Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium | Coach: Dan Quinn
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense15th122.0 (8th)248.5 (15th)
Defense11th117.0 (24th)218.5 (10th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
23Alford, Robert DB5-1018611/1/19886Southeastern Louisiana
37Allen, Ricardo CB5-918612/18/19914Purdue
44Beasley, Vic LB6-32467/8/19924Clemson
28Bethel, Justin DB6-02006/17/19907Presbyterian
5Bosher, Matt P6-020810/18/19878Miami (FL)
3Bryant, Matt K5-92035/29/197517Baylor
59Campbell, De'Vondre LB6-32347/1/19933Minnesota
26Coleman, Tevin RB6-12104/16/19934Indiana
95Crawford, Jack DE6-52749/7/19887Penn State
24Freeman, Devonta RB5-82063/15/19925Florida State
65Fusco, Brandon G6-43067/26/19888Slippery Rock
83Gage, Russell WR6-01841/22/1996RLSU
63Garland, Ben G6-53084/6/19885Air Force
77Gono, Matt T6-43055/10/1996RWesley College
17Hall, Marvin WR5-101904/10/19932Washington
14Hardy, Justin WR5-1019212/18/19914East Carolina
47Harris, Josh LS6-12404/27/19897Auburn
81Hooper, Austin TE6-325410/29/19943Stanford
36Ishmael, Kemal DB6-02065/6/19916UCF
97Jarrett, Grady DT6-03054/28/19934Clemson
11Jones, Julio WR6-32202/8/19898Alabama
27Kazee, Damontae CB5-111746/5/19932San Diego State
62Kerin, Zac G6-53058/13/19914Toledo
51Mack, Alex C6-431111/19/198510California
70Matthews, Jake T6-53092/11/19925Texas A&M
99McClain, Terrell DT6-23007/20/19888South Florida
98McKinley, Takkarist DE6-225011/2/19952UCLA
56Means, Steven DE6-32639/16/19904Buffalo
55Nelson, Corey LB6-12264/22/19925Oklahoma
20Oliver, Isaiah CB6-02109/30/1996RColorado
54Oluokun, Foye LB6-22298/2/1995RYale
30Ortiz, Ricky RB6-02364/15/19921Oregon State
82Paulsen, Logan TE6-52682/26/19879UCLA
34Poole, Brian CB5-921310/20/19923Florida
50Reed, Brooks DE6-32542/28/19878Arizona
29Richards, Jordan DB5-112101/21/19934Stanford
18Ridley, Calvin WR6-119012/20/1994RAlabama
42Riley, Duke LB6-12188/9/19942LSU
2Ryan, Matt QB6-42175/17/198511Boston College
74Sambrailo, Ty T6-53113/10/19924Colorado State
12Sanu, Mohamed WR6-22108/22/19897Rutgers
85Saubert, Eric TE6-52535/1/19942Drake
8Schaub, Matt QB6-62456/25/198115Virginia
73Schraeder, Ryan T6-73005/4/19886Valdosta State
71Schweitzer, Wes G6-43009/11/19933San Jose State
94Senat, Deadrin DT6-03147/22/1994RSouth Florida
90Shelby, Derrick DE6-22803/4/19897Utah
25Smith, Ito RB5-91959/11/1995RSouthern Miss
35Tandy, Keith DB5-102052/12/19897West Virginia
21Trufant, Desmond DB6-01909/10/19906Washington
33Wreh-Wilson, Blidi DB6-119012/5/19896Connecticut
92Zimmer, Justin DT6-329210/23/19921Ferris State
Injured Players
22Neal, Keanu (IR) DB6-02117/26/19953Florida
43Van Dyke, DeMarcus (IR) DB6-11851/17/19894Miami (Fla.)
45Jones, Deion (IR) LB6-122211/4/19943LSU
67Levitre, Andy (IR) G6-23035/15/198610Oregon State
Practice Squad
6Benkert, Kurt QB6-42157/17/1995RVirginia
 Blake, Christian WR6-11826/8/1996RNorthern Illinois
76Brunskill, Daniel T6-52601/27/19941San Diego State
 Calhoun, Taveze CB6-118812/26/19921Mississippi State
87Graham, Jaeden TE6-425010/10/1995RYale
7Gray, Devin WR6-01926/15/1995RCincinnati
89Gray, Alex TE6-42315/1/19911No College
61Hassenauer, J.C. C6-22959/1/1994RAlabama
 Jarvis, Richard LB6-22204/20/1995RBrown
40Neal, Ryan DB6-219212/24/1995RSouthern Illinois
 Tuioti-Mariner, Jacob DT6-22627/25/1996RUCLA
 
