Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons

Overall Outlook

The Atlanta Falcons were a six win team last year, but still had a chance to make the playoffs in their final game of the season. A poor running game and porous defense caused most of the problems, so general manager Thomas Dimitroff used his first three picks in the draft ( DE/OLB Vic Beasley, CB Jalen Collins, RB Tevin Coleman) to try to rectify the issues. Additionally, the Falcons cut ties with a slew of aging and/or underperforming players like Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers, Harry Douglas, Gabe Carimi, and Dwight Lowery to name a few. We expect the Falcons to hover around .500 this year with Julio Jones and Matt Ryan leading a solid offense.

Offseason Moves
Key additions: WR Leonard Hankerson, TE Tony Moeaki, TE Jacob Tamme, OT Tyler Polumbus, G Chris Chester, G Mike Person, DE Adrian Clayborn, DE O'Brien Schofield, OLB Brooks Reed, OLB Justin Durant, CB Phillip Adams
Key losses: RB Steven Jackson, RB Jacquizz Rodgers, WR Harry Douglas, TE Bear Pascoe, OT Sam Baker, G Justin Blalock, G Gabe Carimi, DT Corey Peters, OLB Sean Weatherspoon, OLB Prince Shembo, CB Robert McClain, CB Josh Wilson, S Dwight Lowery

Offensive Outlook
The Falcons offense had strong numbers most of 2014, including the fantasy playoffs. The unit had a hard time in the running game, which was 24th in the NFL and they had a hard time replacing their retired star TE Tony Gonzalez. If healthy, this offense under Matt Ryan, will be a top 10 unit in 2015. 

Projections - 2015
QB1 - Matt Ryan - Passing - 4700 yds / 32 tds  
RB1 - Tevin Coleman - Rushing - 800 yds / 6 tds  Receiving - 30 recs / 250 yds / 1 td
RB2 - Devanta Freeman - Rushing - 500 yds / 2 tds  Receiving - 20 recs / 150 yds / 2 tds
WR1 - Julio Jones - Receiving - 110 recs / 1650 yds / 12 tds
WR3 - Roddy White - Receiving - 70 recs / 875 yds / 7 tds
WR3 - Justin Hardy - Receiving - 40 recs / 450 yds / 3 tds
TE1 -  Jacob Tamme - Receiving - 35 recs / 300 yds / 4 tds

Defensive Outlook
The Atlanta Defense was terrible in 2014, ranked 27th in the NFL in points allowed, and last in the NFL in yards allowed. The addition of new head coach Dan Quinn will help tremendously and we expect improvement, but a lot of it will depend on the schedule. There are plenty of tough games (Saints x2, Dallas, Philadelphia, Indianapolis) especially early, but a bunch of cupcakes (Tennessee, Tampa Bay x2, Jacksonville, Washington) a little later, which will allow Atlanta to get it's confidence back. 

Projections - 2015
DE1 - Kroy Biermann - 70 total Ts / 5 sacks / 3 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
DE2 - Adrian Clayborn - 50 total Ts / 5 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
DT - Ra'Shede Hageman - 40 total Ts / 2 sacks / 3 pass defensed / 2 total TOs
DT2 - Paul Soliai - 30 total Ts / 1 sack / 1 pass defensed / 2 total TOs
MLB - Paul Worrilow -  150 total Ts / 1 sack / 3 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
SLB - Brooks Reed - 70 total Ts / 3 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
WLB - Vic Beasley - 60 total Ts / 8 sacks / 4 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
CB1 - Desmond Trufant - 70 total Ts / 0 sacks / 15 passes defensed / 4 total TOs
CB2 - Robert Alford - 50 total Ts / 0 sacks / 10 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
S1 - Kemal Ishmael - 100 total Ts / 1 sack / 4 passes defensed / 5 total TOs
S2 - William Moore -  80 total Ts / 0 sacks / 5 passes defensed / 6 total TOs


Depth Charts
PosNoPlayer 1NoPlayer 2NoPlayer 3NoPlayer 4NoPlayer 5
LWR84WHITE, RODDY 05/185Hankerson, Leonard U/Was18Martino, Freddie CF1415Williams, Nick SF1587Clark, Marquez CF15
RWR11Jones, Julio 11/117HESTER, DEVIN U/Chi16Hardy, Justin 15/414WEEMS, ERIC SF1489Reedy, Bernard CF14
RWR00Mitchell, Carlton SF15
LT70Matthews, Jake 14/176Holmes, Lamar 12/377Huffer, Matthew CF15
LG65CHESTER, CHRIS SF1568Person, Mike U/SL69Gunn, Harland P/NO67Replogle, Adam CF13
C61Hawley, Joe 10/462Stone, James CF1463Ume-Ezeoke, Valerian CF15
RG75Asamoah, Jon U/KC66Konz, Peter 12/274Lefeld, Eric CF1564Smith, Jared SF15
RT73Schraeder, Ryan CF1376POLUMBUS, TYLER U/Was65Rodgers, Jake 15/7
TE83TAMME, JACOB U/Den81Moeaki, Tony U/Sea81Shuler, Mickey SF1480Toilolo, Levine 13/486Gardner, Beau CF15
QB2RYAN, MATT 08/113Yates, TJ T/Hou12Renfree, Sean 13/7
FB42DiMarco, Patrick SF1339Mooney, Collin SF15
RB24Freeman, Devonta 14/426Coleman, Tevin 15/335Smith, Antone SF0934Smith, Jerome CF1433Ward, Terron CF15
LDE71Biermann, Kroy 08/599Jackson, Tyson U/KC50Schofield, O'Brien U/Sea79Meredith, Sam CF15
UT77Hageman, Ra'Shede 14/295BABINEAUX, JONATHAN 05/297Jarrett, Grady 15/565Herring, Warren CF15
NT96SOLIAI, PAUL U/Mia92Havili-Heimuli, Ricky SF1474Mbu, Joey CF15
RDE99Clayborn, Adrian U/TB93Goodman, Malliciah 13/498Matthews, Cliff 11/754Starr, Tyler 14/7
SLB56Reed, Brooks U/Hou59Bartu, Joplo CF1346Anyama, Boris CF15
MLB55Worrilow, Paul CF1352Stupar, Nathan W/Jax49Akunne, Derek CF1559Bradford, Allen SF15
WLB44Beasley, Vic 15/152Durant, Justin U/Dal90Maponga, Stansly 13/551Spruill, Marquis 14/5
LCB21Trufant, Desmond 13/128King, Akeem 15/727White, Kevin CF1538Lee, Michael CF15
SS25MOORE, WILLIAM 09/236Ishmael, Kemal 13/729Baker, Sean SF1345Parms, Damian CF1548Therezie, Robenson CF15
FS30Godfrey, Charles SF1437Allen, Ricardo 14/543Floyd, Terell CF15
RCB23Alford, Robert 13/232Collins, Jalen 15/220Adams, Phillip U/NYJ41Southward, Dezmen 14/334Mincy, Jonathon CF15
N-B20Adams, Phillip U/NYJ
Special Teams
P5Bosher, Matt 11/6
LS47Harris, Josh CF12
H5Bosher, Matt 11/6
KO5Bosher, Matt 11/6

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