Atlanta Falcons Roster 2018 Falcons Roster

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There isn’t much turnover for Atlanta this season, as they still feature one of the best running back duos in football. This will likely be the last year we see them have both Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman as Coleman is set to become a free agent. At 33 years old, Matt Ryan is still going strong and has Matt Schaub backing him up if anything was to happen. Julio Jones has another Alabama wideout with him now. Calvin Ridley was drafted late in the first round, and will look to make a push in this offense. Mohamed Sanu is still in the picture, but Taylor Gabriel is in Chicago. Atlanta looked to build more upon the defensive side, which is easy to see with their mix of offensive talent. Austin Hooper is in his third year, and if he can build upon his snaps from last season there is some production available.

Pos Name Number Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. Drafted Draft Round Draft Pick College
QB Matt Ryan Matt Ryan M. Ryan 2
90
#3 QB 1 6'5" 220 33 5/17/85 12 2008 1 3 Boston College
QB Matt Schaub Matt Schaub M. Schaub 8
70
#51 QB 2 6'6" 240 37 6/25/81 16 2004 3 90 Virginia
RB Devonta Freeman Devonta Freeman D. Freeman 24
93
#2 RB 1 5'8" 206 27 3/15/92 6 2014 4 103 Florida State
RB Ito Smith Ito Smith I. Smith 25
65
#112 RB 2 5'9" 198 23 9/11/95 2 2018 4 126
RB Brian Hill Brian Hill B. Hill 32
73
#77 RB 3 6'1" 219 23 11/9/95 2 2017 5 156 Wyoming
RB Kenjon Barner Kenjon Barner K. Barner 23
78
#48 RB 4 5'9" 196 29 4/28/89 6 2013 6 182 Oregon
RB Demario Richard Demario Richard D. Richard 41
67
#93 RB 9 5'9" 218 22 12/2/96 1 2018
RB Ricky Ortiz Ricky Ortiz R. Ortiz 30
68
#89 RB 6'0" 235 25 4/15/94 2 2017 Oregon State
OT Jake Matthews Jake Matthews J. Matthews 70
82
#20 OT 1 6'5" 308 27 2/11/92 6 2014 1 6 Texas A&M
OT Ty Sambrailo Ty Sambrailo T. Sambrailo 74
72
#57 OT 1 6'6" 311 27 3/10/92 5 2015 2 59 Colorado State
OT Matt Gono Matt Gono M. Gono 77
68
#88 OT 2 6'4" 305 22 5/10/96 2 2018
OT John Wetzel John Wetzel J. Wetzel 73
67
#101 OT 3 6'7" 315 27 7/18/91 4 2013 Boston College
ILB Deion Jones Deion Jones D. Jones 45
89
#15 ILB 1 6'1" 222 24 11/4/94 4 2016 2 52 LSU
ILB Bruce Carter Bruce Carter B. Carter 55
70
2 6'1" 240 31 2/19/88 8 2011 2 40 North Carolina
OLB De'Vondre Campbell De'Vondre Campbell D. Campbell 59
83
#18 OLB 1 6'4" 232 25 7/1/93 4 2016 4 115 Minnesota
OLB Foyesade Oluokun Foyesade Oluokun F. Oluokun 54
68
#62 OLB 1 6'2" 229 23 8/2/95 2 2018 6 200
OLB Duke Riley Duke Riley D. Riley 42
71
#74 OLB 2 6'1" 231 24 8/9/94 3 2017 3 75 LSU
OLB Jermaine Grace Jermaine Grace J. Grace 53
70
#68 OLB 3 6'1" 209 25 11/8/93 2 2017 Miami
OLB Kemal Ishmael Kemal Ishmael K. Ishmael 36
73
#58 OLB 3 5'11" 208 27 5/6/91 7 2013 7 243 Central Florida
SS Ricardo Allen Ricardo Allen R. Allen 37
85
#16 SS 1 5'9" 187 27 12/18/91 5 2014 5 147 Purdue
SS Damontae Kazee Damontae Kazee D. Kazee 27
71
#45 SS 2 5'10" 184 25 6/5/93 3 2017 5 149 San Diego State
SS Terrance Parks Terrance Parks T. Parks 22
66
#61 SS 6'2" 218 29 4/14/90 1 2012 Florida State
SS Sharrod Neasman-Glover Sharrod Neasman-Glover S. Neasman-Glover 41
61
#97 SS 5'11" 213 27 10/14/91 3 2016 Florida Atlantic
P Matt Bosher Matt Bosher M. Bosher 5
83
#6 P 1 6'1" 208 31 10/18/87 9 2011 6 192 Miami
FS Keanu Neal Keanu Neal K. Neal 22
88
#6 FS 1 6'0" 211 23 7/26/95 4 2016 1 17 Florida
FS Afolabi Laguda Afolabi Laguda A. Laguda 35
68