 
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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
Saubert paced Atlanta tight ends with two catches for 15 receiving yards in a 17-0 defeat to the Jets on Friday.

Though no Falcons tight end stood out in what proved to be a disastrous first showing for the offense as a whole -- there was a combined four receptions for 29 yards between tight ends Saubert, Austin Hooper and Logan Paulsen -- the second-year man from Drake was the best of the bunch. Saubert hauled in both of his targets on the night, including a 10-yard reception from Matt Schaub that provided Atlanta with its only first down of the first half. He also provided some value on special teams, registering a tackle on former Falcon Andre Roberts during a punt return in the first quarter.

Isaiah Oliver
News
Oliver (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Olived has logged two full participation in practice this week since being sidelined for the first two games of the regular season due to an ankle injury. The rookie second-rounder is trending in the right direction to make his NFL debut against the Saints on Sunday.

Mohamed Sanu
News
Sanu recorded two receptions, but only managed 19 receiving yards during Sunday's 31-24 win over Carolina.

Sanu's potentially decreasing degree of involvement in the Falcons offense is unsettling for fantasy owners with stock in the 29-year-old wideout,. He finished fifth on the team in targets, as first-round pick Calvin Ridley had a breakout 64-yard performance Sunday. The 6-foot-2 veteran receiver hasn't exceeded 20 yards receiving in a game through Week 2 of the season, after being held to fewer than 20 yards on just one occasion in 2017.

Matt Schaub
News
Schaub completed all nine of his pass attempts in a 17-0 loss to the Jets on Friday, closing the night with 54 yards through the air.

The wily Schaub was able to get the ball in the hands of his playmakers, but didn't necessarily provide them with space to maneuver in the open field. Schaub averaged six yards per attempt in his first action of the season, well short of the league average for starting quarterbacks from last year (7.1) as well as his personal career average of 7.6 yards per attempt. Fellow Virginia Wahoo Kurt Benkert didn't exactly set the world on fire in his pro debut (nine completions on 17 attempts, 125 yards and one interception), so Schaub remains firmly entrenched as the No. 2 quarterback heading into the second week of preseason action.

Corey Nelson
News
Nelson (calf) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Saints, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Nelson suited up for just one game this season but didn't play a defensive snap. His absence will mainly hurt the team's depth, as Kemal Ishmael is the only healthy reserve linebacker.

Injury
Calf - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 3 vs. New Orleans
Jack Crawford
News
Crawford gathered praise from head coach Dan Quinn regarding his play in the Falcons' inter-squad scrimmage Saturday, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports. "I thought Jack Crawford was one (player) that stood out today. He looked to have a good day," Quinn said in a press conference following the practice session, "(He) was really active both in the run game and the pass game."

Crawford remains a long shot to be slotted in besides Grady Jarrett as a starting defensive tackle, but the 29-year-old is beginning to build momentum in training camp after missing all but four games last season with a torn bicep. The London-born behemoth (6-foot-5, 288 pounds) is just two years removed from an 11-start, 3.5-sack season as a member of the Cowboys, and early developments from camp indicate that he will serve as a rotational player along with Terrell McClain and Deadrin Senat at interior defensive line in 2018.

