Smith explains why FB was moved to TE on depth chart

The Falcons released their official depth chart for the season-opener against the Eagles on Tuesday.

The game is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Falcons moved fullback Keith Smith to No. 2 tight end behind Hayden Hurst. Smith had been listed as the third running back for the exhibition season.

“We couldn’t put 12 guys on there,” explained coach Arthur Smith on Wednesday. “He can play a lot of different spots for us. It was just made more sense just to put him in that spot. Keith is going to have a big role for us. He’ll play multiple roles. It was no big time change other than we put the depth chart out in 12 personnel.”

Also, the team didn’t name the backup quarterback as they listed Josh Rosen and Feleipe Franks together.

Here’s what the Falcons’ official depth looks like:


WR - Calvin Ridley, Tajae Sharpe or Christian Blake

TE - Kyle Pitts, Lee Smith

LT - Jake Matthews, Jason Spriggs

LG - Jaylen Mayfield, Colby Gossett

C - Matt Hennessy, Drew Dalman

RG - Chris Lindstrom, Drew Dalman

RT - Kaleb McGary, Jason Spriggs

TE - Hayden Hurst, Keith Smith

WR - Russell Gage, Olamide Zaccheaus, Frank Darby

RB - Mike Davis, Cordarrelle Patterson, Wayne Gallman

QB - Matt Ryan, Josh Rosen or Feleipe Franks


DL - Grady Jarrett, Marlon Davidson

NT - Tyeler Davison, Ta’Quon Graham

DL - Jonathan Bullard, John Cominsky

OLB - Steven Means, Jacob Tuioti-Mariner or Brandon Copeland

ILB - Deion Jones, Mykal Walker

ILB - Foyesade Oluokun, Dorian Etheridge

OLB – Dante Fowler, Adetokunbo Ogundeji,

LCB - A.J. Terrell, T.J. Green, Avery Williams or Darren Hall

FS - Erik Harris, Jaylinn Hawkins Richie Grant

SS - Duron Harmon, Richie Grant

RCB - Fabian Moreau, Isaiah Oliver, Kendall Sheffield


K - Younghoe Koo

P - Cameron Nizialek

LS - Josh Harris

H - Cameron Nizialek

PR - Avery Williams

KOR - Cordarrelle Patterson

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