Atlanta Falcons Roster 2020 Atlanta 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 Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. Drafted Draft Round Draft Pick College
QB
Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan M. Ryan
2
90
#5 QB 6'4" 217 34 5/17/85 13 2008 1 3 Boston College
QB
Matt Schaub
Matt Schaub M. Schaub
8
70
#68 QB 6'6" 245 38 6/25/81 17 2004 3 90 Virginia
QB
Kurt Benkert
Kurt Benkert K. Benkert
6
65
#110 QB 6'4" 215 24 7/17/95 2 2018 Virginia
QB
Matt Simms
Matt Simms M. Simms
9
54
#99 QB 6'3" 210 31 9/27/88 4 2012 Tennessee
RB
Todd Gurley
Todd Gurley T. Gurley
30
95
#2 RB 6'1" 222 25 8/3/94 6 2015 1 10 Georgia
RB
Craig Reynolds
Craig Reynolds C. Reynolds
0
77
#65 RB 5'11" 225 23 6/15/96 1 2019 Kutztown
RB
Ito Smith
Ito Smith I. Smith
25
76
#61 RB 5'9" 195 24 9/11/95 3 2018 4 126 Southern Mississippi
RB
Qadree Ollison
Qadree Ollison Q. Ollison
30
75
#68 RB 6'1" 232 23 9/8/96 2 2019 5 152 Pittsburgh
RB
Brian Hill
Brian Hill B. Hill
23
73
#94 RB 6'1" 219 24 11/9/95 4 2017 5 156 Wyoming
FB
Keith Smith
Keith Smith K. Smith
40
76
#5 FB 6'0" 240 27 4/8/92 7 2014 San Jose State
WR
Julio Jones
Julio Jones J. Jones
11
97
#4 WR 6'3" 220 31 2/8/89 10 2011 1 6 Alabama
WR
Calvin Ridley
Calvin Ridley C. Ridley
18
77
#74 WR 6'1" 190 25 12/20/94 3 2018 1 26 Alabama
WR
Olamide Zaccheaus
Olamide Zaccheaus O. Zaccheaus
17
72
#163 WR 5'8" 193 22 7/23/97 2 2019 Virginia
WR
Laquon Treadwell
Laquon Treadwell L. Treadwell
11
71
#132 WR 6'2" 221 24 6/14/95 5 2016 1 23 Mississippi
WR
Russell Gage
Russell Gage R. Gage
83
68
#211 WR 6'0" 184 24 1/22/96 3 2018 6 194 LSU
WR
Brandon Powell
Brandon Powell B. Powell
15
68
#286 WR 5'8" 181 24 9/12/95 3 2018 Florida
WR
Christian Blake
Christian Blake C. Blake
13
67
#268 WR 6'1" 181 23 6/8/96 2 2018 Northern Illinois
WR
Danny Etling
Danny Etling D. Etling
0
66
#97 WR 6'3" 220 25 7/22/94 1 2018 7 219 LSU
WR
Devin Gray
Devin Gray D. Gray
0
65
#334 WR 6'0" 192 24 6/15/95 1 2018 Cincinnati
TE
Hayden Hurst
Hayden Hurst H. Hurst
0
80
#24 TE 6'4" 260 26 8/24/93 3 2018 1 25 South Carolina
TE
Khari Lee
Khari Lee K. Lee
88
72
#62 TE 6'4" 267 28 1/16/92 5 2015 Bowie State
TE
Carson Meier
Carson Meier C. Meier
0
70
#113 TE 6'5" 254 24 6/29/95 1 2019 Oklahoma
TE
Jaeden Graham
Jaeden Graham J. Graham
87
69
#83 TE 6'4" 250 24 10/10/95 2 2018 Yale
C
Alex Mack
Alex Mack A. Mack
51
91
#3 C 6'4" 311 34 11/19/85 12 2009 1 21 California
OG
James Carpenter
James Carpenter J. Carpenter
77
84
#13 OG 6'5" 321 31 3/22/89 10 2011 1 25 Alabama
OG
Chris Lindstrom
Chris Lindstrom C. Lindstrom
63
75
#49 OG 6'4" 307 23 2/8/97 2 2019 1 14 Boston College
OG
Sean Harlow
Sean Harlow S. Harlow
64
72
#28 OG 6'4" 303 25 3/28/95 3 2017 4 136 Oregon State
OG
Jamon Brown
Jamon Brown J. Brown
68
70
#98 OG 6'4" 340 27 3/15/93 6 2015 3 72 Louisville
OG
Matt Gono
Matt Gono M. Gono
73
68
#111 OG 6'4" 305 23 5/10/96 3 2018 Wesley College
OG
Justin McCray
Justin McCray J. McCray
67
66
#127 OG 6'3" 310 27 5/31/92 4 2014 Central Florida
OT
Jake Matthews
Jake Matthews J. Matthews
70
79
#27 OT 6'5" 309 28 2/11/92 7 2014 1 6 Texas A&M
OT
Kaleb McGary
Kaleb McGary K. McGary
