|Offense||5th||85.1 (30th)||294.6 (3rd)|
|Defense||20th||110.9 (15th)||244.9 (22nd)|
|93||Bailey, Allen||DE||6-3||288||3/25/1989||10||Miami (FL)|
|13||Blake, Christian||WR||6-1||181||6/8/1996||2||Northern Illinois|
|50||Cominsky, John||DE||6-5||285||11/22/1995||2||Charleston (WV)|
|96||Davison, Tyeler||DT||6-2||309||9/3/1992||6||Fresno State|
|73||Gono, Matt||T||6-4||305||5/10/1996||3||Wesley College|
|81||Hurst, Hayden||TE||6-4||260||8/24/1993||3||South Carolina|
|7||Koo, Younghoe||K||5-10||195||8/3/1994||2||Georgia Southern|
|63||Lindstrom, Chris||G||6-4||307||2/8/1997||2||Boston College|
|70||Matthews, Jake||T||6-5||309||2/11/1992||7||Texas A&M|
|41||Neasman, Sharrod||SAF||6-0||198||10/14/1991||5||Florida Atlantic|
|2||Ryan, Matt||QB||6-4||217||5/17/1985||13||Boston College|
|94||Senat, Deadrin||DT||6-1||305||7/22/1994||3||South Florida|
|20||Sheffield, Kendall||DB||5-10||212||5/30/1996||2||Ohio State|
|40||Smith, Keith||FB||6-0||240||4/8/1992||7||San Jose State|
|25||Smith, Ito||RB||5-9||195||9/11/1995||3||Southern Miss|
|43||Walker, Mykal||LB||6-3||230||8/28/1997||R||Fresno State|
|75||Wetzel, John||G||6-7||328||7/18/1991||5||Boston College|
|34||Dennard, Darqueze (IR)||DB||5-11||205||10/10/1991||7||Michigan State|
|89||Gray, Alex (IR)||TE||6-4||230||5/1/1991||1||No College|
|90||Hageman, Ra'Shede (IR)||DT||6-6||318||8/8/1990||4||Minnesota|
|27||Kazee, Damontae (IR)||SS||5-11||174||6/5/1993||4||San Diego State|
|43||Langford, Jeremy (IR)||RB||6-0||211||12/6/1991||3||Michigan State|
|43||Van Dyke, DeMarcus (IR)||DB||6-1||185||1/17/1989||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|Beavers, Willie||G||6-5||324||10/2/1993||2||Western Michigan|
|95||Edwards, Austin||DE||6-5||280||8/27/1997||R||Ferris State|
|2||Fry, Elliott||K||6-0||170||12/12/1994||1||South Carolina|
|64||Harlow, Sean||G||6-4||284||3/28/1995||2||Oregon State|
|14||Rowland, Chris||WR||5-8||170||12/19/1997||R||Tennessee State|
|80||Treadwell, Laquon||WR||6-2||215||6/14/1995||4||Ole Miss|
The defensive players gone from the roster are safeties Jonathon Amaya and Malcolm Bronson, linemen Dominique Hamilton, Kyle Love and Kona Schwenke, linebackers Alonzo Highsmith, Devan Walker and Nico Johnson and cornerbacks Justin Rogers and DeMarcus Van Dyke .
Sheffield tweaked his ankle during Atlanta's Week 6 triumph over the Vikings, but he was able to return to action and garner 91 percent of the defensive snaps. The second-year man was forced to sit out the first three games of 2020 because of a foot injury, and so far he has struggled in coverage when active. Though Sheffield does own two pass deflections on the year, opponents are averaging an astronomical 15.8 yards per completion when throwing in his direction.
Picking up his first career start as Foyesade Oluokun (hamstring) sat out, Walker tied Keanu Neal for the team high in tackles against Chicago. The rookie fourth-round draft choice received a maximum of 46 defensive snaps over his first two outings, but against the Bears, he fielded 88 percent of the workload (72 snaps) while seeing his special-teams role completely taken off his plate. Oluokun will surely be back in the starting rotation once he returns from injury, but Walker may have earned himself some more playing time moving forward based on his impact Week 3.
