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The cuts are going to be coming soon enough Youth Brandon Fusco Jersey , so I figured it was time to take one more look at the Falcons’ roster.Those last two spots are tough to figure out at the moment, and I have a solid hunch the Falcons will raid the waiver wire to try to add a piece or two, particularly on offense. I don’t think the team will keep ten offensive linemen, so this particular projection has a surprise UDFA addition at both running back and defensive back. Time will tell. You should read Kevin Knight’s projection before this past game, which knowing my luck will turn out to be more accurate than this one. Then sound off on this projection and share your own, if you would! OFFENSE - 25QB Matt RyanQB Matt SchaubRB Devonta FreemanRB Tevin ColemanRB Ito SmithRB Justin Crawford FB Ricky OrtizTE Austin HooperTE Eric SaubertTE Logan PaulsenWR Julio JonesWR Mohamed SanuWR Calvin RidleyWR Justin HardyWR Marvin HallWR Russell GageLT Jake MatthewsLG Andy LevitreC Alex MackRG Brandon FuscoRT Ryan SchraederC/G Ben GarlandC/G Wes SchweitzerG Sean HarlowT Ty SambrailoI don’t love having Justin Crawford on this roster, but I think at least temporarily he will be. The Falcons gave him a ton of run all offseason long and appear to like his special teams value, so for the moment, he’ll hang around. Sean Harlow is a developmental stash for a second straight year, in the hopes that he’ll become at least a valuable reserve in his second season. Russell Gage and Marvin Hall should be key special teamers at the wide receiver position, and otherwise, there are no real surprises on this side of the ball. DEFENSE - 25EDGE Vic BeasleyEDGE Takkarist McKinleyEDGE Brooks ReedEDGE Derrick ShelbyDT Grady JarrettDT Jack CrawfordDT Deadrin SenatDT Terrell McClainDT Garrison SmithLB Deion JonesLB De’Vondre CampbellLB Duke RileyLB Foye OluokunLB Kemal IshmaelCB Desmond TrufantCB Robert AlfordCB Brian PooleCB Isaiah OliverCB Blidi Wreh-WilsonCB Justin BethelSS Keanu NealFS Ricardo AllenS Damontae KazeeS Ron ParkerS Chris LammonsI think the Falcons are going to make a move or two on defense, so Lammons may not be safe. He showed well this summer, though, and the Falcons moved him around to multiple positions. They’ll be absolutely stacked at defensive back if they align their roster this way, but it’s not like that’s a bad thing for a team that may not have major roles for Ron Parker and Isaiah Oliver out of the gate. I do think the Falcons will go waiver wire diving for another defensive end, for what it’s worth.Otherwise, no real surprises here Youth Terrell McClain Jersey , I suspect. Garrison Smith has earned his spot. SPECIAL TEAMS - 3K Matt BryantP Matt BosherLS Josh HarrisNo surprises here, either. PRACTICE SQUAD - 11TE Alex Gray QB Kurt BenkertDT Justin Zimmer RB Malik WilliamsWR Reggie DavisT Matt GonoDE J’Terius JonesLB Jonathan CelestinCB Deantre BurtonLB Richard JarvisTE Jaeden Graham This changed a little bit from my last projection. I think Jaeden Graham has done enough this summer to be the team’s de facto fourth tight end, and may be worth developing. Malik Williams takes the spot of Justin Crawford, who I think may make the roster, at least initially. Otherwise, this collection should look familiar.Benkert’s play slipped but he remains an intriguing prospect, Gono is in the same boat, and Davis has special teams value and speed despite his disastrous Thursday night. Jones and Jarvis had solid enough summers and still have promise, Burton turned his athleticism into some solid games and may merit a longer look, and Zimmer was legitimately impressive at times. Even if the Falcons do keep all their own players on the practice squad, however, it’ll likely be for a short time as they look to raid other teams.Falcons defense vs. Bengals offense: Which side wins? The Falcons defense is, well, broken. Missing three (!!!) key starters and lacking production from other significant players, Atlanta is looking more and more like a 2013 Falcons unit than the fast, physical group Dan Quinn is known for. After getting worked by Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints offense and giving up 43 points, Atlanta must try and stop the sixth-best scoring offense in the National Football League: the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals