A closer look at the Falcons' defensive line rotation

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons have played nine defensive linemen in two of the three games.

Defensive end Malliciah Goodman didn’t play against the Giants because of a triceps injury.

“We are trying to roll them through,” defensive coordinator Richard Smith said. “You’re only as good as the people up front. We try to preach that all of the time. Those guys affect the quarterback. They are also the big men who control the line of scrimmage.”

Here's a story on MyAJC.com about how the line responded to head coach Dan Quinn's pleas for better play against the Cowboys.

When the Falcons play their 3-3-5 nickel package, left end Adrian Clayborn, nose tackle Jonathan Babineaux and right end Vic Beasley are on the field.

When the Falcons play their 4-3 base front, they have started left end Tyson Jackson, defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman, nose tackle Paul Soliai and right end Vic Beasley.

Here’s how the snaps have been distributed through the first three games:

PLAYERS Snaps played


Snaps played


Snaps played


Paul Soliai, NT 14 22 18 3-0 54
Tyson Jackson 16 21 18 7-0 56
Vic Beasley 48 41 35 10-2 124
Ra'Shede Hageman 28 29 14 0-0 71
Jonathan Babineaux 40 41 35 10-0 116
Adrian Clayborn 42 42 34 3-1 118
Kroy Biermann 26 27 13 6-1 66
Grady Jarrett 20 14 7 1-0 41
Malliciah Goodman 27 OUT 5 2-0 32

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