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NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
20Adams, Phillip DB5-111957/20/19886South Carolina State
49Akunne, Derek LB6-02428/17/1993RNorth Texas
23Alford, Robert CB5-1018611/1/19883Southeastern Louisiana
37Allen, Ricardo CB5-918712/18/19911Purdue
46Anyama, Boris LB6-22309/13/1991RLouisiana-Lafayette
75Asamoah, Jon G6-43057/21/19886Illinois
95Babineaux, Jonathan DE6-230010/12/198111Iowa
29Baker, Sean DB6-020911/6/19882Ball State
59Bartu, Joplo ILB6-223010/3/19903Texas State
44Beasley, Vic DE6-32467/8/1992RClemson
71Biermann, Kroy OLB6-32559/12/19858Montana
5Bosher, Matt P6-020810/18/19875Miami (Fla.)
53Bradford, Allen LB5-112358/31/19885USC
3Bryant, Matt K5-92035/29/197514Baylor
65Chester, Chris C6-33031/12/198310Oklahoma
87Clark, Marquez WR5-1119011/26/1991RCentral Oklahoma
99Clayborn, Adrian DE6-32807/6/19885Iowa
26Coleman, Tevin RB6-12104/16/1993RIndiana
32Collins, Jalen CB6-12033/20/1993RLSU-Shreveport
42DiMarco, Patrick FB6-12344/30/19894South Carolina
52Durant, Justin LB6-12309/21/19859Hampton
43Floyd, Terrell DB5-102037/1/1992RLouisville
24Freeman, Devonta RB5-82063/15/19922Florida State
86Gardner, Beau TE6-424012/27/1989RNorthern Arizona
30Godfrey, Charles FS5-1121011/15/19858Iowa
93Goodman, Malliciah DE6-42761/4/19903Clemson
69Gunn, Harland G6-23108/30/19893Miami (Fla.)
77Hageman, Ra'Shede DE6-63188/8/19902Minnesota
85Hankerson, Leonard WR6-22111/30/19895Miami (Fla.)
16Hardy, Justin WR5-1019212/18/1991REast Carolina
47Harris, Josh LS6-12244/27/19894Auburn
61Hawley, Joe C6-330210/22/19886Nevada-Las Vegas
92Heimuli, Ricky DT6-43149/18/19911Oregon
65Herring, Warren DT6-32941/11/1992RWisconsin
17Hester, Devin WR5-1119011/4/198210Miami (Fla.)
76Holmes, Lamar T6-63337/8/19894Southern Mississippi
77Huffer, Matt T6-62853/3/1992RSouth Dakota
36Ishmael, Kemal SS6-02065/6/19913Central Florida
94Jackson, Tyson DT6-42966/6/19867Louisiana State
97Jarrett, Grady DT6-03054/28/1993RClemson
11Jones, Julio WR6-32202/3/19895Alabama
28King, Akeem DB6-121210/29/1992RSan Jose State
66Konz, Peter C6-531712/20/19894Wisconsin
38Lee, Mike CB6-11856/6/1991RFort Valley State
74Lefeld, Eric G6-63101/28/1992RCincinnati
64Love, DeMarcus T6-43153/7/19883Arkansas
90Maponga, Stansly LB6-22653/5/19913Texas Christian
18Martino, Freddie WR6-01959/7/19912North Greenville
98Matthews, Cliff DE6-42688/5/19895South Carolina
70Matthews, Jake T6-53092/11/19922Texas A&M
74Mbu, Joey DT6-33103/28/1993RHouston
79Meredith, Sam DE6-42901/31/1993RSan Diego State
40Mincy, Jonathon DB5-101969/5/1992RAuburn
19Mitchell, Carlton WR6-22114/6/19885South Florida
81Moeaki, Tony TE6-32526/8/19875Iowa
39Mooney, Collin RB5-102384/3/19863Army
25Moore, William SS6-02215/18/19856Missouri
45Parms, Damian DB6-221010/28/1992RFlorida Atlantic
68Person, Mike T6-43006/17/19887Montana State
79Polumbus, Tyler T6-83084/10/19858Colorado
56Reed, Brooks LB6-32542/28/19875Arizona
89Reedy, Bernard WR5-917512/31/19911Toledo
12Renfree, Sean QB6-52254/28/19903Duke
67Replogle, Adam G6-329410/10/19902Indiana
72Rodgers, Jake T6-63209/10/1991REastern Washington
2Ryan, Matt QB6-42175/17/19858Boston College
50Schofield, O'Brien LB6-32424/3/19876Wisconsin
73Schraeder, Ryan T6-73005/4/19883Valdosta State
82Shuler, Mickey TE6-424710/9/19864Penn State
35Smith, Antone RB5-91929/17/19856Florida State
34Smith, Jerome RB6-02264/6/19911Syracuse
64Smith, Jared G6-43023/20/19901New Hampshire
96Soliai, Paul DT6-434512/30/19839Utah
22Southward, Dezmen FS6-221010/1/19902Wisconsin
51Spruill, Marquis OLB6-02245/14/19912Syracuse
41Starr, Tyler OLB6-52501/25/19912South Dakota
62Stone, James C6-32914/26/19922Tennessee
54Stupar, Nate LB6-22403/14/19882Penn State
83Tamme, Jacob TE6-32303/15/19858Kentucky
48Therezie, Robenson DB5-92128/5/1991RAuburn
80Toilolo, Levine TE6-82657/30/19913Stanford
21Trufant, Desmond CB6-01909/10/19903Washington
63Ume-Ezeoke, Valerian C6-32952/14/1993RNew Mexico State
33Ward, Terron RB5-72012/15/1992ROregon State
14Weems, Eric WR5-91957/4/19859Bethune-Cookman
27White, Kevin CB5-101747/15/1992RTexas Christian
84White, Roddy WR6-021111/2/198111Alabama-Birmingham
15Williams, Nick WR5-1018411/23/19901Connecticut
55Worrilow, Paul ILB6-02305/1/19903Delaware
13Yates, T.J. QB6-42175/28/19875North Carolina
 
