Atlanta Falcons Roster 2020 Falcons Roster

7-9, 2nd NFC South

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6:00 pm GMT, 12/29

The Falcons were one of the bigger disappointments last season, going 7-9 in a season where many expected them to be a super bowl contender. A large reason why they underperformed was due to injuries, especially on the defensive side. The Falcons were still pretty solid on offense, as Matt Ryan and Julio Jones both turned in one of their best seasons yet. Ultimately, however, their decimated defense proved to be too much to overcome. This season people expect the Falcons to bounce back, as they’ve upgraded their roster and appear to have multiple key players returning from injury. The Falcons are in a pretty brutal division, but the potential for a deep playoff run remains. Here are some important questions about their roster heading into the season.

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
#5 QB 1 6'5" 220 34 5/17/85 13 2008 1 3 Boston College
QB Matt Schaub Matt Schaub M. Schaub 8
70
#68 QB 2 6'6" 240 38 6/25/81 17 2004 3 90 Virginia
QB Kurt Benkert Kurt Benkert K. Benkert 6
65
#110 QB 3 6'3" 218 24 7/17/95 1 2018
QB Danny Etling Danny Etling D. Etling 16
66
#97 QB 6'2" 222 25 7/22/94 2 2018 7 219
RB Devonta Freeman Devonta Freeman D. Freeman 24
88
#7 RB 1 5'8" 206 27 3/15/92 7 2014 4 103 Florida State
RB Brian Hill Brian Hill B. Hill 23
73
#94 RB 2 6'1" 219 24 11/9/95 4 2017 5 156 Wyoming
RB Kenjon Barner Kenjon Barner K. Barner 38
72
#112 RB 3 5'9" 196 30 4/28/89 7 2013 6 182 Oregon
RB Devon Johnson Devon Johnson D. Johnson 67
71
#120 RB 5 6'7" 330 26 7/28/93 0 2019 Marshall
RB Demario Richard Demario Richard D. Richard 41
67
#135 RB 9 5'9" 218 23 12/2/96 1 2018
RB Ito Smith Ito Smith I. Smith 25
76
#61 RB 5'9" 198 24 9/11/95 3 2018 4 126
RB Qadree Ollison Qadree Ollison Q. Ollison 30
75
#68 RB 6'1" 228 23 9/8/96 2 2019 5 152 Pittsburgh
RB Craig Reynolds Craig Reynolds C. Reynolds 42
77
#65 RB 5'11" 215 23 6/15/96 1 2019 Kutztown
OT Jake Matthews Jake Matthews J. Matthews 70
79
#27 OT 1 6'5" 308 28 2/11/92 7 2014 1 6 Texas A&M
OT Kaleb McGary Kaleb McGary K. McGary 76
75
#52 OT 1 6'7" 317 24 2/22/95 2 2019 1 31 Washington
OT Matt Gono Matt Gono M. Gono 73
68
#111 OT 2 6'4" 305 23 5/10/96 3 2018
OT Ty Sambrailo Ty Sambrailo T. Sambrailo 74
72
#84 OT 2 6'6" 311 27 3/10/92 6 2015 2 59 Colorado State
OT Lanard Bonner Lanard Bonner L. Bonner 69
71
#87 OT 3 6'3" 318 23 4/18/96 0 2019 Arkansas State
ILB Deion Jones Deion Jones D. Jones 45
88
#5 ILB 1 6'1" 222 25 11/4/94 5 2016 2 52 LSU
ILB Ahmad Thomas Ahmad Thomas A. Thomas 52
69
#60 ILB 2 6'0" 216 25 12/15/94 2 2017 Oklahoma
OLB De'Vondre Campbell De'Vondre Campbell D. Campbell 59
77
#36 OLB 1 6'4" 232 26 7/1/93 5 2016 4 115 Minnesota
OLB Foyesade Oluokun Foyesade Oluokun F. Oluokun 54
69
#110 OLB 2 6'2" 229 24 8/2/95 3 2018 6 200
SS Damontae Kazee Damontae Kazee D. Kazee 27
77
#66 SS 2 5'10" 184 26 6/5/93 4 2017 5 149 San Diego State
SS Kemal Ishmael Kemal Ishmael K. Ishmael 36
73
#44 SS 3 5'11" 208 28 5/6/91 8 2013 7 243 Central Florida
SS Jamal Carter Jamal Carter J. Carter 35
61
#83 SS 6'1" 212 25 4/12/94 4 2017 Miami
SS Terrance Parks Terrance Parks T. Parks 22
66
#77 SS 6'2" 218 29 4/14/90 1 2012 Florida State
P Sam Irwin-Hill Sam Irwin-Hill S. Irwin-Hill 2
69
#30 P 6'2" 203 29 10/10/90 2 2017 Arkansas
P Ryan Allen Ryan Allen R. Allen 9
74
#15 P 6'1" 215 29 2/28/90 8 2013 Louisiana Tech
P Matt Bosher Matt Bosher M. Bosher 5
79
#10 P 6'1" 208 32 10/18/87 10 2011 6 192 Miami
FS Ricardo Allen Ricardo Allen R. Allen 37
79
#16 FS 1 5'9" 187 28 12/18/91 6 2014 5 147 Purdue
FS Sharrod Neasman-Glover Sharrod Neasman-Glover S. Neasman-Glover 41
61
#78 FS 2 5'11" 213 28 10/14/91 5 2016 Florida Atlantic
LS Josh Harris Josh Harris J. Harris 47
62
#35 LS 6'1" 224 30 4/27/89 9 2012 Auburn
C Alex Mack Alex Mack A. Mack 51
91
#3 C 1 6'4" 311 34 11/19/85 12 2009 1 21 California
C Wes Schweitzer Wes Schweitzer W. Schweitzer 71
62
