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 16, 03:53 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) fully participated in practice Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Sep 16, 03:53 PM Atlanta Falcons OT Jake Matthews (ankle) and LB Prince Shembo (knee) both fully participated in practice Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Sep 16, 12:03 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (hamstring) is not practicing Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Sep 15, 10:32 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) was listed as a limited participant in practice Monday, Sept. 15, due to his ankle issue.

Fantasy Impact: Jones should be just fine for Week 3. He'll be ready to go.
Sep 15, 10:32 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (hamstring) was listed as missing practice Monday, Sept. 15, due to a hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact: White should be ready to play in Week 3. His injury isn't considered too serious, but we'll keep you posted.
Sep 15, 10:32 PM Atlanta Falcons OT Jake Matthews (ankle) is expected to play in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, head coach Mike Smith said Monday, Sept. 15. Matthews was listed as a limited participant in practice, and he is expected to be a full participant Tuesday, Sept. 16. If he plays, OT Gabe Carimi would shift back to right tackle, where he was rotating with OT Lamar Holmes.
Sep 15, 10:32 PM Atlanta Falcons LB Prince Shembo (knee) was listed as a limited participant in practice Monday, Sept. 15.
Sep 14, 09:32 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) was able to start in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He finished with five reception for 42 yards, and he was targeted eight times.
Sep 12, 02:22 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 12, and is probable for Week 2.
Sep 12, 01:02 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White said the team's goal coming into the year was to put up 30 points per game. Since 2004, 12 teams have averaged 30 or more points per game, and those teams combined for a record of 155-37. Only one of those teams, the 2004 Kansas City Chiefs, failed to make the playoffs. The Falcons' highest average with QB Matt Ryan was 26.2 in 2002, when they finished 13-3.
Sep 12, 12:42 PM Atlanta Falcons OT Jake Matthews (ankle) has been ruled out for the team's Week 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Matthews doesn't have structural damage, but he's too sore to play.
Sep 12, 09:22 AM Atlanta Falcons OT Jake Matthews (ankle) will test his injured ankle on the field Friday, Sept. 12.
Sep 11, 04:02 PM Atlanta Falcons OT Jake Matthews (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 11.
Sep 11, 04:02 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 11.

Fantasy Impact: White should be ready for Week 2.
Sep 10, 04:13 PM Atlanta Falcons OT Jake Matthews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Sep 10, 04:13 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 10.

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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