Team Grade:
Atlanta Falcons
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Falcons are a tough team to gauge. The offense is top notch but the defense still has some holes. If the defense can make some improvements, Atlanta can challenge for the division title and make the playoffs. But the holes defensively probably prevent this team from making a long run into the playoffs. Either way, Atlanta will be a tough weekly opponent because of the explosive offense.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
He is a rookie but things sure look good for running back Tevin Coleman this season. He seems a great fit for the Falcons new offense and has a good chance to take over the starting job sooner than later. Devonta Freeman has shown flashes of good things but Coleman has a better overall skillset for the Falcons. Coleman is an explosive player with big-play ability. He can top more than 1,000 total yards as a rookie and could be a star in a few more seasons.
FANTASY DUD
As mentioned, Devonta Freeman has done some good things with past chances, but the rookie back might be the better overall fit for the offense. It wouldn't surprise to see Freeman open the season as the starter for the Falcons, but Coleman should take over the starting job before long. Freeman is worth a draft pick but don't overvalue him come draft day. He should get fewer touches as the season progresses and Coleman starts to shine.

Team Notes

May 19, 01:13 PM Atlanta Falcons LB Vic Beasley's (shoulder) torn labrum in his shoulder is a non-issue this offseason. He was able to take part in practice and received snaps in the regular season last year while playing through it. Beasley said his shoulder is now at full health, and he's also added some upper-body weight in the last few months with the help of a nutritionist.
May 12, 09:33 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (toe) could be fully recovered from toe surgery prior to training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn, and Quinn said he is inclined to allow Hester to try to return kicks out of the end zone. 'There are special players like Dev and other returners around the league, they'll still get green-lighted,' Quinn said. 'Here's a guy who is on the club for this unique reason.'
May 11, 03:33 PM Atlanta Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles') said he is in great health and that his movement is light years ahead of where he was last year coming of his ruptured Achilles' tendon.
May 11, 12:23 PM Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper's four-year rookie contract is worth $3.165 million and includes a $746,524 signing bonus.
May 02, 11:03 AM Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (toe) hasn't been cleared to run yet after offseason toe surgery. He expects to return kicks for the Falcons in 2016.
May 01, 11:23 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Fuller could replace WR Devin Hester (toe) as the team's primary kick returner if Hester is slow to recover from toe surgery.
Apr 22, 03:23 PM Atlanta Falcons CB Desmond Trufant's fifth-year option was exercised Friday, April 22, according to a source.
Apr 19, 06:53 PM Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan admitted Tuesday, April 19, that he took too long at times to process offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme in 2015. Ryan said he is excited to have Shanahan back for another season. 'As you're in a system more, you start focusing on the things that are important,' Ryan said. 'What you're going against defensively, what your keys are in protection, what you're looking for from a coverage standpoint.' Ryan also said that he thought all the players involved in a recent passing camp felt more comfortable with the offense, adding that he could tell early on that they were a lot further along than at certain points midway through last season.
Apr 17, 09:23 PM Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman, WR Justin Hardy, LB, Vic Beasley, DT Grady Jarrett, CB Jalen Collins and FS Robenson Therezie are the six players head coach Dan Quinn is counting on to elevate their games in 2016.
Apr 17, 09:23 PM Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman, WR Justin Hardy, LB, Vic Beasley, DT Grady Jarrett, CB Jalen Collins and FS Robenson Therezie are the six players head coach Dan Quinn is counting on to elevate their games in 2016.
Apr 17, 09:23 PM Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman, WR Justin Hardy, LB, Vic Beasley, DT Grady Jarrett, CB Jalen Collins and FS Robenson Therezie are the six players head coach Dan Quinn is counting on to elevate their games in 2016.
Apr 17, 09:23 PM Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman, WR Justin Hardy, LB, Vic Beasley, DT Grady Jarrett, CB Jalen Collins and FS Robenson Therezie are the six players head coach Dan Quinn is counting on to elevate their games in 2016.
Apr 17, 09:23 PM Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman, WR Justin Hardy, LB, Vic Beasley, DT Grady Jarrett, CB Jalen Collins and FS Robenson Therezie are the six players head coach Dan Quinn is counting on to elevate their games in 2016.
Apr 08, 04:33 PM Atlanta Falcons CB Jalen Collins has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs.
Apr 05, 08:53 AM Free-agent DE Da'Quan Bowers (Buccaneers) and CB Phillip Adams (Falcons) worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, April 4.
Mar 29, 06:53 PM Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu is among a group of Falcons working together in Florida. QB Matt Ryan, RB Devonta Freeman and WR Julio Jones are also among the group of players, as reported earlier.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Phillip Adams, CB; Adrian Clayborn, DE; Justin Durant, LB; Leonard Hankerson, WR; Brooks Reed, LB; O??Brien Schofield, DE; Jacob Tamme, TE. 

Losses:
Harry Douglas, WR; Dwight Lowery, FS; Robert McClain, CB; Corey Peters, DT; Jacquizz Rodgers, RB; Sean Weatherspoon, LB; Josh Wilson, CB. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  17 Keanu NealDB
 # 2  52 Deion JonesLB
 # 3  81 Austin HooperTE
 # 4  115 De'Vondre CampbellLB
 # 6  195 Wes Schweitzer OL
 # 7  238 Devin FullerWR

2016 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 11 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
2     Sep 18 4:25PM     at Oakland
3     Sep 26 8:30PM     at New Orleans
4     Oct 2 1:00PM     Carolina
5     Oct 9 4:05PM     at Denver
6     Oct 16 4:25PM     at Seattle
7     Oct 23 4:05PM     San Diego
8     Oct 30 1:00PM     Green Bay
9     Nov 3 8:25PM     at Tampa Bay
10     Nov 13 1:00PM     at Philadelphia
-- Week 11 Bye --
12     Nov 27 1:00PM     Arizona
13     Dec 4 1:00PM     Kansas City
14     Dec 11 4:25PM     at Los Angeles
15     Dec 18 4:05PM     San Francisco
16     Dec 24 1:00PM     at Carolina
17     Jan 1 1:00PM     New Orleans
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