|Offense||20th||124.0 (8th)||198.0 (23rd)|
|Defense||27th||115.0 (20th)||246.0 (27th)|
|23||Alford, Robert||DB||5-10||186||11/1/1988||6||Southeastern Louisiana|
|15||Blake, Christian||WR||6-1||182||6/8/1996||R||Northern Illinois|
|5||Bosher, Matt||P||6-0||208||10/18/1987||8||Miami (Fla.)|
|38||Branch, Marcelis||DB||5-11||180||1/19/1994||1||Robert Morris|
|76||Brunskill, Daniel||T||6-5||260||1/27/1994||1||San Diego State|
|39||Burton, Deante||DB||6-2||205||7/12/1994||1||Kansas State|
|19||Byrd, Dontez||WR||5-11||180||8/9/1995||R||Tennessee Tech|
|96||Cheridor, Mackendy||DE||6-5||275||9/20/1994||R||Georgia State|
|35||Cooper, Secdrick||DB||6-0||211||7/17/1995||R||Louisiana Tech|
|32||Crawford, Justin||RB||6-0||200||2/19/1995||R||West Virginia|
|95||Crawford, Jack||DE||6-5||288||9/7/1988||7||Penn State|
|99||Cunningham, Jon||DT||6-0||295||8/31/1995||R||Kent State|
|75||Douglas, Jamil||G||6-4||308||2/28/1992||2||Arizona State|
|24||Freeman, Devonta||RB||5-8||206||3/15/1992||5||Florida State|
|65||Fusco, Brandon||C||6-4||306||7/26/1988||8||Slippery Rock|
|63||Garland, Ben||G||6-5||308||4/6/1988||5||Air Force|
|77||Gono, Matt||T||6-4||305||5/10/1996||R||Wesley College|
|32||Graham, Tyson||DB||6-2||208||12/20/1993||R||South Dakota|
|89||Gray, Alex||TE||6-4||231||5/1/1991||1||No College|
|9||Grayson, Garrett||QB||6-2||220||5/29/1991||2||Colorado State|
|14||Hardy, Justin||WR||5-10||192||12/18/1991||4||East Carolina|
|64||Harlow, Sean||G||6-4||284||3/28/1995||2||Oregon State|
|55||Jones, JT||DE||6-3||245||11/12/1993||1||Miami (Ohio)|
|86||Jordan, Lamar||WR||6-0||192||10/2/1994||R||New Mexico|
|27||Kazee, Damontae||CB||5-11||174||6/5/1993||2||San Diego State|
|43||Lammons, Chris||DB||5-10||190||1/31/1996||R||South Carolina|
|67||Levitre, Andy||G||6-2||303||5/15/1986||10||Oregon State|
|70||Matthews, Jake||T||6-5||305||2/11/1992||5||Texas A&M|
|99||McClain, Terrell||DT||6-2||302||7/20/1988||8||South Florida|
|29||McFadden, Leon||DB||5-10||195||10/26/1990||4||San Diego State|
|30||Ortiz, Ricky||RB||6-0||233||4/15/1994||1||Oregon State|
|2||Ryan, Matt||QB||6-4||217||5/17/1985||11||Boston College|
|74||Sambrailo, Ty||T||6-5||315||3/10/1992||4||Colorado State|
|73||Schraeder, Ryan||T||6-7||300||5/4/1988||6||Valdosta State|
|71||Schweitzer, Wes||G||6-5||314||9/11/1993||3||San Jose State|
|94||Senat, Deadrin||DT||6-0||314||7/22/1994||R||South Florida|
|30||Smith, Ito||RB||5-9||195||9/11/1995||R||Southern Miss|
|56||Winbush, Anthony||LB||6-1||240||12/18/1994||R||Ball State|
|92||Zimmer, Justin||DT||6-3||292||10/23/1992||1||Ferris State|
|43||Van Dyke, DeMarcus (IR)||DB||6-1||185||1/17/1989||4||Miami (Fla.)|
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.
