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Falcons release depth chart before Week 18 contest vs. Saints

Depth Chart Week 18

Buckle up everyone – lots of changes coming your way this week. After getting five players back off the COVID list on Tuesday afternoon and three more just before the Bills game, Atlanta should have a more fortified depth chart this week heading into their rivalry matchup against the Saints. Let's break it down offensively and defensively.


The biggest offensive changes come with Tajae Sharpe and Hayden Hurst’s activations from the COVID/reserve list back into their starting WR and TE spots. Lee Smith will serve as Hurst's backup, while Christian Blake returns to the secondary behind Sharpe. Additionally, Parker Hesse has stepped up from the practice squad as Kyle Pitts’ backup this week. Lastly, Rick Leonard has been added to the LT reserve behind Jake Matthews.

Moving on to the defense, Brandon Copeland, Marlon Davidson, Tyeler Davison, Jaylinn Hawkins, James Vaughters and Richie Grant have all been activated from the COVID/reserve. Hawkins is back in at starting safety with Shawn Williams to back him up. Likewise, Davison is back in as a starting DL with Ta'Quon Graham and Anthony Rush behind him. Davidson also returns as Grady Jarrett's backup and Copeland as Dante Fowler's backup. Last but not least in the third unit, Vaughters has returned as an OLB.

Check out the full depth chart below:

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WRTajae SharpeChristian Blake
TEKyle PittsParker Hesse
LTJake MatthewsRick Leonard
LGJalen MayfieldJosh Andrews
CMatt HennessyDrew Dalman
RGChris LindstromDrew Dalman
RTKaleb McGaryColby Gossett
TEHayden HurstLee SmithKeith Smith
WRRussell GageOlamide ZaccheausFrank Darby
RBMike DavisCordarrelle PattersonQadree Ollison
QBMatt RyanJosh Rosen -or- Feleipe Franks


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DLGrady JarrettMarlon Davidson
DLTyeler DavisonTa'Quon GrahamAnthony Rush
DLMike PennelJohn Cominsky
OLBDante FowlerBrandon CopelandJames Vaughters
LBDeion JonesMykal Walker
LBFoyesade OluokunDaren Bates
OLBSteven MeansAdetokunbo Ogundeji
CBA.J. TerrellDarren Hall
SJaylinn HawkinsShawn Williams
SDuron HarmonRichie Grant
CBFabian MoreauAvery WilliamsKendall Sheffield


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KYounghoe Koo
PThomas Morstead
LSJosh Harris
HThomas Morstead
PRAvery WilliamsOlamide Zaccheaus
KORCordarrelle PattersonAvery Williams

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