Atlanta Falcons' 53-man roster projection shaped by coach Arthur Smith's new offensive system

Top pick Kyle Pitts figures to play a major role in the new Falcons offense. Dale Zanine/USA Today Sports

The Atlanta Falcons opened training camp on July 26 at the team's practice facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia. The Falcons finished the 2020 season 4-12, last in the NFC South. They fired head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff in the middle of last season and hired first-time head coach Arthur Smith and first-time general manager Terry Fontenot. Atlanta returns 15 starters on offense and defense from last year's team. Here's a pre-camp 53-man roster projection.

QUARTERBACK (2): Matt Ryan, AJ McCarron

This is pretty simple. Ryan is the clear starter -- although we'll see what happens after the 2021 season. The Falcons signed McCarron to be the backup and unless Feleipe Franks surprises in training camp, he's likely ticketed for the practice squad.