Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium | Coach: Dan Quinn
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense5th85.1 (30th)294.6 (3rd)
Defense20th110.9 (15th)244.9 (22nd)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
42Abrams, Delrick DB6-31804/4/1997RColorado
37Allen, Ricardo FS5-918612/18/19916Purdue
93Bailey, Allen DE6-32883/25/198910Miami (FL)
13Blake, Christian WR6-11816/8/19962Northern Illinois
77Carpenter, James G6-53213/22/198910Alabama
50Cominsky, John DE6-528511/22/19952Charleston (WV)
90Davidson, Marlon DT6-32785/11/1998RAuburn
96Davison, Tyeler DT6-23099/3/19926Fresno State
34Dennard, Darqueze DB5-1120510/10/19917Michigan State
56Fowler, Dante DE6-32558/3/19946Florida
83Gage, Russell WR6-01841/22/19963LSU
73Gono, Matt T6-43055/10/19963Wesley College
87Graham, Jaeden TE6-425010/10/19952Yale
21Gurley, Todd RB6-12248/3/19946Georgia
44Hall, Tyler CB5-1019010/31/1998RWyoming
92Harris, Charles DE6-32523/6/19954Missouri
47Harris, Josh LS6-12244/27/19899Auburn
32Hawkins, Jaylinn SAF6-12088/25/1997RCalifornia
61Hennessy, Matt C6-429511/17/1997RTemple
23Hill, Brian RB6-121911/9/19954Wyoming
4Hofrichter, Sterling P5-1019612/5/1996RSyracuse
81Hurst, Hayden TE6-42608/24/19933South Carolina
97Jarrett, Grady DT6-03054/28/19936Clemson
45Jones, Deion LB6-122211/4/19945LSU
11Jones, Julio WR6-32202/8/198910Alabama
27Kazee, Damontae SS5-111746/5/19934San Diego State
7Koo, Younghoe K5-101958/3/19942Georgia Southern
63Lindstrom, Chris G6-43072/8/19972Boston College
51Mack, Alex C6-431111/19/198512California
70Matthews, Jake T6-53092/11/19927Texas A&M
65McCray, Justin G6-33105/31/19924UCF
76McGary, Kaleb T6-63062/22/19952Washington
98McKinley, Takkarist DE6-225011/2/19954UCLA
55Means, Steven DE6-32639/16/19906Buffalo
22Neal, Keanu SS6-02117/26/19955Florida
41Neasman, Sharrod SAF6-019810/14/19915Florida Atlantic
26Oliver, Isaiah CB6-02109/30/19963Colorado
30Ollison, Qadree RB6-12329/8/19962Pittsburgh
54Oluokun, Foye LB6-22158/2/19953Yale
15Powell, Brandon WR5-81819/12/19953Florida
59Reynolds, LaRoy LB6-124311/3/19908Virginia
18Ridley, Calvin WR6-119012/20/19943Alabama
46Robinson, Edmond LB6-32452/23/19924Newberry
2Ryan, Matt QB6-42175/17/198513Boston College
8Schaub, Matt QB6-62456/25/198117Virginia
94Senat, Deadrin DT6-13057/22/19943South Florida
20Sheffield, Kendall DB5-102125/30/19962Ohio State
40Smith, Keith FB6-02404/8/19927San Jose State
25Smith, Ito RB5-91959/11/19953Southern Miss
88Stocker, Luke TE6-52537/17/198810Tennessee
91Tuioti-Mariner, Jacob DT6-22857/25/19962UCLA
43Walker, Mykal LB6-32308/28/1997RFresno State
75Wetzel, John G6-73287/18/19915Boston College
33Wreh-Wilson, Blidi CB6-119012/5/19897Connecticut
17Zaccheaus, Olamide WR5-81937/23/19972Virginia
Injured Players
89Gray, Alex (IR) TE6-42305/1/19911No College
90Hageman, Ra'Shede (IR) DT6-63188/8/19904Minnesota
43Langford, Jeremy (IR) RB6-021112/6/19913Michigan State
24Terrell, A.J. (IR) CB6-11959/23/1998RClemson
43Van Dyke, DeMarcus (IR) DB6-11851/17/19894Miami (Fla.)
Practice Squad
 Beavers, Willie G6-532410/2/19932Western Michigan
6Benkert, Kurt QB6-42157/17/19952Virginia
36Bucannon, Deone OLB6-12118/30/19927Washington State
35Carter, Jamal DB6-12154/12/19944Miami (FL)
12Green, Juwan WR6-01877/1/1998RAlbany
64Harlow, Sean G6-42843/28/19952Oregon State
 Nizialek, Cameron P6-220011/30/00021Georgia
89Pinkney, Jared TE6-42578/21/1997RVanderbilt
14Rowland, Chris WR5-817012/19/1997RTennessee State
 Slayton, Chris DT6-43078/1/19961Syracuse
80Treadwell, Laquon WR6-22156/14/19954Ole Miss
66Wright, Willie C6-33002/25/19961Tulsa
Suspended Players
28Miller, Jordan DB6-21902/8/19972Washington
 
 
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Position Listing
DeMarcus Van Dyke
News
The Chiefs have announced their final round of cuts and other moves to reach the league-mandated roster of 53 players.

