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Falcons release first depth chart of 2021 NFL preseason

Arthur Smith's team starting to take shape with exhibition games about to begin

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan #2 talks to the huddle during organized team activities on June 17, 2021.

The Falcons first depth chart of the 2021 campaign is out. It should be considered unofficial, and for good reason. This might not entirely reflect how the units have assembled in training camp practices, but it can mark a starting point. There's plenty of preseason left to create movement up and down the depth chart, so let's not etch anything in stone just yet.

Let's also note that there isn't a rookie currently on the first team. Odds are great at least one – maybe, you know, a very tall tight end -- will be there by the time the regular season starts.

All that context aside, let's look at a couple of interesting nuggets from the first unofficial depth chart.

The right tackle spot remains in flux, with Willie Beavers currently atop that position's depth chart. Kaleb McGary's in the second slot after returning from the physically unable to perform list on Monday, with rookie Jalen Mayfield behind him.

There are also two tight-end slots in the group. That's a somewhat unusual breakdown for these depth charts, but it makes sense given the position group's strength. Hayden Hurst fronts one tight end spot and Lee Smith sits atop the other.

Jacob Tuioti-Mariner and Steven Means are the starting edge rushers at this point, with Dante Fowler behind Means. He returned off the COVID-19 list and just started practice on Monday. Head coach Arthur Smith has made it clear Fowler will have to earn his role.

The secondary looks as it has in practice, with cornerbacks A.J. Terrell and Fabian Moreau outside and Duron Harmon and Erik Harris at safety. Second-round pick is listed third behind Harris and T.J. Green.

Here's the entire Falcons unofficial depth chart, released by the team on Tuesday afternoon:

NOTE: Two position groups have players occupying the same spot on the depth chart, meaning no player is in front of the other in these instances: Running backs Javian Hawkins and Caleb Huntley are on equal footing. So are safeties JR Pace and Dwayne Johnson.

OFFENSE

Table inside Article
PositionStarterBackupReserveReserveReserveReserveReserve
WRCalvin RidleyChristian BlakeChris RowlandJuwan GreenJ'Mon MooreAntonio Nunn
TEHayden HurstKyle PittsJohn Raine
LTJake MatthewsJason SpriggsWilliam SweetKion Smith
LGJosh AndrewsSam JonesRyan Neuzil
CMatt HennessyDrew DalmanJoe Sculthorpe
RGChris LindstromWillie WrightBryce Hargrove
RTWillie BeaversKaleb McGaryJalen Mayfield
TELee SmithParker HesseRyan Becker
WRRussell GageOlamide ZaccheausTajae SharpeTrevor DavisFrank DarbyAustin Trammell
RBMike DavisCordarrelle PattersonKeith SmithQadree OllisonD'Onta ForemanCaleb HuntleyJavian Hawkins
QBMatt RyanAJ McCarronFeleipe Franks

DEFENSE

Table inside Article
PositionStarterBackupReserveReserveReserve
DLGrady JarrettMarlon DavidsonTa'Quon Graham
DLTyeler DavisonChris SlaytonJohn AtkinsOlive Sagapolu
DLJonathan BullardJohn CominskyZac Dawe
OLBJacob Tuioti-MarinerBrandon CopelandShareef MillerAdetokunbo Ogundeji
LBDeion JonesMykal WalkerDorian Etheridge
LBFoyesade OluokunEmmanuel EllerbeeErroll Thompson
OLBSteven MeansDante Fowler Jr.Tuzar SkipperGeorge ObinnaKobe Jones
CBA.J. TerrellChris WilliamsonKendall SheffieldMarcus Murphy
SErik HarrisT.J. GreenRichie Grant
SDuron HarmonJaylinn HawkinsJR PaceDwayne Johnson
CBFabian MoreauIsaiah OliverDelrick Abrams Jr.Darren HallAvery Williams

SPECIAL TEAMS

Table inside Article
PositionStarterBackup
KYounghoe KooCameron Nizialek
PCameron NizialekDom Maggio
LSJosh HarrisJake Matthews
HCameron NizialekDom Maggio
PRChris RowlandAvery Williams
KORCordarrelle PattersonChris Rowland
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