|Offense||9th||102.5 (17th)||265.5 (8th)|
|Defense||20th||92.0 (16th)||242.0 (23rd)|
|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.)|
|95||Crawford, Jack||DE||6-5||274||9/7/1988||6||Penn State|
|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||CB||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|
|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|
|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 .
Schraeder remains under league-mandated concussion protocol. Ty Sambrailo is expected to start in his place Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Wreh-Wilson joined the Falcons in late November but only managed to take the field once last season. He'll head into the offseason vying for a spot on the 53-man roster as a depth cornerback and special teamer.
Poe was one of the last big-ticket players available in free agency. The 6-foot-3, 346 pound defensive tackle recorded a career-low 27 combined tackles in 16 games played last season, but his massive frame is still capable of wreaking havoc on opposing offenses. Atlanta was 26th in the NFL with 4.5 yards allowed per carry in 2016, so Poe will be welcomed as a boost to the Falcons' run defense as they try to make another push deep into the playoffs.
The 52nd overall selection in the 2016 draft, Jones ran a 4.59 40-yard dash while checking in at 6-foot-1, 222 pounds at the Combine, making him one of the lightest and fastest linebackers in the NFL for what turned out to be a standout rookie season. Jones made 13 starts in 15 games and finished with 108 tackles, three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and a forced fumble. While speed and coverage skills will remain his calling cards, Jones may find that adding a bit of weight helps him defend the run. He'll enter his second season locked into a three-down role, with a good shot to improve on last season's IDP production.
Trufant 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.
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.
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.
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.
Ifedi had been yet to play a single snap over the course of his first two regular seasons in the NFL.
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."
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.
Jarrett had been limited in practice before participating fully on Wednesday, as he projects to start at defensive tackle next to Jonathan Babineaux.
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.
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.
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.
There are simply too many offensive threats on the field for Hardy to be considered a legitimate threat at this point in the season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.