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NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
23Alford, Robert CB5-1018611/1/19882Southeastern Louisiana
28Arenas, Javier CB5-919710/28/19875Alabama
75Asamoah, Jon G6-43057/21/19885Illinois
95Babineaux, Jonathan DT6-230010/12/198110Iowa
59Bartu, Joplo OLB6-223010/3/19902Texas State
71Biermann, Kroy DE6-32559/12/19857Montana
63Blalock, Justin G6-432612/20/19838Texas
5Bosher, Matt P6-020810/18/19874Miami (Fla.)
3Bryant, Matt K5-92035/29/197513Baylor
68Carimi, Gabe G6-73166/13/19884Wisconsin
19Davis, Drew WR6-12051/4/19893Oregon
42DiMarco, Patrick FB6-12344/30/19893South Carolina
83Douglas, Harry WR6-01839/16/19846Louisville
33Freeman, Devonta RB5-82063/15/1992RFlorida State
93Goodman, Malliciah DE6-42761/4/19902Clemson
77Hageman, Ra'Shede DT6-63188/8/1990RMinnesota
47Harris, Josh LS6-12244/27/19893Auburn
61Hawley, Joe C6-330210/22/19885Nevada-Las Vegas
17Hester, Devin WR5-1119011/4/19829Miami (Fla.)
76Holmes, Lamar T6-63337/8/19893Southern Mississippi
36Ishmael, Kemal DB6-02065/6/19912Central Florida
99Jackson, Tyson DE6-42966/6/19866Louisiana State
39Jackson, Steven RB6-22407/22/198311Oregon State
11Jones, Julio WR6-32202/3/19894Alabama
66Konz, Peter C6-531712/20/19893Wisconsin
20Lowery, Dwight FS5-112121/23/19867San Jose State
90Maponga, Stansly DE6-22653/5/19912Texas Christian
94Massaquoi, Jonathan DE6-22645/18/19883Troy
98Matthews, Cliff DE6-42688/5/19894South Carolina
70Matthews, Jake T6-53092/11/1992RTexas A&M
27McClain, Robert CB5-91957/22/19885Connecticut
25Moore, William SS6-02215/18/19855Missouri
22Motta, Zeke FS6-22155/14/19902Notre Dame
86Pascoe, Bear TE6-52652/23/19866Fresno State
91Peters, Corey DT6-33056/8/19885Kentucky
12Renfree, Sean QB6-52254/28/19902Duke
14Roby, Courtney WR6-01891/10/19838Indiana
32Rodgers, Jacquizz RB5-61962/6/19904Oregon State
2Ryan, Matt QB6-42175/17/19857Boston College
73Schraeder, Ryan T6-73005/4/19882Valdosta State
53Shembo, Prince LB6-025412/24/1991RNotre Dame
35Smith, Antone RB5-91929/17/19855Florida State
96Soliai, Paul DT6-434512/30/19838Utah
41Southward, Dezmen FS6-221110/1/1990RWisconsin
49Starr, Tyler OLB6-52501/25/1991RSouth Dakota
62Stone, James C6-32914/26/1992RTennessee
54Stupar, Nate LB6-22403/14/19882Penn State
80Toilolo, Levine TE6-82657/30/19912Stanford
21Trufant, Desmond CB6-01909/10/19902Washington
50Umenyiora, Osi DE6-325511/16/198112Troy
8Weems, Eric WR5-91957/4/19858Bethune-Cookman
84White, Roddy WR6-021111/2/198110Alabama-Birmingham
26Wilson, Josh CB5-91883/11/19858Maryland
55Worrilow, Paul OLB6-02305/1/19902Delaware
13Yates, T.J. QB6-42175/28/19874North Carolina
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51Spruill, Marquis (IR) OLB6-02245/14/1991RSyracuse
56Weatherspoon, Sean (IR) OLB6-224412/29/19875Missouri
72Baker, Sam (IR) T6-53015/30/19857USC
79Johnson, Mike (IR) G6-63044/2/19874Alabama
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37Allen, Ricardo CB5-918712/18/1991RPurdue
29Baker, Sean DB6-020911/6/19881Ball State
69Gunn, Harland G6-23108/30/19892Miami (Fla.)
74Jones, Terren T6-734111/19/19912Alabama State
18Martino, Freddie WR6-01959/7/1991RNorth Greenville Coll. SC (J.C.)
86Miller, Kyle TE6-52624/13/19882Mount Union
89Reedy, Bernard WR5-917512/31/1991RToledo
92Robertson, Travian NT6-430412/9/19883South Carolina
45Smith, Jacques LB6-225812/31/1991RTennessee
34Smith, Jerome RB6-02264/6/1991RSyracuse
 