#75 C 2 6'4" 290 26 9/11/93 5 2016 6 195 San Jose State
C Cam Keizur Cam Keizur C. Keizur 62
68
#53 C 3 6'3" 303 26 1/17/94 1 2017 Portland State
DT Grady Jarrett Grady Jarrett G. Jarrett 97
86
#6 DT 1 6'1" 304 26 4/28/93 6 2015 5 137 Clemson
DT Tyeler Davison Tyeler Davison T. Davison 96
76
#35 DT 1 6'2" 316 27 9/23/92 6 2015 5 154 Fresno State
DT Deadrin Senat Deadrin Senat D. Senat 94
70
#81 DT 2 6'0" 314 25 7/22/94 3 2018 3 90 South Florida
DT Jack Crawford Jack Crawford J. Crawford 95
77
#28 DT 2 6'5" 273 31 9/7/88 9 2012 5 158 Penn State
DT Michael Bennett Michael Bennett M. Bennett 93
66
#91 DT 3 6'2" 293 26 2/24/93 4 2015 6 180 Ohio State
DB Joseph Putu Joseph Putu J. Putu 30
70
#9 DB 6'0" 194 0 2018 Florida
WR Julio Jones Julio Jones J. Jones 11
97
#4 WR 1 6'3" 220 31 2/3/89 10 2011 1 6 Alabama
WR Calvin Ridley Calvin Ridley C. Ridley 18
77
#74 WR 1 6'0" 189 25 12/20/94 3 2018 1 26 Alabama
WR Olamide Zaccheaus Olamide Zaccheaus O. Zaccheaus 17
72
#163 WR 2 5'8" 193 22 7/23/97 2 2019 Virginia
WR Justin Hardy Justin Hardy J. Hardy 14
71
#183 WR 2 5'10" 192 28 12/18/91 6 2015 4 107 ECU
WR Russell Gage Russell Gage R. Gage 83
68
#211 WR 3 6'0" 179 24 1/22/96 3 2018 6 194
WR Brandon Powell Brandon Powell B. Powell 15
68
#286 WR 3 5'8" 186 23 9/12/96 3 2018 Florida
WR Detrich Clark Detrich Clark D. Clark 87
69
#210 WR 5 5'10" 180 1 2018
WR Devin Gray Devin Gray D. Gray 19
65
#334 WR 5'11" 184 24 6/15/95 1 2018
WR Christian Blake Christian Blake C. Blake 13
67
#268 WR 6'1" 182 23 6/8/96 2 2018
WR Garrett Scantling Garrett Scantling G. Scantling 89
65
#247 WR 6'3" 210 1 2017 Georgia
TE Austin Hooper Austin Hooper A. Hooper 81
87
#10 TE 1 6'4" 254 25 10/29/94 5 2016 3 81 Stanford
TE Luke Stocker Luke Stocker L. Stocker 80
75
#49 TE 2 6'5" 253 31 7/1/88 10 2011 4 104 Tennessee
TE Jaeden Graham Jaeden Graham J. Graham 87
69
#83 TE 3 6'4" 230 24 10/10/95 2 2018 Yale
TE Jake Roh Jake Roh J. Roh 48
67
#118 TE 8 6'3" 237 1 2018
TE Carson Meier Carson Meier C. Meier 85
70
#113 TE 6'5" 255 24 6/29/95 1 2019 Oklahoma
DE Allen Bailey Allen Bailey A. Bailey 93
76
#48 DE 1 6'3" 288 30 3/25/89 10 2011 3 86 Miami
DE Jacob Tuioti-Mariner Jacob Tuioti-Mariner J. Tuioti-Mariner 91
69
#105 DE 1 6'3" 266 23 7/25/96 2 2018
DE Takk McKinley Takk McKinley T. McKinley 98
80
#29 DE 1 6'2" 250 24 11/2/95 4 2017 1 26 UCLA
DE Adrian Clayborn Adrian Clayborn A. Clayborn 99
78
#40 DE 2 6'3" 281 31 6/20/88 10 2011 1 20 Iowa
DE Vic Beasley Vic Beasley V. Beasley 44
77
#42 DE 2 6'3" 246 27 7/8/92 6 2015 1 8 Clemson
DE John Cominsky John Cominsky J. Cominsky 50
77
#43 DE 2 6'5" 286 24 11/22/95 2 2019 4 135 Charleston Univ
DE Steven Means Steven Means S. Means 56
70
#124 DE 3 6'3" 250 30 12/5/89 4 2013 5 147 Buffalo
DE Austin Larkin Austin Larkin A. Larkin 55
77
#65 DE 3 6'3" 254 24 4/6/95 2 2018 Purdue
FB Keith Smith Keith Smith K. Smith 40
76
#5 FB 1 6'1" 230 27 4/8/92 7 2014 San Jose State
CB Isaiah Oliver Isaiah Oliver I. Oliver 26
72
#138 CB 1 6'0" 201 23 9/30/96 3 2018 2 58 Colorado
CB Kendall Sheffield Kendall Sheffield K. Sheffield 20
72
#136 CB 2 5'11" 193 23 5/30/96 2 2019 4 111 Ohio State
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson Blidi Wreh-Wilson B. Wreh-Wilson 33
70
#160 CB 2 6'1" 195 30 12/5/89 8 2013 3 70 Connecticut
CB Jamar Taylor Jamar Taylor J. Taylor 43
83
#25 CB 3 5'11" 192 29 9/29/90 8 2013 2 54 Boise State
CB Jordan Miller Jordan Miller J. Miller 28
77
#72 CB 6'1" 186 23 2/8/97 0 2019 5 172 Washington
CB Heath Harding Heath Harding H. Harding 24
66
#190 CB 5'10" 190
G Jamon Brown Jamon Brown J. Brown 68
70
#98 G 1 6'4" 323 26 3/15/93 6 2015 3 72 Louisville
G Sean Harlow Sean Harlow S. Harlow 64
72
#28 G 2 6'4" 303 24 3/28/95 3 2017 4 136 Oregon State
G Chris Lindstrom Chris Lindstrom C. Lindstrom 63
75
#49 G 2 6'4" 308 23 2/8/97 1 2019 1 14 Boston College
G John Wetzel John Wetzel J. Wetzel 75
67
#120 G 3 6'7" 315 28 7/18/91 5 2013 Boston College
K Younghoe Koo Younghoe Koo Y. Koo 7
67
1 5'10" 190 25 8/3/94 2 2017 Georgia Southern