The sophomore cornerback performed competently during his first full season as a starter, playing 80-plus percent of his team's defensive snaps in 13 of 16 games and leading the Falcons in passes defensed. Oliver proved to be durable in joining Ricardo Allen as the only Falcons defensive backs to start all 16 contests in 2019, but his ability to produce takeaways has been lacking through the first two years of his NFL career. The 23-year-old has just one interception in 30 contests since being drafted No. 58 overall in 2018.
The 39-year-old signal-caller reportedly showed signs of rust during the early stages of an atypical offseason program, but he ultimately rounded into form and demonstrated enough to return for another year as the No. 2 quarterback. In beating out Kurt Benkert for the role, Schaub seems likelier yet to close out his NFL career in the same place it began in 2004. Schaub showed during 2019 that he still can deliver despite 15-plus years of NFL tread on the tires. When called upon for a spot start Week 8 against Seattle as Ryan sat out with an ankle injury, he completed 75 percent of his passes while throwing for 460 yards.
The former Saint played two-thirds of the defensive snaps Week 1 against Seattle, but his workload was reduced to 41 percent Sunday during a loss to the Cowboys. Davison has since been designated with an ankle injury and his status for Sunday's showdown against the Bears remains uncertain. David Montgomery has gotten out to a hot start for Chicago with 146 rushing yards on 29 carries, while Tarik Cohen has plugged his way to 4.4 yards per carry on 12 attempts thus far on the season. Davison would factor in as a key piece to slowing down those two backs if he indeed ends up being active for the game.
Powell popped up on the injury report Wednesday, as the elbow issue limited him in practice. Now healthy, expect the Florida product to assume his usual duties as the team's return man, while mixing in with depth receiving snaps. In six games this season, the 25-year-old has supplied three catches for 27 yards, 208 kick return yards and 79 punt return yards.
The 23-year-old missed the past two games while in the concussion protocol, but he progressed to full practice participation Friday. Hawkins should return to his reserve role in the secondary now that he's healthy.
McClure expanded to state that such a situation "looks like reality," hinting at Gono getting his first NFL start. The 24-year-old out of Division III Wesley College held up well in relief of McGary Week 2 against the Cowboys, registering just one pass block loss on 26 attempts. Quarterback Matt Ryan expressed confidence in Gono after the game, saying he "(doesn't) think the moment is too big for him." A potential Week 3 matchup against Chicago's Khalil Mack (knee) is about as daunting as it gets for a debut assignment, however.
Carter has been on the list since July 30, but he's recorded enough negative tests to return to team facilities. The undrafted rookie out of Alabama will seek a depth role in the Jets' secondary, and he'll need to contribute on special teams as well.
Treadwell's move to join Atlanta's practice squad was announced Monday, but he's only now officially passed requisite COVID-19 testing. The 2016 first-round pick spent training camp with the team and reportedly struggled to overcome drop issues, but the Falcons at least saw enough out of Treadwell to continue monitoring his development.
The No. 14 overall pick suffered a broken foot during Atlanta's season opener against the Vikings and didn't see the field again until Week 14, but when he suited up, he lived up to his first-round status. The Falcons' ground attack vastly improved during the three games in which Lindstrom played every offensive snap, with Atlanta averaging 103.7 rushing yards per game Weeks 15 through 17, compared to just 80.8 rushing yards per game in 13 contests in which the guard was either inactive or limited. Heading into his second season, Lindstrom will work alongside fellow 2019 first-rounder Kaleb McGary on the right side of Atlanta's offensive line.
The 2017 Pro Bowler may have been Atlanta's defensive MVP in a losing effort, as he paced the team in both tackles and tackles for loss while collecting one of the Falcons' two sacks of Matthew Stafford. Though Neal has continued to demonstrate his characteristic hard-hitting style, his effectiveness in coverage has been clearly lacking. Thus far in 2020, opponents are completing 90 percent of their passes when targeting Neal in coverage, throwing to an astronomical 13.8 yards-per-completion clip on those plays.
The 2019 first-round pick was held to limited practice participation throughout the week, but he's ready to roll for what will be his seventh start of the year. McGary was carted off the field with a knee injury against Dallas in Week 2 and forced to sit out the subsequent game, but he's fielded 100 percent of Atlanta's offensive snaps in four appearances since.