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Ryan Schraeder
News
The Falcons' list of inactives for Week 9 at Carolina includes linebacker Stephen Nicholas (thigh), defensive back Kemal Ishmael, offensive lineman Harland Gunn, offensive lineman Ryan Schraeder, wide receiver Brian Robiskie, and defensive lineman Travian Robertson. Ishmael, Gunn, Schraeder, Robiskie and Robertson are all healthy scratches.
Kyle Miller
News
Tight end Kyle Miller, whose NFL regular season experience consists of one game with Indianapolis in 2012, has been cut by the Dolphins. He had been signed by Miami after the 2013 season.
Dwight Lowery
News
Falcons safety Dwight Lowery and linebacker Pat Angerer both participated in a light workout session Saturday afternoon, just a day after missing the team's first preseason game. Both players were working back from a concussion and could be cleared to return to practice on Monday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Corey Peters
News
Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters, who began camp on the PUP list, practiced Monday for the first time and said he hopes to be ready for the season opener. Peters tore his Achilles last December.
Jacques Smith
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
Jonathan Massaquoi
News
The Falcons DST could not stop the run in the loss at San Francisco, giving up 199 yards on 30 attempts or 6.6 yards per carry. Atlanta struggled especially after losing defensive tackle Corey Peters to a first-half Achilles injury. 

The Falcons DST forced no turnovers but got sacks from Peters, linebacker Stephen Nicholas and defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi.

San Francisco scored on four consecutive drives to start the second half and finished with 379 total yards. The injury-depleted Falcons DST wraps up the season vs. Carolina.

Devin Hester
News
Falcons return specialist/receiver Devin Hester caught a touchdown for the second straight week in preseason.

Facing the Titans on Saturday, Hester caught a short pass from Matt Ryan and took it 31 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. He played in the third quarter and was targeted five times, finishing with four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Justin Blalock
No Updates
Antone Smith
News
With Steven Jackson sidelined, Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith both worked ahead of rookie runner Devonta Freeman during Friday's preseason opener against Miami.

Rodgers got the start and made his impact felt on the opening drive, which ended on a 2-yard touchdown run. He rushed for 20 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, averaging 2.9 yards per carry. He was not targeted in the passing game.

Antone Smith broke free for a 76-yard touchdown in the second series with the second-team offense, but had the play called back because of a holding penalty. He finished with three carries for 5 yards and one catch for 5 yards.

Freeman made his first appearance early in the second quarter and did not disappoint. The rookie totaled 107 yards of offense in his first preseason game. He rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries and caught one of his two targeted passes for 57 yards.
Osi Umenyiora
News
Defensive end Osi Umenyiora will return to the Falcons without any restructuring of his contract, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Umenyiora, who had 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles last year, is set to make $2.5 million in base salary and count $4.75 million against the cap.

Reports surfaced that the team would ask him to restructure his deal, but general manager Thomas Dimitroff put that speculation to rest.

William Moore
News
Falcons defensive backs William Moore and Desmond Trufant both recorded interceptions off quarterback Kirk Cousins Week 15 against the Redskins. Moore's came in the third quarter and Trufant's in the fourth.

Moore also recorded a fumble in the game, but Trufant had two more tackles, finishing with seven, three solo. Moore had five, three solo.

Mike Johnson
News
The Falcons re-signed offensive tackle Mike Johnson to a one-year deal, reports ESPN.com. He did not play last season after fracturing his fibula in training camp.
Injury
T.J. Yates
News
The Texans traded quarterback T.J. Yates, who was believed to be waived but apparently not, to the Falcons for linebacker Akeem Dent. The trade was announced on Thursday. 

Yates, a former fifth-round pick of the Texans, gives the Falcons some needed experience and depth at quarterback behind Matt Ryan. Playing over 13 games, including a five-week stint as the starter in 2011, the Georgia native has 1,100 passing yards and three touchdowns with a rush score and six interceptions and four fumbles lost. 

