Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 8/30/15 4:05pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman rushed for two yards on four carries during the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29. Coleman missed the first two preseason games because of a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: Yikes -- not exactly an impressive debut but then again the Falcons' run game as a whole has been abysmal this preseason, averaging only 50 yards a game and 1.9 yards per attempt -- both easily league lows. Coleman currently owns an ADP of 88 -- 29th among RBs -- and even if you get him there, it's a pick based largely on upside and opportunity.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 8/29/15 4:12pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (hamstring) is not expected to play against the Miami Dolphins Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: Freeman returned to practice this week but still isn't healthy enough to play in a game. Rookie Tevin Coleman is expected to play, so he could take the lead in the race for the starting running back job with a strong performance.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 8/29/15 7:21pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones agreed to terms with the team Saturday, Aug. 29, on a five-year contract extension worth $71.25 million, according to a source. The deal includes $47 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: Jones' new contract now makes him the highest paid receiver in the NFL, putting him slightly ahead of Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas. Jones can now focus all of his attention on football. He's getting Top 10 consideration in a majority of fantasy drafts this year.
Roddy White - WRPosted 8/27/15 5:30pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (elbow) will not play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: No surprise here with the veteran wideout just coming off elbow surgery. The Falcons are hopeful he'll be ready to return for the regular-season opener, but that's certainly not a certainty right now.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 8/27/15 5:43pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman is expected to play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: The third-round pick, who has been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury the first week of training camp, looks as if he's a little ahead of fellow starting candidate Devonta Freeman, who has been out with his own hammy issue, and is ready to make his NFL debut. A strong performance Saturday night in Miami could definitely tilt the scales in his favor.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 8/24/15 11:03pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is still talking with the team about a contract extension, but the talks stalled significantly last week, according to sources. Owner Arthur Blank said he is still optimistic that the two sides can reach an agreement. Jones is willing to play for $10.176 million this season if no agreement is reached.
Huddle Up: Jones and his agent no doubt are trying to top the 5-year, $70 million deals that fellow No. 1 WRs Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas received last month, but the Falcons of course, aren't simply to going to give in too soon with the franchise-tag leverage on their side. New deal or not, though, Jones remains a no-doubt WR1 in all fantasy formats.
Roddy White - WRPosted 8/23/15 8:10pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (elbow) will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his right elbow but is expected to be ready for the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: It doesn't sound like anything overly serious but it's just another medical red flag for the soon-to-be 34-year-old wideout who has missed a combined five games over the last two seasons after playing full seasons in his first eight years as a pro.
Roddy White - WRPosted 8/21/15 9:09pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (elbow) will not play in the second preseason game Friday, Aug. 21, because of an elbow injury. White's injury is not consider serious.
Huddle Up: White is a veteran and the Falcons aren't going to take any chances with him in the preseason. Leonard Hankerson got the start in place of White against the Jets and scored a touchdown working with the Falcons' first-team offense.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 8/21/15 9:09pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (hamstring) and RB Tevin Coleman (hamstring) will not play in the second preseason game Friday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: Freeman and Coleman both returned to practice this week but the Falcons aren't pushing them considering they each missed two weeks with hamstring injuries. Freeman and Coleman could return for Atlanta's third preseason game.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 8/20/15 11:20pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RBs Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman are questionable to play in a preseason game against the New York Jets on Friday, Aug. 21 with hamstring injuries.
Huddle Up: It's been a lost preseason so far for the Falcons' two top RB candidates, and perhaps whomever can recover and get back on the field the quickest will gain the edge in the battle.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 8/19/15 5:36pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RBs Devonta Freeman (hamstring) and Tevin Coleman (hamstring) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Aug. 19, and neither player has been ruled out for the second preseason game Friday against the host New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Perhaps the fantasy-anticipated duel between the incumbent Freeman and the third-round pick Coleman can finally proceed. Until both get in some game action, the slight edge remains with Freeman, who's in his second year with the squad.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 8/17/15 3:04pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (hamstring) participated in individual drills during practice Monday, Aug. 17. Head coach Dan Quinn said he believes Freeman will be able to fully participate in practice soon.
