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Atlanta Falcons (11-5)


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Falcons' young defense bolstered by improved depth

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Desmond Trufant has returned from a 2016 season-ending pectoral injury to find himself in a new role among Falcons defensive backs.

Only 26 and entering his fifth season as the team's top cornerback, Trufant suddenly is the veteran of the unit. Safety Kemal Ishmael also is entering his fifth year, but hasn't been a full-time starter.

Trufant seemed startled by the realization after Thursday's opening practice of training camp.

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NFC South Division
TeamWLTPct
xy-Atlanta 1150.688
Tampa Bay 970.563
New Orleans 790.438
Carolina 6100.375
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: M. Ryan4944
Pass TDs: M. Ryan38
Rush Yds: D. Freeman1079
Rush TDs: D. Freeman11
Rec Yds: J. Jones1409
Rec TDs: T. Gabriel6
Int: D. Jones3
Sacks: V. Beasley Jr.15.5
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 6653 (2)
Passing Yards: 4960 (2)
Rushing Yards: 1928 (5)
Points per game: 33.8 (1)
Yards per game: 415.8 (2)
Touchdowns: 58 (1)
Field Goals: 34 (4)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 5939 (25)
Passing Yards: 4495 (28)
Rushing Yards: 1672 (17)
Points per game: 25.4 (27)
Yards per game: 371.2 (25)
Touchdowns: 46 (29)
Field Goals: 23 (8)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
7/27 L. Graham signed
7/26 R. Allen re-signed/excl. FA One-year tender (through 2017)
7/26 C. Keizur cut
7/26 A. Gray signed
7/17 T. Robinson retired
6/15 M. Lucas signed One-year contract (through 2017)
6/15 C. Tago cut
6/13 D. English cut
6/13 M. Ifedi signed Two-year contract (through 2018)
6/5 J. Lynn signed One-year contract (through 2017)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries for this team
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