Dent is a former third-round pick of the Falcons. In 47 games (20 starts), Dent totaled 136 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and three passes defensed. 

Dezmen Southward
News
Falcons rookie safety Dezmen Southward will not play Thursday against the Jaguars because of a concussion, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. It remains to be seen if he'll be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.
Tyler Starr
News
The Falcons announced that they have signed five of their draft picks: linebacker Prince Shembo, cornerback Ricardo Allen, linebacker Marquis Spruill, linebacker Yawin Smallwood and linebacker Tyler Starr. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Harry Douglas
News
In a career year last year, two of Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas' best performances came against the division rival Saints, who will be visiting Atlanta in Week 1. He caught four passes for 93 yards in the first meeting and nine for 79 in the second.

But the Falcons' receiving corps wasn't at full capacity in those games. For both, Roddy White was attempting to play through a high ankle sprain -- an injury that would plague him for most of the season -- and for the second, Julio Jones was sidelined by a broken foot.

Still, the Falcons will have a void to fill in the passing game with Tony Gonzalez retired, and though Douglas obviously doesn't play tight end, some of those looks could go his way instead.

Is that reason enough to start him right out of the gate against the team that ranked second against the pass last year, allowing 194.1 yards per game? Even with the history, probably not. But in a 16-team league or deeper, you could do worse.

Nate Stupar
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.
Zeke Motta
News
The Falcons put safety Zeke Motta on the reserve/PUP list to start the season, and he's not expected to play at all this year, reports ESPN.com. Motta is dealing with a serious neck issue.
Injury
Neck - PUP. Questionable for season
Jerome Smith
News
The Falcons waived defensive end Theo Agnew, linebacker Brenden Daley, linebacker Darin Drakeford, safety Tay Glover-Wright, wideouts Tramaine Thompson and Julian Jones, quarterback Jeff Mathews, linebacker Walker May, running back Jerome Smith and tight end Brian Wozniak.
Ricardo Allen
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
Roddy White
News
Falcons wide receiver Roddy White didn't do much in his two games against the Saints last year, catching a combined four passes for 43 yards. But he was still slowed by a high ankle sprain in those games -- an injury that dated back to the preseason.

He eventually overcame the injury to average 8.6 catches for 100.4 yards in his final five games, but of course, Julio Jones was sidelined for those games, giving White less competition for looks. Still, his recovery shows he still has plenty left in the tank at age 32, which bodes well for him entering a new season, this time at full health.

The Saints did rank second against the pass last year, allowing 194.1 yards per game, but quarterback Matt Ryan averaged 298.0 yards through the air in his two starts against them last year. White also has a history of success against the Saints, including a seven-catch, 114-yard performance against them in 2012 and an 11-catch, 127-yard performance against them in 2011.

He may lose some looks with Jones back on the lineup, but based on the way White finished last season, Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both consider him a top-15 wide receiver for this week.

Travian Robertson
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
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.

Drew Davis
News
The Falcons put receiver Drew Davis on the physically unable to perform list for training camp.

"Drew felt some discomfort in his foot at the end of minicamp," coach Mike Smith told the team's website. "We decided to send him to the doctors for some evaluations and it was determined he had suffered an injury that would require a procedure. He recently had the procedure done and we expect him to miss around six weeks, which is why we have decided to place him on Training Camp PUP."

Davis caught 12 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns last year while playing a key special teams role.

Injury
Foot - PUP. Questionable for start of regular season
Cliff Matthews
News
The Falcons' list of inactives for Week 10 against the Seahawks includes offensive lineman Sam Baker (knee), running back Josh Vaughan, defensive back Kemal Ishmael, linebacker Thomas Howard, offensive lineman Harland Gunn, wide receiver Brian Robiskie and defensive lineman Cliff Matthews. Vaughn, Ishmael, Howard, Gunn, Robiskie and Matthews are all healthy scratches.
Jonathan Babineaux
News
The Falcons have agreed to terms with defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux on a three-year contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.

Babineaux had 42 tackles, a sack and an interception last season, his ninth in Atlanta.

Eric Weems
News
The Falcons have signed Eric Weems and waived fellow wide receiver Jabin Sambrano.

Weems was released by Chicago on Saturday. He played for five years with Atlanta and has 27 career receptions.

Robert Alford
News
Falcons CB Robert Alford and OL Peter Konz are probable Week 17.