Among the offensive players let go are fullback Jordan Campbell, wide receivers Fred Williams and Mark Harrison, guard Ricky Henry, tackle J'Marcus Webb and running back Charcandrick West.

The defensive players gone from the roster are safeties Jonathon Amaya and Malcolm Bronson, linemen Dominique Hamilton, Kyle Love and Kona Schwenke, linebackers Alonzo Highsmith, Devan Walker and Nico Johnson and cornerbacks Justin Rogers and DeMarcus Van Dyke .

The Chiefs have also placed Tyler Bray and Kyle Williams on IR and Mike Catapano on the non-football injury list.

Injury
Kendall Sheffield
News
Sheffield (foot) is ruled out for Sunday's game against Chicago, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Sheffield will miss his third straight contest to begin the season due to a lingering foot injury. His next chance to take the field will come Week 4 in Green Bay during Monday Night Football.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for Week 4 at Green Bay
Mykal Walker
News
Walker registered eight total tackles, including one tackle for loss and one forced fumble during Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Bears.

Picking up his first career start as Foyesade Oluokun (hamstring) sat out, Walker tied Keanu Neal for the team-high in tackles against Chicago. The rookie fourth-round draft choice received a maximum of 46 defensive snaps over his first two outings, but against the Bears, he fielded 88 percent of the workload (72 snaps) while seeing his special-teams role completely taken off his plate. Oluokun will surely be back in the starting rotation once he returns from injury, but Walker may have earned himself some more playing time moving forward based on his impact Week 3.

Isaiah Oliver
News
Oliver compiled 61 total tackles, 11 pass deflections and one forced fumble across 16 starts for Atlanta in 2019.

The sophomore cornerback performed competently during his first full season as a starter, playing 80-plus percent of his team's defensive snaps in 13 of 16 games and leading the Falcons in passes defensed. Oliver proved to be durable in joining Ricardo Allen as the only Falcons defensive backs to start all 16 contests in 2019, but his ability to produce takeaways has been lacking through the first two years of his NFL career. The 23-year-old has just one interception in 30 contests since being drafted No. 58 overall in 2018.

Matt Schaub
News
Schaub has secured a spot on the Falcons' 53-man roster as he enters his fifth season as Matt Ryan's backup, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The 39-year-old signal-caller reportedly showed signs of rust during the early stages of an atypical offseason program, but he ultimately rounded into form and demonstrated enough to return for another year as the No. 2 quarterback. In beating out Kurt Benkert for the role, Schaub seems likelier yet to close out his NFL career in the same place it began in 2004. Schaub showed during 2019 that he still can deliver despite 15-plus years of NFL tread on the tires. When called upon for a spot start Week 8 against Seattle as Ryan sat out with an ankle injury, he completed 75 percent of his passes while throwing for 460 yards.

Tyeler Davison
News
Davison (ankle) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Davison appears ready to play in Week 3 after he put in limited practice Wednesday. The 28-year-old has seen 75 defensive snaps for the Falcons this season, and now that he's appears to be officially back healthy, he'll be expected for the same depth role for Sunday's contest against Chicago.

Brandon Powell
News
Powell hauled in three of his four targets for a total of 27 receiving yards during Sunday's 30-26 loss to Chicago.

With Julio Jones (hamstring) ruled out pregame and Russell Gage forced to exit early Sunday because of a head injury, Atlanta was left thin at receiver. Against the Bears, Powell saw offensive snaps in a game for just the second time since 2018, after he spent 2019 bouncing between the Falcons' practice squad and active roster without ever fielding a regular-season snap. If Jones and Gage are unable to play Week 4 against the Packers, Powell would be in line for wide receiver snaps behind Calvin Ridley, Christian Blake and Olamide Zaccheaus.

Jaylinn Hawkins
News
Coach Dan Quinn said that Hawkins is settling into a strong safety role with the Falcons, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Quinn expanded Tuesday upon the reasons for why he believes the fourth-round rookie is best fitted for such a role. "He's a much stronger player than I remembered from Cal," Quinn explained. "He can play down in the box, he can use his hands on tight ends and backs." Having linebacker Deion Jones back in the rotation last year -- after he missed 10 games during 2018 because of a broken foot -- dramatically improved Atlanta's ability to cover players coming out of opposing backfields. The Falcons improved from a league-worst rank in RB catches allowed (123) in 2018 to a much more respectable standing of 14th best (84) during 2019. Hawkins' addition only supports Atlanta's directive of further curtailing the impact of running back and tight end receiving threats.