The back issue prevented Saubert from practicing at any point this week and will force his first absence of the 2017 campaign. Exclusively a blocking tight end and special-teams contributor, Saubert doesn't offer any appeal in the fantasy realm.
Smith will miss his second consecutive game, but he's rarely summoned enough to pick up fantasy points. Nazair Jones will pick up all the reserve snaps at defensive tackle Sunday.
Atlanta will not reconvene team activities until the start of training camp in late July, but Sanu continues to sharpen his skills by catching passes from former Falcons' ball boy Deshaun Watson in the meantime. With three years remaining on his current deal, the veteran receiver looks to collaborate with Julio Jones to help shape Calvin Ridley into a polished pro. Coming off a season in which he collected a career-high 67 receptions and five touchdowns, it will be intriguing to see whether Sanu can maintain this elevated level of production with another potentially high-volume target in Ridley being added to the fold.
A torn bicep cost Crawford the majority of the 2017 season, as the 29-year-old was placed on the injured reserve shortly after a Week 4 loss to Buffalo. Crawford's full participation in practice is a welcomed sight, with the veteran being an important rotational player on the defensive interior for the Falcons. He registered zero sacks and just five tackles on 101 defensive snaps last season, but during his final two years in Dallas, Crawford tallied 7.5 sacks and 46 tackles across 32 games.
Magee has a history, to say the least, with the Falcons, having signed and been released by the club once already this offseason and another time during the 2017 campaign. He will attempt to latch on to the club as a special teams contributor but likely faces an uphill battle in his quest for a 53-man roster spot.
The Falcons add depth to their secondary with the signing of Parker, an experienced player who has taken snaps at cornerback, free safety and strong safety in his seven professional seasons. The 30-year-old defensive back had brief stints with the Raiders, Seahawks and Panthers at the beginning of his career but made a name for himself in Kansas City where he played in all 80 of the team's games since 2014 (with 64 starts), accumulating 279 tackles and nine interceptions during that span. Parker became dispensable for the Chiefs after enduring his worst season as a pro, compiling just four pass deflections after picking up 12 in each of the previous three years, while his overall performance ranked 84th out of 87 qualified safeties in 2017, per Pro Football Focus.
Zimmer has yet to make an NFL roster in the regular season but has spent portions of training camp with the Bills and Saints. He also spent part of the 2017 season with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, where he logged three tackles and a sack in one contest.
Atlanta signed McClain to a one-year contract in May to be a rotational player at the very least, if not a candidate to fill the vacant starting role at defensive tackle that arose when Dontari Poe departed to Carolina during free agency. Defensive line coach Bryant Young said of McClain earlier this offseason, "He's a guy that's been around and has experience. He's a good run defender (and) I think he'll help us in being able to push the pocket as well." It's plausible that McClain will get the nod for the opening-day starting 11 given that Jack Crawford has been easing his way back into practice after suffering a torn bicep last season, while Deadrin Senat may need some time to develop before the coaching staff entrusts the rookie to a down-in, down-out workload.
Garland is thus set to spend the 2018 campaign with Atlanta while seeing a significant pay raise from the $690,000 he made last season.
His 116 total tackles were the second highest on the team behind Deion Jones, and he's now topped 100 total tackles in both his seasons in the league. He also has a knack for getting his hands on the ball, as he has eight forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 30 career games. He won't do much in the sack department, but he'll be a solid IDP option for the foreseeable future.
Hooper increased his catch total from 19 during his rookie campaign to 49 in his sophomore season, but Quinn still sees substantial room for growth in the young tight end's game. It's likely that improvement as a blocker would help Hooper increase his snap count from last season's 76.6 percent, but more consistent production as a receiver would also significantly bolster his chances of being a part of the Falcons' long-term plans. Hooper enjoyed a promising first half of the season in 2017, averaging nine fantasy points per game in PPR scoring through Week 10 before seeing that figure tumble to 3.2 in the second half.