Huddle Up: Coleman has been out since early August. He'll compete with Devonta Freeman for snaps in Atlanta's backfield this year but it's likely both will have a major role. Coleman currently has an ADP of Round 7.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 8/17/15 3:04pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (hamstring) participated in individual drills during practice Monday, Aug. 17. Head coach Dan Quinn said he believes Freeman will be able to fully participate in practice soon.
Huddle Up: Freeman is competing with rookie Tevin Coleman for touches but it looks like a committee is in store for the Falcons' backfield. While Coleman's ADP is Round 7, Freeman is currently going two rounds later.
Antone Smith - RBPosted 8/15/15 11:25am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury during the first preseason game Friday, Aug. 14. Head coach Dan Quinn said the team hopes Smith will be able to return in the near future.
Huddle Up: Devonta Freeman and Devin Coleman are also dealing with hamstring injuries, so the Falcons are extremely thin at the running position. Terron Ward will get most of the first-team reps in practice this week.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 8/10/15 10:08am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Terron Ward was the first running back to work with the first-team offense Sunday, Aug. 9, as RB Devonta Freeman (hamstring) and RB Tevin Coleman (hamstring) missed the practice.
Huddle Up: Ward, an undrafted free agent, is capitalizing on the absence of Freeman and Coleman to push for a roster spot. Antone Smith is still in the mix, and the Falcons may just carry four running backs if Ward can play on special teams, but he's a name worth filing away in case Freeman and Coleman remain sidelined longer than anticipated.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 8/9/15 4:39pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is in the middle of contract extension talks with the team, and owner Arthur Blank said he wants Jones to remain for the team for the rest of his career. Blank said there is no timetable for the deal to be completed.
Huddle Up: Jones has been hampered by injuries in two of his first four seasons, but in the two "healthy" ones, he's averaged a rather impressive 91.5-1,395.5-8 stat line and could be poised for even bigger and better things -- if he avoids the injury bug, of course -- as running mate Roddy White continues to be slowed by advancing age.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 8/7/15 5:39pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RBs Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman both are expected to miss at least two weeks because of hamstring injuries.
Huddle Up: Well, one of fantasy's top position battles to watch this preseason suddenly has ground to a halt with both the front-runners for the Falcons' No. 1 RB gig on the sideline. In the meantime, the Falcons have signed street free agent Michael Ford (Bears), but veteran Antone Smith and undrafted rookie Terron Ward are expected to see most of the first- and second-team reps.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 8/6/15 1:57pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman suffered a hamstring strain during practice Thursday, Aug. 6, and was not able to return.
Huddle Up: Rookie third-round pick Tevin Coleman also is dealing with a sore hammy, tossing a little twist into the battle for the Falcons' starting job. Perhaps whichever back is quicker to overcome the adversity will win some points in the team's eyes. In the meantime, undrafted rookie Terron Ward reportedly was taking first-team reps ahead of returning reserve Antone Smith.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 8/5/15 3:16pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman has a strained hamstring and is sitting out practice Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Huddle Up: Second-year back Devonta Freeman has started camp atop the Falcons' RB depth chart, and the third-round rookie Coleman is playing catch-up. Sitting on sideline only puts him further behind.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 8/3/15 11:42pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones said Monday, Aug. 3, his agent and the team have been discussing a contract extension, but he didn't have an update. 'I don't know,' Jones said. 'Seriously, I don'ít know where it's at. I don¬'t know when it's going to be done. I don'ít know if there's a deadline. I don't know what's going on. I'm just here, playing ball,' said Jones.
Huddle Up: The Falcons always have the franchise tag to fall back on next season if they can't get a deal done with the fifth-year stud WR. In the meantime, fantasy GMs aren't exactly worried as Jones is the fourth WR coming off the board in standard-scoring leagues with an ADP of 14.5.
Leonard Hankerson - WRPosted 8/3/15 11:42pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson has purportedly been the best wide receiver for the Falcons at training camp so far. Hankerson has shown great hands and made his presence known on the outside and over the middle.
