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Film Review: 10 observations from Falcons coach Dan Quinn

Falcons coach Dan Quinn spoke with the media via conference call on Friday to review the 23-17 win over Washington.

He was pleased with the overall film review and felt that linebacker Deion Jones, safety Kemal Ishmael and linebacker LaRoy Reynolds had standout performances.

Tight end Levine Toilolo (hand) and strong safety Keanu Neal (trunk) will return to practice on Sunday. Ishmael suffered a strained shoulder and will not practice on Sunday.

Quinn is expecting that Dwight Freeney will play against Cleveland.

Here are 10 of Quinn's observation via the live tweet of the callL



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With the Falcons opening the preseason on Thursday, which position will be most closely analyzed under the microscope? Watch AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and Noah Coslov for the answer.



11 – Thursday vs. Washington 7 p.m. (Georgia Dome).

12 – Friday, closed practice.

13 - Saturday, players off.

14 – Sunday, public practice, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

15 – Monday, public practice, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

16 – Tuesday, public practice: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

DEPTH CHART for Washington game. The Falcons, who open the exhibition season against Washington at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Georgia Dome released their first official depth chart for the 2016 season.

(The team calls it an ‘unofficial’ depth chart. But if they are releasing it, for our purposes, that makes it pretty official.)

While rookie linebackers Deion Jones and Dominique Campbell have been receiving most of the first-ream action at middle and weakside linebacker, veterans Paul Worrilow and Sean Weatherspoon are listed as the starters.

Also, rookie tight end Austin Hooper is listed as the No. 2 tight end ahead of veteran Levine Toilolo.

Recently acquired defensive end Dwight Freeney is listed as the third defensive end behind Adrian Clayborn and Brooks Reed.

On special teams, Tevin Coleman is listed as the No. 1 kickoff returner and Eric Weems as the top punt returner.

Here’s how the depth chart is stacked heading into the exhibition opener:


WR Julio Jones, Justin Hardy, Eric Weems, Devin Fuller, Jordan Leslie, Corey Washington

LT Jake Matthews, Tom Compton, Laurence Gibson

LG Andy Levitre, Wes Schweitzer, Collin Rahrig

C Alex Mack, Ben Garland, Jake Reed

RG Chris Chester, Mike Person, Michael Huey

RT Ryan Schraeder, Bryce Harris, Shahbaz Ahmed

TE Jacob Tamme, Austin Hooper, Levine Toilolo, D.J. Tialavea, Joshua Perkins, Arthur Lynch

WR Mohamed Sanu, Aldrick Robinson, Nick Williams, J.D. McKissic, David Glidden

FB Patrick DiMarco, Will Ratelle

QB Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Sean Renfree, Matt Simms

RB Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Terron Ward, Gus Johnson, Brandon Wilds

FB Patrick DiMarco, Will Ratelle


DE Adrian Clayborn, Brooks Reed, Dwight Freeney, Nordly Capi

DT Tyson Jackson, Jonathan Babineaux, Cory Johnson, Brandon Williams

DT Grady Jarrett, Courtney Upshaw, Joey Mbu, Chris Mayes

DE Derrick Shelby, Ra'Shede Hageman, Malliciah Goodman, Efe Obado

LB Vic Beasley, Philip Wheeler, Tyler Starr, Ivan McLennan

LB Paul Worrilow, Deion Jones, LaRoy Reynolds

LB Sean Weatherspoon, De'Vondre Campbell, Matt Wells

CB Robert Alford, Jalen Collins, C.J. Goodwin, David Mims II, Jordan Sefon

CB Desmond Trufant, Akeem King, Brian Poole, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Devonte Johnson

FS Ricardo Allen, Robenson Therezie, Sharrod Neasman

SS Keanu Neal, Kemal Ishmael, Damian Parms


K Matt Bryant, Nick Rose

KO Matt Bosher

P Matt Bosher

KR Tevin Coleman, Eric Weems, Devin Fuller, J.D. McKissic

PR Eric Weems, Devin Fuller, J.D. McKissic

LS Josh Harris

H Matt Bosher


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D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.