Atlanta Falcons Depth Chart 2018 Falcons Depth Chart

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There is a lot to like within this Falcons offense, but unfortunately on the defensive side they had a lot of starters suffer major injuries, which left them depleted and end up being one of the worst defenses in the league. Offensively it was the same core as the prior few seasons, and they even added a top wideout from the draft in Calvin Ridley. He ended up being the WR3 on the team behind Mohamed Sanu and Julio Jones. Jones was the number one wideout, as you would expect with his talent. The passing game was on and off with Matt Ryan under center, and you have to think this core is going to be getting older over the next few seasons. Atlanta is also going to be looking at Tevin Coleman hitting free agency, who has been a crucial backup to Devonta Freeman. Coleman was needed this season with Freeman missing the second half of the season. The Falcons will likely be letting Coleman walk, as Ito Smith showed great ability to step into a bigger role for next season. Austin Hooper continued to start at tight end, but wasn’t a high volume target in the offense.

Offense Depth Chart

Quarterback QB
90
#3 QB
Matt Schaub M. Schaub (2)
70
#51 QB
Running Back RB
Ito Smith I. Smith (2)
65
#112 RB
73
#77 RB
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Russell Gage R. Gage (4)
68
#146 WR
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Detrich Clark D. Clark (14)
69
# WR
Tight End TE
Jake Roh J. Roh (8)
67
# TE
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Russell Gage R. Gage (4)
68
#146 WR
Tight End TE
Jake Roh J. Roh (8)
67
# TE
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Detrich Clark D. Clark (14)
69
# WR
Quarterback QB
90
#3 QB
Matt Schaub M. Schaub (2)
70
#51 QB
Running Back RB
Ito Smith I. Smith (2)
65
#112 RB
73
#77 RB
Skill Positions Depth Chart
Position POS
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Tight End TE
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Quarterback QB
Running Back RB
Position 1 2 3 4 5
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Russell Gage R. Gage
Tight End TE
Jake Roh J. Roh
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Detrich Clark D. Clark
Quarterback QB
Matt Schaub M. Schaub
Running Back RB
Ito Smith I. Smith
Demario Richard D. Richard

Defense Depth Chart

Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Foyesade Oluokun F. Oluokun (1)
68
#62 OLB
71
#74 OLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Afolabi Laguda A. Laguda (3)
68
#58 FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Foyesade Oluokun F. Oluokun (1)
68
#62 OLB
71
#74 OLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Afolabi Laguda A. Laguda (3)
68
#58 FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Defense Depth Chart (4-3)
Position POS
Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB

Offense Depth Chart Stats

QBs
Player Rating
Matt Ryan M. Ryan
90
Matt Schaub M. Schaub
70
Quarterbacks Stats Passing Rushing
Player Rating Depth Games Sacks Depth Games Sacks Attempts Completions Completion% Passing Yards Yds/Attempt INTs Attempts Yards YPG TD
Matt Ryan M. Ryan
90
QB 1 16 42 608 422 69.4 4924 8.1 7 33 125 7.8 3
Matt Schaub M. Schaub
70
QB 2 3 0 7 5 71.4 20 2.9 0 1 0 0 0
RBs
Player Rating
Devonta Freeman D. Freeman
93
Ito Smith I. Smith
65
Brian Hill B. Hill
73
Kenjon Barner K. Barner
78
Ricky Ortiz R. Ortiz
68
Demario Richard D. Richard
67
Running Backs Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Fumbles Targets Receptions Yards YPC Long TD Attempts Yards Long TD YPC YPG
Devonta Freeman D. Freeman
93
RB 1 33.5 0 RB 1 33.5 0 7 5 23 4.6 14 0 14 68 20 0 4.9 34
Ito Smith I. Smith
65
RB 2 22.1 0 RB 2 22.1 0 32 27 152 5.6 20 0 90 315 18 4 3.5 22.5
Brian Hill B. Hill
73
RB 3 7.3 1 RB 3 7.3 1 2 1 9 9 9 0 20 157 60 0 7.8 17.4
Kenjon Barner K. Barner
78
RB 4 5.3 0 RB 4 5.3 0 1 1 3 3 3 0 19 71 11 0 3.7 7.9
Ricky Ortiz R. Ortiz
68
RB 6 11.6 0 RB 6 11.6 0 4 3 11 3.7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Demario Richard D. Richard
67
RB 9 RB 9
WRs
Player Rating
Julio Jones J. Jones
99
Calvin Ridley C. Ridley
79
Mohamed Sanu M. Sanu
84
Russell Gage R. Gage
68
Garrett Scantling G. Scantling
65
Justin Hardy J. Hardy
76
Detrich Clark D. Clark
69
Wide Receivers Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD Attempts Yards TD YPC YPG
Julio Jones J. Jones
99
LWR 1 51.1 170 113 1677 70 14.8 58 8 2 12 0 6 0.8
Calvin Ridley C. Ridley
79
RWR 2 40.3 92 64 821 70 12.8 75 10 6 27 0 4.5 1.7
Mohamed Sanu M. Sanu
84
SWR 3 51.8 94 66 838 70 12.7 44 4 7 44 0 6.3 2.8
Russell Gage R. Gage
68
LWR 4 4 10 6 63 60 10.5 22 0 0 0 0 0 0
Garrett Scantling G. Scantling
65
WR 6
Justin Hardy J. Hardy
76
WR 7 13.8 22 14 133 60 9.5 19 2 0 0 0 0 0
Detrich Clark D. Clark
69
RWR 14

