Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Labor Day:
1. Game week. The opening to the regular season is finally here. The Falcons are set to face Tampa Bay at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The Bucs were 2-0 against the Falcons last season. The game also will mark the return to the NFL of former Falcons head coach Mike Smith. He was hired as Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator over the offseason. Smith is the winningest coach in Atlanta Falcons history.
2. Jones is humble, forthright. Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones sat down with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to discuss the upcoming season, his leadership approach and taking over the NFC South.
3. Practice. Falcons coach Dan Quinn will meet with the media before the 11:55 a.m. practice. There will be an open locker room session for the media.
4. Gabriel added. The Falcons claimed wide receiver Taylor Gabriel off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. The team released Nick Williams to make room for Gabriel.
5. McKissic is back. Promising young wide receiver J.D. McKissic was re-signed to the practice squad. The Falcons have filled out nine of their 10 slots.
The Falcons added running back Gus Johnson and cornerback Deji Olatoye this morning.
Here’s the depth chart for the initial 53-man roster.
ATLANTA FALCONS INITIAL 53-MAN ROSTER
WR 11 Julio Jones,16 Justin Hardy, 14 Eric Weems
LT 70 Jake Matthews, 76 Tom Compton
LG 67 Andy Levitre, 71 Wes Schweitzer
C 51 Alex Mack, 63 Ben Garland
RG 65 Chris Chester, 68 Mike Person
RT 73 Ryan Schraeder, 76 Tom Compton
TE 83 Jacob Tamme, 81 Austin Hooper, 80 Levine Toilolo,, 82 Joshua Perkins
WR 12 Mohamed Sanu,19 Aldrick Robinson, 18 Taylor Gabriel
QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 Matt Schaub
RB 24 Devonta Freeman, 26 Tevin Coleman, 28 Terron Ward
FB 42 Patrick DiMarco
DE 99 Adrian Clayborn, 50 Brooks Reed, 93 Dwight Freeney
DT 94 Tyson Jackson , 95 Jonathan Babineaux
DT 97 Grady Jarrett, 91 Courtney Upshaw
DE 90 Derrick Shelby, 77 Ra’Shede Hageman
LB 44 Vic Beasley Jr., 41 Philip Wheeler
LB 55 Paul Worrilow, 45 Deion Jones, 53 LaRoy Reynolds
LB 56 Sean Weatherspoon, 59 De’Vondre Campbell
CB 23 Robert Alford, 29 C.J. Goodwin
CB 21 Desmond Trufant, 34 Brian Poole
S 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie
S 22 Keanu Neal, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 38 Dashon Goldson
K 3 Matt Bryant
KO 5 Matt Bosher
P 5 Matt Bosher
KR 26 Tevin Coleman,14 Eric Weems
PR 14 Eric Weems, 16 Justin Hardy, 15 Nick Williams
LS 47 Josh Harris
H 5 Matt Bosher