2016 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Atlanta Falcons
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Falcons were just average last year, finishing 8-8. The team certainly has the offense to make the playoffs but need the defense to take it up a notch. If the defense makes more strides, this team can make the playoffs. The offense is hard to stop, especially if you consider the improvements along he offensive line this year. So the Falcons can win games just because of the offense, but if the defense improves, this team could challenge Carolina for the division title.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
The Falcons needed a starter to lineup opposite Julio Jones, so they signed Mohammed Sanu during the offseason. Sanu has been up and down during his career but gets a chance to start in an explosive offense opposite one of the best receivers in the game. Sanu seems setup for a career best season. He should challenge to reach 1,000 yards and near double-digit scores. His stock is rising in this offense.
FANTASY DUD
We aren't quite as down on running back Devonta Freeman as others but a drop off in production should be expected. He had an unbelievable season last year, leading all running backs in scoring. But he did falter some down the stretch, which shouldn't be overlooked. Freeman remains a top-10 fantasy back but a repeat of last year shouldn't be expected. So draft accordingly come draft day.

Team Notes

Jun 22, 06:13 PM Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been working on increasing his comfort level with the offense this offseason. Ryan has worked in front of a mirror to try to get his feet in the right position to be able to throw the ball the way he wants to and to improve the timing of the play. He is able to watch his feet closely this way and can make sure everything is aligned correctly before dropping back.
Jun 18, 02:33 PM Free-agent OT Jake Long (Falcons) said he's the healthiest he's felt in five or six years, adding that his knee is back to full health. Long said he's been working out and is ready for his next opportunity in the NFL. 'When I wake up and my knee doesn't hurt, you know what I mean,' Long said. 'I feel the strength back. You can see it. You can feel it. My body feels good the way I'm moving, working out and how good I feel moving on it.'
Jun 16, 01:33 AM Atlanta Falcons LB Deion Jones has put on weight, checking in at 230 pounds for the team's minicamp. He is in line to serve as the team's starting middle linebacker, and is bulking up in preparation for his first NFL campaign.
Jun 15, 10:13 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is expected to see a lot more work down the field this season, as offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan anticipates taking more deep shots. The team added WR Mohamed Sanu, TE Austin Hooper and WR Justin Hardy continues to develop, and Shanahan is hopeful their addition will help keep added defensive attention off of Jones.
Jun 13, 05:53 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy is expected to be a major contributor in the passing game this season.
Jun 12, 11:53 AM Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper will take part in the club's mandatory minicamp beginning Tuesday, June 14. He was unable to participate in three weeks of organized team activities because Stanford's academic calendar had not been completed.
Jun 12, 09:03 AM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones scored 18 touchdowns on 133 catches through the first two seasons of his career, and over the past three years, he has caught just 16 touchdowns on 281 receptions.
Jun 09, 12:43 PM Free-agent WR Roddy White (Falcons) wants to sign with a contender for the Super Bowl or he could retire. White said he would let it go to maybe Week 4 or Week 5, and he would retire after that.
Jun 08, 10:23 AM Free-agent DE Kroy Biermann (Falcons) is visiting the Detroit Lions Wednesday, June 8.
Jun 07, 04:03 PM Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (gluteus) was limited during practice Tuesday, June 7, because of a high gluteal strain, but head coach Dan Quinn said the injury is not serious.
Jun 03, 04:54 PM Atlanta Falcons #1 receiver Julio Jones joined newcomer and prospective #2 receiver Mohamed Sanu at a passing camp put together by Matt Ryan in South Florida at the end of March.
Jun 02, 07:13 PM Free-agent OT Nate Chandler (Panthers) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Chicago Bears Thursday, June 2, according to a source. He beat out free-agent OT Jake Long (Falcons) for the roster spot.
Jun 02, 08:33 AM Free-agent OT Jake Long (Falcons) is scheduled to work out for the Chicago Bears Thursday, June 2, according to a source.
May 31, 04:13 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (toe) said he's at about 75% health coming off his offseason toe surgery.
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.'

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Tom Compton, T; Alex Mack, C; LaRoy Reynolds, ILB; Mohamed Sanu, WR; Matt Schaub, QB; Derrick Shelby, DE; Courtney Upshaw, OLB; Sean Weatherspoon, LB. 

Losses:
Gino Gradkowski, C; Paul Soliai, DT. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  17 Keanu NealDB
 # 2  21 Deion JonesLB
 # 3  18 Austin HooperTE
 # 4  17 De'Vondre CampbellLB
 # 6  20 Wes Schweitzer OL
 # 7  17 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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