Kazee tore his Achilles in Monday's loss to the Packers, so he'll be shut down for the season. The Falcons may struggle to replace him in the short term, as Keanu Neal (hamstring), Ricardo Allen (elbow) and Jaylinn Hawkins (concussion) were all on Wednesday's injury report. Kazee will focus on getting healthy for the 2021 season, but he may be playing with a new team since his current contract expires in March.
During Sunday's intra-divisional loss, Allen made his first appearance since exiting Atlanta's Week 2 loss to Dallas with a hyperextended elbow. He played a season-high 97 percent of the defensive workload against Carolina's 20th-ranked scoring offense, collecting four tackles as Atlanta surrendered its lowest opponent point total of 2020 (23 points). With Damontae Kazee (Achilles) having been shut down for the remainder of the season, expect Allen to play a more every-down role than anticipated at the onset of the year.
The Falcons currently have two interior defensive linemen -- Marlon Davidson and John Cominsky -- who are listed on the reserve-COVID-19 list. Slayton still has not made his NFL debut since being selected by the Giants in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but if starters Grady Jarrett or Tyeler Davison need a breather Sunday against the Vikings, Slayton and Deadrin Senat will be in line for snaps.
Reynolds landed on injured reserve to start the season and recently returned to practice in preparation for Week 7. He could return to action for Sunday's game against Carolina, where he will once again primarily serve a special teams role.
Ridley has endured a slight decrease from his astronomical yardage totals of Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 5, but he also has scored TDs in back-to-back games with Julio Jones returned to the fold. The third-year receiver has now totaled six TDs through seven appearances this season, landing him one short of his total from the entire 2019 campaign. He's also on pace to obliterate standing career highs in receptions (64) and receiving yards (886), as he finds himself on a trajectory for more than 90 catches and 1,400 yards. New Orleans just carved into Carolina for 287 passing yards and three total touchdowns Sunday, meaning Atlanta's high-flying passing attack may be in line for a productive outing against the Panthers on Thursday night.
Means is back in the mix at defensive end after serving a nine-day stint on the reserve list. With that much missed practice time leading into Week 1, it remains to be seen what his workload will look like behind starters Takkarist McKinley and Dante Fowler on Sunday against the Seahawks. Means played 15 percent of the defensive snaps for the Falcons when he was last active in 2018, and he is expected to establish a role in the defensive line rotation as the season wears along.
The third-year tight end continues his breakout 2020 campaign, as Hurst's six receptions establish a new single-game career high. He's been a high-floor fantasy option of late, with four-plus receptions and 50-plus receiving yards in three of his past four games, as well as three total TDs before the midway point of the season. An upcoming Thursday night matchup against Carolina provides reason for pause, however, as the Panthers entered the weekend allowing the seventh-fewest receiving yards to opposing tight ends (221).
Dennard certainly didn't look hampered by a hamstring injury, as he still racked up six tackles and an interception in Week 3 against the Bears. Soft tissue injuries are tricky, though, and Atlanta's not taking any chances with the veteran cornerback. With the special IR rules in 2020, Dennard will be eligible to return after three weeks, so the earliest he could play again would be Week 7 against the Lions.
The 28-year-old linebacker has been activated for three consecutive games, meaning he may return to the 53-man roster as soon as Thursday night against the Panthers. Robinson made no contributions on the stat sheet during his first two appearances of 2020, but he's tallied four combined tackles and a QB hit the past two weeks against Minnesota and Detroit.
Pinkney enjoyed a breakout junior campaign in which he racked up 50 receptions for 774 yards and seven touchdowns, but otherwise he never exceeded 22 catches, 280 receiving yards or three touchdowns in any of his other three collegiate seasons for Vanderbilt. The Falcons noted Pinkney's upside and quickly signed him to an undrafted free agent contract following April's draft, but ultimately, the team elects to go with Hayden Hurst, Jaeden Graham and Luke Stocker as its Week 1 options at tight end. For now, the 6-foot-4 Pinkney will continue his NFL journey as a developmental option for a Falcons team that has a proven propensity to promote players from within (just ask current defensive captain and former practice-squad member, Ricardo Allen).