Devin Gray
News
Gray led all players with 83 receiving yards during Atlanta's 17-0 loss to the Jets on Friday at MetLife Stadium.

Not only did the undrafted rookie pace all non-quarterback skill position players by accounting for 83 offensive yards, but he nearly doubled the receiving output of any other receiver. (Charles Johnson of the Jets had the second-most productive night with 45 yards.) The former Cincinnati Bearcat has flown under the radar to this point in training camp, but he certainly turned heads during his professional debut, leading the team with four receptions while finishing second in targets behind running back Justin Crawford.

Matt Gono
News
Gono is listed as the Falcons' backup right tackle to open the regular season, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Matt Gono comes from little-known Division III Wesley College, and one might find it hard to believe that the services of an offensive tackle prospect would be highly sought after at the NFL level. Personnel evaluators evidently saw something in the 6-foot-4 lineman, as Atlanta had to outbid the Lions, Packers, Bears, Jets and Bills to secure the services of Gono in the wake of April's draft -- offering him the third-highest signing bonus of any undrafted player brought in for a tryout with the team. Gono turned some heads during training camp and preseason, as he is one of just nine offensive linemen whom Atlanta decided to carry onto the 53-man roster to start the season.

Jordan Richards
News
Head coach Dan Quinn said Wednesday that Richards is a candidate to become the Falcons' primary in-the-box safety with Keanu Neal (knee) on injured reserve, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

It's nearly impossible to replace a Pro Bowl-caliber safety midseason, but that is exactly what the Falcons aim to do over the remainder of this so far injury-riddled campaign. Defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel will try to blend the abilities of remaining safeties on the roster to keep opposing offenses in check -- including the run enforcement that Richards offers, Damontae Kazee's ability to generate turnovers, as well as Ricardo Allen's skills in pass coverage.

Justin Zimmer
News
Zimmer signed with the Falcons on Tuesday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

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.

Terrell McClain
News
McClain will be competing with rookie Deadrin Senat for a starting defensive tackle spot alongside Grady Jarrett, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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 for 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 Week 1 starting 11 given that Jack Crawford has been easing his way back into practice after suffering a torn bicep last season, while Senat may need some time to develop before the coaching staff entrusts the rookie to a down-in, down-out workload.

Ryan Neal
News
Neal signed a contract with the Falcons on Saturday.

Neal was released by the Eagles with an undisclosed injury Monday. The undrafted free agent out of Southern Illinois has a long road if he is to crack the Falcons' 53-man roster.

Ben Garland
News
Garland (calf) will play Sunday against the Saints, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Garland will return to his reserve lineman role in Week 3.

Keanu Neal
News
Neal (knee) has undergone successful ACL surgery Tuesday, per his personal Twitter handle.

Neal confirmed that the procedure he underwent to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee went well. The typical recovery timetable for an ACL tear is between six and eight months, so Atlanta can hope for Neal to return to health in time to participate in OTAs next offseason. Damontae Kazee will serve as the Falcons' starting strong safety for the remainder of the season.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Austin Hooper
News
Hooper hauled in all five of his targets for 59 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-24 win over the Panthers.

Hooper's performance on Sunday was his most substantial PPR-scoring output since Week 10 of last season (16.9 points). With 59 yards against Carolina, the former Stanford standout also eclipsed 50 receiving yards for the first time since putting up over 100 in Week 1 of 2017. Upcoming for Hooper and the Falcons is a Saints defense that has allowed 663 passing yards during the first two games of the season to Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tyrod Taylor.

Damontae Kazee
News
Kazee was fined $10,026 for his hit on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during last Sunday's 31-24 win over Carolina, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The second-year safety was handed a hefty fine from the league after delivering a vicious hit on a defenseless ball carrier, but at least he won't be forced to miss any game time for the infraction. Kazee will be starting for the foreseeable future in place of Keanu Neal (knee), who is down for the season with a torn ACL. The secondary has thus far performed admirably without Neal in the lineup, ranking 10th in passing yards allowed per game (219) through Week 2.

