The Falcons will have one of the youngest defenses in the league with two starting rookies, two second-year players starting and one player who’s playing his position for the second year.
Rookie linebackers Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell are listed with the first-team defense in the first regular season ‘official’ depth chart released by the team on Tuesday.
Linebacker Paul Worrilow and Sean Weatherspoon were listed with the first team for the exhibition season.
Strongside linebacker Vic Beasley and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett are second-year players.
Also, free safety Ricardo Allen, a converted cornerback, is entering his second-season as a free safety.
(The team calls it an ‘unofficial’ depth chart. But if they are releasing it, for our purposes that makes it pretty official.)
ATLANTA FALCONS OFFICIAL DEPTH CHART
WR 11 Julio Jones, 16 Justin Hardy, 14 Eric Weems
LT 70 Jake Matthews, 76 Tom Compton
LG 67 Andy Levitre, 68 Mike Person
C 51 Alex Mack, 63 Ben Garland
RG 65 Chris Chester, 71 Wes Schweitzer
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 50 Brooks Reed, 99 Adrian Clayborn, 93 Dwight Freeney
DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 90 Derrick Shelby
DT 97 Grady Jarrett, 91 Courtney Upshaw
DE 94 Tyson Jackson, 77 Ra’Shede Hageman
LB 44 Vic Beasley Jr., 41 Philip Wheeler
LB 45 Deion Jones, 55 Paul Worrilow, 53 LaRoy Reynolds
LB 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 56 Sean Weatherspoon
CB 23 Robert Alford, 29 C.J. Goodwin
CB 21 Desmond Trufant, 34 Brian Poole
FS 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie
SS 36 Kemal Ishmael, 38 Dashon Goldson, 22 Keanu Neal
K 3 Matt Bryant
KO 5 Matt Bosher
P 5 Matt Bosher
KR 26 Tevin Coleman,14 Eric Weems
PR14 Eric Weems, 16 Justin Hardy
LS 47 Josh Harris
H 5 Matt Bosher