Matt Gono
News
Gono is expected to be in the starting lineup if Kaleb McGary (knee-MCL) is inactive for Atlanta's Week 3 matchup against the Bears, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

McClure expanded to state that such a situation "looks like reality," hinting at Gono getting his first NFL start. The 24-year-old out of Division III Wesley College held up well in relief of McGary Week 2 against the Cowboys, registering just one pass block loss on 26 attempts. Quarterback Matt Ryan expressed confidence in Gono after the game, saying he "(doesn't) think the moment is too big for him." A potential Week 3 matchup against Chicago's Khalil Mack (knee) is about as daunting as it gets for a debut assignment, however.

Laquon Treadwell
News
Treadwell officially signed with the Falcons' practice squad Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Treadwell's move to join Atlanta's practice squad was announced Monday, but he's only now officially passed requisite COVID-19 testing. The 2016 first-round pick spent training camp with the team and reportedly struggled to overcome drop issues, but the Falcons at least saw enough out of Treadwell to continue monitoring his development.

Deone Bucannon
News
Bucannon was added to the Falcons' practice squad Tuesday after being waived earlier in the day, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

NFL teams are permitted to stash more veteran depth than usual this season, with the NFL and NFLPA agreeing to allow practice squads to add up to six players with more than two accrued seasons (rather than the prior limit of two players). Bucannon made 14 appearances last year for the Giants and Buccaneers with just one start, but between 2015 and 2018 he started 47 of the 54 games he appeared in for Arizona. Head coach Dan Quinn said he wants "roster-ready" players on the practice squad, and Bucannon provides Atlanta with both recent regular-season experience, as well as the versatility to line up at both linebacker and defensive back.

Chris Lindstrom
News
Lindstrom allowed zero sacks and committed just one penalty while starting in all five of the games he played during his rookie season.

The No. 14 overall pick suffered a broken foot during Atlanta's season opener against the Vikings and didn't see the field again until Week 14, but when he suited up, he lived up to his first-round status. The Falcons' ground attack vastly improved during the three games in which Lindstrom played every offensive snap, with Atlanta averaging 103.7 rushing yards per game Weeks 15 through 17, compared to just 80.8 rushing yards per game in 13 contests in which the guard was either inactive or limited. Heading into his second season, Lindstrom will work alongside fellow 2019 first-rounder Kaleb McGary on the right side of Atlanta's offensive line.

Keanu Neal
News
Neal collected eight tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss during Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Bears.

By tying Mykal Walker with a Falcons-high eight tackles Week 3, Neal has now been atop the team box score in that category for back-to-back games. That's an encouraging sign given that Neal was only able to suit up for a combined four games between 2018 and 2019 due to ACL and Achilles injuries. If Neal is back at full speed and playing with no hesitation, that is a boost for an otherwise struggling Falcons secondary that ranks 31st against the pass through three weeks.

Justin McCray
News
McCray agreed to a contract with the Falcons on Sunday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

McCray is a nice backup lineman who is capable of lining up at multiple positions. The 27-year-old journeyman appeared in 15 games for the Browns last season, including four starts.

Kaleb McGary
News
McGary (knee-MCL) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against Chicago.

The 2019 first-round pick seemed like a long shot to play all week, though a limited practice session Friday provided a glimmer of hope. Without McGary for Week 3, 24-year-old Matt Gono will log his first career start at right tackle.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Questionable for Week 4 at Green Bay
Damontae Kazee
News
Kazee (hamstring) won't carry an injury tag into Sunday's game versus the Bears, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

While Kazee was a limited participant during Thursday and Friday's practices, he's good to go for Week 3. Expect the fourth-year safety to start in Sunday's game after recording 12 tackles (11 solo) through the first two weeks.

Delrick Abrams
No Updates
Ricardo Allen
News
Allen (elbow) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Allen is nursing a hyperextended elbow sustained during Atlanta's loss to the Cowboys in Week 2. Though coach Dan Quinn previously stated that he doesn't expect Allen's injury to require a long-term recovery, the defensive captain will be forced to miss at least one contest.

Injury
Elbow - Questionable for Week 4 at Green Bay
Cameron Nizialek
News
Nizialek (undisclosed) has been given an injury settlement by the Ravens, per the league's official transactions log.

Nizialek is now free to search for an opportunity with another club when fully healthy. The nature of his injury remains unknown.

Chris Slayton
News
Slayton has been promoted to the Giants' 53-man roster ahead of Sunday's season finale against the Eagles.

Slayton has spent the season on New York's practice squad after getting waived during final roster cuts prior to Week 1. Given the Giants' season will come to a close following the contest, it makes sense for them to see what they have in their rookie seventh-round pick.

LaRoy Reynolds
News
Reynolds (pectoral) was activated off injured reserve Tuesday, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

Reynolds landed on injured reserve to start the season and recently returned to practice in preparation for Week 7. He could return to action for Sunday's game against Carolina, where he will once again primarily serve a special teams role.