The 25-year-old defensive end corralled Rodgers to the ground at the 7:24 mark of the fourth quarter, surprising the eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback from the blind side and collecting his second sack in as many games. Harris is adding much-needed life to a Falcons pass rush that so far is tied for 23rd in the league with 1.8 sacks per game.
The Falcons currently rank 31st in the NFL at 372 passing yards allowed per game with Terrell playing Weeks 1 and 2, but now Atlanta will be left with Wreh-Wilson, Darqueze Dennard, Isaiah Oliver and recent practice-squad callups Delrick Abrams and Tyler Hall as its available cornerbacks. Wreh-Wilson has played a combined three defensive snaps over the first two weeks, but he may be asked to take on a considerable defensive workload against Chicago's 29th-ranked pass offense.
Harlow was promoted to Atlanta's active roster from the practice squad Dec. 20, but he won't be called upon to suit up in Tampa Bay in Week 17.
Jones' tackle total tied a season low, but the 2016 second-round pick was able to collect his first solo sack since Dec. 2 of 2018. Tight ends continue to tee off against the Falcons, as T.J. Hockenson corralled a game-tying touchdown with time expiring in the fourth quarter. That was on top of the Falcons' NFL-high seven TDs allowed to TEs coming into Sunday. Individually, Jones has allowed opponents to complete passes at a 70.4 percent rate when targeting him in coverage this season.
The Falcons have provided Mack with a number of rest days throughout the first half of 2020, so holding him back in practice may have been little more than a precautionary measure. The six-time Pro Bowler has missed just one of 512 offensive snaps this season for Atlanta, once again demonstrating incredible durability. He's missed only one regular-season contest since 2010, and he'll be ready to go Thursday night against a Carolina defense that is tied for last in the NFL with 0.9 sacks per game.
The undrafted free agent from Albany was unable to catch on with Atlanta's 53-man roster, as the Falcons elected to sign zero undrafted rookies amidst an abbreviated offseason. Green is, however, one of just two receivers so far signed to the Falcons' practice squad, joining fellow rookie Chris Rowland on the 16-man reserve roster. He'll remain situated in a developmental role during 2020 unless there are significant injury troubles at wide receiver. Green may also find the field in the more immediate term if he can prove himself as a difference maker on special teams during practice.
Rowland's training camp efforts fell short of a spot on the 53-man roster, but he will have an opportunity to further prove himself to Falcons coaches in practice. Brandon Powell ended up winning the kick returner job during camp, while the Falcons will lean on Olamide Zaccheaus as both the No. 4 receiver and possibly the No. 2 returner option behind Powell. The Tennessee State standout provides depth should one of those players suffer an injury or struggle with on-field performance.
The 23-year-old defensive back was recently removed from the reserved/suspended list and added back to Atlanta's 53-man roster after serving a three-game ban for violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing substance policy. Miller won't be thrown in as a starter in his first game action since Dec. 15 of last season, but when he is on the field, he will be tasked with trying to slow down Aaron Rodgers and a red-hot Packers passing attack that is averaging 288 yards per game.
With Julio Jones missing the second half Monday after battling through a hamstring issue the first two quarters, young wideouts Blake and Olamide Zaccheaus came to the forefront, combining for 11 catches and 133 receiving yards on 14 targets. Calvin Ridley will be Atlanta's No. 1 pass-catching option if Jones is unable to go for a Week 5 matchup against the Panthers, but Blake may have a notable offensive role for himself in such a situation. He was targeted on more than 25 percent of his snaps in the Week 4 loss.
The veteran fullback is one of seven Atlanta players to have so far landed on the NFL's reserve/COVID-19 list, but now he rejoins the Falcons' backfield in Flowery Branch as the team sits one month away from kicking off its season against Seattle. Smith certainly wasn't a down-in, down-out kind of player during his debut campaign in Atlanta last year, but he was more heavily utilized than the vast majority of modern fullbacks. He ranked sixth in the NFL in offensive snap percentage among fullbacks during 2019 (16.6 percent) and enters 2020 as a key fixture towards Atlanta's directive of improving the ground attack.
