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Falcons release depth chart for Week 18 of 2022 NFL regular season

Matt Hennessy getting longer look at left guard

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons aren't advancing beyond the regular season, with their season set to wrap on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That doesn't mean they're in pure evaluation mode.

They're still adhering to a merit-based depth chart, where the best players continue to play the most. That has been the case this season, except when injury opens the door a reserve to take more responsibility.


That's the case at left guard, where Elijah Wilkinson is missing action due to a calf injury. That allowed interior lineman Matt Hennessy to take a crack at left guard in Week 17 against the Cardinals. He played well there, despite a sack allowed, grading out well and fitting in with productive offensive line.

That's why we're seeing someone who was a reserve center -- he lost a heated position battle with Drew Dalman this summer -- listed on the depth chart below as a reserve left guard. He had been cross training there during the season, and moved into that spot against the L.A. Chargers with Wilkinson missing that game (and a few others) with a knee injury. Hennessy unfortunately suffered a knee injury early in the game that landed him on injured reserve. This second chance to show coaches he can compete for a starting spot in 2023 will be important down the stretch.

You won't see many other changes on the depth chart below, save the addition of new safety Micah Abernathy. Check it out:


Table inside Article
Position Starter Backup Reserve Reserve Reserve Reserve
WR Drake London Damiere Byrd Frank Darby
TE Parker Hesse MyCole Pruitt Anthony Firkser Feleipe Franks
LT Jake Matthews
LG Elijah Wilkinson Matt Hennessy Colby Gossett
C Drew Dalman Ryan Neuzil
RG Chris Lindstrom
RT Kaleb McGary Germain Ifedi
WR Olamide Zaccheaus KhaDarel Hodge
RB Cordarrelle Patterson Tyler Allgeier Avery Williams
FB Keith Smith
QB Desmond Ridder Logan Woodside


Table inside Article
Position Starter Backup Reserve Reserve Reserve
DL Grady Jarrett Timothy Horne
DL Abdullah Anderson Jalen Dalton
DL Matt Dickerson Jaleel Johnson
OLB Adetokunbo Ogundeji Arnold Ebiketie David Anenih
ILB Troy Andersen Mykal Walker
ILB Rashaan Evans Nick Kwiatkoski
OLB Lorenzo Carter DeAngelo Malone
CB A.J. Terrell Isaiah Oliver Mike Ford Rashad Fenton
S Richie Grant Erik Harris
S Jaylinn Hawkins Micah Abernathy
CB Darren Hall Dee Alford Cornell Armstrong


Table inside Article
Position Starter Backup
K Younghoe Koo
P Bradley Pinion
LS Liam McCullough
H Bradley Pinion
PR Avery Williams
KOR Cordarrelle Patterson -OR- Avery Williams

We take a monochrome look at the game against the Arizona Cardinals on January 1, 2023.

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