Defense Depth Chart Stats

Team Defense Rating
Atlanta Falcons Falcons
77
Team Defense Rating Pts Allowed/Game Yards Allowed/Game Pass Yards Allowed/Game Rush Yards Allowed/Game Sacks Fumbles INT
Atlanta Falcons
77
26.4 384.5 259.6 124.9 37 4 15
Special Teams Rating
Atlanta Falcons Falcons
80
Special Teams Rating Kick Return TDs Punt Return TDs Field Goal Blocked Punt Blocked Extra Point Blocked TDs
Atlanta Falcons
80
0 0 0 0 0 0
Kickers Rating Depth Position Points Field Goals Made Field Goal % Made Long Extra Points Made 0-19 FG Attempted/Made 20-29 FG Attempted/Made 30-39 FG Attempted/Made 40-49 FG Attempted/Made 50+ Attempted/Made
Giorgio Tavecchio G. Tavecchio
78
K 1 23 5 100 56 8 0 1 0 2 2
Punters Rating
Matt Bosher M. Bosher
83
Punters Rating Depth Position
Matt Bosher M. Bosher
83
P 1

Last Week's Falcons Starting Lineup

RB
Player Rating
Brian Hill B. Hill
73
Tevin Coleman T. Coleman
87
Ricky Ortiz R. Ortiz
68
Jeremy Langford J. Langford
72
Running Backs Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps Fumbles Targets Yards Long TD YPC YPG Attempts Receptions Yards YPC Long TD
Brian Hill B. Hill
73
RB 1 32 0 1 9 9 0 9 9 8 1 30 3.8 12 0
Tevin Coleman T. Coleman
87
RB 2 25 0 1 9 9 0 9 9 8 1 45 5.6 23 1
Ricky Ortiz R. Ortiz
68
RB 3 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jeremy Langford J. Langford
72
RB 4 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 25 2.8 7 0
Wide Receivers Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD Attempts Yards TD YPC YPG
Mohamed Sanu M. Sanu
84
WR 1 61 10 7 90 70 12.9 32 0 1 2 0 2 2
Julio Jones J. Jones
99
WR 2 51 13 9 138 70 15.3 37 1 0 0 0 0 0
Calvin Ridley C. Ridley
79
WR 3 46 5 5 32 100 6.4 12 1 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Hardy J. Hardy
76
WR 4 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Russell Gage R. Gage
68
WR 5 13 2 2 14 100 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marvin Hall M. Hall
65
WR 6 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2018 Falcons Lineups

Game Score Starting Lineup Game Score Starting Lineup
Week 17: 12/30/18 at TB 34-32 W Matt Ryan (QB), Tevin Coleman (RB), Mohamed Sanu (WR1), Julio Jones (WR2), Calvin Ridley (WR3), Austin Hooper (TE), Ryan Schraeder (OT), Jake Matthews (OT), Alex Mack (C), Ty Sambrailo (OT), Zane Beadles (OT)
Week 16: 12/23/18 at CAR 24-10 W Matt Ryan (QB), Tevin Coleman (RB), Mohamed Sanu (WR1), Julio Jones (WR2), Logan Paulsen (TE), Wes Schweitzer (C), Zane Beadles (G), Alex Mack (C), Jake Matthews (OT), Ty Sambrailo (OT)
Week 15: 12/16/18 vs ARI 40-14 W Matt Ryan (QB), Tevin Coleman (RB), Julio Jones (WR1), Mohamed Sanu (WR2), Calvin Ridley (WR3), Eric Saubert (TE), Alex Mack (C), Zane Beadles (G), Jake Matthews (OT), Wes Schweitzer (C), Ty Sambrailo (OT)
Week 14: 12/9/18 at GB 20-34 L Matt Ryan (QB), Tevin Coleman (RB), Calvin Ridley (WR1), Julio Jones (WR2), Mohamed Sanu (WR3), Austin Hooper (TE), Jake Matthews (OT), Alex Mack (C), Ty Sambrailo (OT), Wes Schweitzer (C), Zane Beadles (G)
Week 13: 12/2/18 vs BAL 16-26 L Matt Ryan (QB), Tevin Coleman (RB), Calvin Ridley (WR1), Mohamed Sanu (WR2), Julio Jones (WR3), Austin Hooper (TE), Zane Beadles (G), Alex Mack (C), Wes Schweitzer (C), Ryan Schraeder (OT), Jake Matthews (OT)