Gage logged a limited offensive snap count (32 percent) during Sunday's loss to the Lions, marking the second time in seven contests in which he didn't earn at least 60 percent. Still, he made an impression in the box score, with six receptions (on seven targets) for 54 yards. Gage's practice reps were capped Monday through Wednesday due to a knee injury stemming from Week 7, so it remains to be seen if a similar fate awaits him Thursday.
The 32-year-old tight end accumulated 54 offensive snaps between Weeks 1 and 2 with only one target thrown his way, while starting TE Hayden Hurst attracted 13 targets in comparison. Stocker registered his first catch since Week 17 of last season Sunday, but he shouldn't be expected to be a significant contributor moving forward as he's never exceeded 16 receptions in any of his 10 pro campaigns.
Hageman was waived/injured by Atlanta in September after serving his two-game suspension, and he's since been on injured reserve after clearing waivers. The 2014 second-round pick hasn't seen game action since the 2016 campaign.
The 21-year-old was called up from the practice squad as an extra player for Week 5 and totaled two tackles against the Panthers, and he's now been officially added to the active roster. Hall has appeared in two games this season and should continue to see most of his work on special teams.
Jarrett played through a hip injury over the last two games, and now he's bothered by a back issue. This is worth monitoring as the week goes on, as Jarrett consistently leads the Falcons' defensive line in snaps, and he's recorded 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks through five contests.
The Yale standout has been a contributor with 55 special-teams snaps through the first four weeks of 2020, though he has yet to be targeted on any of his 22 combined offensive snaps. Graham stepped in and provided a brief stretch of fantasy utility last year as then-Falcon Austin Hooper dealt with a knee injury, corralling seven passes for 117 yards and a touchdown between Weeks 10 and 13. So far in 2020, the 24-year-old has hardly gotten involved in the offensive attack, as Hayden Hurst (13 catches) and Luke Stocker (one catch) have garnered all of Atlanta's pass-catching work at tight end.
The interim coach was unwilling to place the blame directly upon Fowler, as Atlanta's defense is tied for sixth worst in the NFL with 1.4 team sacks per game. On the other hand, Fowler was certainly expected to move the needle more than he has, as he's collected just one sack since inking a three-year, $45 million free-agent contract in March. If 2017 first-round pick Takkarist McKinley (groin) is traded at the deadline as has been conjectured about, Fowler may have an even greater burden upon his shoulder within Atlanta's thus far uninspired pass rush.
Matthews served as a limited participant in practice both Thursday and Friday, but early indications were that the left tackle will suit up despite a "questionable" designation. The morning's inactive report will ultimately confirm that, giving Matt Ryan and the passing attack an extra layer of protection.
Koo had provided steady production with an average of three field-goal conversions per game Weeks 1 through 6, but he wasn't afforded a single try in a home loss to Detroit. The Falcons did go for it twice on fourth downs, with one of those attempts involving the decision to pass on a potential 30-yard attempt from Koo. He may garner more opportunities Week 8 during a Thursday night matchup against the Panthers, as Carolina's red-zone defense has been reasonably effective in holding opponents to a 65.2 percent TD rate this season.
The 24-year-old has seen an uptick in usage the past two games with Takkarist McKinley (groin) and Dante Fowler (ankle) each missing time due to injury. Tuioti-Mariner was on the field for 25-plus defensive snaps Weeks 2 and 3 after seeing just one such snap in the opener. Fowler has begun trending toward a Week 4 appearance with a limited practice Friday, but McKinley remains questionable after sitting out for a second consecutive session. Tuioti-Mariner seems the most likely of the three to play given his practice status, and if Fowler and/or McKinley prove unable to go, Tuioti-Mariner may be in line for some extra snaps.
Two Cavaliers competed in training camp, but only one could prevail. Matt Schaub, the 2004 draft choice out of Virginia, returns for his age-39 season as the backup to Matt Ryan, while Benkert (undrafted in 2018) is relegated to a practice squad role. Benkert completed 19 of 34 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown in last year's preseason opener against the Broncos, but he suffered a toe injury during that contest and landed on injured reserve. Now recovered, Benkert continues his development within the Falcons' organization as he aims to progress to the active roster.
