2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Atlanta Falcons
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Falcons are a tough team to gauge. The offense is top notch but the defense still has some holes. If the defense can make some improvements, Atlanta can challenge for the division title and make the playoffs. But the holes defensively probably prevent this team from making a long run into the playoffs. Either way, Atlanta will be a tough weekly opponent because of the explosive offense.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
He is a rookie but things sure look good for running back Tevin Coleman this season. He seems a great fit for the Falcons new offense and has a good chance to take over the starting job sooner than later. Devonta Freeman has shown flashes of good things but Coleman has a better overall skillset for the Falcons. Coleman is an explosive player with big-play ability. He can top more than 1,000 total yards as a rookie and could be a star in a few more seasons.
FANTASY DUD
As mentioned, Devonta Freeman has done some good things with past chances, but the rookie back might be the better overall fit for the offense. It wouldn‚??t surprise to see Freeman open the season as the starter for the Falcons, but Coleman should take over the starting job before long. Freeman is worth a draft pick but don‚??t overvalue him come draft day. He should get fewer touches as the season progresses and Coleman starts to shine.

Team Notes

Aug 01, 01:22 PM Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman received first-team repetitions in practice Saturday, Aug. 1.
Jul 31, 04:12 PM Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman ran as a backup to RB Devonta Freeman in training camp's opening practice Friday, July 31. Coleman vowed to win the job.
Jul 31, 03:52 PM Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman opened training camp Friday, July 31, with the first-team offense. Rookie RB Tevin Coleman said he plans to win the job.
Jul 30, 03:02 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones said his agent has been talking with the Falcons about a contract extension. He said he will participate when practice begins Friday, July 31.
Jul 30, 01:52 PM Atlanta Falcons OT Jake Matthews (foot) said he has been cleared to participate at the start of training camp. He said he could have his repetitions limited since he is coming off surgery.
Jul 29, 03:43 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) had his left knee drained before minicamp, and he could have it drained again before the season ends. White isn't concerned about it, though. He said he's able to recover quickly from the draining and wouldn't miss a game because of it.

Fantasy Impact: This is a bit of a concern, especially if you consider White's age.
Jul 24, 06:42 PM Atlanta Falcons TE Jacob Tamme could be the best tight end the Falcons have had since TE Tony Gonzalez retired, according to Vaugh McClure of ESPN.com.
Jul 18, 03:12 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is expected to be the next big-name wide receiver to receive a multi-year extension. His fellow teammate and wide receiver, WR Roddy White, believes the Falcons should sign Jones right now. White said the longer they wait to sign Jones, the more it will cost them.
Jul 15, 07:03 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones and the Falcons could begin discussions on a long-term deal in the near future now that Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant and Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas have agreed to long-term extensions. As reported earlier, Jones could receive a new deal before training camp begins Friday, July 31.
Jul 15, 01:03 AM Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson could be used as the No. 3 wide receiver if the team brings rookie WR Justin Hardy along slowly. Hankerson thrived in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's system in Washington, so Hankerson could have a chance to re-ignite his career.
Jul 15, 12:53 AM Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman has stated he plans on being the starter, but he will be battling rookie RB Tevin Coleman for the starting job in training camp and beyond. Both appear to be schematic fits, and both have the potential to be effective in the NFL.
Jul 13, 05:03 PM Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones could sign a contract extension before the start of training camp, according to Vaugh McClure of ESPN.com. Jones and the Falcons have not had discussions regarding the extension, however. Atlanta's training camp begins Friday, July 31.
Jul 13, 04:53 PM Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones and the Falcons have not had talks regarding a contract extension, according to a source. Atlanta exercised the fifth-year option on Jones' original deal, so he will be in the final year of his contract. Jones has already said he will not hold out and the Falcons have expressed their interested in signing him to a long-term deal.
Jul 03, 10:23 PM Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman should end up starting Week 1 ahead of RB Devonta Freeman, according to Steven Ruiz of USA TODAY Sports, because Coleman has top-end speed and was picked by the coaching staff.

Fantasy Impact: We also think Coleman will emerge as the starter for the Falcons. He is the more talented back.
Jun 25, 07:12 PM Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Moeaki will compete with TE Jacob Tamme for the Falcons' starting tight end job during training camp. QB Matt Ryan praised both tight ends for their work in the past, 'They (both) have these unique qualities down in the red zone, and can be featured on third down,' Ryan said. 'I think (they) have a little uniqueness . . .I would say Jacob and Tony more, in the third down and the route-running and finding ways to match them on a linebacker to see if they can run the options and do the stuff on third downs required to get open,' said Ryan. Moeaki has overcome injury troubles and hopes to reestablish himself as the once promising tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: At this point, it really is a tossup with the two guys. We'll know more once camp gets going.
Jun 23, 10:22 AM Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman enters training camp ahead of RB Tevin Coleman on the depth chart.

Fantasy Impact: We think Coleman will overtake Freeman at some point. He is the more talented back of the two.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Phillip Adams, CB; Adrian Clayborn, DE; Justin Durant, LB; Leonard Hankerson, WR; Brooks Reed, LB; O‚??Brien Schofield, DE; Jacob Tamme, TE. 

Losses:
Harry Douglas, WR; Dwight Lowery, FS; Robert McClain, CB; Corey Peters, DT; Jacquizz Rodgers, RB; Sean Weatherspoon, LB; Josh Wilson, CB. 

2015 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  8 Vic BeasleyLB
 # 2  10 Jalen CollinsDB
 # 3  9 Tevin ColemanRB
 # 4  8 Justin HardyWR
 # 5  1 Grady JarrettDL
 # 7  8 Jake RodgersOL
 # 7  32 Akeem KingDB

2015 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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