Falcons release official depth chart for Eagles’ game

The Atlanta Falcons open the season against Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles (Sept. 6 @ 8:20 p.m., NBC). Nine games in the 2018 regular season will feature a rematch from the 2017 postseason. The Falcons lost to the Eagles in last season's conference Divisional Round. Thursday night's season opener features a matchup of the past two NFC representatives in the Super Bowl. The Eagles have won their past two openers and six of their past seven. Matt Ryan's 448 passing yards and 3 TDs against New Orle

Team has two new starters on offense and defense

The Falcons on Saturday released their depth chart for the season opener against the Eagles.

The Falcons are projected to have just two new starters on offense and defense when they play the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles at 8:20 p.m. Thursday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

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The new starters on offense are right guard Brandon Fusco and fullback Ricky Ortiz. The new starters on defense are defensive end Takkarist McKinley and defensive tackle Terrell McClain, who is listed ahead of rookie Deadrin Senat.

Also, wide receiver Justin Hardy is listed as the No. 1 kickoff and punt returner.

Here’s the depth chart:

OFFENSE

WR 11 Julio Jones, 14 Justin Hardy, 17 Marvin Hall

LT 70 Jake Matthews, 74 Ty Sambrailo

LG 67 Andy Levitre, 63 Ben Garland,

C 51 Alex Mack, 71 Wes Schweitzer

RG 65 Brandon Fusco, 71 Wes Schweitzer

RT 73 Ryan Schraeder, 77 Matt Gono

TE 81 Austin Hooper, 82 Logan Paulsen, 85 Eric Saubert

WR 12 Mohamed Sanu, 18 Calvin Ridley, 83 Russell Gage

QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 Matt Schaub

RB 24 Devonta Freeman, 26 Tevin Coleman, 25 Ito Smith

FB 30 Ricky Ortiz

DEFENSE

DE 44 Vic Beasley Jr., 90 Derrick Shelby

DT 99 Terrell McClain, 94 Deadrin Senat 92 Justin Zimmer

DT 97 Grady Jarrett, 95 Jack Crawford

DE 98 Takk McKinley, 50 Brooks Reed

WLB 42 Duke Riley, 36 Kemal Ishmael

MLB 45 Deion Jones, 54 Foyesade Oluokun

SLB 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 52 Dewey Jarvis

CB 23 Robert Alford, 20 Isaiah Oliver, 33 Blidi Wreh-Wilson

*NB 34 Brian Poole, Damontae Kazee

CB 21 Desmond Trufant, 28 Justin Bethel

S 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Damontae Kazee

S 22 Keanu Neal, 29 Jordan Richards

SPECIALISTS

K 3 Matt Bryant

KO 5 Matt Bosher

P 5 Matt Bosher

KR 14 Justin Hardy, 18 Calvin Ridley

PR 14 Justin Hardy, 17 Marvin Hall

LS 47 Josh Harris

H 5 Matt Bosher

*Nickel back was added to the official depth chart because the Falcons played nickel on 70 percent of their snaps last season.

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