Huddle Up: Knee injuries have limited Hankerson to only 30 catches -- all in 2013 -- in 11 games during the last two seasons in D.C., but with Harry Douglas now gone and Roddy White not getting any younger (he'll be 34 in November), Hankerson has a good chance to earn the No. 3 WR gig -- and possibly more -- in Atlanta if he can stay healthy himself.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 8/1/15 8:07pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman received first-team repetitions in practice Saturday, Aug. 1.
Huddle Up: Devonta Freeman ran with the first-team on Friday, so Coleman got his chance on Saturday. The two will both get opportunities throughout training camp and the preseason to work with the starters. Freeman and Coleman will each have roles in the Falcons' offense this season regardless of which one emerges as the starter.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 7/31/15 6:34pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman opened training camp Friday, July 31, with the first-team offense. Rookie RB Tevin Coleman, meanwhile, said he plans to win the job.
Huddle Up: Hey, no surprise. Freeman has a season's jump on the third-round pick Coleman, but camp still just started and there's a whole preseason to go before the starters are determined. Let's see what develops
Roddy White - WRPosted 7/29/15 4:05pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) had his left knee drained before minicamp, and he could have it drained again before the season ends. White isn't concerned about it, though. He said he's able to recover quickly from the draining and wouldn't miss a game because of it.
Huddle Up: Another sign that age is catching up with the wideout -- he'll turn 34 in November -- who has missed a combined five games and averaged 73 receptions, 816 yards and five TDs over the last two seasons after averaging 102-1,345-8 over the previous three campaigns. Be wary of drafting him too high.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 7/16/15 1:47pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones and the Falcons could begin discussions on a long-term deal in the near future now that Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant and Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas have agreed to long-term extensions. As reported earlier, Jones could receive a new deal before training camp begins Friday, July 31.
Huddle Up: The Bryant and Thomas deals have set the elite-WR market, and if both sides are in the neighborhood, look for the Falcons and Jones to avoid the deadline drama next summer and get a long-term deal done.
Leonard Hankerson - WRPosted 7/15/15 8:36pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson could be used as the No. 3 wide receiver if the team brings rookie WR Justin Hardy along slowly. Hankerson thrived in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's system in Washington, so Hankerson could have a chance to re-ignite his career.
Huddle Up: With a top season of 38-543-3 "thrived" may be a bit strong. But Hankers does bring some upside as the third receiver in Atlanta, specifically one who is intimately familiar with the Falcons' new offense.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 7/15/15 8:36pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman has started he plans on being the starter, and he will be in a position battle with RB Devonta Freeman for the starting job in training camp and beyond. Both appear to be schematic fits, and both have the potential to be effective in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Atlanta is switching offensive schemes so Coleman isn't necessarily lagging behind when it comes to knowing the system. If he's able to handle details like pass protection he has all the tools to push aside Freeman and take over as the Falcons' feature back.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 7/14/15 4:51pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones and the Falcons have not had talks regarding a contract extension, according to a source. Atlanta exercised the fifth-year option on Jones' original deal, so he will be in the final year of his contract. Jones has already said he will not hold out and the Falcons have expressed their interested in signing him to a long-term deal.
Huddle Up: Jones is year behind Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant is this regard, so don't look for any contract unrest until next offseason at the earliest if he doesn't get an extension before this season.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 7/5/15 1:14pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman could lack the patience needed to thrive in the team's zone-based rushing attack, but he is still the favorite to start in Week 1, according to Steven Ruiz of USA TODAY Sports.
Huddle Up: Even though the third-round pick is regarded as the front-runner, he still needs to make some key adjustments to thrive in the NFL and the Kyle Shanahan offense. How quickly he makes those adjustments and the preseason in training camp will determine the distribution of touches in the Atlanta backfield, making this a must-monitor fantasy situation in August.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 7/4/15 1:36am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman should end up starting Week 1 ahead of RB Devonta Freeman, according to Steven Ruiz of USA TODAY Sports, because Coleman has top-end and was picked by the coaching staff.
Huddle Up: Even if he doesn't start, Freeman should still his share of touches, but that would likely only leave him in the RB4/5 range while Coleman projects as a solid low-end RB2.
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