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Where does the Falcons’ 2020 roster stand as of Aug. 6?

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The Falcons still have some areas of relative weakness they may want to address.

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There has been an array of roster moves, reserve/COVID-19 list placements, and signings in recent days for the Atlanta Falcons, which might make it a little difficult to keep up with where the roster stands today. As a public service, then, we’re re-visiting the roster as it stands today and as of this writing, where the Falcons have exactly 80 players on the active roster and a handful more on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Players who are technically not on the roster because of COVID-19 are marked as such. Let’s take a look and discuss the state of the roster.

QB

Matt Ryan
Matt Schaub
Kurt Benkert
Danny Etling

RB

Todd Gurley
Ito Smith
Brian Hill
Qadree Ollison
Craig Reynolds

FB

Keith Smith (reserve/COVID-19 list)
Mikey Daniel

WR

Julio Jones
Calvin Ridley
Russell Gage
Laquon Treadwell
Olamide Zaccheaus
Christian Blake
Devin Gray
Brandon Powell
Chris Rowland
Jalen McCleskey
Juwan Green

TE

Hayden Hurst
Jaeden Graham
Jared Pinkney
Khari Lee
Carson Meier

OT

Jake Matthews
Kaleb McGary
Matt Gono
John Wetzel
Evin Ksiezarcyzk
Hunter Atkinson

OG

Chris Lindstrom
James Carpenter
Jamon Brown
Matt Hennessy
Justin McCray
Justin Gooseberry

OC

Alex Mack
Sean Harlow

DE

Takk McKinley
Dante Fowler Jr.
Allen Bailey
John Cominsky
Steven Means
Charles Harris
Austin Edwards

DT

Grady Jarrett
Tyeler Davison
Marlon Davidson
Deadrin Senat
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner
Hinwa Allieu
Sailosi Latu

LB

Deion Jones
Foye Oluokun
Deone Bucannon
Mykal Walker
Edmond Robinson
LaRoy Reynolds

CB

A.J. Terrell
Isaiah Oliver
Kendall Sheffield
Darqueze Dennard
Blidi Wreh-Wilson
Jordan Miller
Josh Hawkins
Tyler Hall
Delrick Abrams
C.J. Reavis

S

Keanu Neal
Ricardo Allen
Damontae Kazee
Sharrod Neasman
Chris Cooper
Jaylinn Hawkins
Ray Wilborn

K

Younghoe Koo

P

Sterling Hofrichter

LS

Josh Harris


Set aside COVID-19 for a moment. Where are this roster’s weaknesses and strengths at the moment?

Strengths

Wide receiver

The Falcons don’t just have one of the better duos in football in Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, they also have a ton of options. Russell Gage showed last year he can be an asset, Laquon Treadwell is at worst a solid #4 guy, and Olamide Zaccheaus has intriguing speed and should get a chance to prove himself more this year. Blake, Gray, and especially electric returner option Chris Rowland all figure to be useful depth at worst if the Falcons want to keep them, and that’s not even everyone on the list. The Falcons are set here as long as everyone stays healthy.

Defensive end

Ideally, you’d have another elite guy here, but that’s not changing with the team’s cap situation and since the draft has come and gone. Takk and Fowler are quality starters and the depth here is good, with Bailey figuring to bounce back, Means a well-rounded reserve option, and Harris, Cominsky, and perhaps Edwards having upside that e haven’t seen yet.

Cornerback

It’s still a young group, but the talent with Terrell, Oliver, and Sheffield should be a relative strength for Atlanta. The addition of Dennard, plus the presence of Blidi Wreh-WIlson, makes the depth here very solid as well.

Weaknesses

Tackle

Matthews is very good, but McGary is still relatively unproven and I’m not 100% sure the Falcons will seriously consider Gono as a swing tackle option this year. There’s just not a lot of depth here if something goes wrong, and the depth they do have outside of Gono (Wetzel, possibly McCray, the UDFAs) isn’t top-shelf.

Tight end

This group could be terrific if Hurst breaks out and Jared Pinkney and Jaeden Graham live up to their potential, but as it stands it’s an extremely unproven group and not a particularly deep one on paper. I’ll be concerned about it until we see some quality performances on the field.

Linebacker

Maybe my biggest position of concern, and I say that as a big fan of both Oluokun and Walker. Deion Jones is just the only proven high-end starter here, and the depth isn’t considerable at all. I still wonder if we might see a signing here if Bucannon doesn’t impress early here in camp.

What are your impressions of the roster as it stands?