are averaging 29.7 points per game, and have done so through some pretty consistent play from Andy Dalton. This test won’t be easy but with questions surrounding the status of A.J. Green Authentic Matt Ryan Jersey , Atlanta may have a slightly easier task than initially expected. Let’s dive a little deeper and see how these two units match up. In the trenchesGood news: Takkarist McKinley is set to play this Sunday. Bad news: The rest of the Falcons defensive line has really struggled to get to the quarterback, while also leaving something to be desired when it comes to the run game. I think we see a better defensive line than last week, but I just don’t know how much better they can get from week to week. More good news: The Bengals offensive line is not performing very well so far this season — Clint Boling is the only offensive lineman with a Pro Football Focus grade higher than a 60. Despite that, Cincinnati has only given up four sacks this season, but these ratings are the result of the run blocking ability of the Bengals offensive line — they have the 22nd-ranked rushing offense this season. Neither one of these position groups is performing at a stellar clip thus far this season, so this will really come down to whether or not the impact players for either team can push theline of scrimmage in favor of their squad. Can Grady Jarrett, Takk McKinley, and the rest of the Falcons defensive line make that happen? I think they make some plays, but I don’t think they make enough to swing this matchup in Atlanta’s favor. Advantage: PushSkill positionsWoof. It feels like this defensive backfield is hanging on for dear life. Keanu Neal? Nope —DeMontae Kazee. Ricardo Allen? Nah — Jordan Richards. Deion Jones? No chance — Duke Riley. Atlanta is going to struggle no matter who they play and no matter the circumstance — they will never truly shut a team down, I don’t think. However, if the offense can continue to play well and score around 30 points a game, the defense should be able to do enough to keep Atlanta in most games. As for Cincinnati, it will look very similar to last week: a great wideout on the outside, a speedy receiver, a solid slot guy, and a tough combo at tight end and running back. A.J. Green, even if he is only at 75 percent, is someone that teams have to pay attention to Womens De'Vondre Campbell Jersey , so when you add in the rest of the Bengals skill position players it becomes tough for a defense. The key matchups will be John Ross and Robert Alford, as well as De’Vondre Campbell/Kazee guarding Tyler Eifert. If those guys can limit the big plays by both of those Bengals, the Falcons defense should have a shot to get the stops necessary to win the game. More than the individual matchups, the Falcons simply have to tackle well. Last week it seemed as though they had completely forgotten how to perform that simple task and it cost them dearly. Tackle well, limit big plays. Giovani Bernard is a very skilled back who can make defenders looks silly if they aren’t sound in their technique when trying to bring him down. Once again, I’m skeptical. They can definitely win one play every now and then, but I’m not sure that they can do it consistently, especially if there is no pressure on Dalton. This matchup is very nearly a push, but the lack of depth and the adjustments as a result of that swing things in favor of the Bengals. Advantage: Cincinnati BengalsConclusionThis team is still well coached. This team is still talented. However, they are not as experienced and not as talented as they could be. Jordan Richards looked pretty bad last week and Duke Riley is still incredibly inconsistent — not to mention the disappearance of Vic Beasley this season. For Atlanta’s defense to win the day this week, Takk will need to have a career day and the Falcons will need to keep the Bengals from taking the top off the defense. Limit the damage Bernard does out of the back field, keep Eifert from killing you across the middle, and try and keep John Ross from creating explosive plays. Atlanta does better than last week since Takk is back in the lineup, but I think they still struggle to slow down the Bengals. Each team makes some big plays and it comes down to the Atlanta offense. Check out DW’s breakdown of the Atlanta offense vs. Cincinnati defense here. Advantage: Push