Alford is dealing with an ankle injury, but was able to practice in full Friday. Konz has a neck injury, but fully participated in practice throughout the week.

Levine Toilolo
News
Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo "added a lot of muscle in the offseason, especially to his upper body," reports the team's website. The 6-8 Toilolo played at 265 pounds last year. The website did not say how much Toilolo weighs now.

Toilolo figures to start now that Tony Gonzalez has retired. He won't get nearly as many passes thrown his way, but could become a red-zone factor. Toilolo caught 11 balls for 55 yards and two touchdowns last season while appearing in every game.

Prince Shembo
News
The Falcons announced that they have signed five of their draft picks: linebacker Prince Shembo, cornerback Ricardo Allen, linebacker Marquis Spruill, linebacker Yawin Smallwood and linebacker Tyler Starr. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Sean Renfree
News
In addition to Top-60 picks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford as well as tight end Levine Toilolo, the Falcons selected defensive end Malliciah Goodman from Clemson, TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga, safeties Kemal Ishmael (UCF) and Zeke Motta (Notre Dame) and quarterback Sean Renfree from Duke.
Javier Arenas
News
The Falcons have yet to settle on a winner of the competition for nickel cornerback duties, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"I think we still have a lot of decisions to make in terms of who is going to be our nickel," head coach Mike Smith said. "We are going to rotate it a little bit differently than what we did in the first (exhibition) games. This is Arenas' chance to get his reps in there. Then we’ll make a decision going into the fourth preseason game on who is going to be our starter at nickel."

Robert McClain, Josh Wilson and Javier Arenas are competing for the job.

Desmond Trufant
News
Falcons defensive backs William Moore and Desmond Trufant both recorded interceptions off quarterback Kirk Cousins Week 15 against the Redskins. Moore's came in the third quarter and Trufant's in the fourth.

Moore also recorded a fumble in the game, but Trufant had two more tackles, finishing with seven, three solo. Moore had five, three solo.

Stansly Maponga
News
The Falcons' inactives for Week 1 at New Orleans include defensive back Asante Samuel, running back Josh Vaughan, defensive back Kemal Ishmael, offensive lineman Jeremy Trueblood, offensive lineman Harland Gunn, defensive lineman Travian Robertson and defensive lineman Stansly Maponga. None of the seven were listed on Friday's injury report.
Joplo Bartu
News
Falcons rookie linebacker Joplo Bartu delivered another sack, giving him 3 1/2 this season, Week 10 against the Seahawks. He also had six tackles, including one solo.

Joplu has started eight of the Falcons' nine games this season. He's averaging 5.3 tackles per game.

Sam Baker
News
The Falcons put left tackle Sam Baker on injured reserve with a torn patella tendon and signed former Titans offensive tackle Pat McQuistan for depth.
Injury
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 - IR. Out for season
Bear Pascoe
News
With the retirement of Tony Gonzalez, the Falcons are undergoing a change in philosophy about their tight end position, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. General manager Thomas Dimitroff said there weren't a lot of athletic pass-catching tight ends available in the draft, and the team will be more traditional in its 2014 approach.

Look for Atlanta's tight ends to line up on the line of scrimmage and block more. The team wants to be more physical up front.

"There’ll be a change in the type of tight end we’ll have on our roster," coach Mike Smith told the paper. "We’ll have a ‘Y’ tight end, where he’ll be an inline player (lined up tight to the formation). They won’t be moving around nearly as much as what we call an ‘F.’ Tony Gonzalez was more of an ‘F’ tight end than a ‘Y’ tight end."

Levine Toilolo, who had 11 catches as a rookie last year, and blocking tight end Bear Pascoe sit atop the depth chart.

Kemal Ishmael
News
The Falcons' list of inactives for Week 14 at Green Bay includes running back Josh Vaughan, defensive back Kemal Ishmael, linebacker Omar Gaither, offensive lineman Harland Gunn, offensive lineman Terren Jones, offensive lineman Sean Locklear and defensive lineman Travian Robertson. All are healthy scratches.
Josh Wilson
News
The Falcons have yet to settle on a winner of the competition for nickel cornerback duties, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"I think we still have a lot of decisions to make in terms of who is going to be our nickel," head coach Mike Smith said. "We are going to rotate it a little bit differently than what we did in the first (exhibition) games. This is Arenas' chance to get his reps in there. Then we’ll make a decision going into the fourth preseason game on who is going to be our starter at nickel."