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Ryan Schraeder
News
The Falcons revealed second-year offensive lineman Ryan Schraeder will be starting at right tackle in Week 10 at Tampa Bay.

Injuries have decimated the Falcons’ offensive line in 2014, which has resulted in an inconsistent offense. 

Kevin White
No Updates
Terrell Floyd
News
Terrell Floyd was absent from the start of Falcons' practice on Saturday, but he eventually rejoioned the team. 

Floyd, an undrafted rookie safety, suffered from dehydration on Friday and was taken from practice in an ambulance. 

"He actually joined us toward the end of practice," coach Dan Quinn said, per the Journal Constitution. "He had further testing done. We’re going to hold him out for the remainder of the camp. Then starting Monday and Tuesday, hopefully indoctrinate him into the offseason program. … Glad to see that things are going well for him."

Devin Hester
News
Looking to make up for some lost big-play potential, the Falcons gave return man Devin Hester more of a look on offense with star wide receiver Julio Jones sidelined by a hip injury Week 15 against Pittsburgh, and he delivered five catches for 85 yards and a touchdown, scoring on a 17-yard strike from quarterback Matt Ryan in the second quarter. He nearly had a second touchdown, too, just missing on a 4-yard toss in the third quarter. Of course, that play would have been negated by an offensive pass interference penalty anyway.

That was Hester's only miss on the day, but then, that's kind of the problem. Six target does not a reliable Fantasy option make, especially when the Falcons had two other players, Harry Douglas and Roddy White, with double-digit targets.

Even if Jones doesn't return Week 16 at New Orleans, you can't count on Hester being as efficient with the targets he gets, and considering Jones was a game-time decision for Week 15, there's a good chance Hester goes back to getting just two or three. Outside of deeper leagues, he's not deserving of a waiver claim.

Antone Smith
News
Falcons running back Antone Smith continues to recover from the broken leg that ended his season on November 16 last year. 

"The recovery is going pretty good," Smith said, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "I’m up and running. I’m almost full force, but not quite where I need to be. In time, that will take care of itself."

Chris Chester
News
The Falcons signed veteran offensive guard Chris Chester to a one-year deal on Friday, per nfl.com.

The Falcons were able to sign Chester after they released linebacker Prince Shembo, who was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

Chester was cut by the Redskins earlier this week after he played 64 consecutive games for the organization.

Ricky Heimuli
News
The Jaguars have pared down their roster to 53 on Saturday by cutting 20 players.

The players on that list are: C Michael Brewster, G Drew Nowak, DE Gerald Rivers, QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Chad Bumphis, FB Eric Kettani, TE Brandon Barden, OT Cody Booth, DL Deandre Coleman, DT Ricky Heimuli, S Craig Loston, QB Stephen Morris, K/P Kasey Redfern, G Tyler Shatley, TE D.J. Tialavea, LB Marcus Whitfield, WR Kerry Taylor, S Sherrod Martin, LB Nate Stupar and CB Jamell Fleming.
O'Brien Schofield
News
Seahawks offensive stars Marshawn Lynch and Doug Baldwin are active Week 10 against the Giants.

Both players came into the game listed as probable. Lynch is dealing with a calf injury. Baldwin has a groin issue. The team will also have Michael Bennett, Jordan Hill, Russell Okung, O'Brien Schofield and Max Unger. All five players were also listed as probable coming into the contest.

Marcus Burley and Byron Maxwell should play as well. They were both listed as questionable. Burley is dealing with a hamstring injury, Maxwell has a calf issue. 

Guard Stephen Schilling is the only doubtful player who is active for the game.

Charles Godfrey
News
Charles Godfrey didn't make much of an impact during his first season with the Falcons after seven years with the Panthers, but under new coach Dan Quinn, Godfrey has the inside track on earning the free safety position, according to the team's website. 

