-52749/7/19886Penn State
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.)
14Hardy, Justin WR5-1019212/18/19913East Carolina
64Harlow, Sean G6-42843/28/1995ROregon State
47Harris, Josh LS6-12404/27/19896Auburn
25Hill, Brian RB6-121911/9/1995RWyoming
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 CB5-111746/5/1993RSan 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
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
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
 Douglas, Jamil G6-43082/28/19922Arizona State
89Gray, Alex TE6-42315/1/1991RNo College
17Hall, Marvin WR5-101904/10/19931Washington
55Jones, JT DE6-324511/12/1993RMiami (Ohio)
 Knight, Trevor QB6-121510/3/1993RTexas A&M
82Perkins, Josh TE6-32238/5/19932Washington
 Tupou, Tani DT6-128412/13/19921Washington
Suspended Players
32Collins, Jalen CB6-12033/20/19933LSU
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Atlanta6-4302.56-2281.826.32142
 
 
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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 (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 3, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.

Schraeder remains under league-mandated concussion protocol. Ty Sambrailo is expected to start in his place Sunday.

Injury
Concussion - Inactive for Week 3 at Detroit
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
No Updates
Mohamed Sanu
News
Sanu caught five balls for 85 yards in Sunday's 34-23 win over the Packers.

Nobody will question that Julio Jones is the top target in the passing game, but Sanu has played well at the start of the season, tallying 11 receptions for 132 yards on 16 targets through two games. Sanu will continue to benefit if teams focus the majority of their energy on trying to stop Jones.

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 (groin) returned to the field in the Falcons' exhibition loss to the Steelers on Sunday,

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

Jermaine Grace
Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 3 at Detroit
No Updates
Derrick Coleman
News
Coleman signed a contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Curtis Jackson of the team's official site reports.

Coleman last played for the Seahawks in 2015. Legal troubles prevented him from taking the field last season. He joins the Falcons alongside fullback Soma Vainuku, as the two will compete for a starting gig with the reigning NFC champions. In 31 games (seven starts) over three seasons with the Seahawks, Coleman recorded 11 receptions for 91 yards with two receiving touchdowns. He also rushed the ball 10 times for 35 yards.

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
One week after averaging 64 yards per reception, Hooper only managed two receptions for seven yards Sunday against the Packers, but the Falcons walked away with the 34-23 win.

Despite his Week 1 stat line, Hooper appears to be more of a red-zone threat than a huge yardage guy. He almost scored against the Packers, but a less-than-perfect pass gave the defense time to take Hooper down short of the goal line. The Falcons play in a dome for the next three weeks, which bodes well for their offense, so don't be surprised if Hooper sees some more red-zone looks in the near future.

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 (foot) will play Thursday against the Buccaneers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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

Ricardo Allen
News
Allen is in the league's concussion protocol after suffering a head injury during the latter portion of Sunday's win over the Lions, Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Allen notched three tackles (two solo) during Sunday's tilt before heading to the sideline with concussion symptoms. If he's unable to clear the league's concussion protocol by Week 4's matchup against the Bills, Sharrod Neasman and Kemal Ishamel could be in line for additional snaps at safety.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 3 at Detroit
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 held without a target in Sunday's win over the Packers.

He continues to be used primarily as a blocking tight end in the Falcons' offensive system. Austin Hooper is the tight end to own of the two.

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 the ball six times for 46 yards and added 43 yards on three catches in Sunday's 30-26 win over Detroit.

Coleman took a short pass and cut it up field for a gain of 27 yards right before the half to set up a Matt Bryant field goal. He likely would have topped 100 total yards for the game had a 25-yard run called back due to penalty in the second quarter. Overall, Coleman fans have to be pleased that he continues to find space for big plays, but the number of opportunities he has received might be seen as troubling. Thus far in 2017, Coleman is averaging nearly two fewer touches per game as compared to last year while Devota Freeman has seen a similar change in the opposite direction. For a player as dependent on big plays to pick up stats as Coleman is, a missed touch here and there could lead to radically different statistical outputs. The division of labor in Atlanta's backfield is certainly worth monitoring.

Taylor Gabriel
News
Gabriel caught two balls (three targets) for 14 yards in Sunday's 34-23 win over the Packers. He also rushed once for seven yards.

Gabriel will likely score a few touchdowns this season, but predicting when they will come won't be easy. He can stretch the field with the best of them, but he's rarely the first option in the passing game.

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
Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 3 at Detroit
No Updates
Dontari Poe
News
Poe agreed to terms on a one-year, $8 million contract with the Falcons on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Poe was one of the last big-ticket players available in free agency. The 6-foot-3, 346 pound defensive tackle recorded a career-low 27 combined tackles in 16 games played last season, but his massive frame is still capable of wreaking havoc on opposing offenses. Atlanta was 26th in the NFL with 4.5 yards allowed per carry in 2016, so Poe will be welcomed as a boost to the Falcons' run defense as they try to make another push deep into the playoffs.

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

The 52nd overall selection in the 2016 draft, Jones ran a 4.59 40-yard dash while checking in at 6-foot-1, 222 pounds at the Combine, making him one of the lightest and fastest linebackers in the NFL for what turned out to be a standout rookie season. Jones made 13 starts in 15 games and finished with 108 tackles, three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and a forced fumble. While speed and coverage skills will remain his calling cards, Jones may find that adding a bit of weight helps him defend the run. He'll enter his second season locked into a three-down role, with a good shot to improve on last season's IDP production.

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
Josh Perkins
News
Perkins caught his first career touchdown pass in Sunday's win over the Panthers.