Willie Wright
No Updates
Calvin Ridley
News
Ridley caught five of his 13 targets for a total of 110 receiving yards during Sunday's 30-26 loss to Chicago. He also registered seven yards on his lone rush attempt.

As Julio Jones sat with a left hamstring strain, Ridley dominated the target share, attracting more than double the targets of Atlanta's No. 2 option, Olamide Zaccheaus (six). Had the third-year receiver been able to register a touchdown Sunday, he would have joined Randy Moss, Marvin Harrison, Jerry Rice and Dwight Clark as the only players in NFL history to start a season with three straight 100-yard, one-TD games. Safe to say, Ridley is red-hot heading into a Week 4 matchup against a Packers defense that surrendered the second-most receiving TDs to opposing wideouts Weeks 1 and 2.

Steven Means
News
Means was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Means is back in the mix at defensive end after serving a nine-day stint on the reserve list. With that much missed practice time leading into Week 1, it remains to be seen what his workload will look like behind starters Takkarist McKinley and Dante Fowler on Sunday against the Seahawks. Means played 15 percent of the defensive snaps for the Falcons when he was last active in 2018, and he is expected to establish a role in the defensive line rotation as the season wears along.

Hayden Hurst
News
Hurst registered a one-yard touchdown on his only catch during Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Bears.

The 27-year-old has now gone for touchdowns in back-to-back weeks, after totaling just three total TDs across 28 regular-season games in a Ravens uniform. Hurst's fantasy outturn was salvaged by the score Sunday, as he attracted only three targets against Chicago after tallying 13 combined between Weeks 1 and 2. In a Week 4 Monday night showdown, Hurst will face a Packers defense that just contained Jared Cook to two catches for 21 yards in its 37-30 win over the Saints.

Darqueze Dennard
News
Dennard registered six tackles, two pass deflections and an interception during Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Bears.

After playing 63 percent of the defensive snaps in his Falcons debut Week 1, Dennard has logged starts in back-to-back weeks while fielding at least 94 percent of the workload in each contest. He and Blidi Wreh-Wilson each produced takeaways as cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield (foot) and A.J. Terrell (reserve-COVID-19) sat out Week 3, but the Bears were capable of putting up 300-plus passing yards in the game as well as 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

Edmond Robinson
News
Robinson has been moved to the practice squad from the Falcons' active roster, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The 28-year-old last received an NFL snap in 2017, when he was a member of the Jets, but with Foyesade Oluokun (hamstring) unable to suit up for Week 3, Atlanta was left searching for a competent replacement at linebacker. Robinson fielded 20 percent of the defensive snaps against Chicago, plus an additional 30 percent of the special-teams work, while Mykal Walker (88 percent) and Deion Jones (93 percent) got the majority of the reps at linebacker. Robinson will reside on the practice squad unless injuries or ineffectiveness affect players on the active roster.

Jared Pinkney
News
Pinkney signed with the Falcons' practice squad Sunday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Pinkney enjoyed a breakout junior campaign in which he racked up 50 receptions for 774 yards and seven touchdowns, but otherwise he never exceeded 22 catches, 280 receiving yards or three touchdowns in any of his other three collegiate seasons for Vanderbilt. The Falcons noted Pinkney's upside and quickly signed him to an undrafted free agent contract following April's draft, but ultimately, the team elects to go with Hayden Hurst, Jaeden Graham and Luke Stocker as its Week 1 options at tight end. For now, the 6-foot-4 Pinkney will continue his NFL journey as a developmental option for a Falcons team that has a proven propensity to promote players from within (just ask current defensive captain and former practice-squad member, Ricardo Allen).

Charles Harris
News
Harris registered one sack and two total tackles during Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Bears.

The 2017 first-round pick made his Atlanta debut after missing Weeks 1 and 2 because of an ankle injury, and he got involved immediately by recording one of two Falcons sacks on the afternoon. Harris managed just half a sack over 14 appearances last year during what would be the final year of his disappointing Miami tenure, but he's off to a productive start as a pass rusher with his new team. Week 4 presents a challenging matchup on Monday night, as the Packers have allowed a league-low two sacks over the first three weeks of 2020.

Blidi Wreh-Wilson
News
Wreh-Wilson is slated for an increase to his defensive snap count now that A.J. Terrell (Reserve/COVID-19 list) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Bears, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The Falcons currently rank 31st in the NFL at 372 passing yards allowed per game with Terrell playing Weeks 1 and 2, but now Atlanta will be left with Wreh-Wilson, Darqueze Dennard, Isaiah Oliver, and recent practice-squad callups Delrick Abrams and Tyler Hall as its available cornerbacks. Wreh-Wilson has played a combined three defensive snaps over the first two weeks, but he may be asked to take on a considerable defensive workload against Chicago's 29th-ranked pass offense.

Sean Harlow
News
Harlow (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Buccaneers.