Brian Poole
News
Poole (ankle) was a full participant in Friday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Poole was limited throughout the practice week due to an ankle injury, but he appears to have fully recovered. With Keanu Neal (knee) already out for the season and Isaiah Oliver (ankle) questionable for Sunday's matchup, Poole's health is a piece of good news for Atlanta's depleted defense. Poole serves as the Falcons' most reliable nickel corner, as well as a solid pass-rushing option.

Ricardo Allen
News
Allen recorded five tackles and an interception during Sunday's 31-24 win against the Panthers.

Allen secured a vital interception midway through the fourth quarter of Sunday's game to help put the game out of reach. After a pass deflected off of C.J. Anderson's hands, Allen made a leaping grab to get Atlanta the ball back with a two-possession lead midway through the fourth quarter. Though Drew Brees is yet to throw an interception for the Saints this season, Allen may get a shot at recording a pick for the second-straight week due to the pass-heavy nature of the Saints' attack. Brees has attempted at least 627 passes over nine of the past 11 years -- with an average of 13.3 interceptions per season during that span.

Justin Bethel
News
Bethel agreed to a deal with the Falcons on Saturday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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.

Duke Riley
News
Riley finished tied with De'Vondre Campbell for a team-high nine tackles as the Falcons defeated the Panthers 31-24 on Sunday.

After a shaky rookie season in 2017 and an up-and-down 2018 preseason, Riley emerged with his best outing as a pro Sunday against Carolina, picking up a career-high nine combined tackles (he never exceeded six tackles in first 13 games of career). Sunday's home game against the Saints presents a daunting task for Riley and the front seven, going up against one of the league's premier offenses without Pro Bowl middle linebacker Deion Jones in the lineup. Alvin Kamara is a nightmare matchup coming out of the backfield against this dinged-up linebacking corps, with 15 receptions for 165 yards and a touchdown through two games. Atlanta struggled mightily at containing Christian McCaffrey in the passing game Sunday, as the second-year back tore up the Falcons for 14 catches and 100-plus yards in Week 2.

Robert Alford
News
Alford's 68 total tackles (60 solo) were a career high for the fifth-year defensive back.

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.

Derrick Shelby
News
Shelby (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against New Orleans, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

With Takkarist McKinley (groin) already on the shelf for Week 3, Shelby's absence leads to Atlanta having to face New Orleans without the team's starting left defensive end and backup right defensive end. Brooks Reed is in line to start in place of McKinley, while Steven Means will see playing time as Vic Beasley's substitute.

Injury
Groin - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 3 vs. New Orleans
Calvin Ridley
News
Ridley caught four of five targets for 64 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-24 win over the Panthers.

Ridley finished second on the team in targets and tied Julio Jones for the lead in receiving yards, scoring his first career NFL touchdown on an 11-yard reception in the second quarter. He didn't record a catch and was targeted just twice in Week 1, but his role expanded notably with Devonta Freeman (knee) sidelined and the opposition keying in on Jones. Ridley's role could fluctuate throughout the season, but he could certainly be in for some productive weeks when quarterback Matt Ryan looks to spread the targets around. He could be similarly involved next week against the Saints.

Steven Means
News
Means said that he's "definitely confident" if the Falcons need to put him on the field Sunday against the Saints, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

Head coach Dan Quinn said he would be comfortable inserting Means into the lineup against New Orleans on Sunday if the situation calls for it, as the Falcons have both Takkarist McKinley (groin) and Derrick Shelby (groin) ailing with newfound injuries. The one-time Super Bowl Champion (with Philadelphia in 2017-2018) has played scarcely since entering the league as a fifth-round draft choice five years ago -- tallying 13 tackles over 26 career games with the Buccaneers, Ravens and Eagles.

Tevin Coleman
News
Coleman's backfield mate Devonta Freeman (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints, William McFadden of the Falcons' official website reports.

