Atlanta Falcons Depth Chart 2020 Atlanta Falcons Depth Chart

7-9, 2nd NFC South

@ TB

6:00 pm GMT, 12/29

Ever since their infamous run to the Super Bowl, the Atlanta Falcons just haven’t looked right. They were 10-6 in 2017 before falling to 7-9 last year which included a 5 game losing streak that led them from 4-4 to out of the playoffs at 4-9. This offseason, the Falcons needed to invest heavily in both their front lines. Instead, they signed a trio of veterans and used their first two picks to acquire what will be a totally new offensive line. However, the defensive line went without any major overhaul.

Offense Depth Chart

Quarterback QB
Running Back RB
Wide Receiver WR
Wide Receiver WR
Tight End TE
Wide Receiver WR
Tight End TE
Wide Receiver WR
Quarterback QB
Running Back RB

Defense Depth Chart

Left Defensive End LDE
Defensive Tackle DT
Defensive Tackle DT
Right Defensive End RDE
Austin Larkin A. Larkin (2)
77
#65 RDE
Defensive End DE
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner J. Tuioti-Mariner (2)
69
#105 DE
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Foyesade Oluokun F. Oluokun (1)
69
#110 SLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Ahmad Thomas A. Thomas (2)
69
#60 MLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Chris Cooper C. Cooper (4)
65
#80 SS
Right Cornerback RCB
C.J. Reavis C. Reavis (3)
65
#76 RCB
Left Defensive End LDE
Defensive Tackle DT
Defensive Tackle DT
Right Defensive End RDE
Austin Larkin A. Larkin (2)
77
#65 RDE
Defensive End DE
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner J. Tuioti-Mariner (2)
69
#105 DE
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Foyesade Oluokun F. Oluokun (1)
69
#110 SLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Ahmad Thomas A. Thomas (2)
69
#60 MLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Chris Cooper C. Cooper (4)
65
#80 SS
Right Cornerback RCB
C.J. Reavis C. Reavis (3)
65
#76 RCB
Defense Depth Chart (4-3)
Position POS
Left Defensive End LDE
Defensive Tackle DT
Defensive Tackle DT
Right Defensive End RDE
Defensive End DE
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Position 1 2 3 4
Left Defensive End LDE Allen Bailey A. Bailey John Cominsky J. Cominsky Steven Means S. Means
Defensive Tackle DT Tyeler Davison T. Davison Deadrin Senat D. Senat
Defensive Tackle DT Grady Jarrett G. Jarrett
Right Defensive End RDE Takkarist McKinley T. McKinley Austin Larkin A. Larkin
Defensive End DE Dante Fowler Jr D. F. Jr Jacob Tuioti-Mariner J. Tuioti-Mariner
Strongside Linebacker SLB Foyesade Oluokun F. Oluokun LaRoy Reynolds L. Reynolds
Middle Linebacker MLB Deion Jones D. Jones Ahmad Thomas A. Thomas
Left Cornerback LCB Jordan Miller J. Miller Blidi Wreh-Wilson B. Wreh-Wilson
Strong Safety SS Keanu Neal K. Neal Damontae Kazee D. Kazee Jamal Carter J. Carter Chris Cooper C. Cooper
Free Safety FS Ricardo Allen R. Allen Sharrod Neasman-Glover S. Neasman-Glover
Right Cornerback RCB Isaiah Oliver I. Oliver Kendall Sheffield K. Sheffield C.J. Reavis C. Reavis

Last Week's Falcons Starting Lineup

Wide Receivers Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD Attempts Yards TD YPC YPG
Julio Jones J. Jones
97
WR 1 73 13 7 78 50 11.1 29 0 0 0 0 0 0
Christian Blake C. Blake
67
WR 2 67 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Russell Gage R. Gage
68
WR 3 62 13 7 68 50 9.7 13 0 0 0 0 0 0
Olamide Zaccheaus O. Zaccheaus
72
WR 4 14 2 2 22 100 11 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Hardy J. Hardy
71
WR 5 12 3 3 40 100 13.3 21 0 0 0 0 0 0