Godfrey has the size and speed reminiscent to Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, and the Falcons, with former Hawks DC Quinn as coach, will play a similar, aggressive pass defense. 

"(I have the) ability to get to the ball and to make plays when I get to the ball," Godfrey said. "Also, my ability to see the whole field. I have a long ways to go; I'm far from there. But the good thing is we're going to keep watching film and keep pushing."

Godfrey has 11 career interceptions, but none since 2012. 

William Moore
News
Falcons strong safety William Moore is hoping to be cleared for at least some activity this offseason after undergoing major shoulder surgery after last year.

"I haven't the slightest idea," Moore told ESPN when asked when he will be given clearance. "We're still rehabbing. We're sore right now from rehab, but my body feels excellent. My weight is great. I'm at 220. I was at 230, 232. With this defense, we're running and hitting. I'm still going to be down in the box. I'm excited about that."

Moore separated his shoulder in Week 4 and was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return. He then re-injured it in December, which limited his action to just seven games in 2014.

Mike Person
News
The Falcons announced Tuesday that they have agreed to a deal with offensive lineman Mike Person. A four-year veteran, Person saw his first extended action last season with the Rams, playing in all 16 games.
Valerian Ume-Ezeoke
No Updates
T.J. Yates
News
Falcons coach Dan Quinn is not ruling out bringing back former Atlanta quarterback Matt Schaub to compete for the backup role behind starter Matt Ryan, per ESPN.

"Schaub is certainly somebody that we could [add]," Quinn said. "As we get through it, we'll let you know if we go down that road."

The 34-year-old Schaub was released by the Raiders in mid-March. T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree are the other quarterbacks on the Falcons' roster.

Dezmen Southward
News
Falcons defensive backs Dezmen Southward underwent a minor-knee operation Wednesday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Southward did not attend Tuesday's OTA and it is not known how long he'll be sidelined.

Tyler Starr
News
The following players were ruled inactive for the Falcons in Week 17 against Carolina: cornerback Ricardo Allen, safety Charles Godfrey, running back Steven Jackson, defensive end Stansly Maponga, quarterback Sean Renfree, tackle Jonathan Scott and linebacker Tyler Starr.

Jackson entered this week as questionable after suffering a quadriceps injury against New Orleans in Week 16. Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman will share the load. Jackson could return to action in the postseason, if Atlanta defeat Carolina on Sunday.

Matt Huffer
No Updates
Collin Mooney
News
Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco wasn't threatened when the team signed Collin Mooney during the offseason. 

It's just going to push me to be a better player," DiMarco said, per ESPN. "When competition comes to you, you've got to step up to the plate and you've got to play good. That's my whole thing. There's nothing that he's going to do that's going to change me. I've just got to continue to work on my craft and continue to get better every day

Boris Anyama
No Updates
Nate Stupar
News
The Falcons signed linebacker Nate Stupar, a special teams standout, to a one-year extension for the minimum, $585,000, reports ESPN.com. Stupar ranked second on the team with nine special teams tackles, seven solo, while appearing in 15 games last season.
Beau Gardner
No Updates
Jerome Smith
News
The Falcons promoted running back Jerome Smith to the active roster and waived linebacker James Anderson, reports the National Football Post. Smith is a 6-foot, 226-pounder out of Syracuse who could be active Sunday if running back Steven Jackson (quad) can't play against the Panthers.
Ricardo Allen
News
The following players were ruled inactive for the Falcons in Week 17 against Carolina: cornerback Ricardo Allen, safety Charles Godfrey, running back Steven Jackson, defensive end Stansly Maponga, quarterback Sean Renfree, tackle Jonathan Scott and linebacker Tyler Starr.

Jackson entered this week as questionable after suffering a quadriceps injury against New Orleans in Week 16. Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman will share the load. Jackson could return to action in the postseason, if Atlanta defeat Carolina on Sunday.

Roddy White
News
It seems odd for a wide receiver to want his team to throw less, but Falcons veteran Roddy White is hoping the team's new coaching staff creates a more balanced offensive attack, per the team's website. 

The Falcons ran the ball just 23.2 times last year while quarterback Matt Ryan threw the second-most passes in the league. That certainly helped White's numbers, as he finished with 80 receptions for 921 yards and four TDs, but the wideout wants to see the Falcons establish the run, even if it comes at the cost of his numbers. 

"I just don't think we're going to go out there and throw it 30, 40 times a game like we did in the past," White said. "I'm not saying that we didn't like that, but it's going to be different. We have to get back to our old (style) where we run the football. Play-action passes and convert on third downs."

Malliciah Goodman
News
Falcons LB Akeem Dent, DE Malliciah Goodman, S Zeke Motta and LB Sean Weatherspoon are active Week 13 against the Bills.

All four players were questionable coming into the game. They were all able to get through limited practice Friday.

Adrian Clayborn
News
The Falcons signed a couple of players with hopes of bolstering a defense that ranked dead last in the NFL a season ago. 