Coleman took advantage of Freeman's absence in last week's 31-24 win over Carolina, gaining 107 yards on 16 carries and 18 yards on four receptions while handling a 64 percent snap share. Ito Smith also figures to get some Week 3 touches, but Coleman will do the heavy lifting.

Richard Jarvis
No Updates
Ricky Ortiz
News
Ortiz has been listed as the Falcons' starting fullback on the unofficial depth chart for Friday's preseason game against the Jets, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

As the old Western adage goes, "This town ain't big enough for the both of us." The same almost certainly holds true for the Falcons' fullback competition, where Ortiz is now beginning to be a consistent presence on the first-team offense in 11-on-11 drills. Stanford's Daniel Marx already has been eliminated from the mix, meaning Ortiz and Luke McNitt are the only fullbacks currently remaining on the roster, with Ortiz being the man most likely to receive the starting nod for Friday's preseason opener in the Meadowlands.

Blidi Wreh-Wilson
News
Wreh-Wilson (shoulder) was not listed on Atlanta's injury report Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Wreh-Wilson was sidelined for the Falcons' season opener due to a shoulder injury but appears to have made a full recovery. The veteran seems likely to suit up Sunday against the Panthers, providing Atlanta with essential cornerback depth.

Logan Paulsen
News
Paulsen hauled in his lone target for a 10-yard gain as Atlanta defeated Carolina, 31-24, on Sunday.

The 31-year-old tight end has almost exclusively contributed as a run blocker throughout his career, eclipsing 20 targets in a year just twice across eight professional seasons. This week's matchup against New Orleans doesn't provide reason for optimism, as the Saints surrendered the fewest number of tight end receptions in the NFL last season with 43.

Taveze Calhoun
News
Calhoun signed on to join the Falcons' practice squad on Tuesday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.

An undrafted 25-year-old cornerback out of Mississippi State, Calhoun will get an opportunity to move his way up through the Falcons organization following stints with the Saints and Dolphins. Atlanta has dealt with injuries to the back end of the defense early in the season -- Keanu Neal (knee) done for the season with a torn ACL -- resulting in intrigue for Calhoun as a worthwhile developmental backup.

Deion Jones
News
The Falcons placed Jones (foot) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Just one week into the season, the Falcons will already be without the services of two of their top defensive playmakers for extended time, with Jones set to join safety Keanu Neal (knee) on IR. The Falcons were initially hopeful that Jones was just dealing with a sore foot after he racked up a team-high nine tackles in the season-opening loss to the Eagles, but followup testing revealed that the linebacker required a procedure to address the injury. Head coach Dan Quinn said the Falcons expect Jones to play again in 2018, so expect the team to use one of its two designated-to-return spots on the 23-year-old. Jones will still be sidelined for a minimum of eight weeks as a result of the IR placement.

Injury
Foot - Injured Reserve
Desmond Trufant
News
Trufant (dehydration) returned to Thursday's game with an IV bandage on his arm, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

The IV indicates that Trufant was likely dealing with cramps when he was forced to exit the game. If the veteran corner is forced to miss any more time, Brian Poole should see additional work at cornerback.

Brooks Reed
News
Reed and the Falcons have come to terms on a revised contract which will keep him in Atlanta for a fourth season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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.

Alex Mack
News
Mack (calf) is listed as active for Sunday's tilt against the Panthers.

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.

Christian Blake
News
Blake was signed to the Falcon's practice squad Monday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.

Blake signed with Atlanta as an undrafted free agent this offseason, catching two passes for 13 yards in the preseason. The former Northern Illinois wideout will compete to earn a depth role as part of the Falcon's practice squad.