#58 FS 3 6'1" 205 23 7/28/95 1 2018 Colorado
LS Josh Harris Josh Harris J. Harris 47
62
#28 LS 6'1" 224 29 4/27/89 8 2012 Auburn
C Alex Mack Alex Mack A. Mack 51
91
#3 C 1 6'4" 311 33 11/19/85 11 2009 1 21 California
C Wes Schweitzer Wes Schweitzer W. Schweitzer 71
62
#107 C 2 6'4" 290 25 9/11/93 4 2016 6 195 San Jose State
C Cam Keizur Cam Keizur C. Keizur 62
68
#41 C 3 6'3" 303 25 1/17/94 1 2017 Portland State
DT Deadrin Senat Deadrin Senat D. Senat 94
67
#66 DT 1 6'0" 314 24 7/22/94 2 2018 3 90 South Florida
DT Grady Jarrett Grady Jarrett G. Jarrett 97
88
#5 DT 1 6'1" 304 25 4/28/93 5 2015 5 137 Clemson
DT Jack Crawford Jack Crawford J. Crawford 95
70
#54 DT 2 6'5" 273 30 9/7/88 8 2012 5 158 Penn State
DT Michael Bennett Michael Bennett M. Bennett 93
66
#99 DT 3 6'2" 293 26 2/24/93 3 2015 6 180 Ohio State
DT Tyeler Davison Tyeler Davison T. Davison 95
82
#9 DT 3 6'2" 316 26 9/23/92 5 2015 5 154 Fresno State
DB Joseph Putu Joseph Putu J. Putu 30
68
#3 DB 6'0" 194 0 2018 Florida
WR Julio Jones Julio Jones J. Jones 11
99
#2 WR 1 6'3" 220 30 2/3/89 9 2011 1 6 Alabama
WR Calvin Ridley Calvin Ridley C. Ridley 18
79
#70 WR 1 6'0" 189 24 12/20/94 2 2018 1 26 Alabama
WR Mohamed Sanu Mohamed Sanu M. Sanu 12
84
#39 WR 1 6'1" 211 29 8/22/89 8 2012 3 83 Rutgers
WR Russell Gage Russell Gage R. Gage 83
68
#146 WR 2 6'0" 179 23 1/22/96 2 2018 6 194
WR Detrich Clark Detrich Clark D. Clark 87
69
5 5'10" 180 1 2018
WR Garrett Scantling Garrett Scantling G. Scantling 89
65
#183 WR 6'3" 210 1 2017 Georgia
WR Justin Hardy Justin Hardy J. Hardy 14
76
#94 WR 5'10" 192 27 12/18/91 5 2015 4 107 ECU
TE Austin Hooper Austin Hooper A. Hooper 81
81
#20 TE 1 6'4" 254 24 10/29/94 4 2016 3 81 Stanford
TE Eric Saubert Eric Saubert E. Saubert 85
68
#74 TE 2 6'5" 253 24 5/9/94 3 2017 5 174 Drake
TE Jake Roh Jake Roh J. Roh 48
67
8 6'3" 237 1 2018
TE Luke Stocker Luke Stocker L. Stocker 88
70
#66 TE 6'5" 253 30 7/1/88 9 2011 4 104 Tennessee
TE Logan Paulsen Logan Paulsen L. Paulsen 82
71
#64 TE 6'5" 264 32 2/26/87 10 2010 UCLA
DE Vic Beasley Vic Beasley V. Beasley 44
81
#42 DE 1 6'3" 246 26 7/8/92 5 2015 1 8 Clemson
DE Takk McKinley Takk McKinley T. McKinley 98
84
#32 DE 1 6'2" 250 23 11/2/95 3 2017 1 26 UCLA
DE Adrian Clayborn Adrian Clayborn A. Clayborn 99
85
#22 DE 2 6'3" 281 30 6/20/88 9 2011 1 20 Iowa
DE Steven Means Steven Means S. Means 56
70
#95 DE 2 6'3" 250 29 12/5/89 4 2013 5 147 Buffalo
DE Chris Odom Chris Odom C. Odom 93
67
#126 DE 3 6'3" 256 24 9/16/94 2 2017 Arkansas State
DE Ra'Shede Hageman Ra'Shede Hageman R. Hageman 77
74
6'6" 310 28 8/8/90 4 2014 2 37 Minnesota
CB Desmond Trufant Desmond Trufant D. Trufant 21
95
#3 CB 1 6'0" 190 28 9/10/90 7 2013 1 22 Washington
CB Isaiah Oliver Isaiah Oliver I. Oliver 20
68
#131 CB 1 6'0" 201 22 9/30/96 2 2018 2 58 Colorado
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson Blidi Wreh-Wilson B. Wreh-Wilson 33
70
#110 CB 2 6'1" 195 29 12/5/89 7 2013 3 70 Connecticut
CB Heath Harding Heath Harding H. Harding 24
66
#157 CB 5'10" 190
G Jamon Brown Jamon Brown J. Brown 78
70
#66 G 1 6'4" 323 26 3/15/93 5 2015 3 72 Louisville
G James Carpenter James Carpenter J. Carpenter 77
81
#18 G 1 6'4" 321 30 3/22/89 9 2011 1 25 Alabama
G Brandon Fusco Brandon Fusco B. Fusco 65
77
#34 G 2 6'4" 306 30 7/26/88 9 2011 6 172 Slippery Rock - PA
G Adam Gettis Adam Gettis A. Gettis 72
68
#101 G 3 6'2" 293 30 12/9/88 7 2012 5 141 Iowa
K Giorgio Tavecchio Giorgio Tavecchio G. Tavecchio 4
78
#15 K 1 5'10" 182 28 7/16/90 2 2012 California

