Atlanta Falcons Depth Chart 2019 Falcons Depth Chart

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2018 was a year to forget for the Falcons, finishing 7-9, continuing the steady decline from their 2016 run to theSuper Bowl. The offense, led by quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones, remained one of the best in the league, finishing 10th in points for. Beyond Jones, rookie Calvin Ridley emerged as a potential star at receiver, and tight end Austin Hooper earned a Pro Bowl bid. However, perhaps too much of the offensive burden was placed on the passing game. Injuries to running back Devonta Freeman kept him off the field almost the entire year, and the rushing attack finished 27th in the league, while the passing attack finished fourth.

With more balance between those two facets, the offense would be even more elite. Speaking of imbalance, while the Atlanta offense flourished, the defense struggled all season long. Injuries to Deion Jones, Ricardo Allen, and Keanu Neal certainly didn’t help, as Atlanta finished 28th in yards against. An underwhelming year from Vic Beasely meant that the Falcons struggled to get after the opposing quarterback, leaving their banged up secondary vulnerable. After tasting so much success in recent years, Ryan and the rest of this Atlanta core will not be satisfied with another sub-.500 finish.

Offense Depth Chart

Quarterback QB
Running Back RB
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
68
#284 WR
Detrich Clark D. Clark (14)
69
#254 WR
Tight End TE
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Tight End TE
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
68
#284 WR
Detrich Clark D. Clark (14)
69
#254 WR
Quarterback QB
Running Back 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

Defense Depth Chart

Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
67
#177 DE
Austin Larkin A. Larkin (3)
77
#65 DE
Linebacker LB
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Foyesade Oluokun F. Oluokun (1)
68
#124 OLB
71
#95 OLB
Defensive Back DB
Heath Harding H. Harding (11)
66
#210 CB
Joseph Putu J. Putu (12)
70
#15 DB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
67
#177 DE
Austin Larkin A. Larkin (3)
77
#65 DE
Linebacker LB
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Foyesade Oluokun F. Oluokun (1)
68
#124 OLB
71
#95 OLB
Defensive Back DB
Heath Harding H. Harding (11)
66
#210 CB
Joseph Putu J. Putu (12)
70
#15 DB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Defense Depth Chart (4-3)
Position POS
Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
Linebacker LB
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Defensive Back DB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB

Offense Depth Chart Stats

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
90
RB 1 RB 1
Ito Smith I. Smith
78
RB 2 RB 2
Brian Hill B. Hill
73
RB 3 RB 3
Qadree Ollison Q. Ollison
75
RB 4 RB 4
Kenjon Barner K. Barner
76
RB 5 RB 5
Devon Johnson D. Johnson
71
RB 5 RB 5
Ricky Ortiz R. Ortiz
68
RB 6 RB 6
Demario Richard D. Richard
67
RB 9 RB 9
Tony Brooks-James T. Brooks-James
74
RB 9 RB 9

Defense Depth Chart Stats

Team Defense Rating
Atlanta Falcons Falcons
89
Team Defense Rating Pts Allowed/Game Yards Allowed/Game Pass Yards Allowed/Game Rush Yards Allowed/Game Sacks Fumbles INT
Atlanta Falcons
89
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Special Teams Rating
Atlanta Falcons Falcons
0
Special Teams Rating Kick Return TDs Punt Return TDs Field Goal Blocked Punt Blocked Extra Point Blocked TDs
Atlanta Falcons
0
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
74
K 1
Punters Rating
Matt Bosher M. Bosher
79
Punters Rating Depth Position
Matt Bosher M. Bosher
79
P 1

Offseason Moves

Limited cap space kept Atlanta from making too many splashy moves besides bringing in Jamon Brown from the Giants for offensive line depth. On defense, they retained one of their foundational pieces in defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, but a similarly foundational piece departs from the offense in running back Tevin Coleman. Although Coleman has been predominantly used throughout his career as the second running back behind Freeman, he always saw the field and served as one of the premier change-of-pace backs in the league. Replacing him in that role will be second-year back, Ito Smith, who looked capable in flashes last season.

In the draft, many pundits expected the Falcons to address their struggling defense, but instead, they used their two first-round picks on offensive linemen Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary, suggesting that the front office viewed the defensive issues as the result of injuries rather than lack of talent. With Jones, Neal, and Allen returning, we shall see.

Perhaps the biggest offseason moves occurred in the coaching staff. Dan Quinn remains head coach, but he also takes on the defensive coordinator role, replacing Marquand Manuel. On the other side of the ball, Steve Sarkisian has been replaced by Dirk Koetter as offensive coordinator, who returns to the Falcons after four years coaching the Buccaneers.

Looking Ahead

The familiarity between Ryan and Koetter should allow for an easy offseason transition which should help the offense to again become among the league’s five best. In both the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Koetter and Ryan’s passing offense ranked third in the league, proving the potency of their connection. Ryan is still capable of his former MVP form, and Jones and Ridley are just the weapons to help him prove it. The addition of multiple offensive linemen only cements the faith the organization has in Ryan and the offense. With the return of Freeman, one of the best runners in the NFL, the rushing attack should also improve to roughly its 2017 status as 13th best in the league.

The defensive unit should also be improved despite the lack of flashy signings. Jones and Neal are two of the best in the league at their respective positions, while Jarrett, Beasley, and Takkarist McKinley form the core of a young, athletic defensive front. While this unit will probably never be elite, it should be at least competent, and competence is all that the offense should need to win games.

Simply put, this team is better than the 7-9 record from last year would indicate. The offense is littered with stars and bolstered by a young, promising offensive line, while the defense has playmakers in the secondary and athletic pass rushers on the line. Another sub-.500 season would be as disappointing as it would be unexpected. Atlanta has the talent to win double digit games in 2019, and if the team fails to do so, the 2020 Falcons could look a lot different from the 2019 squad, both on the sideline and on the field.