For many Falcons players, this is their final opportunity to prove themselves.
The preseason has seemingly flown by as we head into the final weekend of exhibition action. To this point, the Atlanta Falcons are 0-2, which means nothing in terms of what will occur during the regular season. They’ve largely sat their starters and have faced a handful of setbacks, such as the recent season-ending injury sustained by backup quarterback A.J. McCarron, and have since added Josh Rosen
To finish off the preseason, the Falcons will host the Cleveland Browns in a matchup of uncertainty. The uncertainty comes from how much we will see of the Falcons’ starters who have largely been absent up to this point. The fans will possibly get to see the return of tight end Austin Hooper to Atlanta, although it’s unclear how much of the Browns’ starters we will also see. The Falcons have revealed the final depth chart of the preseason, which you can view below.
QB: Matt Ryan, Feleipe Franks or Josh Rosen
RB: Mike Davis, Cordarrelle Patterson, Keith Smith, Qadree Ollison, D’Onta Foreman, Caleb Huntley
WR: Calvin Ridley, Christian Blake, Chris Rowland, Juwan Green, Antonio Nunn
WR: Russell Gage, Olamide Zaccheaus, Tajae Sharpe, Trevor Davis, Frank Darby
TE: Hayden Hurst, Kyle Pitts, John Raine
TE: Lee Smith, Parker Hesse, David Wells
LT: Jake Matthews, Jason Spriggs, Kion Smith
LG: Josh Andrews, Sam Jones, Ryan Neuzil
C: Matt Hennessy, Drew Dalman, Joe Sculthorpe
RG: Chris Lindstrom
RT: Willie Beavers, Kaleb McGary, Jalen Mayfield
DL: Grady Jarrett, Marlon Davidson, Ta’Quon Graham
DL: Tyeler Davison, Chris Slayton, Eli Ankou
DL: Jonathan Bullard, John Cominsky, Zac Dawe
OLB: Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, Brandon Copeland, Adetokunbo Ogundeji
LB: Deion Jones, Mykal Walker, Dorian Etheridge
LB: Foyesade Oluokun, Emmanuel Ellerbee, Erroll Thompson
OLB: Steven Means, Dante Fowler Jr., Tuzar Skipper, Kobe Jones
CB: A.J. Terrell, Chris Williamson, Kendall Sheffield
CB: Fabian Moreau, Isaiah Oliver, Delrick Abrams Jr., Darren Hall, Avery Williams
S: Erik Harris, T.J. Green, Richie Grant
S: Duron Harmon, Jaylinn Hawkins, JR Pace or Dwayne Johnson
K: Younghoe Koo, Cameron Nizialek
P: Cameron Nizialek, Dom Maggio
LS: Josh Harris, Jake Matthews
H: Cameron Nizialek, Dom Maggio
PR: Chris Rowland, Avery Williams
KOR: Cordarrelle Patterson, Chris Rowland
As you’ll notice above, there were some minor changes to the depth chart as the team recently released five players and placed McCarron on injured reserve. You’ll also notice the addition of quarterback Josh Rosen who was signed on Monday evening, and is split with Feliepe Franks as the backup currently. It’s unclear which of the two will play first on Sunday.
Aside from that, there was really no changes to the depth chart. Preseason is largely unimportant if you’re a starter who is safe in their role, but it is quite the opposite for everyone else. For rookies, especially those who went undrafted, preseason is everything and provides you and opportunity to display your talents and what you can bring to the roster.
We wish those bubble players well as they suit up on Sunday, August 29 at 8 p.m. against the Browns.