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

May 20, 12:43 PM The upcoming group of potential free-agent wide receivers includes four of the positions most dominant players, including Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green and Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, according to Spotrac.com. All four players are engaging in contract discussions on some level with their current teams.
May 18, 10:52 PM Atlanta Falcons SS William Moore (shoulder) said he hopes to receive clearance to practice in a few weeks. He said he is still rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder but his body feels good. Moore is expected to be one of the starting safeties in 2015 if he is healthy.
May 14, 10:52 PM Free-agent RB Steven Jackson (Falcons) said he would like to keep playing but will only do so for a contender. 'I want to be part of a winning team because when I do hang up my cleats, I can see a lot of people holding that over my head when a lot of it was out of my control,' Jackson said.
May 05, 02:33 PM Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman could see the majority of work in the Falcons' backfield in 2015, with Devonta Freeman closely behind him, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Fantasy Impact: This could be a timeshare but Coleman might be the back to own out of the two. He is the more explosive back.
May 04, 01:42 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has not had any contract extension talks with the team at this time, but general manager Thomas Dimitroff said extending Jones is one of the team's priorities.
May 01, 06:12 PM Atlanta Falcons FS Brandan Bishop, OT Reid Fragel, CB Jordan Mabin, LB Jacques Smith and RB Ronnie Wingo were waived Friday, May 1.
May 01, 06:12 PM Atlanta Falcons FS Brandan Bishop, OT Reid Fragel, CB Jordan Mabin, LB Jacques Smith and RB Ronnie Wingo were waived Friday, May 1.
Apr 16, 01:22 PM Atlanta Falcons C Joe Hawley (knee) said he started running about a month ago and expects to be ready for the start of training camp.
Apr 02, 02:12 PM Atlanta Falcons SS Zeke Motta was waived Thursday, April 2.
Mar 29, 09:52 AM Free-agent OG Justin Blalock (Falcons) has not received any interest from the Minnesota Vikings at this point.
Mar 25, 06:43 PM Atlanta Falcons OT Sam Baker (knee) is rehabbing a knee injury this offseason, but he could be in line for the starting spot at left guard in 2015.
Mar 24, 08:42 AM Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Moeaki signed a one-year, $745,000 deal.
Mar 19, 03:32 PM Free-agent TE Tony Moeaki (Seahawks) signed with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, March 19. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: If healthy, he could compete for a starting job but his health is a big concern.
Mar 19, 02:42 PM Free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Falcons) didn't have an official visit with the New York Jets Wednesday, March 18, according to general manager Mike Maccagnan. Umenyiora was only visiting to say hi to new head coach Todd Bowles.
Mar 19, 11:02 AM Free-agent TE Jacob Tamme (Broncos) signed an undisclosed deal with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, March 19.

Fantasy Impact: Tamme should compete for a starting job with his new team.
Mar 18, 10:23 PM The Atlanta Falcons signed free-agent OG Jared Smith (Seahawks) to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, March 18. He was on the Seahawks practice squad in 2013, but was waived prior to training camp in 2014.

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  40 Tyler StarrLB
 Undrafted Geraldo BoldewijnWR

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 14 7:10PM     Philadelphia
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     at New York Giants
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     at Dallas
4     Oct 4 1:00PM     Houston
5     Oct 11 1:00PM     Washington
6     Oct 15 8:25PM     at New Orleans
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     at Tennessee
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
9     Nov 8 4:05PM     at San Francisco
-- Week 10 Bye --
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     Indianapolis
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     Minnesota
13     Dec 6 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     at Carolina
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     Carolina
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     New Orleans
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