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

Sep 01, 03:32 PM Atlanta Falcons DT Corey Peters (Achilles') is still iffy for the regular season opener. Head coach Mike Smith said he wants Peters to practice in pads Wednesday, Sept. 3, before making a decision.
Sep 01, 12:32 PM Atlanta Falcons FS Dezmen Southward (concussion) said he has been cleared to participate in practice.
Aug 31, 03:02 PM The Atlanta Falcons have signed CB Ricardo Allen, FS Sean Baker, OG Harland Gunn, OL Terren Jones, WR Bernard Reedy, DL Travian Robertson, LB Jacques Smith and RB Jerome Smith to the practice squad.
Aug 31, 02:43 PM The Atlanta Falcons have claimed LB Nathan Stupar off waivers from the Jacksonivlle Jaguars and placed him on their 53-man roster, according to a league source. In a corresponding move, the team released LB Tim Dobbins.
Aug 30, 03:32 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Jeremy Ebert has been released.
Aug 30, 02:32 PM Atlanta Falcons DL Travian Robertson has been released.
Aug 30, 01:52 PM Atlanta Falcons LB Jacques Smith and CB Ricardo Allen have been released.
Aug 29, 05:12 PM Atlanta Falcons DE Nosa Equae, FB Maurice Hagens, CB Jordan Mabin, WR Freddie Martino, S Kimario McFadden, OT Pat McQuistan, TE Jacob Pedersen, OG Adam Replogle and DT Donte Rumph were released Friday, Aug. 29.
Aug 29, 01:12 PM The Atlanta Falcons released LB Yawin Smallwood Friday, Aug. 29.
Aug 29, 01:12 PM The Atlanta Falcons released LB Pat Angerer Friday, Aug. 29.
Aug 29, 03:32 AM Atlanta Falcons QB T.J. Yates threw for two touchdowns and 243 yards in his team's 24-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: Yates will be the top backup for the Falcons this season.
Aug 28, 11:22 PM Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman had 12 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown and five catches for 45 yards during the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.

Fantasy Impact: Freeman has impressed with his touches. He could be the starter before long in this offense.
Aug 28, 05:02 PM Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) could play a few snaps tonight to test out his injured hamstring, according to ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.
Aug 28, 02:13 PM Atlanta Falcons OTs Lamar Holmes, Gabe Carimi and Ryan Schraeder are all candidates for the starting right tackle job. Holmes appears to be the favorite for the job because of his experience.
Aug 26, 11:33 PM Atlanta Falcons OT Gabe Carimi (ankle) practiced for the second day in a row Tuesday, Aug. 26, and will play multiple positions in the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, according to head coach Mike Smith.
Aug 26, 11:33 PM Atlanta Falcons OG Jon Asamoah (leg) was back on the field during practice Tuesday, Aug. 26, after missing Monday's practice with a leg injury.

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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