Atlanta announced that it has signed contracts with defensive end Adrian Clayborn and cornerback Phillip Adams.

Clayborn's 2014 season ended early due to a biceps injury. Adams, a journeyman entering his sixth NFL season, appeared in 12 games for the Jets in 2014 and totaled 24 tackles and one interception. 

Clayborn played the entire 2013 season and recorded 64 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks. 

Cliff Matthews
News
The Falcons re-signed fullback Patrick DiMarco and defensive end Cliff Matthews, the team announced on Tuesday. 

DiMarco was an exclusive-rights free agent, and Matthews was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March. 

DiMarco had 17 catches for 111 yards and a touchdown in two seasons with the Falcons. Matthews has appeared in 32 games, mainly on special teams, in four years with the team. 

The Falcons also brought in WR Nick Williams, a former Redskin. 

Jonathan Babineaux
News
The Falcons are all but perfectly healthy for their Sunday game against visiting Cleveland. Cornerback Robert Alford (wrist) and offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (hamstring) are out, but the other eight players on their injury report are probable.

That group includes guard Jon Asamoah (shoulder), defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (knee), wide receivers Drew Davis (foot), Harry Douglas (foot), Julio Jones (illness) and Devin Hester (wrist) and running backs Steven Jackson (illness) and Patrick DiMarco (illness).

Eric Weems
News
Wide receiver Eric Weems has agreed to a new two-year contract with the Falcons, according to a report by ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure

Weems made $730,000 last season, when he had 10 catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 10. 

Robert Alford
News
Falcons cornerback Robert Alford knows that in order to continue to play at a high level he has to keep expanding his game, per ESPN.com.

Alford wants to be ready if his coaches approach him and ask for the 26-year-old to move down to the slot and play more in a nickleback role.

"I'd love to play outside and nickel," Alford said. "I told the coaches I'd love to play both. Wherever they need me, I'm willing to play. As long as I'm on the field being able to compete and show my talent, I feel good."

Alford recorded 31 tackles and three interceptions in 10 games last season.

Levine Toilolo
News
The Falcons have been active in changing their tight end depth chart this offseason.

While starting tight end Levine Toilolo is still on the roster, Bear Pascoe and Kyle Miller are gone. The Falcons have since added Jacob Tamme, Tony Moeaki, Mickey Shuler Jr. and Beau Gardner to the roster.

Toilolo progressed as a blocker in his second season in the NFL in 2014, but he never developed into the red-zone threat the team envisioned. He had just two touchdowns in 16 games.

Although, it seems first-year coach Dan Quinn feels the 6-foot-8 Toilolo might have better offensive numbers moving forward.

"It’s all about pad level for him," Quinn said, per AJC.com. "He’s come in, and he’s been ready to work. I’ve been anxiously waiting to see what he can do."

Phillip Adams
News
The Falcons signed a couple of players with hopes of bolstering a defense that ranked dead last in the NFL a season ago. 

Atlanta announced that it has signed contracts with defensive end Adrian Clayborn and cornerback Phillip Adams.

Clayborn's 2014 season ended early due to a biceps injury. Adams, a journeyman entering his sixth NFL season, appeared in 12 games for the Jets in 2014 and totaled 24 tackles and one interception. 

Clayborn played the entire 2013 season and recorded 64 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks. 

Jacob Tamme
News
The Falcons announced they've signed tight end Tony Moeaki after earlier announcing the signing of tight end Jacob Tamme. Moeaki, 27, played in six games for the Seahawks last season, catching eight passes for 134 yards and a touchdown.

He hasn't made a big impact since 2012, when he had 33 grabs for 453 yards and a touchdown with Kansas City. Moeaki and Tamme join Levine Toilolo in Atlanta's tight end group.

Adam Replogle
News
The Falcons trimmed their roster down to 53 on Saturday, cutting the following players: LB Pat Angerer, DL Nosa Eguae, RB Maurice Hagens, CB Jordan Mabin, WR Freddie Martino S Kimario McFadden, OL Pat McQuistan, TE Jacob Pedersen, OL Adam Replogle, DL Donte Rumph, LB Yawin Smallwood, RB Josh Vaughan, CB Ricardo Allen, S Sean Baker, WR Jeremy Ebert, G Harland Gunn, OT Terren Jones, WR Bernard Reedy, DT Travian Robertson, TE Mickey Shuler, LB Jacques Smith, WR Geraldo Boldewijn
Tevin Coleman
News
The Falcons have signed third-round pick Tevin Coleman to his rookie contract, the team announced on Tuesday. Terms of the contract are unknown.

Coleman, a running back out of Indiana, broke the school record in rushing yards in 2014 with 2,036. 

Sean Renfree
News
Falcons coach Dan Quinn is not ruling out bringing back former Atlanta quarterback Matt Schaub to compete for the backup role behind starter Matt Ryan, per ESPN.

"Schaub is certainly somebody that we could [add]," Quinn said. "As we get through it, we'll let you know if we go down that road."

