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Official Depth Chart: 10 new starters from last season

FLOWERY BRANCH – There’s been a flurry of activity leading up to the season opener at against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football at 7:10 p.m. at the Georgia Dome.

The biggest move was the trade for Andy Levitre, who was promptly inserted into the starting lineup.

Mike Person, who’s never started a game in the NFL, has won the center battle.

Running back Tevin Coleman claimed the top spot.

O’Brien Schofield will start at strongside linebacker for the Brooks Reed, who underwent groin surgery and will be inactive for the Eagles’ game.

The offense features five new starters in left guard Levitre, center Person, right guard Chris Chester, tight end Jacob Tamme and running back Coleman.

The defense also features five new starters in end Vic Beasley, tackle Ra’Shede Hageman, weakside linebacker Justin Durant, strongside linebacker O’Brian Schofield and free safety Ricardo Allen.


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Here’s the team’s official depth chart. (We call it the official depth chart because the team sends it out. Of course, coach Dan Quinn reserves the right to make changes. But it’s the official depth chart until he feels like changing it.)


WR 11 Julio Jones, 85 Leonard Hankerson, 16 Justin Hardy

LT 70 Jake Matthews, 79 Tyler Polumbus,

LG 67 Andy Levitre, 62 James Stone

C 68 Mike Person, 66 Gino Gradkowski

RG 65 Chris Chester, 62 James Stone

RT 73 Ryan Schraeder, 72 Bryce Harris

TE 83 Jacob Tamme, 80 Levine Toilolo

WR 84 Roddy White, 17 Devin Hester, 14 Eric Weems, 15 Nick Williams,

QB 2 Matt Ryan, 12 Sean Renfree

RB 26 Tevin Coleman, 24 Devonta Freeman, 33 Terron Ward

FB 42 Patrick DiMarco


DE 44 Vic Beasley Jr., 99 Adrian Clayborn, 71 Kroy Biermann,

DT 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 97 Grady Jarrett

NT 96 Paul Soliai, 95 Jonathan Babineaux

DE 94 Tyson Jackson, 93 Malliciah Goodman

LB 52 Justin Durant, 59 Joplo Bartu,

LB 55 Paul Worrilow, 53 Allen Bradford, 54 Nate Stupar

LB 40 O’Brien Schofield, 56 Brooks Reed

CB 23 Robert Alford, 32 Jalen Collins

CB 21 Desmond Trufant, 20 Phillip Adams, 22 Dezmen Southward

S 37 Ricardo Allen, 30 Charles Godfrey, 48 Robenson Therezie

S 25 William Moore, 36 Kemal Ishmael


K 3 Matt Bryant

KO 5 Matt Bosher

P 5 Matt Bosher

KR 17 Devin Hester, 14 Eric Weems

PR 17 Devin Hester, 14 Eric Weems

LS 47 Josh Harris

H 5 Matt Bosher


LB Derek Akunne, OL Pierce Burton, TE Marcel Jensen, CB Akeem King, LB Stansly Maponga, NT Joey Mbu, QB Matt Simms, LB Tyler Starr, RB Jahwan Edwards

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