Falcons season opener depth chart takeaways


The Falcons are officially preparing for regular season football games as the team hosts the Saints in the home opener. Atlanta released their official Week 1 depth chart, and we got answers to a few lingering questions; chiefly, Drew Dalman was named the team’s starting center over last year’s Week 1 starter, Matt Hennessy. Below are a few initial takeaways from the depth chart the team released:


Falcons depth chart
Position Starter Backup Reserve Reserve Reserve Reserve
WR Drake London Bryan Edwards Jared Bernhardt
TE Kyle Pitts Parker Hesse Feleipe Franks
LT Jake Matthews Chuma Edoga
LG Elijah Wilkinson
C Drew Dalman Matt Hennessy
RG Chris Lindstrom Colby Gossett
RT Kaleb McGary Germain Ifedi
WR Olamide Zaccheaus KhaDarel Hodge Damiere Byrd
RB Cordarrelle Patterson Damien Williams Tyler Allgeier Avery Williams
FB Keith Smith
QB Marcus Mariota Desmond Ridder

As stated earlier, Dalman beating out Hennessy is the most notable news from the depth chart release. It was something that took the entire offseason to work itself out too. According to Arthur Smith, the player who took “command” as a leader would be the starter, so we can only assume Dalman was that guy. However, I don’t believe the position is Dalman’s for the year.

“… nobody should be surprised if we end up seeing both of these players throughout the season. Arthur Smith has said he won’t rotate during a game like last year, but the pair’s proximity in skill makes them prime candidates for the hook if one underperforms.”

Another interesting tidbit is the running back room. Tyler Allgeier being the third string likely means we see a running back by committee approach like we did last year but with Cordarrelle Patterson and Damien Williams assuming a bulk of the carries. Drake London was also listed as the team’s WR1 and is battling an injury, but things look positive regarding his chances of playing Sunday.


Falcons depth chart
Position Starter Backup Reserve Reserve Reserve
DL Grady Jarrett Timothy Horne
DL Anthony Rush Abdullah Anderson
DL Ta’Quon Graham Matt Dickerson
OLB Adetokunbo Ogundeji Arnold Ebiketie Quinton Bell
LB Mykal Walker Troy Andersen Nate Landman
LB Rashaan Evans Nick Kwiatkoski
OLB Lorenzo Carter DeAngelo Malone
CB A.J. Terrell Mike Ford
S Richie Grant Erik Harris
S Jaylinn Hawkins Dean Marlowe
CB Casey Hayward Jr. Darren Hall Dee Alford

The Falcons’ base defense is as seen above, but subpackage personnel is the name of the game with Dean Pees. More snaps will be played out of a nickel package (five defensive backs) than base (four), which means Mike Ford, Darren Hall, or another defensive back will be playing considerable snaps.

Pees has been outspoken regarding the Falcons’ lack of pass rush and his desire to shake that notion. We’ll see if the Falcons are rewarded with the overhauling of the edge group; Lorenzo Carter should be an improvement, and Ade Ogundeji has done nothing but impress the staff. Still, I believe the difference-making player here is Ta’Quon Graham, who was officially and expectedly listed as the starter. It’s also inspiring to see the Falcons’ young tandem at safety listed as the starters.


Falcons depth chart
Position Starter Backup
K Younghoe Koo
P Bradley Pinion
LS Liam McCullough
H Bradley Pinion
PR Avery Williams
KOR Avery Williams

Photographer: Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire


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