FLOWERY BRANCH — A look at the teams on the Falcons’ schedule and how they have reconstructed their roster since the season’s end:
GAME FOUR: BUFFALO BILLS
Bills at Falcons, at 1 p.m. Oct. 1
No longer with the Bills: Running back Mike Gillislee; safety Corey Graham; safety Aaron Williams; tight end Gerald Christian; kicker Dan Carpenter; cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman; long snapper Garrison Sanborn and safety Phillip Thomas.
Key free agent signings: Safety Micah Hyde; free safety Jordan Poyer; kicker Steven Hauschka; fullback Patrick DiMarco; cornerback Shareece Wright; wide receiver Andre Holmes; guard Vladimir Ducasse; quarterback T.J. Yates; defensive end Ryan Davis and fullback Mike Tolbert.
The 2017 NFL Draft
|2||37||Zay Jones||WR||East Carolina|
|5||163||Matt Milano||OLB||Boston College|
|6||195||Tanner Vallejo||LB||Boise State|
Weaknesses: The Bills must upgrade their passing attack. They finished 30th in the league in passing yards per game with 189.8 yards. The Bills couldn’t stop the run last season. They gave up 133.1 yards per game, which ranked 29th in the league.
Strengths: Running back LeSean McCoy powers the offense which led the league in rushing at 164.4 yards per game last season. Tyrod Taylor remains the quarterback.
Comment: The Bills went 7-9 last season and head coach Rex Ryan was dismissed. The Bills hired former Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott as the head coach.
Falcons at Miami Dolphins at 7 p.m. Aug. 10
Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers at 4 p.m. Aug. 20
Arizona Cardinals at Falcons at 7 p.m. Aug. 26
Jacksonville Jaguars at Falcons at 7 p.m. Aug. 31
Sept. 10 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m., Fox
Sept. 17 Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m. NBC
Sept. 24 at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. Fox
Oct. 1 Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m., CBS
Oct. 8 BYE
Oct. 15 Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m., CBS
Oct. 22 at New England Patriots, 8:30 p.m., NBC
Oct. 29 at New York Jets, 1 p.m., Fox
Nov. 5 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., Fox
Nov. 12 Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m., Fox
Nov. 20 at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Nov. 26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m., Fox
Dec. 3 Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m., Fox
Dec. 7 New Orleans Saints (Thur), 8:25 p.m., NBC/NFL Network/Amazon
Dec. 18 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mon). 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 24 at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., Fox
Dec. 31 Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., Fox