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Julio Jones - WR Posted 4/22/14 3:57pm et
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones will be limited during the team's offseason workouts while he recovers from offseason foot surgery. 'Julio is participating with our athletic performance department,' head coach Mike Smith said. 'He will be able to get out on the field and do some walk-through stuff with us when we start going. Our focus on Julio is one thing, and that's having him prepared for our opener. ... He's progressing well. We're not going to do anything to hinder his timeframe in terms of getting back to work with us.'
Huddle Up: Definitely expect the Falcons to take it nice and easy with Jones -- even if that's not going to be easy on fantasy GMs anticipating a strong, bounce-back season from the wideout.

Matt Ryan - QB Posted 4/22/14 11:56pm et
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is calling for major improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He fears the team could bottom out for a second straight year if they do not change for the better. 'I feel like we've lost our way,' Smith said Tuesday, April 22. 'I feel like I've lost my way a little. The emphasis along the way is to be a bigger and stronger football team and win the line of scrimmage.' Smith said the team was hurt last season by a lack of strength and size up front. They ranked last in rushing, and QB Matt Ryan was sacked a career-high 44 times.
Huddle Up: Ryan attempted 36 more passes in 2013 than in his career-best 2012 campaign but threw for 196 fewer yards and 6 fewer TDs while tossing 3 more interceptions. Better protection -- and a healthier WR corps -- will go a long ways in propelling Ryan toward a bounce-back season.

Julio Jones - WR Posted 3/26/14 2:08pm et
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said WR Julio Jones (foot) is ahead of schedule in his recovery after having surgery on his foot last season. Smith said Jones has resumed running, and the team expects him to be 100 percent healthy soon.
Huddle Up: A healthy Jones, especially one participating fully in training camp, will be a whole lot easier to spend an early fantasy draft pick on.

Jason Snelling - RB Posted 3/4/14 10:27pm et
Atlanta Falcons RB Jason Snelling announced Tuesday, March 4, that he will retire from the NFL.
Huddle Up: The 7-year backup to Michael Turner and Steven Jackson is calling it a career. He gained 380 total yards and scored 4 TDs this past season, but his best year came in 2009 when he had 872 yards from scrimmage and 5 scores.

Roddy White - WR Posted 2/18/14 12:14pm et
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White was arrested after a failure-to- appear warrant from a citation for 'non-transparent material on his windows.' He posted $168 bond and was released.
Huddle Up: In the grand scope of NFL off-field transgressions we've encountered over the past few seasons, illegal window tint isn't anything to waste any more discussion about so we won't.

Osi Umenyiora - DE Posted 2/11/14 10:29pm et
Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora wants to remain with the team next season. 'I would love to stay, and I think I am,' Umenyiora said. 'But you really never know what's going to happen.' He'll count $4.75 million against the salary cap in 2014 after leading the team with 7.5 sacks in 2013. Umenyiora is also due a $1 million roster bonus in mid-March, and releasing him would save the team $3.5 million against the cap. He wouldn't say if he'd be willing to take a pay cut.
Huddle Up: After tying for 29th in the league with only 32 total sacks, it's hard to envision the Falcons simply letting their sack leader walk, but at the same time, the franchise does need the cap room to rebuild from the major disappointment (4-12) of this past season. The best guess is that Umenyiora stays in Atlanta with a slightly restructured deal.

Matt Ryan - QB Posted 2/7/14 12:06am et
Retired TE Tony Gonzalez recently said that Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan isn't an elite quarterback in the NFL. 'Matt's an excellent quarterback. But he's not elite. He's this close,' Gonzalez said.
Huddle Up: Thanks mainly to the Falcons' WR injuries, Ryan's yards and TD passes were down last season while his interceptions were up. If everyone's healthy, and the Falcons can find a semi-suitable replacement for the retired Gonzalez, Ryan's fantasy numbers will return to elite status (top 5).

Tony Gonzalez - TE Posted 2/6/14 10:42pm et
Retired TE Tony Gonzalez admitted that he may consider returning to a team during the stretch run next season. 'Maybe, if the team is hot in November, 9-2 or something, I could come back for the last two months,' Gonzalez said.
Huddle Up: Consider this a long shot at best . . .

