The Atlanta Falcons went into free agency with a very limited amount of cap space which hindered their ability to sure up the holes that they have on the roster. The Falcons managed to grab Guard Brandon Fusco who played in ex-Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s scheme with the San Francisco 49ers last season and started all 16 games.
The Falcons also replaced blocking TE Levine Toilolo(now with the Detroit Lions) with blocking TE Logan Paulsen who also played under Kyle Shanahan’s scheme with the Washington Redskins from 2010-2015 and also last season with the San Francisco 49ers. An underrated signing the Falcons made was CB Justin Bethel who last played with the Arizona Cardinals and is a 3 time pro bowler for his special teams play. Bethel will certainly improve the Falcons special teams play which certainly had a very bad year under special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.
After what seemed like an underwhelming season after a Superbowl appearance the Falcons seem to be set on loading up the team through the draft. The following is an projected depth chart for the Atlanta Falcons before the draft on April 26th.
QB 2 Matt Ryan- 8 Matt Schaub- 9 Garrett Grayson
RB 24 Devonta Freeman- 26 Tevin Coleman- 25 Terrence Magee
WR1 11 Julio Jones
LT 70 Jake Matthews- 74 Ty Sambraillo
LG 67 Andy Levitre- 64 Sean Harlow
C 51 Alex Mack- 63 Ben Garland
RG Brandon Fusco- 71 Wes Schweitzer- 75 Jamil Douglas
RT 73 Ryan Schraeder- 68 Austin Pazstor- 76 Daniel Brunskill
TE 81 Austin Hooper- Logan Paulsen- 85 Eric Saubert- 89 Alex Gray
WR2 12 Mohamed Sanu- 14 Justin Hardy
WR3 17 Marvin Hall- 16 Reggie Davis- 13 Devin Fuller
Base 4-3 Defense
LCB 23 Robert Alford- 33 Blidi-Wreh Wilson- 39 Deante Burton
SDE 90 Derrick Shelby- 50 Brooks Reed- 96 Martin Ifedi
NT 77 Joey Ivie- 93 Taniela Tupou
UT 97 Grady Jarrett- 95 Jack Crawford
LEO 98 Takk McKinley- 44 Vic Beasley- 55 J’Terius Jones
SLB 59 De’Vondre Campbell
MLB 45 Deion Jones
WLB 42 Duke Riley
RCB 21 Desmond Trufant- 34 Brian Poole- Justin Bethel- 35 Leon McFadden
FS 37 Ricardo Allen- 27 Demontae Kazee- 38 Marcelis Branch
SS 22 Keanu Neal- 41 Quincy Mauger
LS 47 Josh Harris
K 3 Matt Bryant
P 5 Matt Bosher
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