76
75
#52 OT 6'6" 306 25 2/22/95 2 2019 1 31 Washington
OT
John Wetzel
John Wetzel J. Wetzel
75
67
#120 OT 6'7" 328 28 7/18/91 5 2013 Boston College
DT
Grady Jarrett
Grady Jarrett G. Jarrett
97
86
#6 DT 6'0" 305 26 4/28/93 6 2015 5 137 Clemson
DT
Tyeler Davison
Tyeler Davison T. Davison
96
76
#35 DT 6'2" 309 27 9/3/92 6 2015 5 154 Fresno State
DT
Deadrin Senat
Deadrin Senat D. Senat
94
70
#81 DT 6'1" 305 25 7/22/94 3 2018 3 90 South Florida
DT
Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett M. Bennett
93
66
#91 DT 6'2" 293 27 2/24/93 4 2015 6 180 Ohio State
DE
Dante Fowler Jr
Dante Fowler Jr D. F. Jr
56
79
#28 DE 6'3" 261 25 8/3/94 6 2015 1 3 Florida
DE
John Cominsky
John Cominsky J. Cominsky
50
77
#43 DE 6'5" 285 24 11/22/95 2 2019 4 135 Charleston (WV)
DE
Austin Larkin
Austin Larkin A. Larkin
55
77
#65 DE 6'3" 265 24 4/6/95 1 2018 Purdue
DE
Allen Bailey
Allen Bailey A. Bailey
93
76
#48 DE 6'3" 288 31 3/25/89 10 2011 3 86 Miami (Fla.)
DE
Steven Means
Steven Means S. Means
56
70
#124 DE 6'3" 263 29 9/16/90 6 2013 5 147 Buffalo
DE
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner J. Tuioti-Mariner
91
69
#105 DE 6'2" 285 23 7/25/96 2 2018 UCLA
LB
Deion Jones
Deion Jones D. Jones
45
88
#5 LB 6'1" 222 25 11/4/94 5 2016 2 52 LSU
LB
Takkarist McKinley
Takkarist McKinley T. McKinley
98
80
#29 LB 6'2" 250 24 11/2/95 4 2017 1 26 UCLA
LB
Foyesade Oluokun
Foyesade Oluokun F. Oluokun
54
69
#110 LB 6'2" 215 24 8/2/95 3 2018 6 200 Yale
LB
Ahmad Thomas
Ahmad Thomas A. Thomas
52
69
#60 LB 6'0" 227 25 12/15/94 1 2017 Oklahoma
LB
LaRoy Reynolds
LaRoy Reynolds L. Reynolds
55
65
#141 LB 6'1" 243 29 11/3/90 8 2013 Virginia
CB
Ricardo Allen
Ricardo Allen R. Allen
37
79
#16 CB 5'9" 186 28 12/18/91 6 2014 5 147 Purdue
CB
Jordan Miller
Jordan Miller J. Miller
28
77
#72 CB 6'2" 190 23 2/8/97 2 2019 5 172 Washington
CB
Damontae Kazee
Damontae Kazee D. Kazee
27
77
#66 CB 5'11" 174 26 6/5/93 4 2017 5 149 San Diego State
CB
Kendall Sheffield
Kendall Sheffield K. Sheffield
20
72
#136 CB 5'10" 212 23 5/30/96 2 2019 4 111 Ohio State
CB
Isaiah Oliver
Isaiah Oliver I. Oliver
26
72
#138 CB 6'0" 210 23 9/30/96 3 2018 2 58 Colorado
CB
Blidi Wreh-Wilson
Blidi Wreh-Wilson B. Wreh-Wilson
33
70
#160 CB 6'1" 195 30 12/5/89 8 2013 3 70 Connecticut
CB
C.J. Reavis
C.J. Reavis C. Reavis
0
65
#76 CB 6'0" 198 24 11/27/95 1 2018 Marshall
SS
Keanu Neal
Keanu Neal K. Neal
22
90
#5 SS 6'0" 211 24 7/26/95 5 2016 1 17 Florida
SS
Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper C. Cooper
34
65
#80 SS 5'10" 202 26 3/17/94 1 2018 Stony Brook
SS
Sharrod Neasman-Glover
Sharrod Neasman-Glover S. Neasman-Glover
41
61
#78 SS 6'0" 198 28 10/14/91 5 2016 Florida Atlantic
SS
Jamal Carter
Jamal Carter J. Carter
35
61
#83 SS 6'1" 215 25 4/12/94 4 2017 Miami (Fla.)
LS
Josh Harris
Josh Harris J. Harris
47 6'1" 240 30 4/27/89 9 2012 Auburn
P
Ryan Allen
Ryan Allen R. Allen
9
74
#15 P 6'2" 220 30 2/28/90 8 2013 Louisiana Tech
P
Sam Irwin-Hill
Sam Irwin-Hill S. Irwin-Hill
0
69
#30 P 6'3" 210 29 10/10/90 1 2017 Arkansas
PK
Younghoe Koo
Younghoe Koo Y. Koo
7
67
5'9" 185 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.