McKinley had been a force in the early going with seven QB hits and a sack, meaning Bailey may have to rise to the occasion if Atlanta is to generate an equivalent pass rush. Bailey played on fewer than 40 percent of the defensive snaps Weeks 1 and 2, but Sunday he'll be called on for a more crucial role against a Chicago offensive line that has surrendered 2.5 sacks per game in 2020.
Smith had two carries in each of his past three appearances entering Week 7, but Brian Hill (two carries) rounded out the RB workload behind Todd Gurley's 23 rush attempts in a loss to the Lions. The third-year back hasn't accumulated more than five offensive touches or 27 scrimmage yards in a game this season, but Atlanta's backfield benefits from a Thursday night matchup against Carolina. So far this season, the Panthers have allowed nine total touchdowns to opposing RBs, which is tied for third most in the NFL.
McKinley has been bothered by the groin all season, dressing for just four games to date. With trade rumors also swirling around the 2017 first-round pick, it's possible the Falcons are making sure his injury doesn't get any worse prior to any potential trade. If McKinley doesn't get moved, his next chance to suit up will come in Week 9 against the Broncos.
Atlanta previously waived Langford in May with an undisclosed injury before he reverted to IR after clearing waivers. After failed stints with the Ravens, Jets and Dolphins since flopping as the Bears' top back in 2015, Langford's future prospects in the NFL aren't great.
One Atlanta Journal-Constitution beat writer insinuated that Allen never really had a shot at holding down the starting job, but Hofrichter's intended role for 2020 has seemingly been sealed with this transaction. After establishing a 43.9 yards-per-punt average for Syracuse during 2019, he'll now get his NFL career underway as a specialist for the Falcons. Hofrichter offers unique versatility and can be an emergency backup for Younghoe Koo, given that he has some experience place kicking from his time with the Orange.
Gray was originally waived/injured at roster cutdowns but reverted to injured reserve after going unclaimed on waivers. The former rugby player has yet to see NFL action since attempting to switch sports.
The 28-year-old became an unrestricted free agent earlier this week after totaling four tackles in 2019 while working primarily on special teams. Neasman figures to work in a similar role during the upcoming season, assuming he makes the 53-man roster.
Ryan has bounced back from a pair of stagnant outings Weeks 4 and 5, throwing for 709 combined passing yards and a 5:0 TD:INT over his past two appearances against Minnesota and Detroit. Though results on the stat sheet are encouraging, the fact remains that Atlanta sits at 1-6 thus far in 2020, and 15-23 in Ryan's 38 starts since the beginning of 2018. Upcoming next is a Thursday night matchup against Carolina, a team that knocked off the Falcons 23-16 in Week 5. The Panthers surrendered 27 points to New Orleans during Week 7, but prior to that Carolina had held opponents to an average of 19 points per game over its preceding four outings.
The 25-year-old was elevated to the active roster as an extra player for Monday's loss to the Packers with Younghoe Koo (groin) sidelined, and he made his lone field-goal attempt but missed one of two extra-point attempts. Fry could receive another opportunity next week if Koo remains sidelined.
There was a period of training camp when the left guard job was very much considered up for grabs, but Carpenter's veteran presence has so far been preferred on the offensive line during game action. A knee injury in a late August scrimmage curtailed Matt Hennessy's pursuit of the role, but even with him being re-activated for Weeks 1 and 2, Carpenter played 85 percent of the offensive snaps. Carpenter appears to be the clear No. 1 option at left guard until further notice, especially with Atlanta only allowing three sacks through two games (surrendered 3.1 per contest in 2019).
Hill's receiving total established a new season high for the 24-year-old back, though his two rush attempts were the fewest he's had in a game thus far in 2020. The former Bengal had averaged nine offensive touches per game over his preceding four appearances heading into Sunday, but Todd Gurley logged 92 percent of the RB carries in a tightly-contested matchup against the Lions. Hill will slot in as the No. 2 option on Thursday night against Carolina's porous rush defense, and he may be in line for extra touches with Gurley coming off a heavy Week 7 workload.
