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Falcons first depth chart of 2016 is out and it is interesting

It’s still early, but this chart shows some interesting alignments

NFL: Atlanta Falcons-Training Camp Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons released their first unofficial depth chart of the 2016 preseason and there are some interesting developments to note. Keep in mind, we are still very early into the preseason, and much is going to change over the coming weeks. These charts don’t necessarily reflect what we’ll see on the field in game one, either.

Right Guard

Veteran Chris Chester is listed as the current starter, whereas many thought Mike Person would be the front-runner. Rookie Wes Schweitzer isn’t even listed on the right side - he’s listed as the backup to LG Andy Levitre. This will be a position to pay attention to in the coming weeks, as it’s still likely to change a good bit before the season gets here.

Tight End

Jacob Tamme as the starter is no surprise, but Levine Toilolo has already been pushed to third string behind rookie Austin Hooper. Toilolo has been less than impressive in camp, so this is definitely a development to keep in mind. His roster spot is anything but guaranteed.

Wide Receiver

Julio and Sanu as the starters was expected, but Aldrick Robinson is listed as the backup to Sanu (ahead of Nick Williams), which would make him the “unofficial” WR4. Justin Hardy is listed as Julio’s backup, making him WR3 at this point.

Defensive Line

Adrian Clayborn and Derrick Shelby are listed as the starters, which is no surprise. Interestingly, Brooks Reed is listed as a backup to Clayborn with veteran Dwight Freeney third on the list.

The starting defensive tackles are Tyson Jackson and Grady Jarrett, with Jonathan Babineaux as the backup to Jackson. Surprisingly, Courtney Upshaw is listed as the primary backup to Jarrett, a move I’m not sure anyone foresaw.


Your unofficial starting linebackers are Vic Beasley (SAM), Paul Worrilow (MIKE) and Sean Weatherspoon (WILL). Rookie Deion Jones is listed as the backup to Worrilow while De’Vondre Campbell is backing up Weatherspoon. This is one of the more interesting position battles in camp, so it will be important to note who actually plays once the preseason game rolls around.

What are your thoughts on the first unofficial depth chart?