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Eagles Schedule Preview 2016: Atlanta Falcons

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Our game-by-game preview of the Eagles' 2016 NFL schedule continues with Philadelphia's Week 10 opponent: the Atlanta Falcons. (Click here for the Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 - BYE - Week 5 - Week 6 - Week 7 - Week 8 - Week 9 - previews.)

The Eagles opened their 2015 campaign in Atlanta. Despite the close final score, it was an ugly game for Philadelphia that set the tone for the rest of a disappointing season. The Falcons, meanwhile, wouldn't go on to sustain the early season success they had. Atlanta started 6-1 but ultimately ended up missing the playoffs at 8-8. It's hard not to like Philadelphia's chances in this one because the Falcons typically don't fare well on the road.

Here’s a more in-depth look at the Falcons from our SB Nation writers over at The Falcoholic.

Notable free agent additions:

Alex Mack, Mohamed Sanu, Courtney Upshaw, Derrick Shelby

Notable free agent departures:

They weren't really free agents, but the team parted ways with veteran SS William Moore, WR Roddy White and DT Paul Soliai.



Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies:

Strong safety Keanu Neal should start, LB Deion Jones is competing for the starting middle linebacker role, and fourth rounder De'Vondre Campbell is trying to earn the starting weakside linebacker spot.

Biggest offseason addition:

Without question, Alex Mack. Atlanta's interior line play was a liability last season, and having a center of Mack's caliber to anchor the line should make a tremendous difference. The Falcons paid Mack accordingly, too.

Biggest storyline heading into training camp:

Almost certainly the rookie linebackers. That position group has been a weakness for the Falcons, and in Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell, Atlanta added the speed Dan Quinn needs to execute his defense effectively. Both have opportunities to unseat veterans and earn starting roles.

Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp:

The kicker competition! No, seriously. Matt Bryant has been with the Falcons for years, and he's won a lot of games for this team. Last year, he was significantly impacted by injury, landing on injured reserve toward the end of the season, and the Falcons will have an undrafted free agent rookie, Nick Rose, in camp who can challenge Bryant for the job.

Notable injuries heading into training camp:

Devin Hester is continuing to recover from surgery to address the turf toe that sidelined him for a chunk of last season. Rookie Devin Fuller has been working through a hamstring injury. Right guard Chris Chester was dealing with a shoulder injury during OTAs and minicamp, and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett has some tendinitis in his knee that slowed him down this offseason.