Here are five things to know about the Atlanta Falcons on Friday. The Falcons defeated Washington 23-17 in their exhibition season opener on Thursday at the Georgia Dome.
1. Schaub can still sling it. Falcons backup quarterback Matt Schaub can still sling it. He completed 10 or 15 passes for 179 yards to lead the team to victory.
2. Quinn’s corner. Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say after the victory.
3. Ryan’s world. The first-team offense didn’t function well, but quarterback Matt Ryan didn’t seem too worried about it.
4. McKissic lays claim to return job. Wide receiver J.D. McKissic returned the second-half kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown. The Falcons are trying to replace Devin Hester, who was released at the outset of training camp. He also had a nice punt return.
5. Schedule. The Falcons will have a walk-through practice today, which is closed to the media and the public. Quinn will recap the game with the local media at 2:30 p.m. The players will get Saturday off before returning to practice on Sunday.
With the Falcons opening the preseason on Thursday, which position will be most closely analyzed under the microscope? Watch AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and Noah Coslov for the answer.
TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
11 – Thursday vs. Washington 7 p.m. (Georgia Dome).
12 – Friday, closed practice.
13 – Saturday, players off.
14 – Sunday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
15 – Monday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
16 – Tuesday, public practice: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
DEPTH CHART for Washington game. The Falcons, who open the exhibition season against Washington at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Georgia Dome released their first official depth chart for the 2016 season.
(The team calls it an ‘unofficial’ depth chart. But if they are releasing it, for our purposes, that makes it pretty official.)
While rookie linebackers Deion Jones and Dominique Campbell have been receiving most of the first-ream action at middle and weakside linebacker, veterans Paul Worrilow and Sean Weatherspoon are listed as the starters.
Also, rookie tight end Austin Hooper is listed as the No. 2 tight end ahead of veteran Levine Toilolo.
Recently acquired defensive end Dwight Freeney is listed as the third defensive end behind Adrian Clayborn and Brooks Reed.
On special teams, Tevin Coleman is listed as the No. 1 kickoff returner and Eric Weems as the top punt returner.
Here’s how the depth chart is stacked heading into the exhibition opener:
WR Julio Jones, Justin Hardy, Eric Weems, Devin Fuller, Jordan Leslie, Corey Washington
LT Jake Matthews, Tom Compton, Laurence Gibson
LG Andy Levitre, Wes Schweitzer, Collin Rahrig
C Alex Mack, Ben Garland, Jake Reed
RG Chris Chester, Mike Person, Michael Huey
RT Ryan Schraeder, Bryce Harris, Shahbaz Ahmed
TE Jacob Tamme, Austin Hooper, Levine Toilolo, D.J. Tialavea, Joshua Perkins, Arthur Lynch
WR Mohamed Sanu, Aldrick Robinson, Nick Williams, J.D. McKissic, David Glidden
FB Patrick DiMarco, Will Ratelle
QB Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Sean Renfree, Matt Simms
RB Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Terron Ward, Gus Johnson, Brandon Wilds
FB Patrick DiMarco, Will Ratelle
DE Adrian Clayborn, Brooks Reed, Dwight Freeney, Nordly Capi
DT Tyson Jackson, Jonathan Babineaux, Cory Johnson, Brandon Williams
DT Grady Jarrett, Courtney Upshaw, Joey Mbu, Chris Mayes
DE Derrick Shelby, Ra’Shede Hageman, Malliciah Goodman, Efe Obado
LB Vic Beasley, Philip Wheeler, Tyler Starr, Ivan McLennan
LB Paul Worrilow, Deion Jones, LaRoy Reynolds
LB Sean Weatherspoon, De’Vondre Campbell, Matt Wells
CB Robert Alford, Jalen Collins, C.J. Goodwin, David Mims II, Jordan Sefon
CB Desmond Trufant, Akeem King, Brian Poole, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Devonte Johnson
FS Ricardo Allen, Robenson Therezie, Sharrod Neasman
SS Keanu Neal, Kemal Ishmael, Damian Parms
K Matt Bryant, Nick Rose
KO Matt Bosher
P Matt Bosher
KR Tevin Coleman, Eric Weems, Devin Fuller, J.D. McKissic
PR Eric Weems, Devin Fuller, J.D. McKissic
LS Josh Harris
H Matt Bosher
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