The 34-year-old Schaub was released by the Raiders in mid-March. T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree are the other quarterbacks on the Falcons' roster.

Tony Moeaki
News
The Falcons announced they've signed tight end Tony Moeaki after earlier announcing the signing of tight end Jacob Tamme. Moeaki, 27, played in six games for the Seahawks last season, catching eight passes for 134 yards and a touchdown.

He hasn't made a big impact since 2012, when he had 33 grabs for 453 yards and a touchdown with Kansas City. Moeaki and Tamme join Levine Toilolo in Atlanta's tight end group.

Jonathon Mincy
No Updates
Sam Meredith
No Updates
Allen Bradford
News
The Falcons signed linebacker Allen Bradford on Friday, reuniting coach Dan Quinn with one of his former Seahawk defensive players.

Bradford was a sixth-round pick by the Buccaneers in the 2011 draft. Raheem Morris, the Bucs' coach at the time, is now on Quinn's staff with the Falcons.

Bradford has been on the Giants, Browns and Jaguars, as well as several stints on the Seahawks' practice squad and active roster. The Seahawks converted Bradford from running back to linebacker in 2011. 

Desmond Trufant
News
Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant has been praised both for his physical talent and football smarts. Both will be required for the new defense, which calls for far more press coverage.

Trufant isn't complaining. In fact, he believes it's right up his alley.

"I feel I can fit into any scheme, but I love what we've got going here," he told the team website. "We play aggressive, get hands on guys. They always want us to go after the ball so I couldn't ask for (anything) else. They just want us to stay on top, no seams, no posts, no big plays. Let them complete the checkdowns, but no explosive plays. Every call they want us to go after the ball, so that's what we're going to do."

The team's premier cornerback boasts the quickness and coverage ability to succeed in the new defense. But assistant head coach Raheem Morris is happier with his cerebral approach to the game.

"I'm more impressed with Trufant above the neck than anything," he said. "What he brings to the game, how smart he is, how detailed he is about his work, how good he wants to become."

Mickey Shuler
News
Mickey Shuler Jr. is back for his second stint with the Falcons. While the 2010 seventh-round pick will be battling for a roster spot in training camp, first-year coach Dan Quinn already seems impressed with the 6-foot-4, 247-pound tight end.

"(Shuler) has come back in, and he looks strong," Quinn said, per the AJC.com. "We’ll get a better evaluation of him when we get into camp. I have a sense that he may really thrive as a blocker in this system. It will be interesting to see what he can do."

Shuler has just two catches for 44 yards in nine career games (three starts).

Brooks Reed
News
The Falcons could be without two key components of their defense when OTAs start this week.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter, first-round pick Vic Beasley and free-agent signee Brooks Reed may not be present when voluntary practices kick off.

Beasley has yet to sign his rookie contract, which could keep him away from the team's facility. Reed is dealing with a groin injury that could keep off of the practice field.

Reed's absence is understandable due to to it being an injury. Beasley, however, is a different issue since there is little to negotiate due to the rookie wage scale. 

The remaining draft picks the Falcons selected have signed. 

Jalen Collins
News
The Falcons finished last in the NFL in passing yards allowed in 2015. Injuries and a lack of talent at cornerback played a major role in that deficiency. And young standout Desmond Trufant can not be the only dependable player at that position this season if the secondary is to dramatically improve.

Perhaps the most intriguing prospect among the starting hopefuls at corner is rookie second-round pick Jalen Collins, who played plenty of man coverage at LSU, which should allow him to fit into the Atlanta defensive scheme.

"It's something I've come from with LSU, physical defense," he told the team website. "We pressed most of the time at LSU and it's something they're looking forward to me doing this season, so I'm going to step up to the challenge. I'd definitely love to be one of the rookies of the year, hopefully make the Pro Bowl. Everything's up in the air right now and I'm just working as hard as I can."

Derek Akunne
No Updates
Stansly Maponga
News
The following players were ruled inactive for the Falcons in Week 17 against Carolina: cornerback Ricardo Allen, safety Charles Godfrey, running back Steven Jackson, defensive end Stansly Maponga, quarterback Sean Renfree, tackle Jonathan Scott and linebacker Tyler Starr.

Jackson entered this week as questionable after suffering a quadriceps injury against New Orleans in Week 16. Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman will share the load. Jackson could return to action in the postseason, if Atlanta defeat Carolina on Sunday.

Leonard Hankerson
News
The Falcons signed former Redskins receiver Leonard Hankerson, reports NFL Network. Hankerson, 26, caught a combined 68 passes in 2012 and 2013 with Washington but was limited to one game last season due to knee injuries.
Terron Ward
No Updates
Joplo Bartu
News
Falcons linebacker Joplo Bartu had a two-game suspension for an alcohol related offense rescinded but was fined $50,000, per NFL.com.

Bartu pleaded no contest to driving under the influence last season and received a two-day suspended sentence and 12 months of probation.

