The Falcons have several players entering free agency, and it's likely that some of these players will be retained by the team. Atlanta has a lot of holes to fill through the draft and free agency, and it makes sense for the same of depth and continuity to re-sign some of these players.
The veteran DE is aging and didn't really have much impact in a situational role last season, with 12.5 total tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2014. Umenyiora was one of the few defensive Falcons to post a positive Pro Football Focus grade for the season with +1.9.
Weatherspoon has spent the better part of two seasons on injured reserve, but new head coach Dan Quinn has indicated that 'Spoon's style of play fits with Quinn's fast and physical philosophy and that the team does hope to retain 'Spoon.
Many will want Biermann gone once free agency begins, but it's possible the team may choose to retain him. Biermann had 75 tackles and assists and 4.5 sacks last season, as well as a forced fumble and two pass deflections, and he finished the season with a PFF grade of -5.7. Who knows? Biermann may have more impact if he's not asked to do things like drop into coverage against Greg Jennings.
Rodgers is a sure pass blocker, and I'll bet Dan Quinn hasn't forgotten Quizz trucking over Earl Thomas. Rodgers didn't, however, have much offensive impact last season, with just 217 rushing yards, 173 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 2014. Quizz's overall PFF grade for the season was +3.0.
Coming off of a late-2013 Achilles injury, Peters was given a one-year deal to prove his worth to the team. In 2014, Peters finished the season with 26 tackles and assists and a PFF grade of +0.9. PFF credits Peters with 4 quarterback hits, 15 hurries, and zero missed tackles.
McClain got targeted by opposing quarterbacks quite a bit, and PFF graded McClain's coverage as a -11.7. They also credit McClain with 12 missed tackles last season. McClain had 60 combined tackles, two interceptions, five pass deflections and one sack in 2014. PFF gave McClain a -8.1 grade overall for the season.
Carimi was pressed into action quite a bit last season due to injuries. Per PFF, Carimi allowed five sacks, seven hits, and 19 hurries on Matt Ryan last season. They gave Carimi a -10.7 grade for the season. Carimi's run blocking grade was a +2.5.
Smith is a fan favorite and a dynamic player with big-play potential every time he touches the ball. Before he suffered a season-ending injury, Smith had 144 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, as well as 222 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 22 catches. Pro Football Focus graded Smith's performance at +5.0.
Johnson has missed the entirety of the last two seasons with injuries. It's possible the Falcons retain him for depth, but it may make sense to look elsewhere.
Yates didn't get much opportunity to play, but that's really what you hope for with a backup quarterback. He shouldn't be expensive and it seems like he has decent rapport with and similarity to Matt Ryan. His experience as a starter, including playoff experience, is another quality you don't often find in a backup quarterback.
Wilson shouldn't be terribly expensive to keep at a position that needs depth. Last season, Wilson finished with 28 total tackles, seven pass deflections and one interception. PFF gave Wilson an overall grade of -4.6 and credits him with one quarterback hit and one hurry as well.
Arenas wasn't active for many games last season. He did play in six games last season and had 10 tackles and one pass deflection. Pro Football Focus gave Arenas a positive grade for the season of +0.2.
Lowery was a pleasant surprise last season. He had the second-most tackles on the team with 79, as well as five pass deflections, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and a sack. Lowery is also credited with two quarterback hits and four quarterback hurries, and finished the season with a PFF grade of +1.1. Lowery is a solid locker room presence, also. He's extremely team-oriented and is the kind of veteran who can help set the tone for his peers as the new coaching staff gets things going.
Weems may not have made a huge impact last season offensively, but he's a key special teamer. The way he plays can certainly be described as fast and physical, and he should fit in with Dan Quinn's vision for the team. Weems had 10 receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns last season, and on special teams Weems led the team with 12 tackles. PFF gave Weems a grade of +6.8 overall for his special teams efforts last season.
Tight end is a position the Falcons need to upgrade, but Pascoe, while not an impact player, was a decent blocker in 2014. Pascoe had just two receptions for three total yards and a touchdown last season. PFF gave him a +3.7 for the season, with a +4.3 grade in run blocking.
Stupar was also a key special-teamer in 2014, and as an exclusive rights free agent, it should be pretty easy for Atlanta to re-sign him at the price they want. Stupar had eight special teams tackles last season,
Davis spent much of the 2014 season the PUP list as he recovered from a foot injury and played just six offensive snaps last season. The previous season, with more looks because of injuries to Roddy White and Julio Jones, Davis had 216 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Godfrey is 29 and was signed by the Falcons on October 28, 2014. He didn't get much playing time, and he was inactive for three of the last four games of the season.
Scott, a veteran tackle, spent a lot of time on the inactives list. PFF gave him a -1.0 grade for his three offensive snaps last season.
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