Tony Gonzalez - TE Posted 1/26/14 11:08pm et
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez said he is at peace with his decision to retire this offseason.
Huddle Up: Yeah, don't look for the future Hall-of-Famer to be talked into one more go-round this offseason.

Tony Gonzalez - TE Posted 1/21/14 11:24pm et
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez will be added to the 2014 Pro Bowl roster as an injury replacement for San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (undisclosed).
Huddle Up: This will be the true NFL swan song for the leading pass-catching TE in NFL history.

Jacquizz Rodgers - RB Posted 1/18/14 3:00pm et
Atlanta Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers' 2014 base salary has gone from $645,000 to $1.389 million as part of the Proven Performance Escalator.
Huddle Up: Rodgers saw his touches increase in no small part due to Steven Jackson's injury. We'll see whether that continues with a healthy Jackson in 2014--and whether Rodgers' raise ultimately moves him from a value of a contributor to a player who is overpriced for his role on the roster.

Julio Jones - WR Posted 1/7/14 1:09pm et
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said WR Julio Jones is doing well in his rehab from foot surgery.
Huddle Up: Jones went out before midseason so expect him back at full strength for the start of the 2014 campaign.

Roddy White - WR Posted 12/31/13 11:08am et
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team wants to sign WR Roddy White to a contract extension.
Huddle Up: Makes sense for the Falcons to want to lock down White, especially with Tony Gonzalez riding off into the sunset. A healthy White flashed some reminders of his considerable skill late in the season, and if Atlanta wants to continue with the White/Jones tandem they'll want to get Roddy taken care of early enough to start saving up for Julio.

Roddy White - WR Posted 12/31/13 6:34pm et
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White said he would like to play three or four more years as he gets closer to a contract extension. "How many more years? I think three or four," he said. 'I don't want to be an ironman like Tony [Gonzalez]. He was blessed to go through his stint in the NFL because 17 seasons is a long time to play football, man. I was thinking if I could just get 10, I'll be all right."
Huddle Up: After overcoming the ankle and hamstring injuries that hampered much of the season, White showed he definitely has plenty left, catching 43 passes for 502 yards and a pair of TDs over the Falcons' final 5 games.

Roddy White - WR Posted 12/24/13 12:55am et
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White caught a season-high 12 passes for 141 yards and a TD Monday, Dec. 23 in a 34-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: White continued his late-season resurgence with his best performance of the year. He has 35 catches for 411 yards and a score over his last 4 games, after netting only 20 receptions, 209 yards and one TD over the season's first 12 weeks.

Jacquizz Rodgers - RB Posted 12/23/13 11:54pm et
Atlanta Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers (concussion) was taken to the locker room in the fourth quarter of the Week 16 game against the San Francisco 49ers Monday, Dec. 23, to be evaluated for concussion.
Huddle Up: Rodgers, who's been the Falcons' change-of-pace back, had 3 carries for 10 yards and 3 receptions for 15 yards before departing.

Tony Gonzalez - TE Posted 12/21/13 8:17pm et
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez (toe) was limited during practice Saturday, Dec. 21, and is listed as questionable for Week 16.
Huddle Up: Gonzalez has been dealing with the toe injury for the past few weeks and he's still played, so he's in no danger of missing Monday night's game. Gonzalez is a low-end TE1 in a tough match-up with the 49ers this week.

Steven Jackson - RB Posted 12/19/13 12:43pm et
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson was fined $7,875 for a facemask penalty in Week 15.
Huddle Up: Good think Jackson didn't have the wrong color socks or something, then the league really would have cracked down on him.

Matt Ryan - QB Posted 12/19/13 4:37pm et
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan said he is feeling good, despite the number of hits he has taken this year.
Huddle Up: Ryan may feeling OK, but his stats are anything but. In fact, he's slipped down into QB2 territory, currently ranking 14th among all fantasy QBs, and only has 1 300-yard game and 2 multiple-TD-pass games in his last 7 outings.

Roddy White - WR Posted 12/12/13 6:31pm et
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: White still isn't 100 percent but he shown over the past 2 weeks (18 catches-217 yards) that he's a lot closer than he was over his first 9 games (20-209).