Top 3 Falcons Roster Questions of 2019-2020

How Much of an Impact Will Their Returning Players Make?

The Falcons missed the playoffs in large part because they couldn’t even play one full game with all their starters fully healthy. They were besieged by injuries early in the year, with key players like safeties Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal all suffering season ending injuries by week 3. Their starting left guard Andy Levitre suffered a season ending injury in week 2 as well. Starting linebacker Deion Jones and started running back Devonta Freeman also missed most of the regular season because of injury. The Falcons had some of the worst luck from injuries last year, but it’s unlikely fortune this bad strikes again this year. The Falcons have a chance to be one of the most significantly improved teams from last year by just getting so many core players back from injury. At the very least, their defense, which ranked 28th in yardage last year, should be much better.

How Much Help Can Their Two First Round Selections Provide?

Although the Falcons offense was pretty potent last year, their offensive line was pretty subpar. The Falcons decided to make this a priority in their draft, as they selected offensive guard Chris Lindstrom with their first-round pick than traded up to select offensive tackle Kaleb McGary at the end of the first round. The Falcons will hope those two players, along with the return of their starting left guard, can transform their offensive line. Although Lindstrom and McGary are both rookies, it’s likely they’ll be asked to start right away. Whether they’re truly ready or not, they’ll be playing in meaningful games from the get-go, as this Falcons team is one that hopes to contend. Matt Ryan isn’t getting any younger, so the Falcons will likely play with urgency, knowing their super bowl window may be closing. Although McGary and Lindstrom are rookies, the Falcons likely drafted them thinking they’d be able to contribute right away, as they’d be unlikely to draft players that didn’t fit their timeline.

Will the Falcons Offense be Better or Worse with Dirk Koetter?

After a frustrating two seasons with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, that famously included a lot of red zone woes, the Falcons decided to replace him with former Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter. Koetter brings familiarity to the Falcons, as he was their offensive coordinator from 2012-2014. Although he was unable to find success on the Buccaneers, he still often led some quality offenses. It’s unlikely any offensive coordinator the Falcons get will be as good as Kyle Shanahan, who helped make the 2016 Falcons one of the best offenses in league history, but Koetter still should be an upgrade over Sarkisian. The Falcons have some of the best weapons in football, with arguably the best receiving core in the league. If the offense disappoints this season, it’ll likely be because Koetter fails to take advantage of the team’s talent. Dan Quinn is a solid coach but has never been a great offensive mind, which is why surrounding him with an elite, creative offensive coordinator is important. Although Koetter is no longer a head coach, there’ll likely still be significant pressure on him to perform.