According to an NFL and NFLPA agreement, players had until Nov. 1, 2014 to resolve DUIs for them to be accepted under the previous policy and for a suspension not to be issued. Bartu needed to submit his plea agreement before November but he did not go in front of judge before the deadline and was suspended in March.

Bartu provided the league with additional information, showing that his plea agreement was actually reached on Oct. 30, resulting in the $50,000 fine and his suspension as rescinded.

Bartu was third on the Falcons last season with 83 tackles.

 

Marquez Clark
No Updates
Ra'Shede Hageman
News
Falcons rookie defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman suffered only a bone bruise in his wrist when he got into a scuffle with center Joe Crawley, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Earlier reports suggested Hageman had a hairline fracture.

Coach Mike Smith said Hageman will practice Monday.

Marquis Spruill
News
The Falcons announced Thursday linebacker Marquis Spruill will miss the entire 2014 season after suffering a torn ACL in practice Wednesday. Spruill was drafted in the fifth round (168th overall) out of Syracuse.
Injury
Knee - Questionable for start of training camp
Kemal Ishmael
News
Falcons defensive backs Dwight Lowery (knee) and Kemal Ishmael (hamstring) each left Sunday's regular season finale against Carolina due to injuries, per the team's official website. Both players were deemed questionable to return to the game.
Joey Mbu
No Updates
Tyler Polumbus
News
The Falcons signed offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus to a one-year contract, according to a report from ESPN.com.

Polumbus has played for the Broncos, Seahawks and Redskins in his career. With the Redskins, he played under Kyle Shanahan, who is now the offensive coordinator with the Falcons. 

In his career, Polumbus has totaled 57 starts in 98 games. 

Kroy Biermann
News
The Falcons announced they've re-signed defensive end Kroy Biermann, who had 77 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble last season. Terms were not released.

Biermann, 29, has spent his entire seven-year career in Atlanta, registering 277 tackles and 21 sacks. He has played a full 16-game season six times, including last year.

Jake Rodgers
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The Falcons announced on Saturday that five draft picks are now under contract. 

In addition to fifth-round pick Grady Jarrett, announced on Friday, the Falcons have signed second-round CB Jalen Collins, fourth-round WR Justin Hardy, seventh rounders G Jake Rodgers and S Akeem King

Jared Smith
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The Falcons have signed offensive lineman Jared Smith, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Smith, a seventh-round selection by the Seahawks, was waived prior to the start of training camp in 2014.

Paul Worrilow
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Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow, who had 15 tackles in the season opener last week, finished one short of that Week 2 at Cincinnati. He had 14 tackles, including six solo.

Worrilow averaged 12.2 tackles in his final nine games last season after beginning the year in a reserve role.

James Stone
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With center Peter Konz (ACL) out for the season, the Falcons are going with undrafted rookie James Stone at center Sunday against the Lions. He'll be Atlanta's third center this season after the team put Joe Hawley and Konz on injured reserve.

Stone has played in three games. Quarterback Matt Ryan said Stone performed well after replacing Konz in the first quarter Week 7 at Baltimore. "I thought James Stone did a great job of coming in and filling in for Peter," Ryan told the team's website.

Grady Jarrett
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The Falcons are touting rookie defensive tackle Grady Jarrett as potentially one of the steals of the draft. And they have the ammunition to back up their claim.

The just-signed Clemson product racked up 207 tackles, including 29.5 for losses, 5.5 sacks and 37 quarterback pressures during his college career. But his 6-foot frame prevented him from being selected higher than the fifth round.

Jarrett topped the list of the biggest draft steals produced by ProFootballFocus.com. Its statistical breakdown revealed that he was in the Top 5 in both run stop percentage and pass rushing productivity against premier competition. He was the only player to rank that high in both categories.

He understands, however, that such numbers mean nothing now. He most prove they can be translated into production at the NFL level.

"I'm just happy to be here in Atlanta," Jarrett said. "The draft is just a thing of the past. You can only control what you control. What I control is what I do out there and I'm just trying to be a better player and help the team win."

Jake Matthews
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The Falcons had two offensive linemen cleared to practice on Thursday. 

Left tackle Jake Matthews, recovering from offseason foot surgery, will be able to participate in the team's first practice of training camp on Friday. His reps may be limited, however.

"It feels good," Matthews said, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "I'm ready to go. I'm cleared to do anything. When we start tomorrow, I will be out there and playing. I'm excited. It's been awhile." 

Right guard Jon Asamoah was also cleared to begin practice. He suffered an ankle injury in the offseason. 

Devonta Freeman
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Falcons running back Devonta Freeman said he's preparing to be the go-to guy out of the backfield this season. 

A competition between Freeman, Antone Smith and rookie Tevin Coleman has been brewing, with a lot of analysts thinking Coleman could ultimately win the job. Freeman, who backed up Steven Jackson a year ago, is hoping not to be a reserve runner again. 

