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

Jul 22, 06:13 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) will be ready for the start of training camp, as expected, but will be limited.
Jul 22, 06:13 PM Atlanta Falcons DT Corey Peters (Achilles') and SS Zeke Motta (neck) were placed on the physically unable to perform list.
Jul 22, 04:23 PM The Atlanta Falcons are signing free-agent LB Pat Angerer (Colts), according to a source. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Jul 22, 04:13 PM The Atlanta Falcons signed free-agent WR Jeremy Ebert (Jaguars), according to his agent. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Jul 15, 02:13 PM The Atlanta Falcons would be smart to extend the contract of WR Roddy White, in the opinion of Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. A contract extension could help free cap space and lower White's cap space for 2014.
Jul 15, 01:03 PM Atlanta Falcons DE Ra'Shede Hageman has huge expectations in 2014 after having a very impressive offseason where he showcased his strength and quickness.
Jul 13, 11:42 PM It is not known if Atlanta Falcons DT Corey Peters (Achilles') will be ready for the start of training camp.
Jul 12, 11:32 AM Atlanta Falcons FB Roosevelt Nix may compete with FB Patrick DiMarco for the fullback job during training camp.
Jul 12, 11:32 AM Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith may need to perform well on special teams if he wants a chance to make the final roster.
Jul 12, 11:32 AM Atlanta Falcons TEs Mickey Shuler and Jacob Pedersen likely will compete for the No. 3 tight end job during training camp.
Jul 11, 11:42 PM Atlanta Falcons C Joe Hawley likely will enter training camp as the leading candidate for the starting center job.
Jul 11, 11:42 PM Atlanta Falcons OG Jon Asamoah is expected to start at right guard this upcoming season.
Jul 10, 08:32 PM Atlanta Falcons TE Mickey Shuler and TE Jacob Pedersen are likely battling for the No. 3 tight end spot on the roster.
Jul 05, 11:02 AM The Atlanta Falcons placed WR Drew Davis (foot) on the training camp physically unable to perform list Saturday, July 5. Davis recently underwent a procedure on his foot that will require him to miss about six weeks.
Jul 03, 06:02 PM Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Courtney Roby's contract is a one-year deal worth $855,000, with no guaranteed money. The salary cap hit is $570,000 on minimum salary benefit.
Jul 01, 03:23 PM Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians thinks the Atlanta Falcons will bounce back this year, and he is not looking forward to playing them in 2014. I'm not looking forward it, Arians said. I thought (general manager Thomas Dimitroff) and (head coach Mike Smith) did a great job of really securing their lines of scrimmage, which I know was their goal. I know that Matt (Ryan) is going to come back strong. I could see the Falcons bouncing back real big this year.

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

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 1:00PM     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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