Probable starting lineups have been released for the Falcons – Saints game on Sunday, Sept 8th, 2013 in New Orleans.
WR Roddy White – Caught 92 passes for 1,351 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012. Became the the ﬁfth player in NFL history to post three straight seasons with 90-or-more receptions and 1,200-or-more yards.
LT Sam Baker – Protected QB Matt Ryan’s blindside and helped the quarterback set franchise records for attempts, completions, completion percentage, yards, and touchdowns during the 2012 season.
LG Justin Blalock – Started all 16 games at left guard and helped pave the way for RB Michael Turner to set a franchise record with 60 career total touchdowns.
C Peter Konz – Started nine games at right guard and paved the way for RB Michael Turner, who rushed for 10 touchdowns for the ﬁfth straight season.
RG Garrett Reynolds – Has started 13 of 27 career games in four seasons with the Falcons. Played in seven games with six starts before being placed on injured reserve in 2012.
RT Lamar Holmes – Selected as a third round (91st overall) draft choice by Atlanta in 2012. Played in one game as a reserve offensive lineman during his rookie season in 2012.
TE Tony Gonzalez – Posted a team-high 93 receptions for 930 yards with eight touchdowns, tying WR Tim Brown’s NFL record with 10 consecutive 70-catch seasons. Earned his 13th career Pro Bowl selection.
WR Harry Douglas – Caught 38 passes for 396 yards with one touchdown in 2012.
WR Julio Jones – Earned his ﬁ rst career Pro Bowl selection after catching 79 passes for 1,198 (15.2 avg.) with 10 touchdowns.
QB Matt Ryan – Earned his second career Pro Bowl nod after completing 422 of 615 pass attempts (NFL-best 68.6 percent) for 4,719 yards with 32 touchdowns and a 99.1 passer rating. Set franchise records for attempts, completions, completion percentage, yards, and touchdowns.
RB Steven Jackson – The NFL’s leading active rusher, gained 1,042 yards with four touchdowns as a member of the Rams in 2012, giving him eight straight seasons with more than 1,000 rushing yards.
FB Bradie Ewing – Selected as a ﬁ fth round (157th overall) draft choice by Atlanta in 2012.
RE Osi Umenyiora – Played in all 16 games with four starts with the Giants in 2012. Tallied 55 tackles (33 solo), six sacks, ﬁve tackles for loss, 21 quarterback hits, 18 quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.
DT Jonathan Babineaux – Posted 42 tackles (33 solo) with 3.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, and ﬁ ve passes defensed. Recovered a fumble and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown vs. Arizona (11/18).
DT Corey Peters – Played in 10 games with eight starts after spending the ﬁrst six weeks of the season on the Reserve/Non-football injury list. Recorded 21 tackles (15 solo) with one forced fumble, and one pass defensed.
LE Kroy Biermann – Collarded 53 total tackles (45 solo) with 10 tackles for loss and four sacks in 2012. Saw action in all 16 games with three starts. Posted his fourth sack of the season vs. New York (12/16), dragging down QB Eli Manning on a third down play.
OLB Sean Weatherspoon – Notched 114 total tackles (84 solo) with three sacks, six tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one interception. Posted his ﬁrst career interception vs. New Orleans (11/29).
MLB Akeem Dent – Recorded 79 tackles (57 solo) in his ﬁrst season as a starter.
OLB Stephen Nicholas – Led the team with 116 total tackles (85 solo). Added two sacks, ﬁve tackles for loss, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
CB Desmond Trufant – Started 47 of 50 career games at the University of Washington posting 195 tackles (151 solo) with a school record 39 passes defensed, 8.5 tackles for loss, and six interceptions.
CB Asante Samuel – Finished the season with interceptions in three straight games. Tallied 39 tackles (36 solo) with 19 passes defensed and ﬁve interceptions. Recorded his ﬁrst interception as a Falcon against Oakland (10/14) and returned the pick 79 yards for a touchdown.
S William Moore – Earned NFC Player of the Week honors after recording his ﬁrst career multi-interception game vs. New Orleans (11/29). Posted 105 tackles (74 solo) with eight passes defensed, four interceptions, four tackles for loss, and one sack.
S Thomas DeCoud – Notched a team-leading six interceptions, which ranked second in the NFL among safeties last season. Collared 89 tackles (69 solo) with nine passes defensed, three tackles for loss, one sack, and one fumble recovery.