Robert McClain, Josh Wilson and Javier Arenas are competing for the job.

Kroy Biermann
News
Falcons coach Mike Smith told 92.9 The Game in Atlanta that pass rusher Kroy Biermann will practice but have limited snaps. He'll also take a day off of practice every two days. Biermann is coming off of an Achilles injury. 
Paul Worrilow
News
Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow played the first half against the Texans and finished with a team-high eight tackles. He had one tackle for loss and a quarterback hit.

Last year, Worrilow led Atlanta with 127 tackles, becoming the first undrafted rookie in franchise history to pace the team.

James Stone
No Updates
Jacquizz Rodgers
News
Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers had a productive showing Saturday night against the Titans in preseason action.

Rodgers finished with 13 touches in the first half with the starters. He took eight handoffs for 33 yards, averaging 4.1 yards per attempt. He caught all five of his targets for 31 yards.
Jake Matthews
News
With left tackle Sam Baker out for the season with a torn patella tendon, the Falcons moved first-round pick Jake Matthews to left tackle in practice Monday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Lamar Holmes, who started at left tackle most of last season, was moved to right tackle.

Matthews was the No. 6 overall pick and has been working with the first-team offense since OTAs, the paper said.

Devonta Freeman
News
Falcons running back Devonta Freeman had a strong preseason filling in for Steven Jackson, rushing 32 times for 134 yards and catching 11 passes for 146, but with Jackson talking like his hamstring is ready go, telling the team's official website "I'm extremely excited for Week 1," Freeman may not have a big role in the season opener against the Saints.

The matchup is favorable enough. The Saints ranked 19th against the run last year, allowing 111.6 yards per game. They also allowed 4.6 yards per carry, fifth-most in the league. Jackson had two of his better games against the Saints last year, picking up 122 total yards in the first and 79 total yards in the second, so owners in deeper leagues may still want to consider Freeman in the hope Jackson's hamstring limits him.

But judging by Jamey Eisenberg's and Dave Richard's rankings, owners in standard leagues won't have much use for him. Neither ranks him as a top 48 running back for this week.

Jon Asamoah
News
Falcons guard Jon Asamoah was held out of practice Monday with an unspecified injury, ESPN.com reports.

"Jon Asamoah was held out for precautionary reasons for practice today, and we don't anticipate that it will be any issues at all for him moving forward," head coach Mike Smith said.

Asamoah was removed from Saturday's preseason game before the rest of the starting offensive line.

Joe Hawley
News
The Falcons re-signed center Joe Hawley to a two-year deal, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan. Hawley replaced Peter Konz and started the final seven games last season.
Tyson Jackson
News
The Falcons have agreed to a deal with free agent defensive lineman Tyson Jackson, reports the NFL Network.

Jackson spent the first five years of his career with the Chiefs. In 2013, he had four sacks and 33 total tackles.

Sean Weatherspoon
News
The Falcons announced Tuesday that linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will miss the entire 2014 season after rupturing his Achilles tendon during a workout.

"During Sean's run today with our medical staff, he suffered an injury," coach Mike Smith said in a statement. "We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon. Sean had been working extremely hard to get back on the field, but regrettably he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery."

Weatherspoon is entering the final year of his contract and will be a free agent after this year.

Injury
Achilles - IR. Out for season
Sean Baker
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
Gabe Carimi
News
Falcons offensive tackle Gabe Carimi left the joint practice with the Titans with an undisclosed injury, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Carimi was helped off the field by two trainers.
Peter Konz
News
Falcons CB Robert Alford and OL Peter Konz are probable Week 17.

Alford is dealing with an ankle injury, but was able to practice in full Friday. Konz has a neck injury, but fully participated in practice throughout the week.

Robert McClain
News
The Falcons have yet to settle on a winner of the competition for nickel cornerback duties, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"I think we still have a lot of decisions to make in terms of who is going to be our nickel," head coach Mike Smith said. "We are going to rotate it a little bit differently than what we did in the first (exhibition) games. This is Arenas' chance to get his reps in there. Then we’ll make a decision going into the fourth preseason game on who is going to be our starter at nickel."

Robert McClain, Josh Wilson and Javier Arenas are competing for the job.