A fifth-round draft pick out of San Diego State, Kazee was utilized sparingly on defense during his rookie campaign, with 247 of his 411 total snaps coming on special teams. His most notable play came in the wild-card round against the Rams when he stripped the ball from Pro Bowl return specialist Pharoh Cooper, resulting in a fumble recovery that helped Atlanta seize a two-possession lead. The 175-pound Kazee will need to compete with Brian Poole and Isaiah Oliver for the nickelback job, but continued stellar play on special teams should cement his place on the roster even if he loses that battle.
Poole finished fifth on the team in tackles, which is impressive considering it's only his second year in the league. There are better IDP options on this Falcons defense, but Poole has been a model of consistency in his two years in the league, and he should continue to see plenty of tackle opportunities next season.
On the eve of Falcons mandatory minicamp, Allen agreed to the restricted tender that Atlanta extended to him in March. After resisting commitment to the offer for three months in hopes of receiving a long-term contract from the team, the 26-year-old safety ended the standoff. Although he will be playing under the tenuous nature of a one-year contract, Allen's payout more than quadrupled in value, as he will now be making $2.9 million compared to his previous salary of $615,000.
Bethel recently visited with the Falcons, rendering this move relatively unsurprising. He logged 14 starts at cornerback for the Cardinals in his first six seasons, compiling four interceptions, but his main contributions were through special teams. Thus, the veteran corner figures to help provide depth in the secondary with the Falcons, while also playing an ace role on special teams.
Riley recorded 24 tackles in 12 games during his rookie campaign out of LSU, but missed a quarter of the regular season with a knee injury. The Falcons want to give the 23-year old another shot to prove his worth with a third-round draft choice invested, but Foyesade Oluokun of Yale has a puncher's chance to push Riley for the starting role if he continues to play lights out as he has throughout OTAs and minicamp. Atlanta allowed 18.9 points per game last season in 14 regular-season and postseason contests with Riley in the lineup and 19.5 points per game when he was inactive between Week 8 and Week 11, which included the only performance in which they surrendered more than 26 points.
He only had one interception this year, which is surprising considering he's had at least two interceptions in all four previous seasons. He's under contract for three more years, so he should continue to be a decent IDP option with 50 to 70 expected tackles and the chance at a couple of interceptions.
Grayson has only suited up in one NFL game during his three-year career, but he has never played an offensive snap. He'll likely need a stellar training camp to prove he's worthy of being Matt Ryan's backup, since current backup Matt Schaub is an established veteran and has one year remaining on his contract.
Shelby was cut by the Falcons in early March, but he now returns to the team on restructured terms. After recording 6.5 sacks and two interceptions between 2014 and 2015 with Miami, Shelby has tallied just one sack with zero forced turnovers during his first two years as a Falcon. The return of Shelby became a necessity with the team thinning out along the defensive line, having seen reigning team sack-leader Adrian Clayborn dart to New England in free agency.
As the Falcons continue to add wrinkles to their offensive game plan in OTAs, Coleman is garnering consideration for increased playing time moving forward. Asides from his 13 rushing touchdowns over the past two seasons, the 25-year-old running back has also made notable contributions as a pass catcher, hauling in 58 receptions with six touchdowns since 2016. Head coach Dan Quinn provided an endorsement Wednesday that further indicates a more integral role for Coleman, saying that he made "a big jump" in his pass protection last season.
Ortiz was recently let go by Baltimore after spending most of the 2017 season on injured reserve. In Atlanta, the Oregon State product will compete with two undrafted rookie fullbacks in Luke McNitt (Nebraska) and Daniel Marx (Stanford).
Wreh-Wilson signed his third one-year deal with Atlanta in as many years. In eight games last season, the cornerback recorded just four tackles and one pass defensed. He'll continue to be a depth secondary and special teams player for the team in 2018.
Paulsen is an overwhelming favorite to be the team's No. 2 option at tight end this season, with extensive experience in Kyle Shanahan-directed offenses. Although there are some new wrinkles to the offense with Steve Sarkisian now at the helm, the unit's overall approach has not been drastically altered from the Shanahan era of two years ago. Paulsen played under Shanahan in Washington between 2010 and 2013, and again reunited with the offensive guru last season in San Francisco. The seven-year veteran is a non-threat through the air, with 82 receptions in 105 games and fewer than 850 receiving yards for his career, but what he does offer is solid run blocking -- Paulsen has helped pave the way for four 1,000-yard rushers over his past five healthy seasons with the Redskins, Bears and 49ers (the only exception being Carlos Hyde's 2017 campaign, in which he compiled 938 yards on the ground).