Harlow was promoted to Atlanta's active roster from the practice squad Dec. 20, but he won't be called upon to suit up in Tampa Bay in Week 17.

John Wetzel
News
Wetzel was signed to the Falcons' active roster Tuesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Wetzel has traveled between Atlanta's practice and active rosters numerous times over the past couple of seasons. He will provide depth for the Falcons along their offensive line.

Jamal Carter
News
Carter signed on with Atlanta's practice squad Sunday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

The 26-year-old made 11 appearances for the Falcons during 2019, and he surely could see action intermittently throughout the 2020 campaign as well. Atlanta is deep at safety at the moment, with Keanu Neal, Damontae Kazee and Ricardo Allen each expected to play an integral role at the position, as well as fourth-round draft choice Jaylinn Hawkins waiting in the wings. Of course, during a season unlike any other due to COVID-19, a veteran like Carter provides strong insurance despite the position group appearing adequate at the moment.

Deion Jones
News
Jones registered six total tackles, including half a sack, during Sunday's 40-39 loss to the Cowboys.

The 25-year-old linebacker made a rare contribution in pass rush, garnering his first sack credit of any kind since Dec. 2, 2018. Jones and Co. certainly were not effective in containing Dallas tight end Dalton Schultz, however, as the Cowboys pass-catcher racked up nine catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Jones and the Falcons defense now aim for a bounce-back performance in Week 3, taking on a Bears offense that has accounted for 44 points in its first two games of the new campaign.

Alex Mack
News
Coach Dan Quinn said that Mack will have some limitations to his workload during training camp, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

There isn't a specific injury to note here, as Mack will instead just be receiving some maintenance days periodically as he heads into his age-35 campaign. Mack dealt with an elbow injury in the first quarter of the 2019 regular season, but he ultimately played a full 16-game slate to extend his streak to five consecutive years without missing a start. As Mack works in and out of the rotation during the lead up to Week 1, rookie third-round draft pick Matt Hennessy will see more first-team reps before yielding the starting role to Mack in time for Atlanta's Week 1 matchup with Seattle.

Juwan Green
News
Green has signed to the Falcons' practice squad, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

The undrafted free agent from Albany was unable to catch on with Atlanta's 53-man roster, as the Falcons elected to sign zero undrafted rookies amidst an abbreviated offseason. Green is, however, one of just two receivers so far signed to the Falcons' practice squad, joining fellow rookie Chris Rowland on the 16-man reserve roster. He'll remain situated in a developmental role during 2020 unless there are significant injury troubles at wide receiver. Green may also find the field in the more immediate term if he can prove himself as a difference maker on special teams during practice.

Chris Rowland
News
Rowland signed a deal to join the Falcons' practice squad Sunday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Rowland's training camp efforts fell short of a spot on the 53-man roster, but he will have an opportunity to further prove himself to Falcons coaches in practice. Brandon Powell ended up winning the kick returner job during camp, while the Falcons will lean on Olamide Zaccheaus as both the No. 4 receiver and possibly the No. 2 returner option behind Powell. The Tennessee State standout provides depth should one of those players suffer an injury or struggle with on-field performance.

Jordan Miller
News
Miller (suspension) was activated off the reserve/suspended list and added to the 53-man roster by the Falcons on Monday, Jason Butt of AJC Sports reports.

Miller has served his three-game suspension and should suit up for the injury-riddled Falcons secondary against the Packers next Monday. The 2019 fifth-round pick appeared in 10 games as a rookie, recording four tackles and a fumble recovery.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 4 at Green Bay
Christian Blake
News
Blake is slated to serve as one of the Falcons' three starting receivers Sunday against the Bears with Julio Jones (hamstring) inactive for the contest, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Blake has played 16 total offensive snaps through the Falcons' first two games, drawing zero targets. He should see a big spike in playing time Week 3 with Jones in street clothes, but Blake probably shouldn't be counted on to see much volume headed his way. Instead, Matt Ryan will likely funnel most of Jones' vacated targets to wideouts Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage, tight end Hayden Hurst and running back Todd Gurley.

Keith Smith
News
Smith announced that he has been cleared to enter team facilities after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list July 29, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The veteran fullback is one of seven Atlanta players to have so far landed on the NFL's reserve/COVID-19 list, but now he rejoins the Falcons' backfield in Flowery Branch as the team sits one month away from kicking off its season against Seattle. Smith certainly wasn't a down-in, down-out kind of player during his debut campaign in Atlanta last year, but he was more heavily utilized than the vast majority of modern fullbacks. He ranked sixth in the NFL in offensive snap percentage among fullbacks during 2019 (16.6 percent) and enters 2020 as a key fixture towards Atlanta's directive of improving the ground attack.

Russell Gage
News
Gage had been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game versus the Bears due to a head injury, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

While it hasn't been confirmed, Gage is expected to have a concussion. With Julio Jones (hamstring) already sidelined, Christian Blake, Olamide Zaccheaus and Brandon Powell should all handle a decent workload the rest of the game.

