2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Atlanta Falcons
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Falcons had a season to forget last year but were slowed by injuries, including several to key players. Atlanta couldn't overcome those injuries and really struggled. But the team is healthier this year and has enough talent to get back to their winning ways. The offense can be top notch and while the defense still has some holes, the secondary and pass rush has some potential. Expect a much better season from this team. They can contend for a playoff spot but probably aren't a Super Bowl caliber team just yet. The defense still needs some work and the loss of linebacker Sean Weatherspoon to injury really hurts the chances of this team.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
We don't think he'll have a monster second season but tight end Levine Toilolo will get his shot to shine for the Falcons. He will be given first shot to start and fill the pass catching tight end role left by Tony Gonzalez. He has huge shoes to fill but Toilolo has the talent to be a solid option in the passing game for the Falcons. He should get his targets and help fantasy teams on a spot start basis. Matt Ryan is used to looking for the tight end, so we don't expect that to change just because Gonzalez retired.
FANTASY DUD
Running back Steven Jackson was a dud his first season with the Falcons and things aren't likely to get better for him. He is another year older and just doesn't look near as fresh as past seasons. He also has rookie Devonta Freeman to hold off for carries, which is another strike against him. The Falcons could look at the younger option if the team or Jackson has any struggles. It only makes sense. Don't expect a much different season from last year for Jackson in 2014.

Team Notes

Oct 22, 01:53 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones said he should be blamed for the team's offensive struggles, because he needs to make plays when given the chance. 'It starts with me,' Jones said. 'I got to go out there and make plays when they are presented to me. I got to go out there and catch the ball, be more of a deep threat. ... We are out there misreading or dropping balls. We have to fix that. It's nothing that the defense is doing, we have to fix that here.'
Oct 22, 12:33 PM Atlanta Falcons DT Jonathan Babineaux (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. OG Justin Blalock (back) and LB Prince Shembo (knee) were limited during practice.
Oct 22, 12:13 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Oct 22, 08:53 AM Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) will not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. Douglas traveled to London with the team and hopes to play in Week 8.
Oct 20, 05:23 PM Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan was sacked five times as the team's offensive line continues to struggle with injuries and poor play. 'We had way too much pressure,' head coach Mike Smith said. 'Our quarterback was hit and sacked way too much. There were times where we really didn't have a chance to get the play off, and that's very difficult for a quarterback, and we have to do better with our protection.'

Fantasy Impact: Ryan's play is suffering because of poor offensive line play once again.
Oct 20, 04:13 PM Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons C Peter Konz (knee) suffered a torn ACL in Week 7. Konz was placed on Reserve/Injured and is out for the year.
Oct 20, 02:53 PM The Atlanta Falcons placed C Peter Konz (knee) on Reserve/Injured and signed OT Jonathan Scott Monday, Oct. 20.
Oct 19, 09:02 PM Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons C Peter Konz (knee) left the Week 7 game against the Baltimore Ravens due to a knee injury, and he was unable to return. He will be examined Monday, Oct. 20.
Oct 19, 02:02 PM Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons C Peter Konz (knee) suffered a knee injury in Week 7 and is considered questionable to return.
Oct 19, 01:42 PM Atlanta Falcons C Peter Konz (undisclosed) was helped off the field after suffering an undisclosed injury in Week 7.
Oct 17, 01:32 PM Atlanta Falcons DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee), OG Justin Blalock (back), WR Devin Hester (hamstring), LB Prince Shembo (knee) and Nathan Stupar (knee) all fully practiced Friday, Oct. 17, and are probable.
Oct 17, 01:32 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is probable for Week 7.
Oct 17, 01:12 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) has been ruled out of the team's Week 7 game.
Oct 16, 03:52 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 16.
Oct 16, 03:52 PM Atlanta Falcons LB Prince Shembo (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 16, while OG Justin Blalock (back), DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee) and LB Nathan Stupar (knee) fully participated in practice.
Oct 16, 03:42 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Tyson Jackson, DT; Paul Soliai, DT; Jon Asamoah, G; Devin Hester, WR. 

Losses:
Thomas DeCoud, S. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  6 Jake MatthewsOL
 # 2  5 Ra'Shede HagemanDL
 # 3  4 Dezmen SouthwardDB
 # 4  3 Devonta FreemanRB
 # 4  39 Prince ShemboLB
 # 5  7 Ricardo AllenDB
 # 5  28 Marquis SpruillLB
 # 7  38 Yawin SmallwoodLB
 # 7  40 Tyler StarrLB
 Undrafted Geraldo BoldewijnWR

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     New Orleans
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     at Cincinnati
3     Sep 18 8:25PM     Tampa Bay
4     Sep 28 4:25PM     at Minnesota
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     at New York Giants
6     Oct 12 4:25PM     Chicago
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     at Baltimore
8     Oct 26 9:30AM     Detroit
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 9 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     at Carolina
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     Cleveland
13     Nov 30 4:05PM     Arizona
14     Dec 8 8:30PM     at Green Bay
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     Pittsburgh
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     at New Orleans
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     Carolina
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