Steven Jackson - RB Posted 12/2/13 10:55am et
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson had his best game of the season in Week 13 with 23 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
Huddle Up: It was a favorable matchup against the Bills, but it appears that Jackson is finally rounding into form--too late for the Falcons in what has become a lost season, but not too late for fantasy owners to capitalize.

Roddy White - WR Posted 12/2/13 10:55am et
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White had his best game of the season in Week 13 with 10 catches for 143 yards.
Huddle Up: White looked healthy for the first time in a long time, and the results indicate as much. He'll go a long way towards salvaging some fantasy value for both himself and Matt Ryan down the stretch.

Roddy White - WR Posted 12/2/13 11:00pm et
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) had his best game of the season in Week 13 against the Buffalo Bills, but he said Monday, Dec. 2, that he still isn't fully healthy. 'My ankle is still bothering me, but I'm a football player,' White said. 'That's what they pay me to do: play football. And that's what I've been doing my whole life. That's all I know how to do. So I'm going to get myself out there and fight with my teammates every week, if I can. If I feel like I can go out there and be productive, I'm going to go out there and help my team win.'
Huddle Up: White's 10-catch, 143-yard effort Sunday came far too late for most of his remaining fantasy owners as he only had 20 receptions for 209 yards in his 9 previous games this season. The admission that's still hurting isn't going to inspire much confidence going forward, either. Continue to use White with caution.

Tony Gonzalez - TE Posted 11/28/13 1:44pm et
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez (toe) is practicing Thursday, Nov. 28.
Huddle Up: Gonzo has dealt with sore toe for most of the season, but will be out there Sunday as usual. He's looking for his first TD catch since Week 9.

Roddy White - WR Posted 11/22/13 12:41am et
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White caught 2 passes for 24 yards Thursday, Nov. 21 in a 17-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: White caught every pass thrown his way, but the problem was he wasn't a big part of the Falcons' game plan for whatever reason. Meanwhile, fellow wideouts Harry Douglas and rookie Darius Johnson had 19 targets and 15 catches between them. White now has 20 receptions for 209 yards and 1 TD in what's become a total fantasy disaster of a season.

Steven Jackson - RB Posted 11/22/13 12:04am et
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson rushed 16 times for 63 yards and a TD -- his first rushing score of the season -- and added 3 receptions for 16 yards Thursday, Nov. 21 in a 17-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Hopefully most of Jackson's fantasy owners were still starting the RB to take advantage of his best fantasy game (13 points) of the season. Still, with Jackson without a rushing TD to date and without a double-digit fantasy-point game since the opening week, you can hardly blame his fantasy owners for having moved on.

Tony Gonzalez - TE Posted 11/20/13 4:29pm et
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said TE Tony Gonzalez (toe) is listed as questionable for Week 12 but is expected to play in the game.
Huddle Up: Gonzalez has a decent matchup against a Saints defense hit by the injury bug recently.

Tony Gonzalez - TE Posted 11/19/13 5:12pm et
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez (toe) was not seen on the practice field Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Huddle Up: The veteran TE has earned some missed practice time, and like Week 11, he should play without doing a whole lot during the week. Stay on top of the situation, though, if you're planning to start him Thursday night.

Antone Smith - RB Posted 11/18/13 8:42pm et
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said the team likely will look to get RB Antone Smith more involved in the offense. 'I think it's going to be imperative that we try to get him incorporated into our offense. You saw his speed and his ability to make people miss. He's a guy who should (get) and deserve some touches (based off) what he did on Sunday afternoon,' Smith said.
Huddle Up: Smith, in his fourth year as a reserve with the Falcons, had 2 career carries before pacing Atlanta with 2 rushes for 88 yards Sunday, including a 50-yard scoring run. With Jacquizz Rodgers already in the mix, this is more bad news for the already disappointing Steven Jackson.

Tony Gonzalez - TE Posted 11/15/13 1:33pm et
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez (toe) is out of practice Friday, Nov. 15.
Huddle Up: Gonzo didn't return as hoped Friday, hasn't practiced all week, and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Tampa. You're likely going to need to check the Huddle's Game-Day Inactives, Injury and Weather report Sunday before you set your lineup.

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