Falcons: Updated Predictions for the 53-man Roster: Defense & Special Teams (Preseason Week 2)

Falcons Jones

Following the Falcons recent roster moves, let’s take a look at my updated predictions for the 53-man roster:

I already covered the offense, check that out below:

Special Teams

K Younghoe Koo

P Bradley Pinion

LS Liam McCullough

Pretty standard group here, especially after Seth Vernon was cut, leaving Bradley Pinion as the only rostered punter. It’s tough to say goodbye to longtime Falcon Josh Harris, but McCullough seems like he has the job on lock.

Defensive Line

DL1 Grady Jarrett

DL2 Marlon Davidson

DL3 Ta’Quon Graham

DL4 Anthony Rush

DL5 Derrick Tangelo

I’m not sure if the Falcons will keep five defensive linemen, but I really like what Tangelo has done up to this point. He and Timmy Horne are both undrafted free agents having a fantastic camp, and one of them could steal a roster spot from Anthony Rush or Ta’Quon Graham if they continue to play well. At worst, these guys have to be on the practice squad. I think Horne is the odd man out, but Atlanta keeps him around.

EDGE

EDGE1 Lorenzo Carter

EDGE2 Arnold Ebiketie

EDGE3 DeAngelo Malone

EDGE4 Ade Ogundeji

It feels like it has been a long time since the Falcons have had four quality edge rushers, but I’m bullish on this group. Watch out for Quinton Bell to get a spot here too; it really just comes down to numbers with guys like him. He has shown flashes in camp and could make his way onto the roster.

Linebacker

LB1 Rashaan Evans

LB2 Mykal Walker

LB3 Nick Kwiatkoski

LB4 Troy Andersen

LB5 Nate Landman

While predicting that Deion Jones starts the season on the IR, Nate Landman making the roster is my bold prediction for the defense. From the jump, he has been my favorite undrafted free agent out of the group. With Troy Andersen probably taking somewhat of a redshirt year while adjusting to the NFL, Landman is primed to steal a few snaps as a true enforcer up the middle. I like his potential; at worst he should be a practice squad member.

Cornerback

CB1 AJ Terrell

CB2 Casey Hayward

CB3 Isaiah Oliver

CB4 Darren Hall

CB5 Dee Alford

Alford played very well in Atlanta’s first preseason game, and if he keeps it up, he’s going to earn a roster spot in a thin group. Other than that, this group feels pretty standard. Mike Ford is definitely in play to be CB6; it just depends if the staff is high enough on Landman to keep him over an extra defensive back. With linebacker being a bit shaky and some of the safeties being able to handle some corner duties, I don’t think it’s ridiculous at this point.

Safety

S1 Richie Grant

S2 Jaylinn Hawkins

S3 Erik Harris

S4 Dean Marlowe

I’m not sure if Grant or Hawkins will be starters come Week 1, but I think they should be in consideration. They’re listed at the top of the depth chart, so hopefully, that remains true come time to play the Saints. Hawkins was fantastic last year, and I like what I saw out of Grant in limited action. Harris and Marlowe are quality safety depth.

Roster Count: 53

Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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