Preseason Analysis: An Imposing Offense with a Smothering Defense – The New Look Atlanta Falcons in 2018

It has been a bland offseason for Atlanta, with the only major move coming in the draft. The Falcons have a nag for Atlanta wideouts it seems, drafting Calvin Ridley in the first round. Ridley was a highly touted receiver coming out of the draft, and should make an impact this season. Mohamed Sanu still holds rank on him, but that should change at some point during the year. Outside of that, this offense remains the same as the draft focused on defense this year. The duo of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman still remains one of the better ones in football, and both remain fantasy relevant moving forward. Coleman is on the final year of his contract, and it could end up moving to another team for a starting role. Atlanta drafted Ito Smith to potentially be a guy that becomes Coleman, but that will not be the case this year. Austin Hooper has been in the waiting for some time, yet has not cracked his way up the Falcons totem pole for relevance. Matt Ryan has the weapons to rebound this year, especially if Ridley steps up into the player a lot of people believe he can be, there is huge potential.

A High-Powered Offensive Philosophy

The Atlanta Falcons are but two years removed from a devastating second half meltdown against the New England Patriots. Many of the same players who steamrolled their way through 2016 NFC playoffs are still on the roster. They lost again in 2017 to the eventual Super Bowl Champion, so Atlanta has a roster full of hungry players who come so close to a coveted ring. Atlanta built a winning reputation on the philosophy that it doesn't matter how many points we surrender, as long as we score more. An all-out aerial attack, blended with just enough rushing. The theory worked well. Offensively talented starting lineups managed to propel them into four consecutive NFC playoffs. However, back-to-back losing seasons saw the exit of head coach Mike Smith and the start of a more defensive-minded strategy. Current head coach Dan Quinn, still armed with prolific pass catcher Julio Jones and perennial Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan, will have an offense that can move the football with consistency.

However, it's the improvements on defense that have experts talking. Heading into 2018, Atlanta will score points with the same basic cast that finished 8th overall in total offense this past season. On defense, they have retooled some of the weaker positions to load up on the 3rd best defense in the 2017 playoffs. The Falcons will still score points in 2018, but now they can also shut down their opposition. During the regular seasons last month stretch for the 2017 playoffs, Atlanta faced five high-powered offenses, twice against NFC South rival New Orleans. The most points they surrendered was 23 in a tough loss at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to the Saints.

An Ever-Improving Defense

While the offense seemed to level out, the defense consistently improved in 2017. Free agency saw the departure of defensive tackle Dontari Poe to rival Carolina, but 3rd round draft pick, 314 pound Deadrin Senat out of South Florida, is already turning heads. Atlanta also feels they will get a boost from the signing of former Tennessee Titan cover-corner Blidi Wreh-Wilson. As the Falcons steadily improved on defense down the homestretch, the offense did lose some of its famed luster. Jones was banged up, down the stretch, and Ryan couldn't seem to find a consistent connection with other wide receivers. Enter Atlanta's first round selection in last April's draft.

Fresh off a BCS college championship, Calvin Ridley is going to draw a huge amount of focus away from Jones and the other Atlanta pass catchers. Devonta Freeman will look to spend more time healthy and combine with the Falcon's two-headed rushing attack that features Tevin Coleman on most passing downs. Keep an eye as well, on Atlanta's explosive 4th round pick, Ito Smith out of Southern Mississippi. Smith has good hands and superb speed, something the fast-paced Atlanta offense loves to utilize. However, driven by a tough division schedule in the NFC South, the Falcon's new philosophy is geared more towards a balance between a good offense and a smothering defense. Heading into 2018, they still loaded with high impact superstars in Atlanta, now on both sides of the ball. With some of their veterans slowly aging, the window of opportunity can slam shut in an instant, and that instant is creeping closer for the Falcons. Look for Atlanta to be a tough match up every Sunday, with maybe fewer points on the scoreboard, but a chance at double-digit wins again.