Wes Schweitzer
News
Schweitzer is listed as Atlanta's starting left guard on the team's most-recent depth chart, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The 2016 sixth-round pick will step in for the injured Andy Levitre (triceps), who head coach Dan Quinn announced Tuesday will be down for the season. Schweitzer lost out to Brandon Fusco on the starting gig at right guard during the preseason after starting all 16 games for the Falcons last year. He'll now be re-inserted into the starting lineup against a Saints pass rush that tied for the seventh-most sacks in 2017.

Russell Gage
News
Gage (knee) was a full participant in Friday's practice and will play Sunday against the Saints, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Gage played Week 1 against Philly but recorded just one defensive snap while playing 19 on special teams. He should log a similar role in Week 3.

Andy Levitre
News
The Falcons placed Levitre (triceps) on injured reserve Tuesday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Levitre -- who injured his triceps during Sunday's victory over the Panthers -- is set to miss the remainder of the season. Wes Schweitzer is expected to replace Levitre at left guard.

Injury
Triceps - 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.

Grady Jarrett
News
Jarrett was fined $20,054 by the NFL on Friday for an unnecessary roughness penalty called when he tackled Eagles quarterback Nick Foles in last Thursday's season opener, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. "(It was) a form tackle... I don't think that's fair to call roughing," Jarrett said this week. "If they want to do that, they might as well go to two-hand touch then."

Jarrett picks up his first fine of the regular-season in contentious fashion, as the 25-year-old is arguing that he merely fell on Foles, rather than "pile-driving" him into the ground as indicated by the levied penalty. It will be intriguing to see if the discipline from the league has any impact on Jarrett's aggressiveness, for example if he's presented with the opportunity to wrestle down Cam Newton during Sunday's game against Carolina.

Daniel Brunskill
No Updates
Jaeden Graham
News
Graham hauled in three of his four targets for 36 yards during Thursday's preseason loss to Miami.

Currently situated no higher than fourth on the Falcons' tight end depth chart, Graham's likelihood of making the 53-man roster to start the season seems remote. With Austin Hooper locked into a starting job -- and both Logan Paulsen and Eric Saubert entrenched in backup roles -- Graham remains a promising candidate to join Atlanta's practice squad in 2018. Given his strong showing in Week 4 of the preseason, however, another team may swoop in to secure the 22-year-old's services for a backup role.

De'Vondre Campbell
News
Campbell recorded nine tackles as the Falcons defeated Carolina 31-24 on Sunday.

With Deion Jones (foot) out for at least eight weeks while on IR, Campbell stepped up as the anchor to Atlanta's injury-riddled defense in a crucial interdivisional clash against the Panthers. Though Christian McCaffrey enjoyed rampant production in the passing game with 14 receptions, Campbell helped keep the Panthers' ground attack somewhat in check, as no Carolina player exceeded 42 rushing yards on the afternoon.

Jake Matthews
News
Matthews agreed to terms on a five-year, $75 million deal with Atlanta on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Shortly after Matt Ryan signed his record-breaking contract in May, general manager Thomas Dimitroff identified Matthews as one of the Falcons' foremost priorities in terms of finalizing a multi-year extension. Evidently, the 26-year-old tackle is part of Atlanta's long-term plan, as Matthews now becomes the NFL's third highest-paid offensive lineman behind only Taylor Lewan and Nate Solder. Since entering the league as the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft, Matthews has missed just one game in four seasons, and he was the cornerstone of an offensive line that tied for the third-fewest sacks allowed last year.

Ty Sambrailo
News
Sambrailo (hand) returned to practice in full pads Monday, The Athletic's Jason Butt reports.

Sambrailo was forced to miss the Falcons' preseason opener against the Jets last Friday due to a hand injury, but he's returned to practice without seemingly any limitations Monday. He's slated to provide depth at offensive tackle behind starters Jake Matthews and Ryan Schraeder.

Devonta Freeman
News
Freeman (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Freeman hasn't been able to practice in any capacity since injuring his knee in the season opener. Tevin Coleman will handle the lead role for a second straight week, with Ito Smith getting some work off the bench. Freeman will turn his focus to Week 4 against the Bengals.

