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Falcons subtract players, keep depth chart the same ahead of Dolphins game

We look ahead to Week 2 as the newest depth chart has been released.

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The 2021 NFL season is technically underway, as we steamroll into Week 2 of preseason action. The week before, we were unfortunately tasked with watching the Atlanta Falcons’ offense struggle heavily against the visiting Tennessee Titans in a 23-3 loss.

In week two, the Falcons are heading south to face the Miami Dolphins, as they seem to play each other every preseason. With that, the team has revealed the latest, most up-to-date depth chart for the upcoming matchup. It’s worth noting that preseason depth charts shouldn’t be taken too seriously, as rookies are listed lower than they are likely to be when the season opens and much will change in the next couple of weeks.


Offense

QB: Matt Ryan, AJ McCarron, Feleipe Franks

RB: Mike Davis, Cordarrelle Patterson, Keith Smith, Qadree Ollison, D’Onta Foreman, Caleb Huntley, Javian Hawkins

WR: Calvin Ridley, Christian Blake, Chris Rowland, Juwan Green, Antonio Nunn

WR: Russell Gage, Olamide Zaccheaus, Tajae Sharpe, Trevor Davis, Frank Darby, Austin Trammell

TE: Hayden Hurst, Kyle Pitts, John Raine

TE: Lee Smith, Parker Hesse, Ryan Becker

LT: Jake Matthews, Jason Spriggs, William Sweet, Kion Smith

LG: Josh Andrews, Sam Jones, Ryan Neuzil

C: Matt Hennessy, Drew Dalman, Joe Sculthorpe

RG: Chris Lindstrom, Willie Wright

RT: Willie Beavers, Kaleb McGary, Jalen Mayfield

Defense

DL: Grady Jarrett, Marlon Davidson, Ta’Quon Graham

DL: Tyeler Davison, Chris Slayton, Olive Sagapolu

DL: Jonathan Bullard, John Cominsky, Zac Dawe

OLB: Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, Brandon Copeland, Shareef Miller, 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, Dwayne Johnson

Special Teams

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


If you’re looking for changes, as mentioned in the title, you’re not going to find a whole lot. The team parted ways with WR J’Mon Moore, RG Bryce Hargrove, DL John Atkins, OLB George Obinna and CB/S Marcus Murphy following last week’s game. Aside from those names being removed, the depth chart remains the same.

There were some standouts against the Titans, who no doubt fans will be looking forward to seeing more of such as linebackers Dorian Etheridge and Erroll Thompson, and running back Caleb Huntley. On the flip side, there’s some players who have an opportunity to bounce back from not-so-great performances such as left guard Josh Andrews and quarterback A.J. McCarron, to name a couple. Chances are the only changes to the depth chart ahead of Week 3 of preseason will be new signings and cuts again, no matter what happens.

We’ll see if the Falcons bounce back on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. as they’re hosted by the Dolphins.