» General manager Thomas Dimitroff used this offseason to grow bigger and meaner along both lines. It starts on offense, where first-round draft pick Jake Matthews will immediately displace Lamar Holmes at right tackle and might ultimately wind up beating out Sam Baker at the bookend slot. The son of Hall of Fame guard Bruce Matthews finally gives Atlanta a plug-and-play tackle who brings pro-ready traits after blocking for Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M.
» Coach Mike Smith told reporters this week that Tony Gonzalez's move -- or "F" -- tight end position is no longer part of an offense that will use Levine Toilolo as a more traditional blocking tight end. Look for Dirk Koetter's attack to lean on three-wideout sets, which means we'll see plenty of last year's breakout producer, Harry Douglas, alongside Roddy White and a healthy Julio Jones.
»Steven Jackson remains the starter, but we expect rookie back Devonta Freeman to see increased snaps as the season creeps along. NFL Media's Mike Mayock called the former FSU runner an "incredibly physical" specimen; his one-cut ability and soft hands will earn him touches in a rotation with Jacquizz Rodgers.