Injury
Knee - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 3 vs. New Orleans
Marvin Hall
News
Hall secured his lone target for 30 yards during Atlanta's 31-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.

Hall may not be a high-volume target just yet, but he makes defenses pay when he does get the ball in his hands. The 25-year-old speedster has three career regular-season receptions, each going for at least 20 yards (gains of 20, 30 and 40 yards, respectively). The Falcons' Week 3 opponent will be New Orleans, which sports a secondary that has surrendered 663 passing yards and five touchdowns over its first two games of the season.

Jacob Tuioti-Mariner
No Updates
Kurt Benkert
News
Benkert was announced as one of the Falcons' 10 practice squad members on Sunday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

The undrafted rookie's stat line during the preseason was far from impressive (43.8 completion percentage, zero touchdowns and four interceptions), but he possesses the intangibles personality-wise to become a valuable developmental backup for the Falcons. Though Benkert struggled with throwing accuracy during his first summer in an NFL camp, the Falcons see him as a potential replacement for Matt Schaub as the team's future No. 2 quarterback. If Benkert is able to develop into a serviceable option over the next 12 months, he would provide Atlanta with a younger and more affordable option at the position in comparison to Schaub.

Justin Hardy
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Hardy (shoulder) is participating in team drills during training camp, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Hardy, who underwent minor shoulder surgery in January, has gradually worked his way back to full strength and is taking first-team reps on kickoffs alongside Marvin Hal in addition to seeing action with the first-team offense in team drills during training camp. He's probably the frontrunner in the mix to be the top backup behind Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley, but Hardy is unlikely to see enough playing time to be of fantasy consideration.

J.C. Hassenauer
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Ito Smith
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Smith picked up 46 rushing yards on nine attempts, as well as one reception for eight yards, during Atlanta's 31-24 victory against the Panthers on Sunday.

After averaging just 2.5 yards per rush during the preseason, the Falcons' fourth-round pick was effective in rotation alongside Tevin Coleman on Sunday. Smith averaged over five yards per carry against a Carolina front seven that in Week 1 held Ezekiel Elliott to his lowest rushing output since September of last season. Given that Devonta Freeman (knee) may miss 3-to-4 weeks with injury, Smith carries a strong likelihood to field 10-plus touches next week against a Saints defense that has surrendered 205 rushing yards across it's first two games of the season.

Takkarist McKinley
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McKinley (groin) will not suit up for Sunday's game against New Orleans, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

An Atlanta defense that entered 2018 with great hope for success has been severely depleted by injury just two weeks into the regular season. The Falcons are now without their two Pro Bowl defenders -- Deion Jones (foot) and Keanu Neal (knee) -- as well as perhaps the team's most talented pass-rusher in McKinley (second on the team in sacks last year behind Adrian Clayborn, who signed with New England over the offseason). With key players missing at every level, it will take an incredibly inspired performance for this Falcons defense to be able to hang in there against an ultra-talented Saints offense.

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Groin - Limited Practice on Friday. Out for Week 3 vs. New Orleans
Zac Kerin
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Kerin signed with the Falcons on Tuesday, Wendy Adams of the Falcons Radio Network reports.

A roster spot opened for Kerin after the Falcons placed Andy Levitre (triceps) on injured reserve. Kerin will likely function as a reserve option along the offensive line.

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Matt Ryan
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Ryan completed 23 of 28 pass attempts for 272 yards, two touchdowns and one interception Sunday against the Panthers. He also carried four times for 18 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 31-24 win.

After a bit of a slow start, Ryan led the Falcons on back-to-back touchdown drives to end the first half, completing touchdown passes to Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper. He then plunged into the end zone himself from one yard out in the third quarter and scored on an eight-yard rush in the fourth. Ryan was held in check in the season opener against the Eagles, so this bounce-back effort was a great sign for the veteran, despite the fact that Julio Jones had a quiet game in his own right. He should be in for another big outing at home next week against the Saints.

