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 29, 10:13 AM Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith (neck) is going to be fine after suffering a stinger in Week 8.
Oct 28, 04:43 PM The Atlanta Falcons signed free-agent CB Charles Godfrey Tuesday, Oct. 28.
Oct 28, 02:43 PM Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons OG Gabe Carimi (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in the team's Week 8 game that is not expected to be serious.
Oct 26, 12:22 PM Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith (neck) left the game Sunday, Oct. 26, with a neck injury and will not return.
Oct 26, 11:22 AM Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith (neck) left the game Sunday, Oct. 26, with a neck injury and is questionable to return.
Oct 26, 11:02 AM Atlanta Falcons OT Gabe Carimi (ankle) left the game Sunday, Oct. 26, with an ankle injury and is questionable to return.
Oct 26, 09:12 AM The Atlanta Falcons have declared OT Cameron Bradfield, WR Freddie Martino, CB Javier Arenas, OT Jonathan Scott, DL Jonathan Babineaux, QB Sean Renfree, LB Tyler Starr inactive for Week 8.
Oct 26, 08:45 AM Douglas is active for the Week 8 game.
Oct 24, 12:32 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) practiced in full for the second straight day Friday, Oct. 24, and he's probable for Week 8 against the Detroit Lions.
Oct 24, 12:32 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) was limited in practice for the second straight day Friday, Oct. 24, and he's questionable for Week 8 against the Detroit Lions.
Oct 24, 12:32 PM Atlanta Falcons DT Jonathan Babineaux (foot) is questionable for Week 8 against the Detroit Lions in London. OOG Justin Blalock (back) and LB Prince Shembo (knee) are probable. Babineaux didn't practice Friday, Oct. 24, while the other two were full participants.
Oct 24, 09:12 AM Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) will be a game-time decision Sunday, Oct. 26, according to head coach Mike Smith.
Oct 23, 12:22 PM Atlanta Falcons DT Jonathan Babineaux (foot) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 23. LB Prince Shembo (knee) was limited during practice, while OG Justin Blalock (back) fully participated in practice.
Oct 23, 12:22 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
Oct 23, 10:52 AM Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) returned to practice in a limited capacity Thursday, Oct. 23.
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.'

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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