Injury
Head - Questionable for Week 4 at Green Bay
Luke Stocker
News
Stocker caught his lone target for a six-yard gain during Sunday's 30-26 loss to Chicago.

The 32-year-old tight end accumulated 54 offensive snaps between Weeks 1 and 2 with only one target thrown his way, while starting TE Hayden Hurst attracted 13 targets in comparison. Stocker registered his first catch since Week 17 of last season Sunday, but he shouldn't be expected to be a significant contributor moving forward as he's never exceeded 16 receptions in any of his 10 pro campaigns.

Ra'Shede Hageman
News
Hageman (undisclosed) was waived off injured reserve by the Falcons on Monday.

Hageman was waived/injured by Atlanta in September after serving his two-game suspension, and he's since been on injured reserve after clearing waivers. The 2014 second-round pick hasn't seen game action since the 2016 campaign.

Injury
Willie Beavers
News
Beavers signed a contract with the 49ers on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Beavers was waived by the Bears earlier this month and had little difficulty finding a new home. The 2016 fourth-round pick will now compete for a depth role in San Francisco.

Tyler Hall
No Updates
Grady Jarrett
News
Jarrett (leg) exited Sunday's contest against the Bears, Jeff Schultz of The Athletic reports.

It's unclear how Jarrett suffered the injury, however, he's been unable to return to the game since the first half. As long as Jerrett is sidelined, Marlon Davidson would be in line for an uptick in snaps.

Injury
Hip - Questionable for Week 4 at Green Bay
Jaeden Graham
News
Graham was held without a target or catch during Sunday's 38-25 loss to the Seahawks.

The 24-year-old entered Week 1 as the anticipated No. 2 pass-catching tight end behind Hayden Hurst, but that did not amount to fantasy production in the season opener despite Atlanta putting up 54 pass attempts. Graham collected 11 special-teams snaps during the contest, but he was scarcely utilized on offense, fielding only eight snaps against Seattle's defense. A Week 2 matchup against Dallas provides opportunity for Graham to find his way onto the stat sheet, as the Cowboys gave up more tight end receptions (104) than any other team in the NFL last season.

Dante Fowler
News
Fowler (ankle) is active for Sunday's game versus the Bears.

Fowler was limited in practice all week and is healthy enough to play Sunday. The 2015 first-round pick has posted a half sack in each of the first two games, and he'll set his sights on Mitchell Trubisky, who has been dropped five times thus far.

Jake Matthews
News
Matthews (knee) is active Week 2 against Dallas.

Matthews served as a limited participant in practice both Thursday and Friday, but early indications were that the left tackle will suit up despite a "questionable" designation. The morning's inactive report will ultimately confirm that, giving Matt Ryan and the passing attack an extra layer of protection.

Younghoe Koo
News
Koo is expected to miss time due to the groin strain he played through during Sunday's loss to the Bears, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Koo managed to tough out his injury during Sunday's loss, but he wasn't able to handle kickoff duties and also missed one field-goal try and an extra-point attempt. Depending on the severity of his injury, the Falcons could consider placing Koo on IR for a minimum of three weeks. Cameron Nizialek is a candidate to be promoted from the practice squad, though Atlanta could also opt to delve into the free agent kicker market.

Injury
Groin - Doubtful for Week 4 at Green Bay
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner
News
Tuioti-Mariner signed a contract with the Falcons on Monday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.

Tuioti-Mariner was promoted from Atlanta's practice squad. The undrafted rookie out of UCLA stands to play a role on special teams for the Falcons, and he'll provide depth along the defensive line.

Kurt Benkert
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Benkert agreed to join the Falcons' practice squad Sunday, Evan Birchfield of The Falcoholic reports.

Two Cavaliers competed in training camp, but only one could prevail. Matt Schaub, the 2004 draft choice out of Virginia, returns for his age-39 season as the backup to Matt Ryan, while Benkert (undrafted in 2018) is relegated to a practice squad role. Benkert completed 19 of 34 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown in last year's preseason opener against the Broncos, but he suffered a toe injury during that contest and landed on injured reserve. Now recovered, Benkert continues his development within the Falcons' organization as he aims to progress to the active roster.

Allen Bailey
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Bailey will be in the starting lineup against the Bears now that Takkarist McKinley (groin) has been deemed inactive, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

McKinley had been a force in the early going with seven QB hits and a sack, meaning Bailey may have to rise to the occasion if Atlanta is to generate an equivalent pass rush. Bailey played on fewer than 40 percent of the defensive snaps Weeks 1 and 2, but Sunday he'll be called on for a more crucial role against a Chicago offensive line that has surrendered 2.5 sacks per game in 2020.

Ito Smith
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Smith did not haul in either of his targets, and he did not garner a single rush attempt during Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Bears.

