A post-draft look at the Falcons’ 2017 opponents: The Dolphins, Game Five

Miami Dolphins tight end Jordan Cameron (84) is brought down by Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal (22) after a reception during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.(AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

FLOWERY BRANCH — A look at the teams on the Falcons’ schedule and how they have reconstructed their roster since the season’s end:

GAME ONE: CHICAGO BEARS

GAME TWO: GREEN BAY PACKERS

GAME THREE: DETROIT LIONS 

GAME FOUR: BUFFALO BILLS

GAME FIVE: MIAMI DOLPHINS

Dolphins at Falcons, at 1 p.m. Oct. 15

No longer with the Dolphins: OT Branden Albert, DE Mario Williams, DT Earl Mitchell, CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, TE Dion Sims, DL Jason Jones, DE Dion Jordan and DL William Hayes.

Key free agent signings: Linebacker Lawrence Timmons; tight end Julius Thomas; guard Ted Larsen, safety Nate Allen; tight end Anthony Fasano and safety T.J. McDonald.

Miami’s 2017 NFL Draft

1 22 Charles Harris DE Missouri
2 54 Raekwon McMillan LB Ohio State
3 97 Cordrea Tankersley CB Clemson
5 164 Isaac Asiata G Utah
5 178 Davon Godchaux DT LSU
6 194 Vincent Taylor DT Oklahoma State
7 237 Isaiah Ford WR Virginia Tech

Weaknesses: The Dolphins must stop the run. They gave up 140.4 yards per game last season, which ranked 30th in the league. Teams averaged 4.84 yards per rush against the Dolphins, which was 31st in the league. Offensively, the Dolphins offensive line was weak. There were 10 games where Miami rushed for less than 100 yards.

Strengths: The emergence of running back Jay Ajayi, who rushed for more than 1,200 yards last season took pressure of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Wide receiver Jarvis Landry caught 94 passes for 1,136 yards and four touchdowns last season.

Comment: The Dolphins went 10-6 last and made their first appearance in the playoff since 2008.


FALCONS SCHEDULE

Exhibition season

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

Regular season

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

THE FALCONS 2017 DRAFT

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1st rounder: Meet defensive end Takkarist McKinley

3rd rounder: Meet linebacker Duke Riley

4th rounder: Meet offensive guard Sean Harlow

5th rounder: Meet defensive back Damontae Kazee

5th rounder: Meet running back Brian Hill

5th rounder: Meet tight end Eric Saubert

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