Jones has been the anchor at the center of the Falcons' defense, playing in 31 regular-season games for the club over his first two pro seasons while averaging nearly eight tackles per game. Possessing otherworldly athleticism, the 6-foot-1 linebacker picked up three interceptions in 2017, and led the position with 10 pass breakups. If Jones can round out his game by becoming more of a force against the run, Atlanta has an enhanced likelihood to finish top-five in total defense for the first time since 1978.
Trufant isn't expected to practice Wednesday and appears in serious jeopardy of missing Sunday's game against the Vikings. With another key cornerback in Brian Poole (back) limited in the team's first practice of the week, the Falcons could be shorthanded in the secondary for the Week 13 matchup.
The reduction of Reed's $5.44 million cap hit affords Atlanta some much needed financial wiggle room, with the Falcons entering the offseason as a bottom-10 team in terms of available cap space. The 31-year-old defensive end proved to be more than a rotational player in 2017, starting in 14-plus games for the first time since 2013. In doing so, Reed logged the second-highest sack total (four) of his career, to go along with 41 tackles.
Mack will suit up in Week 17, despite failing to participate in practice Thursday and Friday. If Mack were to re-injure his calf Sunday, Ben Garland could fill in at center.
The opening at slot receiver was created earlier this month when Taylor Gabriel signed with the Bears on a lavish deal. Given that Hall only has eight games of NFL experience and Davis was a practice-squad player last season, it's likely that the Falcons will add further competition for the role via free agency or the draft. Even so, the fact that Davis merely gets to compete for a starting role suggests that the Falcons think highly of him.
Levitre was already dealing with an undisclosed knee injury last November before suffering a partially torn left triceps in December. The nine-year vet was a modicum of durability before then, though, starting 140 consecutive games. By the sound of Quinn's words, it seems Levitre should be fully back in action by the time training camp starts up in late July.
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 has provided Atlanta with an exponential return on investment since being drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 draft, developing into one of the premier run stoppers in the NFL. The 25-year-old Clemson alum paced all interior defenders in tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage last season with 16, per Pro Football Focus. Even after adding promising prospect Deadrin Senat in the third round of April's draft, defensive tackle remains one of the thinnest position groups on the roster, hence the team's urgency to lock up a proven commodity in Jarrett.
Campbell started in all 16 regular-season games for the Falcons last year, accumulating 61 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble during his second year in the NFL (also recorded a sack in the team's Wild Card win against the Rams). Head coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday that he will continue to include Campbell in defensive line drills in an effort to help improve upon the linebacker's pass-rushing abilities, as the Falcons hope to ramp up pressure on opposing quarterbacks this season. If Campbell can contribute more in blitz situations, Atlanta will have a strong opportunity to finish top-10 in sacks during 2018 after finishing tied for 13th last season.
Sambrailo is expected to be replaced by Austin Pasztor during Sunday's game.
Freeman played through MCL and PCL sprains during the playoffs and avoided offseason surgery, but he seems to have been limited to individual drills during OTAs and June minicamp. While he should be ready for the start of training camp, the 26-year-old comes with more risk than in past seasons, after suffering the aforementioned knee injury and a pair of concussions in 2017. Including the playoffs. Freeman handled 933 touches the past three seasons, with at least 266 each year. The Falcons could look to give Tevin Coleman a bit more work in the final season of his rookie contract, as they have a clear interest in keeping Freeman healthy for the long haul after signing him to a five-year, $41.25 million extension last summer.
Hall signed with the Falcons last June, earning a spot on Atlanta's practice squad and eventually gaining a promotion to the 53-man roster. He appeared in eight games and logged two receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. The Falcons will almost certainly supplement their receiver room via the draft or the free-agent market, but both Hall and Reggie Davis should get the opportunity to vie for the slot role that was vacated by Taylor Gabriel, who signed with the Bears earlier this month.