It was a Brian Hill breakout game Week 3, as the former Bengal glided to a 35-yard second-quarter touchdown run on the fourth of his 10 offensive touches. Smith has been slow out of the gates to kick off 2020, with no more than five offensive touches in any of the Falcons' three games to this point, and a season-high of 20 scrimmage yards. The Southern Miss standout provided fantasy utility for stretches of his 2018 rookie season by way of four rushing touchdowns, but he has only found the end zone once in 10 appearances since. During Week 4 he will continue to serve as the Falcons' No. 3 running back, as Atlanta takes on Green Bay's middling rush defense (115 yards allowed per game) on Monday night.

Takkarist McKinley
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McKinley (groin) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Bears.

McKinley had a strong start to the season, posting seven tackles (four solo), a sack and a pass breakup through two contests. When he exited early in Week 2, both Allen Bailey and Steven Means logged hefty workloads and are expected to operate in similar roles Sunday.

Injury
Groin - Questionable for Week 4 at Green Bay
Jeremy Langford
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Langford (undisclosed) was waived from the Falcons' injured reserve list Wednesday.

Atlanta previously waived Langford in May with an undisclosed injury before he reverted to IR after clearing waivers. After failed stints with the Ravens, Jets and Dolphins since flopping as the Bears' top back in 2015, Langford's future prospects in the NFL aren't great.

Injury
Sterling Hofrichter
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Hofrichter is primed to serve as Atlanta's starting punter after the team parted ways with Ryan Allen on Sunday, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

One Atlanta Journal-Constitution beat writer insinuated that Allen never really had a shot at holding down the starting job, but Hofrichter's intended role for 2020 has seemingly been sealed with this transaction. After establishing a 43.9 yards-per-punt average for Syracuse during 2019, he'll now get his NFL career underway as a specialist for the Falcons. Hofrichter offers unique versatility and can be an emergency backup for Younghoe Koo, given that he has some experience place kicking from his time with the Orange.

Alex Gray
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Gray (undisclosed) was waived off injured reserve by the Falcons on Monday.

Gray was originally waived/injured at roster cutdowns but reverted to injured reserve after going unclaimed on waivers. The former rugby player has yet to see NFL action since attempting to switch sports.

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Sharrod Neasman
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Neasman signed a one-year contract with the Falcons on Friday, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

The 28-year-old became an unrestricted free agent earlier this week after totaling four tackles in 2019 while working primarily on special teams. Neasman figures to work in a similar role during the upcoming season, assuming he makes the 53-man roster.

Matt Ryan
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Ryan was 19-for-38 passing with 238 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 30-26 loss to Chicago.

The Bears got to Ryan with only two sacks on the afternoon, but the defense certainly made its presence felt in generating eight QB hits. After posting a 67.8 percent completion rate Weeks 1 and 2, the 2016 MVP hit on just half of his throws during Week 3 -- tied for his lowest completion percentage in a game since Atlanta's 2018 season opener. Ryan still has potential to put up gaudy numbers moving forward despite an off day against the Bears, as he's thrown an astronomical 42.7 pass attempts per game through three appearances this season. He'll face a Packers defense Week 4 that ranks among the bottom 10 teams in the NFL with 8.0 yards allowed per pass attempt.

James Carpenter
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Carpenter fielded 70 of 75 offensive snaps during Sunday's 40-39 loss to the Cowboys.

There was a period of training camp when the left guard job was very much considered up for grabs, but Carpenter's veteran presence has so far been preferred on the offensive line during game action. A knee injury in a late August scrimmage curtailed Matt Hennessy's pursuit of the role, but even with him being re-activated for Weeks 1 and 2, Carpenter played 85 percent of the offensive snaps. Carpenter appears to be the clear No. 1 option at left guard until further notice, especially with Atlanta only allowing three sacks through two games (surrendered 3.1 per contest in 2019).

Brian Hill
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Hill ran for 58 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, also hauling in one of three targets for 22 receiving yards during Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Bears.

Hill was repeatedly referred to as one of the breakouts of Falcons training camp this summer, but he mustered only 10 combined offensive touches for 45 scrimmage yards Weeks 1 and 2. The 24-year-old was clearly more integral to the game plan this time around, as Hill's 10 touches marked his highest total since he last started at running back Week 12 of last season. Additionally, the fact that Ito Smith and Qadree Ollison were both active against Chicago indicates that Hill's increased usage may be a recurring trend going forward. Atlanta's Week 4 opponent, Green Bay, entered Sunday tied for the fourth-most rushing TDs allowed to opposing running backs (three), meaning that Hill has a reasonable chance of reaching the end zone for a second straight game.

John Cominsky
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Grady Jarrett says he has been "really, really impressed" with Cominsky in training camp, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Jarrett expanded by stating that he has "100-percent confidence" in the second-year man out of Division-II Charleston (WV), and that "it's night and day" regarding the improvements Cominsky has made to his game since wrapping up his first professional season in late December. Cominsky fielded a mere 10 percent of the defensive snaps during 2019, but based on the fact that both his Pro Bowl teammate and his head coach have noticed serious strides in his skill set, it's likely his 2020 workload will be an increase from last year.