“I take a lot of pride in (being the go-to guy),” Freeman told the team's official website. "This has always been my dream. I never had a dream to come to the NFL and play second to (any) man."

Jon Asamoah
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The Falcons had two offensive linemen cleared to practice on Thursday. 

Left tackle Jake Matthews, recovering from offseason foot surgery, will be able to participate in the team's first practice of training camp on Friday. His reps may be limited, however.

"It feels good," Matthews said, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "I'm ready to go. I'm cleared to do anything. When we start tomorrow, I will be out there and playing. I'm excited. It's been awhile." 

Right guard Jon Asamoah was also cleared to begin practice. He suffered an ankle injury in the offseason. 

Justin Durant
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The Falcons are expected to land former Cowboys outside linebacker Justin Durant in addition to outside linebacker Brooks Reed, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Reed, who spent his first four seasons with Houston, is getting a five-year, $22 million deal, per NFL Network.

Durant, 29, spent the past two seasons with Dallas. He had 49 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception in six games last year before going on IR with a torn biceps.

Joe Hawley
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The Falcons are without three probable starters on their offensive line as they continue to go through organized team activities, per ESPN.com.

Left tackle Jake Matthews is still recovering from a Lisfranc ligament tear in his foot. Right guard Jon Asamoah has been held out of practice with an undisclosed injury. Center Joe Hawley is still rehabbing from an ACL and MCL tear in his knee.

Offensive line coach Chris Morgan says the team will continue to prepare with the players they have available while those who are injured continue to recover.

"These guys are working hard," Morgan said. "The guys who are out here, it's just the next man up. And they've done a good job with that so far."

The Falcons signed right guard Chris Chester recently to help fill the void left on the offensive line by injury.

Tyson Jackson
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Falcons defensive tackle Tyson Jackson can sit back and relax after signing a five-year, $25 million deal with the team last season, but he's showing more dedication than ever.

Jackson, who currently weighs 318 pounds, hired a personal chef with the goal of slimming down to 305 pounds, per ESPN.com.

"I just started recently, and constantly, week by week, I want to trim down," Jackson said. "I got my personal chef at the end of March. I know Matt Ryan used her, and a couple Falcons in the past have used her, too."

Jackson wants to slime down because the Falcons' defensive schemes will be much different this year. Last season he was encouraged to be as big as possible because the team pictured him as a run-stuffer. This year's defense is a more complex version of last season's 4-3 scheme and it incorporates a lot of 3-4 principles, so Jackson's big frame isn't an ideal fit.

"Playing this 4-3 style of defense, there's no reason to be heavy because you're not two-gapping no more," Jackson said. "Everything is ball, key and get-off. So, that's pretty much the reason for [losing weight]."

Jackson started all 16 games for the Falcons last year and recorded 22 tackles.

Justin Hardy
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The Falcons announced on Saturday that five draft picks are now under contract. 

In addition to fifth-round pick Grady Jarrett, announced on Friday, the Falcons have signed second-round CB Jalen Collins, fourth-round WR Justin Hardy, seventh rounders G Jake Rodgers and S Akeem King

Eric Lefeld
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Sean Baker
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The Falcons have signed safety Sean Baker to the practice squad. Baker was waived from the active roster earlier in the week.
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Damian Parms
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Nick Williams
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The Redskins elevated safety Akeem Davis from the practice squad to the active roster. They released corner Richard Crawford and wideout Nick Williams from the squad and added defensive lineman Derrick Hopkins, receiver Marvin McNutt and tight end Je'Ron Hamm to the squad.
Akeem King
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The Falcons announced on Saturday that five draft picks are now under contract. 

In addition to fifth-round pick Grady Jarrett, announced on Friday, the Falcons have signed second-round CB Jalen Collins, fourth-round WR Justin Hardy, seventh rounders G Jake Rodgers and S Akeem King

Robenson Therezie
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Peter Konz
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The Falcons announced Monday they placed center Peter Konz on injured reserve due to a knee injury suffered Week 7 against the Ravens. To take his spot on the roster, the Falcons signed offensive lineman Jonathan Scott.
DeMarcus Love
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The Saints have cut defensive lineman Garrison Smith and offensive lineman DeMarcus Love from their practice squad and added offensive lineman Andrew Miller .

Smith and Miller are both rookies.

Matt Ryan
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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw 93.1 percent of his passes inside the pocket from 2012 to 2014, per ESPN Statistics and Information. That ranks sixth in the NFL. He is not likely to reach that level this season in a Kyle Shanahan offense.

And he doesn't care.

The OTAs have proven that Ryan will be moving out of the pocket and throwing on the run more frequently in 2015. Some might question whether that best fits his skill set, but the quarterback is not complaining.

"I think it's a good fit," he told ESPN. "Obviously, I've been able to move around at different times in my career. It wasn't a featured part of what we were doing ... I feel like I'm capable of doing it. I've got no issues with that."

Ryan has exceeded 4,000 yards passing in each of the last four seasons and has been remarkably consistent statistically. He has thrown for between 26 and 32 touchdowns in all of those years.

