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

Dec 19, 04:22 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is listed as probable for Week 16.
Dec 19, 04:22 PM Atlanta Falcons OG Jon Asamoah (back) and SS William Moore (foot) are listed as questionable for Week 16. CB Josh Wilson is listed as probable. Asamoah did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 19. Moore was limited during practice, while Wilson fully participated in practice.
Dec 19, 04:22 PM Atlanta Falcons OG Jon Asamoah (back) and SS William Moore (foot) are listed as questionable for Week 16. CB Josh Wilson is listed as probable. Asamoah did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 19. Moore was limited during practice, while Wilson fully participated in practice.
Dec 19, 04:22 PM Atlanta Falcons OG Jon Asamoah (back) and SS William Moore (foot) are listed as questionable for Week 16. CB Josh Wilson is listed as probable. Asamoah did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 19. Moore was limited during practice, while Wilson fully participated in practice.
Dec 19, 04:12 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is listed as probable for Week 16.
Dec 19, 02:42 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) missed another day of practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is listed as questionable for Week 16 against the New Orleans Saints. Jones will be a game-time decision, and he will test his hip Saturday, Dec. 20, before the team leaves town.
Dec 19, 11:22 AM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is not participating in portion of practice open to the media Friday, Dec. 19.

Fantasy Impact: This was expected. Jones is going to be a true game-time decision for Week 16.
Dec 18, 04:32 PM Atlanta Falcons OG Jon Asamoah (back) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18. S William Moore (foot) was limited, while CB Josh Wilson (hand) practiced in full.
Dec 18, 04:32 PM Atlanta Falcons OG Jon Asamoah (back) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18. S William Moore (foot) was limited, while CB Josh Wilson (hand) practiced in full.
Dec 18, 04:32 PM Atlanta Falcons WRs Roddy White (knee) and Harry Douglas (foot) were limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 18, after both sat out Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Dec 18, 04:32 PM Atlanta Falcons OG Jon Asamoah (back) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18. S William Moore (foot) was limited, while CB Josh Wilson (hand) practiced in full.
Dec 18, 04:32 PM Atlanta Falcons WRs Roddy White (knee) and Harry Douglas (foot) were limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 18, after both sat out Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Dec 18, 12:12 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) is participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.
Dec 18, 12:12 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

Fantasy Impact: Jones remains on track to be a game-time decision this week.
Dec 17, 04:33 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Dec 17, 04:33 PM Atlanta Falcons OG Jon Asamoah (back) and S William Moore (foot) both did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17. CB Josh Wilson (hand) fully participated in practice.

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 4:25PM     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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