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.
Roddy White - WRPosted 6/22/15 12:03am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White will not be granted days off once training camp begins, despite his veteran status and recent leg and ankle issues, according to head coach Dan Quinn. White did miss two days of minicamp.
Huddle Up: With at least 83 catches and 1,153 yards from 2007-12, White was one of the most consistently dependable wideouts in fantasy, but he has totaled 143 receptions and hasn't topped 921 yards in the last two seasons while missing three games and playing at less than optimal health in several others. So be wary of his advancing age -- he turns 34 in November -- and don't reach for him higher than mid-WR3 range.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 6/19/15 6:49pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman has a mild groin strain that kept him off the field for the final day of minicamp Friday, June 19.
Huddle Up: With a month before training camp commences, time is most definitely on Freeman's side, but any kind of setback and/or missed time could open the door for third-round pick Tevin Coleman to step in and steal the starting job. A situation to definitely keep an eye on.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 6/17/15 2:11pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan said he likes the offense that offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has brought to the team because it is a balanced offense. 'Balance on offense is huge,' Ryan said. 'I think with the run scheme that Kyle brings in, that's going to help us improve in the run game. Certainly, when you get the running game going, that helps the quarterback and that helps the passing game. I'm all for it.'
Huddle Up: The Falcons have leaned heavily on Ryan and the passing game in recent years, but with Shanahan and his zone blocking in place Atlanta should have more success on the ground. While it may take a bite out of the quantity of attempts Ryan, Julio Jones and the rest of the Falcons passing game have, it should improve the quality of those attempts.
Levine Toilolo - TEPosted 6/17/15 2:11pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Jacob Tamme appears to be the leading candidate for the starting tight end job but is being pushed by TEs Tony Moeaki and Levine Toilolo. Head coach Dan Quinn indicated Toilolo could be used more as a blocker this season.
Huddle Up: Kyle Shanahan's offense tends to create opportunities for tight ends, and it's an offense Tamme is familiar with so at this juncture he likely has a leg up. Whether it's enough to warrant fantasy attention remains to be seen.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 6/17/15 10:54pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones said Wednesday, June 17, that he is not going to hold out for a new contract this offseason.
Huddle Up: So we won't have to worry about Jones' availability for the start of the season the way we do Dez Bryant; good news for Jones' fantasy owners and those looking to add him to their roster.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 6/16/15 10:56pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman began minicamp as the starting running back.
Huddle Up: No real surprise here as Freeman is the incumbent, but it's expected that third-round pick Tevin Coleman will assume the lead role by the time the games that count roll around. The rookie, though, is going to have to earn the gig, and it's definitely one of the top RB battles to monitor this summer.
Roddy White - WRPosted 6/14/15 10:27pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White said he is not concerned about the possibility of seeing fewer targets in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's system. 'I've never concerned myself about that,' White said. 'When we had Mike Mularkey (as offensive coordinator), we ran the ball and we found ways to get me the ball. I never worry about passes or things like that. My opportunities are going to come. I just have got to hold onto the ball and make my plays when I have to make them.'
Huddle Up: White, who will turn 34 in November, already has posted his lowest single-season target totals (97 and 125) of the last eight years during the last two seasons. One of the keys will be staying healthy as he's missed a combined five games and has been limited in several others over the last two seasons. He remains a low-end WR3 in the majority of leagues.
Tony Moeaki - TEPosted 6/9/15 7:40pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Moeaki received first-team repetitions during practice Tuesday, June 9.
Huddle Up: Levine Toilolo is back, but after a disappointing 31-238-2 season in 2014, the Falcons are kicking the tires of two well-traveled veterans in Moeaki and Jacob Tamme, hoping one of them can recapture their glory days and emerge as a starter. What's more likely, though, is a fantasy-unfriendly TEBC.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 6/1/15 11:36pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RBs Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman will fight for the starting running back position this offseason, as head coach Dan Quinn said they are both battling for it. Quinn added that it's currently difficult to predict how the situation will play out. Freeman is expected to be the No. 1 running back at least until Coleman acclimates to the Falcons and the professional level.
Huddle Up: It's a battle fantasy owners will want to keep an eye on, as Kyle Shanahan backfields tend to be productive.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 5/31/15 4:24pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan will move outside the pocket more this season in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's system.
Huddle Up: It will definitely be a change of pace for Ryan -- one that could also feature fewer passing attempts. Ryan has had at least 615 passing attempts and 4,515 yards in each of the last three seasons, but those numbers could dip slightly as Shanahan and Co. look to resurrect the Falcons' moribund ground game.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 5/27/15 11:22pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman worked with the first-team offense during organized team activities Tuesday, May 26.
