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 27, 01:02 AM Free-agent WR Darius Johnson (Falcons) was arrested in May by the Atlanta Police Department for driving under the influence, expired or no driver's license on person, failure to have license on person and failure to obey signs or control devices.
Jul 25, 02:22 PM The Atlanta Falcons waived WR Darius Johnson Friday, July 25.
Jul 25, 01:52 AM Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will begin his NFL career by trying to replace RB Jason Snelling (retired) as a do-all backup. Snelling played tailback, fullback and even returned kickoffs last year. Freeman's first task is to learn the system and then find a spot to carve out a role behind trusted veteran RBs Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith.

Fantasy Impact: Freeman will have a big role as a rookie. He could be the starter before long. He is worth a late-round look come draft day.
Jul 24, 04:32 PM Atlanta Falcons DT Corey Peters (Achilles') plans to be back for Atlanta's season-opener, saying he's optimistic and is feeling good.
Jul 24, 09:52 AM Updating earlier reports, Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White's extension guarantees him $10 million.
Jul 24, 09:12 AM Updating an earlier report, Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White can earn up to $30 million in his four-year extension with $18 million coming in the first two seasons, according to a source.
Jul 24, 08:33 AM Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White signed a four-year extension with the team that will keep him under team control for the next five years, according to sources.
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.

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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