Falcons Build Through the Draft

After blowing an easy victory in Super Bowl LI, the Atlanta Falcons entered the 2017 season on a mission to make up for their mistakes. A late season run put the team in position to accomplish their goal, but they eventually fell to the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the playoffs. Most teams would go out and get a game-changing player after narrowing missing a championship two straight years, but the Falcons had no room under the salary cap to make a big move.

The Atlanta offense lacked explosiveness last season without Kyle Shanahan calling the plays. It takes a long time to fully learn a new offensive system, so the Falcons should have a much easier time moving the ball on a consistent basis in 2018. Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman are simply two of the most explosive skill players in the game right now. They are both a threat to score every time they touch the ball.

The only major change to the Atlanta offense came at the wide receiver position. Calvin Ridley replaced Taylor Gabriel as the team's third receiver. It often takes rookie receivers a few years to get acclimated to the NFL, but Ridley play in a pro-style offense for three years at Alabama. This should make it much easier for him to dominate early in the season. If the team is not hamstrung by poor play calling, then the Falcons will once again have one of the highest scoring offenses in the NFL this year. Defense has never been one of the strong points of the Atlanta Falcons, but the unit will be a huge question mark in the upcoming season. Adrian Clayborn was a dominant force as an edge pass rusher for Atlanta for the last three seasons, but he is now playing with the New England Patriots. Since they did not find an adequate replacement for Clayborn, the Falcons may have a lot of trouble pressuring the opposing quarterback. Atlanta has a great secondary, but it is virtually impossible to cover NFL receivers without an adequate pass rush. Since the offense is going to score a lot of points, the success of the Atlanta Falcons in 2018 will ultimately come down to the performance of their defense. If they can limit opponents to less than 25 points a game, then the Falcons will easily win the NFC South division.

Fantasy Risers/Fallers

Riser: Matt Ryan

Atlanta's new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was far too conservative with his play calling early in the 2017 season. This caused Matt Ryan and the rest of the offense to struggle moving the ball down the field on a consistent basis. Everything started to click late in the season as the players and coaches got comfortable with the new system. Matt Ryan looks poised to regain his spot as a premiere fantasy football quarterback in 2018, but he is still being selected as a backup in most drafts.

Faller: Austin Hooper

Austin Hooper has shown flashes of brilliance in his young NFL career, but he has been far too inconsistent to be a reliable fantasy option. Hooper was set to become a bigger part of the Atlanta offense after Taylor Gabriel signed with the Chicago Bears, but that was before the Falcons used their top draft pick to select wide receiver Calvin Ridley. The team also signed Logan Paulsen to split time with Hooper at the tight end position. Since Austin Hooper is set to be the fourth or fifth option in the passing game, he can be ignored in most upcoming fantasy drafts.