Steven Jackson
News
Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who missed most of training camp nursing a hamstring problem, says he's amped up to face the Saints on Sunday.

"I'm extremely excited for Week 1," he told the team's website. "It's been a training camp that I missed the majority of the time, but I've been working hard physically and mentally to prepare for this coming Sunday. I feel good about it."

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 1 vs. New Orleans
Matt Ryan
News
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan made the most of his opening-week matchup against the Saints last season, completing 25 for 38 passes for 304 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The hope is he can do something similar with the Saints coming to town in Week 1.

While last year's opener was at New Orleans, this one is at home, where Ryan went without a touchdown against the Saints in Week 12 last year. But he was without star wide receiver Julio Jones in that game. The Saints did rank second against the pass last year, allowing 194.1 yards per game, but against the Falcons, coming off a year in which they threw the ball more often than any other team, that probably won't impact a Ryan's numbers too much. It certainly didn't limit his yardage last year. Even in that Week 12 meeting, he threw for 292.

Bottom line: Based on where you drafted Ryan, you'd need an awfully good reason to consider sitting him in Fantasy, and this matchup against the Saints isn't it. Jamey Eisenberg ranks him ninth among quarterbacks for the week, and Dave Richard is even more optimistic, ranking him sixth.

Freddie Martino
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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
Lamar Holmes
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With left tackle Sam Baker out for the season with a torn patella tendon, the Falcons moved first-round pick Jake Matthews to left tackle in practice Monday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Lamar Holmes, who started at left tackle most of last season, was moved to right tackle.

Matthews was the No. 6 overall pick and has been working with the first-team offense since OTAs, the paper said.

Julio Jones
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Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who missed the final 11 weeks last year with a fractured foot, will be taking on the division rival Saints for the first time in nearly a full calendar year when they come to town in Week 1. He scored a touchdown in that last meeting, catching seven passes for 76 yards, and seems eager to do so again.

"That's a big emphasis this year," wide receiver Julio Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We have to score in the red zone. We have too many weapons to get [stopped] in the red zone."

Jones was referring to last year's season opener -- a game the Falcons lost 23-17 after stalling twice inside the 10-yard line. Given the Jones' size and physicality, the Falcons will obviously look to him in those situations, especially with tight Tony Gonzalez now out of the picture.

Jones has expressed concern recently that he's not quite ready for a full workload yet, but even if the Falcons rest him a little more than usual, you can bet they'll take advantage of his time on the field. Even though the Saints technically ranked second against the pass last year, allowing 194.1 yards per game, you shouldn't hesitate to start Jones in Fantasy. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank him fifth among wide receivers for the week.

Harland Gunn
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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
Terren Jones
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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
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Josh Harris
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The Steelers signed receivers C.J. Goodwin and Derek Moye, offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, defensive backs Shaquille Richardson and Ross Ventrone, defensive linemen Josh Mauro and Nick Williams, running back Josh Harris, tight end Rob Blanchflower and linebacker Howard Jones to their practice squad.
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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The Falcons got several minor offensive contributions in their 34-24 loss at San Francisco. Among them, running back Jason Snelling carried once for minus-2 yards, caught three passes for 15 yards and recovered an onside kick.

Fullback Patrick DiMarco caught a 2-yard pass, while tight end Levine Toilolo was targeted once without a catch.

Matt Bryant
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Falcons kicker Matt Bryant hit two field goals in the final game of the season in Week 17 Sunday against the Panthers.

Bryant was 2 of 2 on field goals and hit two extra points against Carolina. His long field goal was 42 yards.

Paul Soliai
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The Falcons' first splash in free agency this spring was a big one -- figuratively and literally. The team has agreed to terms with defensive tackle Paul Soliai, formerly with the Dolphins, and offensive lineman Jon Asamoah, formerly with the Chiefs, ESPN reports. 

Soliai was reportedly on the Falcons' radar for a while. A pure run stuffer, Soliai has missed one game over the last four years. Asamoah, a product from Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois, started nine of 14 games for the Chiefs last year and 15 games the year before that.  

Courtney Roby
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With Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White dealing with hamstring and ankle injuries, the Falcons are holding tryouts at receiver, according to reporter Howard Balzer. The team is bringing in wideouts Mohamed Massaquoi, Brian Robiskie, Courtney Roby and Matt Willis, the report said.