Freddie Martino
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The Falcons have activated Drew Davis from the PUP list and cut fellow wide receiver Freddie Martino .

Martino has been active for four games this season, but had yet to record a reception.

Lamar Holmes
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Falcons tackle Lamar Holmes arrived at training camp Thursday morning on crutches and with his right foot in a protective boot. 

Holmes is recovering from a broken foot and clearly doesn't appear ready to start practicing with the team when camp opens on Friday. 

Holmes will open camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. The team placed him on PUP Thursday afternoon.

Julio Jones
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Falcons receiver Julio Jones is scheduled to play the final year of his contract at $10.176 million this year. 

The team and Jones are both interested in negotiating a contract extension before Jones becomes a free agent. While the two sides haven't begun talking yet, ESPN reported that there is a "general sense around the team" that the deal will be done before training camp. 

Falcons traning camp opens July 31.

Harland Gunn
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The Patriots were awarded guard Harland Gunn, who was waived by Atlanta a day earlier, on Sunday, per ESPN

Gunn played in 13 games for Atlanta over the last two seasons. 

Matt Bosher
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The Falcons signed punter Matt Bosher to a five-year contract extension and long snapper Josh Harris to a four-year extension, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Vic Beasley
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Rookie linebacker Vic Beasley has the label of being a situational pass rusher, but he told NFL.com that he feels he can make a difference on every down for the Falcons, despite his youth. 

Beasley, the eighth overall pick in this year's draft, racked up 33 sacks during his time at Clemson, earning him the reputation as a big-time pass threat, but he wants to show the Atlanta coaching staff that he can play in all situations. 

"I think I'm an every-down player. I think that's just motivation for me to go out there and prove that I can be an every-down player," he said. 

Beasley will get a chance to live up to that statement, as the Falcons plan to throw the rookie into the fire to help a shaky linebacker corps. 

Josh Harris
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Steelers running backs Josh Harris and Ben Tate were able to find little running room in Saturday's 30-17 loss to Baltimore. Harris ran nine times for 25 yards while Tate had five carries for 19 yards.

As a team, Pittsburgh managed just 68 yards on 19 carries in relief of star running back Le'Veon Bell, who missed Saturday's game with a knee injury.

Bernard Reedy
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The Falcons trimmed their roster down to 53 on Saturday, cutting the following players: LB Pat Angerer, DL Nosa Eguae, RB Maurice Hagens, CB Jordan Mabin, WR Freddie Martino S Kimario McFadden, OL Pat McQuistan, TE Jacob Pedersen, OL Adam Replogle, DL Donte Rumph, LB Yawin Smallwood, RB Josh Vaughan, CB Ricardo Allen, S Sean Baker, WR Jeremy Ebert, G Harland Gunn, OT Terren Jones, WR Bernard Reedy, DT Travian Robertson, TE Mickey Shuler, LB Jacques Smith, WR Geraldo Boldewijn
Patrick DiMarco
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Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco wasn't threatened when the team signed Collin Mooney during the offseason. 

It's just going to push me to be a better player," DiMarco said, per ESPN. "When competition comes to you, you've got to step up to the plate and you've got to play good. That's my whole thing. There's nothing that he's going to do that's going to change me. I've just got to continue to work on my craft and continue to get better every day

Carlton Mitchell
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The Buccaneers waived wide receiver Carlton Mitchell, defensive end Ernest Owusu, quarterback Adam Weber and defensive end Markus White, and released wide receiver Derek Hagan, fullback Spencer Larsen and safety Troy Nolan.

The team also put corner Anthony Gaitor (torn ACL) and running back Michael Smith (torn foot ligament) on injured reserve. Finally, the team signed tight end Mike Shanahan.

Matt Bryant
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The Falcons announced they have locked up kicker Matt Bryant to a contract extension, per the team's official website. Bryant was due to become a unrestricted free agent on March 10 before signing a new deal.  Last season, he converted 29 of 32 field goals, with an NFL-best seven kicks from 50-plus yards out. He will turn 40 in May.
Mike Lee
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Paul Soliai
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New Falcons coach Dan Quinn met with the media at the Indianapolis scouting combine on Thursday and discussed his plans for the team's defensive players. 

The biggest news was that the team plans to move Prince Shembo back to outside linebacker. Shembo was drafted as an outside linebacker, but injuries on the defense required him to move inside. 

Shembo had 59 tackles for the Falcons in his rookie season, but he'll likely play more of a role in the pass rush from the outside. He had nine sacks as a senior at Notre Dame while playing OLB. 

Quinn also plans to use Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai on the inside. They split time between defensive tackle and end last season, but Quinn was impressed with their size at the tackle spots. Soliai had 29 tackles and a sack last season. Jackson had 22 tackles. 

Quinn said Dezmen Southward, who played exclusively at safety last season, will get a look at the cornerback position as well. 

Southward had 23 tackles, one sack and two pass defenses last year.