2019 Falcons Lineups

Game Score Starting Lineup Game Score Starting Lineup
Week 17: 12/29/19 at TB 28-22 W Matt Ryan (QB), Devonta Freeman (RB), Julio Jones (WR1), Christian Blake (WR2), Russell Gage (WR3), Austin Hooper (TE), Jake Matthews (OT), Kaleb McGary (OT), Wes Schweitzer (C), Alex Mack (C), Chris Lindstrom (G)
Week 16: 12/22/19 vs JAX 24-12 W Matt Ryan (QB), Devonta Freeman (RB), Russell Gage (WR1), Julio Jones (WR2), Luke Stocker (TE), Jake Matthews (OT), Wes Schweitzer (C), Chris Lindstrom (G), Kaleb McGary (OT), Alex Mack (C)
Week 15: 12/15/19 at SF 29-22 W Matt Ryan (QB), Devonta Freeman (RB), Christian Blake (WR1), Julio Jones (WR2), Luke Stocker (TE), Chris Lindstrom (G), Kaleb McGary (OT), Alex Mack (C), Jake Matthews (OT), Wes Schweitzer (C)
Week 14: 12/8/19 vs CAR 40-20 W Matt Ryan (QB), Devonta Freeman (RB), Calvin Ridley (WR1), Julio Jones (WR2), Russell Gage (WR3), Luke Stocker (TE), Alex Mack (C), Jake Matthews (OT), Kaleb McGary (OT), Chris Lindstrom (G), Wes Schweitzer (C)
Week 13: 11/29/19 vs NO 18-26 L Matt Ryan (QB), Devonta Freeman (RB), Christian Blake (WR1), Calvin Ridley (WR2), Carson Meier (TE), Alex Mack (C), Jake Matthews (OT), Wes Schweitzer (C), Kaleb McGary (OT), James Carpenter (G)

Is Devonta Freeman back from injury?

While the talk is all about Atlanta’s new offensive line, it’s also important to turn our attention to the running back who’s likely going to benefit from those improvements. After only appearing in 2 games last year, Freeman will undoubtedly be excited to be back on the field and resume his great skills from 2015-2017. When fully healthy, he’s one of the best backs in the league and so fun to watch. Within his second to fourth years in the league that saw him as a starter, Freeman scored 29 times through the ground and another 6 times through the air.

He’s a force in the running game and has the ability to be one of the most dominant backs in the league. However, coming off an injury, it’s not unreasonable to think he might not be the same player after the injury. He likely won’t see too much action in preseason which should help keep him fresh for the regular season. The good news for Freeman is his great history as a lethal back and there’s no question that he’ll be the first option in the Falcons’ backfield. 

RB depth behind Freeman

Behind Freeman will be a few good but not great options. Perhaps the weakest skill group on the offense, the running back spot is heavily front loaded on Freeman who figures to get a majority of touches. However, do expect Ito Smith, Brian Hill, and Kenjon Barner to receive some opportunities. If none of those names sound familiar, no worries. Smith is entering his second year in the league and rushed for 315 yards in year 1. He’s a decent option as the #2 back but doesn’t present anything too exciting.

Hill only has 31 carries to his name and has been a journeyman thus far into his career. Originally drafted by the Falcons back in 2017, this will be his second stint with the team after he carried for 157 yards last season. Barner has been around the league the longest but has yet to make much of a major impact. Barner has the most experience out of the trio and is likely to be both a rushing and receiving back for Atlanta. However, with Freeman slated to get the majority of looks, don’t expect Barner to get more than a few touches per game. 

Is Matt Ryan elite?

After his MVP season in 2016, Ryan took a major step back in 2017. However, his stats last year were reminiscent of 2016 and might even persuade fans that the real Ryan is back. He passed for 4,924 yards and 35 TDs last season and threw for a career low 1.2% interception rate. If this is truly the real Ryan, the Falcons might have a legitimate shot at the playoffs once again.

Compared to other quarterbacks, Ryan has never been the greatest passer or regarded as an elite QB. However, if he keeps this level of production up and proves to people that 2016 wasn’t a fluke, we could be witnessing a veteran quarterback entering the prime of his career. With Freeman back at the running back spot, teams will likely spread out their defense a bit more and allow Ryan to be even more precise with his passes.