A post-draft look at the Falcons’ 2017 opponents: The Bucs, Game 14

FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2015, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter talks to quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, in Tampa, Fla. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have named Dirk Koetter the 11th head coach in franchise history, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File) The Associated Press

FLOWERY BRANCH — A look at the teams on the Falcons’ schedule and how they have reconstructed their roster since the season’s end. We’re up to Game 14, when the Falcons travel to face the Tampa Bay Bucs.

GAME 14: Falcons at Tampa Bay at  8:30 p.m. Monday Night, Dec. 18

No longer with the Bucs: PK Johns Lunsford, CB Greg Mabin, LS Dax Dellenbach, WR Vincent Jackson and CB Alterraun Verner.

Key free agent signings/pickups: WR DeSean Jackson, DT Chris Bakers, SS J.J. Wilcox, LS Garrison Sanborn, CB Robert McClain and PK Nick Folk.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’   2017 NFL draft

1 19 O.J. Howard TE Alabama
2 50 Justin Evans SAF Texas A&M
3 84 Chris Godwin WR Penn State
3 107 Kendell Beckwith ILB LSU
5 162 Jeremy McNichols RB Boise State
7 223 Stevie Tu’ikolovatu NT USC

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

MUST READ PROFILE: Falcons top pick McKinley makes name for himself

2017 Falcons report card: Falcons earn a B-plus

NFC Champs add a pass rusher, quality depth 

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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