It was a big day for tight ends on the lower end of the depth chart for the Falcons, as both Perkins and D.J. Tialavea caught the first touchdowns of their careers. Coming off a career day which included two catches for 34 yards, don't expect big things out of Perkins in Week 17.

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) isn't expected to play Sunday against the Lions, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Ward is tending to a pair of neck and shoulder injuries he suffered in practice this week. Look for rookie Brian Hill to operate as the No. 3 RB in his absence.

Injury
Neck - Inactive for Week 3 at Detroit
Wes Schweitzer
No Updates
Andy Levitre
No Updates
Courtney Upshaw
News
Upshaw (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday and won't play Sunday against the Lions, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Upshaw left in Week 2 after just one defensive snap. Adrian Clayborn and Derrick Shelby filled in for him, and they are both expected to continue that workload against the Lions.

Injury
Ankle - Inactive for Week 3 at Detroit
Martin Ifedi
News
Ifedi (ankle) reverted back to the Falcons' injured reserve after being waived/injured Saturday, per the official NFL Media site transaction log.

Ifedi had been yet to play a single snap over the course of his first two regular seasons in the NFL.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
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
Vellano signed with the Falcons on Thursday.

With Vic Beasley (hip) and Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee) both potentially out for multiple weeks, the Falcons signed Vellano to bolster their depth on the defensive front. Vellano will likely serve as a depth option until both players can return to the field.

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 tallied eight total tackles and a sack in Sunday's 34-23 win over the Packers.

Campbell now has 14 total tackles on the season, and he appears to have a better understanding of the defensive system in his second season in the league. He should continue to put up solid tackle numbers and see a few sack opportunities if the Falcons can continue to play with the lead.

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 rushed for 106 yards and a score on 21 carries and caught three of five targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 30-26 win over the Lions.

After a relatively quiet outing in Chicago to start the season, Freeman has now reached 100 total yards in back-to-back games and barreled into the end zone for a one-yard score in the second quarter of Sunday's game. Atlanta's running-back situation is interesting in that Tevin Coleman not only provides Freeman with a breather, but is also pretty darn talented himself. Thus far this season, however, new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian seems happy riding Freeman with just under 20 touches per game - twice that of Coleman. Don't expect Freeman to slow up any time soon.

Trevor Knight
News
Knight was waived by the Cardinals on Friday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN reports.

While he had a great college career at both Oklahoma and Texas A&M, Knight was seen as a long shot to make the team's final roster. After he completed just two of 12 passes for 19 yards and an interception in Thursday's preseason finale against the Broncos, Knight's time was up in Arizona.

Marvin Hall
News
Hall signed a contract with the Falcons on Friday, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports.

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

Justin Hardy
News
Hardy caught one ball (two targets) for 19 yards in Sunday night's 34-23 win over the Packers.

There are simply too many offensive threats on the field for Hardy to be considered a legitimate threat at this point in the season.

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.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 3 at Detroit
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 passes for 294 yards, two scores, and three interceptions in Sunday's 30-26 win over Detroit.

Two of Ryan's interceptions came in the second half while Atlanta was trying to stave off a Detroit comeback. Through three games under new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, Ryan's 289 yards per game and 68.8 percent completion rate are both impressive, but behind last year's MVP totals and Sunday's game throws Ryan's touchdown:interception ratio to a mediocre 4:3. It is worth remembering that Ryan took some lumps before finding success when former coordinator Kyle Shanahan came to town in 2015, so some mild struggles should be expected. Fortunately, Sarkisian maintaining much of last year's scheme should abridge the kinds of dry spells Ryan experienced early under Shanahan in their first year together.

Brian Hill
News
Hill (ankle) logged his first full practice of the regular season Wednesday.

Hill has missed the first two weeks of the season due to an ankle injury, but appears on track to make his NFL debut Sunday against the Lions barring any setbacks. The rookie does not figure to hold any fantasy relevance early on given the running backs ahead of him, but he should see plenty of work in special teams.

Julio Jones
News
Jones caught five of nine targets for 108 yards in Sunday's 34-23 victory over the Packers.

Jones unsurprisingly paced his team in receptions, receiving yards and targets Sunday, but missed out on finding the end zone for a second week in a row. While it's true that no Falcons receiver has found pay dirt yet this season, that's exactly the problem. The Falcons have so many weapons to use in the red zone that Jones' imposing 6-foot-3 frame isn't always needed. That's not to say that him, or any of Atlanta's other receivers, won't be sniffing the painted area anytime soon, but it's the gambler's fallacy to expect that Jones is "due" for a touchdown in Week 3 simply because he's seemingly scored at a higher rate in the past. After all, there's a reason the Alabama product has only topped six spikes in a season once since 2012.

Matt Bosher
No Updates
Vic Beasley
News
Beasley (hamstring) will not play Sunday against the Lions, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Beasley is expected to miss about a month after injuring his hamstring in a Week 2 win over the Packers. His absence is a severe blow to the Atlanta pass rush, as Beasley accounted for 46 percent of the team's sacks last season. With Courtney Upshaw (ankle) also sidelined, Detroit's Matthew Stafford should have plenty of time to throw.

Injury
Hamstring - Inactive for Week 3 at Detroit
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 two field goals and four extra points in Sunday's 34-23 win over the Packers.

Both of Bryant's field goals were over 50 yards, so the ageless wonder proved that he's still got plenty of accuracy. Playing in a high-scoring offense and kicking off turf bodes well for his chances of being one of the more prolific kickers this season.

Deante Burton
No Updates
 

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