Julio Jones
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Jones (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Though Jones failed to practice all week, the Falcons still viewed him as a game-day decision heading into Sunday. The star wideout's strained hamstring ultimately proved too limiting in his pregame workout for him to give it a go, depriving the 0-2 Falcons of one of their top playmakers on the outside. Either Christian Blake or Olamide Zaccheaus will likely replace Jones in three-wide sets, but expect the trio of Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage and Hayden Hurst to dominate the targets in the passing game.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 4 at Green Bay
Olamide Zaccheaus
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Zaccheaus hauled in four of his six targets for 41 receiving yards during Sunday's 30-26 loss to Chicago.

With Julio Jones (hamstring) ruled out pre-game and Russell Gage forced to exit partway through Sunday's contest because of a head injury, Zaccheaus suddenly found himself in place as the No. 2 wide receiver within Atlanta's high-flying passing attack. After seeing just one target thrown his way across the first two weeks of 2020, Zaccheaus doubled his previous career high in catches by corralling four passes from Matt Ryan on Sunday. If Jones and Gage are forced to sit out again when the Falcons take on the Packers next Monday night, Zaccheaus remains situated for increased work in the offense.

Qadree Ollison
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Ollison (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Seahawks.

Ollison is the odd man out in the Falcons' backfield, as Brian Hill and Ito Smith will back up Todd Gurley in the season opener. He'll hope to get in the lineup Week 2, but if Gurley, Hill and Smith stay healthy, Ollison could remain a healthy scratch.

Josh Harris
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The Falcons placed Harris (hip) on injured reserve, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Harris inked a three-year contract extension with the team in November, and although he'll miss the remainder of the season, he's expected to resume long-snapping duties for Atlanta in 2019. The Falcons signed Jon Condo to take Harris' place.

Matt Hennessy
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Hennessy does not carry an injury designation going into Week 1, and coach Dan Quinn said that the rookie will be in a rotation at left guard with James Carpenter, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

The third-round pick from Temple has shifted away from his collegiate position, as he is instead expected to make most of his offensive contributions at guard this season with Alex Mack holding down the center position. A knee injury suffered during an intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 28 sidelined Hennessy for over a week, but he is now running at full speed and expected to fill an important role Sunday against the Seahawks.

Foye Oluokun
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Oluokun (hamstring) has been listed among Atlanta's inactive players for Sunday's showdown with the Bears.

The 25-year-old linebacker made an incredible impact in the early going against Dallas last week, forcing three fumbles on 18 defensive snaps. Oluokun was forced to exit the game due to cramping, but limited practice sessions Thursday and Friday provided optimism that he may be able to play against Chicago. With this update on his status, the Falcons are left thin at linebacker, and will now have to rely on fourth-round rookie Mykal Walker in a more integral role.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 4 at Green Bay
Marlon Davidson
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Coach Dan Quinn said that Davidson (knee) is expected to get a full allotment of practice reps this week, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

The second-round rookie has been limited since the start of the season and unable to make his debut to this point, though it appears he is trending toward that milestone in the near future. Once fused into the rotation, Davidson will help bolster an Atlanta rush defense that so far ranks among the NFL's top 10 units, holding opposing running backs to fewer than 3.5 yards per carry through two games.

Deadrin Senat
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Senat (ankle) won't carry an injury tag into Sunday's game versus the Cowboys, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Senat will suit up Sunday after logging 19 percent of the team's defensive snaps in Week 1. He should have a similar role against the Cowboys with rookie second-rounder Marlon Davidson (knee) considered doubtful.

A.J. Terrell
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Terrell has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after his test from Friday came back positive, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

This explains Terrell's absence from Saturday's walkthrough. He becomes the first NFL player to miss a game because of COVID-19. He was on the field for all 82 defensive snaps in last week's loss to the Cowboys, so the team will have to look at some other options in the secondary as a result.

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Illness - Reserve - COVID-19
Todd Gurley
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Gurley registered 80 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, also catching one of his two targets for two receiving yards during Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Bears.

The two-time All-Pro back enjoyed an efficient afternoon on the ground, as his 5.7 yards-per-carry average against the Bears marks his best since Week 10 of last season. Gurley punched in a 10-yard TD run at the 12:34 mark of the third quarter to provide Atlanta with a two-possession lead, but for a second straight week, the Falcons blew a second-half lead of at least 16 points. He has just three total receiving yards through three games, but a workload of 16.3 rush attempts per game is enough to retain Gurley as a strong fantasy play heading into a Week 4 matchup against the Packers. Coming into the weekend, Green Bay ranked among the NFL's 10 worst defense with 4.9 yards per carry allowed to opposing RBs on the season.