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

Aug 24, 08:22 PM The Atlanta Falcons released SS Tyrell Johnson Sunday, Aug. 24.
Aug 24, 05:12 PM Atlanta Falcons LB Marquis Spruill (knee) was placed on Injured Reserve. WR Drew Davis (foot) and SS Zeke Motta (neck) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Aug 24, 10:12 AM Atlanta Falcons FS Dezmen Southward (head) left the team's game Sunday, Aug. 24, with a head injury.
Aug 21, 04:02 PM The Atlanta Falcons signed free-agent WR Eric Weems (Bears) Thursday, Aug. 21. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: He'll compete for a roster spot. Don't expect much if he makes the team.
Aug 21, 11:52 AM Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.
Aug 20, 06:03 AM Nothing has been made official, but sources indicate the Tennessee Titans may sign free-agent WR Eric Weems (Bears)
Aug 19, 07:43 PM Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) and OT Gabe Carimi (ankle) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Aug 19, 07:33 PM Atlanta Falcons TE Mickey Shuler (concussion) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Aug 19, 02:03 PM Atlanta Falcons OT Gabe Carimi (ankle) is not participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Aug 19, 02:03 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (rest) was not participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Aug 19, 01:43 PM Atlanta Falcons DT Corey Peters (Achilles') is participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Aug 19, 01:33 PM Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is not participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Aug 18, 04:03 PM The Atlanta Falcons placed OT Sam Baker (knee) on Reserve/Injured with a torn patellar tendon and signed free-agent OT Pat McQuistan (Titans) to an undisclosed deal Monday, Aug. 18.
Aug 18, 03:12 PM Atlanta Falcons DT Corey Peters (Achilles') returned to practice Monday, Aug. 18.
Aug 18, 01:42 PM Atlanta Falcons OT Lamar Holmes worked at right tackle with the first-team offense during practice Monday, Aug. 18.
Aug 18, 01:42 PM The Atlanta Falcons have moved OT Jake Matthews to left tackle because of the season-ending injury to OT Sam Baker (knee). Matthews said he is comfortable playing either tackle spot.

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 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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