Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 8/26/16 1:10pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman rushed for eight yards on five carries in the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25.
Huddle Up: Freeman will be the starting running back this season but is expected to lose some of his work to Tevin Coleman. He likely will be a low-end No. 1 or high-end No. 2 running back in most fantasy leagues but should be more valuable in point-per-reception leagues.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 8/26/16 2:55pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) likely will be limited during practice Sunday, Aug. 28, after suffering an ankle injury in the third preseason game, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Jones appears to be fine after suffering the injury and likely will be limited for several days. He is one of the best receivers in the NFL and should be a first-round pick in most leagues.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 8/25/16 6:05pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) is questionable to return against the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25, after injuring his ankle.
Huddle Up: Expect the Falcons to be cautious with their star receiver. It remains to be seen if the injury is serious, but if Jones has to miss any time, Mohamed Sanu should be the main beneficiary.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 8/25/16 7:06pm ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) will not return against the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25, but head coach Dan Quinn said Jones could have returned if needed.
Huddle Up: Jones avoided a serious injury, and he should continue to be selected early in the first round as one of the first receivers off the board.
Justin Hardy - WRPosted 8/25/16 7:15pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy (ankle) will not return against the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25, after suffering an ankle injury.
Huddle Up: Atlanta is going to take a conservative approach with any player during the preseason, so it remains to be seen how serious the injury is. If healthy, Hardy could be a sneaky late-round option in PPR formats for a Falcons offense looking for a No. 2 option behind Julio Jones.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 8/25/16 8:31pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 12 of his 22 passes for 129 yards and threw an interception in the red zone in a 17-6 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25.
Huddle Up: Ryan ranked fifth in passing yards last year, but his 21 touchdowns were his fewest since his rookie year. Converting in the red zone continues to be an issue, and while he has QB1 upside, Ryan is better served as a high-end backup.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 8/25/16 8:43pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught five passes for 50 yards in a 17-6 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25.
Huddle Up: Hooper is currently stuck behind Jacob Tamme, but he should be the starter in the near future and is worth grabbing in rookie drafts and dynasty startups.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 8/18/16 8:28pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman had four carries for 42 yards and a touchdown in a 24-13 preseason win over the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Freeman is unlikely to repeat his numbers from 2015 unless Tevin Coleman misses time. That being said, Freeman should still be considered a high-end RB2 and a borderline RB1 in PPR formats.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 8/3/16 4:19pm ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman rolled his foot Tuesday, Aug. 2, but is doing fine and should return to practice in a 'limited fashion' Thursday, Aug. 4, or Friday, Aug. 5, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: A setback for the second-year who's in line for No. 2 touches behind starter Devonta Freeman. We'll update his status as warranted.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 7/31/16 8:32pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) will return to full practice Tuesday, Aug. 2, head coach Dan Quinn said.
Huddle Up: This could turn out to be nothing more than an early-camp bump in the road, but Jones has had foot issues before so his status definitely bears watching in August and beyond.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 7/29/16 12:22pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (undisclosed) is sitting out of team drills Friday, July 29.
Huddle Up: Not exactly good as Jones was supposed to be back on the field today after being unable to finish practice Thursday, but then it again it could simply be all precautionary. Stay tuned ...
Julio Jones - WRPosted 7/28/16 1:58pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (undisclosed) left practice hobbled Thursday, July 28, and was flexing his legs on the sideline.
Huddle Up: This probably will turn out to be nothing serious, but with one of the game's truly elite wideouts, anything and everything is going to be placed under the microscope.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 7/28/16 7:59pm ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (undisclosed) will return to practice Friday, July 29, but head coach Dan Quinn would not disclose the nature of Jones' injury. 'He had a little tweak, so we just decided to hold (him). He'll likely be back in there for tomorrow. He could have gone back in today and was asking me to, but I decided not to.'