For the time being, Hardy continues to partake in individual drills as he works his way back from offseason shoulder surgery. Hardy's potential sleeper value as a receiver was diminished when Atlanta selected Calvin Ridley in the first round of the draft, but he is likely to be slotted in as the No. 4 receiver while being in contention to take over as the team's primary kick returner with Andre Roberts' departure to New York. The 5-foot-10 Hardy made the most of limited opportunity in 2017, collecting three touchdown receptions despite being on the field for only 33 percent of the Falcons' offensive snaps.
There may not be a Falcons player with greater hope for a breakout 2018 campaign than McKinley, who showed flashes of brilliance during his rookie season out of UCLA. The 22-year-old McKinley picked up one sack for every 66.8 snaps during the regular season (six sacks on 401 defensive plays), establishing a pace which rivals some of the league's most ferocious pass rushers. Arizona's Chandler Jones averaged one sack every 61.5 defensive snaps in 2017, while Cameron Jordan of New Orleans averaged 76.2 defensive plays per sack. Head coach Dan Quinn stated last week that so long as his recovery from February shoulder continues to go smoothly, McKinley will be fully recuperated in time for Falcons training camp in July. The second-year man has a strong probability of accumulating 10-plus sacks in 2018, as he is likely to be slotted in as one of the team's starting defensive ends.
The price of a franchise quarterback goes up yet again with Ryan officially signing his extension, as he will now be the first player in NFL history to earn $30 million per season. Ryan saw a sharp drop in production this past year after his MVP campaign in 2016, throwing 18 less touchdown passes, five more interceptions and for nearly 900 fewer yards. Still, Ryan is far and away the most consistently productive player the Falcons have had under center in franchise history, and he will now be under contract with the team through 2023. The good news for Ryan is the Falcons added yet another weapon at wide receiver in former Alabama standout Calvin Ridley during last week's draft in an effort to help the offense return to its 2016 form.
Jones inked a five-year, $71.26 million extension with the Falcons in August 2015, a figure that places him eighth in the league among receivers in terms of average annual value. After turning in his fourth consecutive season of 1,400-plus receiving yards and 80-plus receptions in the first year of the deal, Jones believes he's worthy of a pay raise. The 29-year-old previously skipped the Falcons' offseason program and minicamp earlier this year and could consider holding out of camp if the Falcons aren't willing to indulge his request.
Bosher, who is nursing an ankle injury, was considered a game-time decision heading into the evening. The Falcons do not have another punter on their roster, so it is possible Bosher could still be playing through some pain. However, he will likely take on his usual responsibilities barring any setbacks.
As right guard Wes Schweitzer continues to rebound from an undisclosed injury, Fusco is building momentum in his bid to earn a starting role for Atlanta. Among Falcons offensive linemen, Fusco ranks third behind Andy Levitre (141) and Alex Mack (133) with 80 career regular-season starts. If Fusco's contract is any indication of the team's plan for him, it's highly probable that he will get the nod over Schweitzer at guard given the fact that he is making roughly six times more in annual guaranteed money.
Beasley, a 2015 first-round pick, is set to make $14.2 million in the final year of his deal in 2019. The Falcons were always expected to pick up Beasley's option after general manager Thomas Dimitroff confirmed as much in late February, but it took nearly two months before the team made the transaction official. After leading the league with 15.5 sacks in 2016, Beasley saw his total drop to five in 14 games in 2017, prompting the Falcons to move him from outside linebacker to defensive end this offseason.
Bryant's lengthy career continues onward. After splitting the first seven years in the NFL with four different organizations, the 42-year-old just completed his ninth campaign with the Falcons, during which he's racked up at least 111 points in his seven full seasons with the squad. In 2016, in particular, Bryant notched a league-leading 158 points in the backs of a whopping 56 extra points and 37 field goals en route to an appearance in Super Bowl LI. With a commitment through the 2020 season, he'll have a chance to continue marching up the ranks of all-time leading scorers (he ranks 17th, as of the conclusion of 2017).