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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / State Of The League: Atlanta Falcons

State Of The League: Atlanta Falcons

A first Look at the 2021 Atlanta Falcons!
Publish Date: 08/07/2021
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - AUGUST 19: Jonathan Bullard #99 of the Atlanta Falcons looks on during joint practice with the Miami Dolphins at Baptist Health Training Complex on August 19, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The NFL Draft and free agency is in our rearview mirrors. Training camp and the NFL preseason are here! We are going over all 32 teams’ offseason moves, division by division: their player personnel changes, projected preseason depth charts, and more! We started with the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Bucs, let’s continue our dive into the NFC South with the Atlanta Falcons!

Atlanta Falcons Preseason Projected Depth Chart

Position Starter Backup
QB Matt Ryan A.J. McCarron
RB1 Mike Davis Javian Hawkins
RB2 Cordarrelle Patterson Qadree Ollison
FB Keith Smith
WR1 Calvin Ridley Christian Blake
WR2 Russell Gage Frank Darby
WR3 Olamide Zaccheaus Tajae Sharpe
TE1 Kyle Pitts Jaeden Graham
TE2 Hayden Hurst Lee Smith
LT Jake Matthews Matt Gono
LG Josh Andrews Jalen Mayfield
C Matt Hennessy Drew Dalman
RG Chris Lindstrom Ryan Neuzil
RT Kaleb McGary William Sweet
DL Marlon Davidson Ta’Quon Graham
DL Grady Jarrett Deadrin Senat
DL Tyeler Davison John Cominsky
EDGE Dante Fowler Jr. Steven Means
LB Deion Jones Brandon Copeland
LB Foyesade Oluokun Mykal Walker
EDGE Jacob Tuioti-Mariner Adetokunbo Ogundeji
CB1 A.J. Terrell Kendall Sheffield
CB2 Fabian Moreau Darren Hall
CB3 Isaiah Oliver Avery Williams
S Erik Harris Duron Harmon
S Richie Grant Jaylinn Hawkins
K Younghoe Koo
P Sterling Hofrichter Dom Maggio
LS Josh Harris
KR Avery Williams Cordarrelle Patterson
PR Avery Williams

*BOLD player name = Rookie*


Atlanta Falcons 2021 NFL Draft Class

Round 1 (4th overall): TE Kyle Pitts, Florida

Round 2 (40th): S Richie Grant, UCF

Round 3 (68th): OT/OG Jalen Mayfield, Michigan

Round 4 (108th): CB Darren Hall, San Diego State

Round 4 (114th): C Drew Dalman, Stanford

Round 5 (148th): DL Ta’Quon Graham, Texas

Round 5 (182nd): EDGE Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Notre Dame

Round 5 (183rd): CB Avery Williams, Boise State

Round 6 (187th): WR Frank Darby, Arizona State


Atlanta Falcons Offseason Player Personnel Moves

Expired Contracts
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Info / Notes
Todd Gurley RB 27 ATL
James Carpenter G 32 ATL Released
Allen Bailey DE 32 ATL Released
John Wetzel T 30 ATL
Edmond Robinson OLB 29 ATL
Greg Dortch WR 23 ATL
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Acquired via
Mike Davis RB 28 CAR ATL Free Agency
Cordarrelle Patterson WR/RB 30 CHI ATL Free Agency
Erik Harris S 31 LV ATL Free Agency
Fabian Moreau CB 27 WSH ATL Free Agency
Josh Andrews C 30 NYJ ATL Free Agency
Lee Smith TE 34 BUF ATL Trade
Brandon Copeland OLB 30 NE ATL Free Agency
J’Mon Moore WR 26 HOU ATL Free Agency
Duron Harmon SS 30 DET ATL Free Agency
John Atkins DT 29 DET ATL Free Agency
George Obinna DE 25 CLE ATL Free Agency
A.J. McCarron QB 31 HOU ATL Free Agency
Jeff Badet WR 27 WSH ATL Free Agency
Jason Spriggs T 27 CHI ATL Free Agency
Tajae Sharpe WR 26 KC ATL Free Agency
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Departed via
Julio Jones WR 32 ATL TEN Trade
Alex Mack C 36 ATL SF Free Agency
Charles Harris DE 26 ATL DET Free Agency
Keanu Neal SS 26 ATL DAL Free Agency
Damontae Kazee S 28 ATL DAL Free Agency
Ricardo Allen FS 30 ATL CIN Released
Justin McCray G 29 ATL HOU Free Agency
LaRoy Reynolds ILB 31 ATL NE Free Agency
Brandon Powell WR 25 ATL BUF Free Agency
Sharrod Neasman S 30 ATL NYJ Free Agency
Kurt Benkert QB 26 ATL GB Free Agency
Brian Hill RB 26 ATL TEN Free Agency
Luke Stocker TE 33 ATL TEN Free Agency
Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB 32 ATL LV Free Agency
Laquon Treadwell WR 26 ATL JAX Free Agency
Darqueze Dennard CB 30 ATL ARZ Free Agency
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Info / Notes
Younghoe Koo K 27 ATL ATL
Steven Means DE 31 ATL ATL
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner DT 25 ATL ATL
Matt Gono T 25 ATL ATL
Christian Blake WR 25 ATL ATL
Jaeden Graham TE 26 ATL ATL
Tyler Hall CB 23 ATL ATL


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