Huddle Up: A slight early-camp scare for Jones' dynasty owners, but it obviously isn't much of a concern in Atlanta if the Falcons are going to let their best player take the field the next day.
Devin Hester - WRPosted 7/26/16 12:50pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester was released Tuesday, July 26.
Huddle Up: The age-33-going-on-34 Hester may have another year or two left as a return specialist, but his fantasy-relevant WR days -- what few there were -- are in the rear-view mirror.
Mohamed Sanu - QBPosted 7/14/16 4:41pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu has bonded with QB Matt Ryan, working together at Ryan's passing camp in Orlando, and throughout June minicamp. The duo built chemistry as the practices wore on. 'He's got great hands,' Ryan said. 'One of the things I noticed right from the start is how strong his hands are. He's a really good worker. I think he can really help us.'
Huddle Up: As eveidenced by his dropoff in production, Ryan missed his reliable WR option opposite Julio Jones, and this is Sanu's chance to prove he can fill the bill moving over and up from Cincy.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 7/11/16 10:52pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman is expected to receive more touches on offense this season, according to running backs coach Bobby Turner.
Huddle Up: Devonte Freeman is still the starter in Atlanta, but the Falcons would love to lighten his workload a bit. If Coleman can stay healthy expect a slight uptick in his touches--not enough to make him a viable fantasy entity in his own right, but maybe enough to take some of the shine off Freeman's fantasy value.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 7/10/16 2:10am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu has been developing chemistry with QB Matt Ryan during spring practices, and Ryan said he has been impressed with how strong Sanu's hands are.
Huddle Up: Sanu is expected to give Ryan an alternative to Julio Jones in the Falcons passing game. And while playing second fiddle to Julio puts a cap on Sanu's potential numbers, there should be more than enough opportunity for him to carve out fantasy value in Atlanta.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 6/25/16 10:54pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper has impressed offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with his route-running ability and ball skills. 'He really comes off the ball hard,' Shanahan said. 'He's not the fastest guy in the world, but he's fast enough. He's got good cutting ability, so he can break guys off at the top of his routes.'
Huddle Up: Hooper was drafted to fill the role vacated by Tony Gonzalez. Those are big shoes to fill, but it's a positive sign that the rookie is impressing coaches early on in the process.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 6/23/16 1:13pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been working on increasing his comfort level with the offense this offseason. Ryan has worked in front of a mirror to try to get his feet in the right position to be able to throw the ball the way he wants to and to improve the timing of the play. He is able to watch his feet closely this way and can make sure everything is aligned correctly before dropping back.
Huddle Up: After finishing as a top-10 fantasy QB in four of the previous five years, Ryan fell way off the pace last season with only 21 TD passes. Julio Jones is going to Julio, but Ryan needs some other targets to emerge/step up in the passing game.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 6/16/16 12:56pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is expected to see a lot more work down the field this season, as offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan anticipates taking more deep shots. The team added WR Mohamed Sanu, TE Austin Hooper and WR Justin Hardy continues to develop, and Shanahan is hopeful their addition will help keep added defensive attention off of Jones.
Huddle Up: Jones finished with a career-high 1,871 yards last season, but his 13.8 yards per reception was a career-worst mark. Expect Jones' yards to fall off somewhat, but the more noticeable drop would come with his reception total -- he had a career-most 136 last year -- if more deep shots are truly in the offing.
Justin Hardy - WRPosted 6/14/16 12:54pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy is expected to be a major contributor in the passing game this season.
Huddle Up: Despite some deep-sleeper hype, the 2015 rookie never did get much going, finishing with 21 catches for 194 yards but the path to targets is even clearer now with Roddy White's offseason departure.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 6/12/16 10:03pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper will take part in the club's mandatory minicamp beginning Tuesday, June 14. He was unable to participate in three weeks of organized team activities because Stanford's academic calendar had not been completed.