Huddle Up: It's plenty early, but for now at least Freeman is leading Tevin Coleman in the race for touches in Atlanta's backfield.
Antone Smith - RBPosted 5/26/15 1:36am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith (leg) is still recovering from a broken leg, but he hopes to be back in the mix by the start of training camp in late July. "The recovery is going pretty good,” Smith said. "I'm up and running. I’m almost full force, but not quite where I need to be. In time, that will take care of itself,” said Smith.
Huddle Up: The Falcons drafted Tevin Coleman to be their feature back, but it's possible Smith could be in the mix for carries. He'll need to be 100 percent by the start of camp, however, and missing off-season activities while recovering from his injury won't help.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 5/24/15 8:38pm ET
The Atlanta Falcons could use a two-back system this season where RBs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman wind up receiving near-equal reps.
Huddle Up: Some fantasy folk got a little carried away after the RB-needy Falcons were able to pick up Coleman in the third round, but definitely don't count out Freeman, who totalled 473 yards and scored a pair of TDs on 95 touches as a rookie last season.
Justin Hardy - WRPosted 5/22/15 2:27pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy is projected as the Falcons' No. 3 receiver behind WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White, according to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.
Huddle Up: Devin Hester, Leonard Hankerson and Drew Davis are also in the mix, but the fourth-round pick out of East Carolina has the build (5-10, 190) and ability to contribute immediately out of the slot and has to be considered the front-runner for the No. 3 role.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 5/12/15 10:37pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman signed a four-year contract Tuesday, May 12. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Good news for the third-round pick, who now can go about making a serious run at the team's No. 1 RB gig. This past season, Coleman joined Wisconsinâ€™s Melvin Gordon III and Penn Stateâ€™s Larry Johnson as the only players in Big Ten history to eclipse 2,000 yards, finishing with 2,036.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 5/6/15 12:14am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman could see the majority of work in the Falcons' backfield in 2015, with Devonta Freeman closely behind him, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Huddle Up: Freeman will get his touches, but look for Coleman, the prized third-round pick, to be given every opportunity to win the starting gig in Kyle Shanahan's new rushing offense.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 5/5/15 4:20pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has not had any contract-extension talks with the team at this time, but general manager Thomas Dimitroff said extending Jones is one of the team's priorities.
Huddle Up: Jones has logged 278 catches for 4,330 yards and 26 TDs in four seasons and is coming off a career-best 104-1,593-6 campaign a year ago. Jones will earn a $10.2 base salary under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, but don't be surprised if a new deal is in place before training camp, making Jones one of the league's highest-paid WRs.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 5/1/15 11:11pm ET
The Atlanta Falcons selected University of Indiana RB Tevin Coleman in Round 3 of the 2015 NFL Draft (No. 73 overall) Friday, May 1.
Huddle Up: The big-play Hoosiers' standout is one third-round pick who should make an immediate fantasy impact as the Falcons parted ways with Steven Jackson this offseason and have 2014 fourth-rounder Devonta Freeman currently holding down the top spot on their depth chart. Coleman, who rushed for 2,036 yards as a junior last season, now becomes the odds-on favorite to open the season as the ATL starter.
Bear Pascoe - TEPosted 4/23/15 10:52pm ET
Free-agent TE Bear Pascoe (Falcons) signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears on Thursday, April 23. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Pascoe, who has totaled only 40 receptions in 82 games, is really nothing more than a blocking complement to Martellus Bennett and Zach Miller and is fantasy value should be considered nil unless a rash of injuries strikes the Bears' TE ranks.
Harry Douglas - WRPosted 3/5/15 4:00pm ET
Free-agent WR Harry Douglas (Falcons) visited with the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, March 5.
Huddle Up: The Titans have an inside track to landing some WR help as Douglas' former coach, Mike Mularkey, is the Titans' assistant head coach/TE coach. It's unknown if Douglas has visits planned to any other teams so see what develops.
Harry Douglas - WRPosted 2/27/15 12:31pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas was released Friday, Feb. 27.
Huddle Up: Douglas, a 2003 third-round pick, is the latest cap casualty in Atlanta. He had a career year in 2013, catching 85 passes for 1,067 yards and two scores with Julio Jones missing most of the season and slipped to 51-556-2 last year while dealing with a nagging foot injury. Look for him to hook on somewhere as a backup WR, but the fantasy impact will be minimal.
Steven Jackson - RBPosted 2/27/15 12:54pm ET
Free-agent RB Steven Jackson (Falcons) plans to continue playing, according to a statement posted on his website.
Huddle Up: Jackson, who will turn 32 in July, had seen his rushing yards decline in each of the four previous seasons before seeing a slight increase from 543 to 707 last year. He may have a season or two left in the tank but he clearly no longer fits the starting RB profile.
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