Cominsky was listed as questionable Friday with what was apparently a non-COVID illness, but it appears he may have contracted the virus or come in close contact with someone infected. The 24-year-old defensive tackle will need to clear the league's COVID-19 protocols before returning to team activities. Chris Slayton and Deadrin Senat are both expected to log increased workloads until Cominsky returns.
Jones has appeared on Atlanta's injury report for most of the season. Only this week, though, was he listed with a hip injury, which capped his practice reps Monday and Tuesday before he was a full participant at Wednesday's walk-through. Jones missed one chance to strike against the Panthers defense Week 5, so he'll look to pick on a unit that has given up 89 catches to wide receivers (tied for 12th most in the NFL) this season.
The second-year wideout from Virginia was considered an interesting waiver wire addition after he racked up 12 receptions and 127 yards between Weeks 3 and 4. Despite Zaccheaus' offensive opportunities being enhanced with Julio Jones (hamstring) inactive against the Panthers, he only managed to corral a quarter of his targets on the afternoon. Zaccheaus will again be a top-three option at wide receiver for the Falcons if Jones is ruled out Week 6 against the Vikings, but it may be tricky to trust him in a starting fantasy lineup, even in a matchup against Minnesota's bottom-five pass defense.
Ollison has suited up in just one game this season and didn't log any offensive snaps. Brian Hill and Ito Smith will continue to operate in a change-of-pace setting behind bell cow Todd Gurley.
Harris inked a three-year contract extension with the team in November, and although he'll miss the remainder of the season, he's expected to resume long-snapping duties for Atlanta in 2019. The Falcons signed Jon Condo to take Harris' place.
The third-round pick from Temple has shifted away from his collegiate position, as he is instead expected to make most of his offensive contributions at guard this season with Alex Mack holding down the center position. A knee injury suffered during an intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 28 sidelined Hennessy for over a week, but he is now running at full speed and expected to fill an important role Sunday against the Seahawks.
It was another fantastic effort by the third-year linebacker out of Yale, as he finished second only to Keanu Neal in tackles and now has 49 stops this season. Oluokun's playing every defensive snap, too, so he should easily surpass the 100-tackle threshold as long as he stays healthy.
Davidson spent nearly two weeks on the COVID-19 list and could return to the lineup Thursday against the Panthers. The rookie second-rounder has operated in a reserve role when he's been healthy this year, and he could be eased back into the lineup during this divisional tilt while starters Grady Jarrett and Tyeler Davison handle a bulk of the reps at defensive tackle.
Taumoepenu was waived alongside Seth Dawkins to make room for Josh Gordon and Damontre Moore on the offseason 80-man roster.
Senat hasn't yet missed a game this season because of injury, but he has already been a healthy scratch in three contests. The 26-year-old fielded 25 total defensive snaps Weeks 1 and 2, but he was subsequently benched Weeks 3 through 5. In Raheem Morris' debut as interim head coach last Sunday against the Vikings, Senat was active but he only garnered four defensive snaps.
The first-round rookie had been a full-time contributor in his first three appearances of the season entering Sunday, playing at least 98 percent of the defensive snaps Weeks 1, 2 and 5. Results hadn't translated in the early going, as Terrell allowed 11 of 12 targets thrown his way to go for completions, surrendering 129 yards and a touchdown on those plays. Sunday he notched his first NFL takeaway, as the Falcons intercepted Kirk Cousins on three occasions. Terrell has missed two games this season while on the reserve-COVID-19 list, but now that he's been able to string together a pair of appearances, perhaps the rookie will settle into a groove under interim head coach Raheem Morris.
With 1:04 remaining in regulation, Gurley burst through a wave of Lions defenders and found himself with an open path to the end zone. Detroit had no timeouts remaining however, and with Atlanta only needing a field goal to win Gurley tried to fall down short of the goal line. Momentum carried his body over the pylon for his second TD of the afternoon, allowing Detroit sufficient time to march 75 yards down the field for a game-winning TD and extra point. While the Falcons lament another loss, fantasy GMs invested in Gurley rejoice, as the two-time All-Pro already has seven rushing TDs through seven weeks of play. An upcoming Thursday night game against Carolina provides a dreamy matchup, as the Panthers entered the weekend allowing an NFL-high nine total TDs to opposing RBs.