Huddle Up: That's put the third-round pick behind the rookie learning curve, and he'll have to put in double time in minicamp and early in training camp. Still, the opportunity for PT remains in ATL with veteran Jacob Tamme and Levine Toilolo the two TEs ahead of him on the depth chart.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 6/12/16 10:03pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones scored 18 touchdowns on 133 catches through the first two seasons of his career, and over the past three years, he has caught just 16 touchdowns on 281 receptions.
Huddle Up: A few more scoring grabs would put Jones in the best-WR-in-the-game conversation, but regardless, he's a sure-fire WR1 given his usage and featured role in the Falcons' offense.
Devin Hester - WRPosted 6/1/16 10:29am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (toe) said he's at about 75% health coming off his offseason toe surgery.
Huddle Up: Hester emerged as a surprisingly productive member of the Falcons passing game a couple seasons ago, but between the injury and Atlanta's offseason signing of Mohamed Sanu that window may be closing.
Devin Hester - WRPosted 5/13/16 12:50pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (toe) could be fully recovered from toe surgery prior to training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn, and Quinn said he is inclined to allow Hester to try to return kicks out of the end zone. 'There are special players like Dev and other returners around the league, they'll still get green-lighted,' Quinn said. 'Here's a guy who is on the club for this unique reason.'
Huddle Up: Soon to be 34, Hester still is a threat on kick returns but his days as any kind of impactful wide receiver appear to be behind him.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 5/5/16 3:37pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper will help the Falcons in the red zone, where they ranked 17th in the league with a 54.7 percent conversion rate last season. Stanford tight ends coach Morgan Turner was most impressed with the red-zone production Hooper had in a 41-31 win over USC. 'If you go back and watch the game, he goes up and on a corner route, high-points the ball over two DBs,' Turner said. 'He makes another catch when it's Cover 0; a contested catch. Both were in the red zone that got us down to the 1- and 2-yard lines. He's definitely a threat because he will make contested catches.'
Huddle Up: Don't be surprised if the 6-4 third-round pick beats out veteran Jacob Tamme for the starting tight end gig, and shows glimpses of becoming the tight end the Falcons have lacked since Tony Gonzalez's retirement.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 4/19/16 10:58pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan admitted Tuesday, April 19, that he took too long at times to process offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme in 2015. Ryan said he is excited to have Shanahan back for another season. 'As you're in a system more, you start focusing on the things that are important,' Ryan said. 'What you're going against defensively, what your keys are in protection, what you're looking for from a coverage standpoint.' Ryan also said that he thought all the players involved in a recent passing camp felt more comfortable with the offense, adding that he could tell early on that they were a lot further along than at certain points midway through last season.
Huddle Up: Ryan threw for 4,591 yards last season -- the third-highest single-season total of his career -- but had only 21 TD tosses, his lowest total since his rookie season of 2008. Look for the latter figure to regress back to the norm and approach 30 this coming season.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 4/17/16 10:28pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman, WR Justin Hardy, LB, Vic Beasley, DT Grady Jarrett, CB Jalen Collins and FS Robenson Therezie are the six players head coach Dan Quinn is counting on to elevate their games in 2016.
Huddle Up: Coleman, a third-round pick a season ago, originally opened the season as the Falcons' starter but a Week 2 rib injury opened the door for Devonta Freeman's monster season, but expect Coleman to grab a larger share of the workload as the No. 2 back this coming season.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 3/29/16 7:20pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan is getting together with WR Julio Jones, RB Devonta Freeman and other Falcons, including newly signed WR Mohamed Sanu, for passing sessions this offseason.
Huddle Up: Usually an annual fixture in the back end of the QB1 ranks, Ryan finished a disappointing 16th among fantasy QBs a season ago -- largely due to his 21 TD passes which were a seven-year low. A rebound season could be in the offing if Sanu and the other wideouts are able to better complement Jones.
Justin Hardy - WRPosted 3/22/16 10:23am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy can be the No. 3 wide receiver in 2016, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
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