As the Falcons prepare for the Raiders, the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and Noah Coslov look at the issues facing the team and the biggest concerns this week in Oakland.
FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons released their official depth chart for the Oakland game, which is set for 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at O.CO Coliseum.
Both of the Falcons starting wide receivers – Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu – have ankle injuries. They are backed up on the depth chart by Justin Hardy and Aldrick Robinson.
Tevin Coleman is listed as the No. 1 kickoff return although Eric Weems handle the punt and kickoff returns against Tampa Bay.
Keanu Neal, who’s recovering from knee surgery, is listed as the third strong safety. Although Falcons coach Dan Quinn wouldn’t rule him out for Sunday, he’s not expected to play.
Neal will likely make his NFL debut against the Saints on Monday Night Football.
(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
S 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie
S 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
PR 14 Eric Weems, 16 Justin Hardy
LS 47 Josh Harris
H 5 Matt Bosher
GAME ONE: Buccaneers 31, Falcons 24