Julio Jones
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Jones (calf) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Saints, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Jones returned to practice as a limited participant Friday after sitting out entirely the previous two days. He's been a semi-regular presence on Atlanta's injury report the past few seasons, typically fighting through one minor injury or another at any given time. Jones should be busy against a slow-starting New Orleans secondary, though he figures to spend a good portion of the game matched up with top cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

Matt Bosher
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Head coach Dan Quinn announced that Bosher will be inactive for the Falcons' final preseason tilt against Miami on Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Bosher looked sharp in Saturday's tune-up against the Jaguars by pinning four of his five punts inside the twenty-yard line, and multiple times stranding Jacksonville inside the 6-yard line. The seven-year veteran will get a rest in the preseason finale as Atlanta looks to keep him healthy for the kickoff to the regular season next Thursday against the Eagles.

Brandon Fusco
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Head coach Dan Quinn announced Tuesday that Fusco will begin the season as the Falcons' starting right guard, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports.

A summer of high-fueled competition with the incumbent Wes Schweitzer culminates in Fusco earning the nod to become Atlanta's No. 1 option at right guard, where he has started in 46 of a possible 48 games over the past three seasons with San Francisco and Minnesota. Though it's his first year with the team, Fusco entered training camp in an advantageous position due to familiarity in a Kyle Shanahan-led 49ers' offense that mimics many of the blocking schemes that Atlanta currently deploys. With Fusco stepping in as the starter at right guard, Schweitzer will move to swing guard and backup center, according to comments from head coach Dan Quinn following Tuesday's practice.

Vic Beasley
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Beasley recorded two tackles during Sunday's 31-24 win against the Panthers.

Beasley has yet to record a sack, and he has just three combined tackles through the Falcons' first two outings of the new season. It will be compelling to gauge who wins the battle in Week 3 -- 2016 sack leader Beasley and the Falcons' pass rush, or a Saints offensive line that finished with the second-fewest sacks allowed last season (20).

Josh Harris
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Harris (hip) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Harris was forced to sit out Atlanta's season opener due to a hip injury but seems to have fully recovered. The starting long snapper seems likely to suit up against the Panthers on Sunday, giving both placekicker Matt Bryant and punter Matt Bosher the comfort of reliable snap timing.

Foye Oluokun
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Oluokun is listed as the Falcons' starting weakside linebacker for Sunday's home game against New Orleans, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

This time last year, the rookie linebacker was breaking down film on Cornell in preparation for an Ivy League showdown. This week Oluokun is preparing to go up against a Saints offense that boasts the NFL's third all-time leading passer, the 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year, and a wide receiver on pace for 224 receptions. With the injury to Deion Jones (foot), the sixth-round pick has been thrust into the starting lineup -- he recorded four tackles on 33 combined defensive and special teams snaps Sunday in a win over Carolina.

Matt Bryant
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Bryant converted on his only field-goal attempt of the afternoon and made all four of his extra-point tries as the Falcons defeated the Panthers 31-24 on Sunday.

After missing a Week 1 extra-point try against Philadelphia -- his first since November of 2016 -- the wily veteran Bryant was not going to allow it to happen again Sunday, as he was sharp as usual in knocking down a 44-yard attempt to even the Falcons with Carolina midway through the first quarter. It will be intriguing to see how Atlanta does in getting down into scoring range against a so far-surprisingly shoddy Saints defense that allowed the eight-fewest points to kickers in 2017.

Deadrin Senat
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Keith Tandy
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Atlanta and Tandy agreed to a contract Monday, Will McFadden of the Falcon's official site reports.

Tandy, a former Buccaneer and experienced veteran, brings depth to Atlanta's safety position following a season-ending injury to Keanu Neal (knee). Having played in 84 games with 156 tackles, 14 pass defensed, eight interceptions and a sack to his name, Tandy should play a key rotational role in Atlanta's defense this season.