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.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 2/27/15 10:33pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman could be the full-time back in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme next season, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff. 'My first impression of him is that you can feel the quickness. In our outside-zone-system, I feel like this is tailor-made for a guy who can really explode off the edge,' head coach Dan Quinn said.
Huddle Up: Freeman, a fourth-round pick last season, rushed for 248 yards and a TD on 65 carries and added 225 yards and a score on 30 receptions and right now, he's the front-runner for the starting job next fall with the team releasing veteran Steven Jackson on Friday. Still, the free-agent and 2015 draft RB classes are well-stocked, and don't be surprised if the Falcons add a back to compete for the No. 1 gig.
Matt Bryant - PKPosted 2/26/15 1:54am ET
Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant signed a contract extension Wednesday, Feb. 25. Details were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Bryant is a quality kicker who toils in a dome and tags on points for a potentially explosive offense--and now he's locked in in Atlanta. That's good news for his fantasy prospects.
Antone Smith - RBPosted 2/26/15 10:09pm ET
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent RB Antone Smith is a priority for the team to re-sign this offseason, but the Falcons could add another running back in free agency instead.
Huddle Up: Smith had a career year in only 10 games last season, finishing with 366 total yards and scoring five TDs on 36 touches before a broken leg prematurely ended his season. With the Falcons set to release Steven Jackson, the Falcons will likely re-sign Smith to pair with second-year back Devonta Freeman, but definitely don't be surprised if they also add a veteran free agent or select another RB in the draft.
Steven Jackson - RBPosted 2/26/15 10:09pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson will reportedly be released Friday, Feb. 27.
Huddle Up: If it's not the end of the NFL road for the soon-to-be 32-year-old Jackson, he can at least see it from here after he averaged 3.6 yards per carry and ran for 12 TDs in two disappointing seasons with the Falcons.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 2/20/15 5:58pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman fits well in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme, according to head coach Dan Quinn. 'My first impression: I can feel the quickness,' Quinn said of Freeman. 'In our outside zone scheme I thought this is tailor-made for a guy who can really explode off the edge. I love this guy's competitive spirit.' General manager Thomas Dimitroff expressed confidence Freeman could hold up as the lead back.
Huddle Up: Freeman finished with 95 offensive touches for 473 yards and two TDs as a rookie last season, and while he may emerge as the Falcons' No. 1 back next season, it figures to be a timeshare at the very least with a still yet to be determined RB.
Steven Jackson - RBPosted 2/10/15 5:24pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson is expected to be on his way out of Atlanta with a new coaching staff and a new zone-blocking running scheme on the way under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. RBs Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers would take over backfield duties if Jackson were to leave, assuming Rodgers is retained.
Huddle Up: The soon-to-be 32-year-old Jackson has had a disappointing two-year run in Atlanta, rushing for 1,250 yards in 27 games and look for the Falcons to add a RB or two through free agency and/or the draft who fit the system.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 2/5/15 3:53pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is likely to stick around with the team long term, as new head coach Dan Quinn indicated in his introductory press conference that Jones is an asset he'd like to keep around. Jones is entering the last year of his contract in which he'll make $10.176 million. It will be Quinn's decision as to whether to extend Jones' contract. 'For me, just to have the chance to start the process with him, I can't wait. We love great players, and we want to celebrate all the good guys that we have. We're trying to collect more great players, not the other way around,' Quinn said.
Huddle Up: Jones is coming off a career year in which he caught 104 of his 163 targets for 1,593 yards and six TDs, and definitely expect the Falcons to keep him around given that fellow wideout Roddy White isn't getting any younger and they're still lacking a play-making TE.
Dan Quinn - HCPosted 2/2/15 10:29am ET
Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn reached an agreement to become head coach of the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Feb. 2. According to a source, it's a five-year deal.
Huddle Up: Quinn to the Falcons was one of the worst-kept secrets of the past two weeks. However, just think how interesting this might have become had Atlanta had a handshake agreement with Seattle's other coordinator prior to the late-game play-calling brain fart in the Super Bowl.
Kyle Shanahan - OCPosted 1/18/15 11:45pm ET
The Atlanta Falcons have hired free-agent Kyle Shanahan (Browns) as the offensive coordinator Sunday, Jan. 18, according to a league source. He and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who is expected to take over as head coach, planned to be package deal.
Huddle Up: Shanahan has certainly landed one of the best available gigs with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White in place. Shoring up the OL and running game will be top priorities for the Falcons' front office.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/26/14 3:11pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (oblique) is participating in practice Friday, Dec. 26. His is listed as questionable.
Huddle Up: Jones, coming off a 7-catch, 107-yard outing on 8 targets in Week 16, looks good to go for Sunday's showdown against the Panthers, but definitely check in with the The Huddle's Game-Day Inactives, Injury and Weather report before kickoff just in case.
Steven Jackson - RBPosted 12/26/14 5:05pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) will be listed as questionable for the team's Week 17 game.
Huddle Up: Despite the official designation indicating that Jackson has a 50 percent chance of playing Sunday, the RB remains iffy at best after not practicing all week. In the meantime, there's no clear handcuff as rookie Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers would both see their fair share of the touches if Jackson is out.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/25/14 6:58pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (oblique) is expected to play in Week 17 even though he missed practice Thursday, Dec. 25, according to head coach Mike Smith.
Huddle Up: It's all able hands on deck for the Falcons in a do-or-die showdown against the Panthers. And that most certainly includes Jones, who looked somewhat better than expected in catching seven passes for 107 yards in his return from a Week 15 absence.
Jerome Smith - RBPosted 12/24/14 11:08am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Jerome Smith was signed to the 53-man roster Wednesday, Dec. 24.
Huddle Up: This feels like an insurance move, though adding a running back might also be a sign that Steven Jackson's quad injury is more serious than originally thought.
Steven Jackson - RBPosted 12/24/14 1:41pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 24.
Huddle Up: The Falcons say they are hopeful of having Jackson available Sunday, but his status remains very much in doubt after he was unable to play in the second half of the Week 16 win over the Saints. Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman would handle the RB duties if Jackson is unable to go.
Steven Jackson - RBPosted 12/24/14 11:21pm ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) is now expected to sit in Week 17 against the Carolina Panthers.
Huddle Up: Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers will carry the load with Jackson out. Rodgers had more carries last week but Freeman was more effective. Freeman is the better fantasy play for Week 17.
Steven Jackson - RBPosted 12/22/14 10:37am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) suffered a quadriceps injury in the second quarter of the Week 16 game against the Saints and did not return.
Huddle Up: According to reports Jackson should be back for the Week 17 game against the Panthers for the NFC South title. Devonta Freeman filled in nicely for Jackson with a nice 31-yard TD and 48 yards receiving on three catches. He may have earned himself some extra work going forward.
Steven Jackson - RBPosted 12/22/14 2:24pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) is expected to be ready for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Devonta Freeman played well in Jackson's absence Sunday. Even if Jackson plays against Carolina, expect Freeman to see an expanded role.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/20/14 1:09pm ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones' (hip) availability for Week 16 will be determined by his pregame workout, according to a source.
Huddle Up: One report says Jones will definitely play and another suggests it will depend how he looks in pre-game workouts. The bottom line is Jones is going to be a game-time decision and owners likely won't know his status until Sunday morning. If Jones plays, owners should roll with him for Fantasy Super Bowls.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/19/14 3:52pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) missed another day of practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is listed as questionable for Week 16 against the New Orleans Saints. Jones will be a game-time decision, and he will test his hip Saturday, Dec. 20, before the team leaves town.
Huddle Up: Jones' owners should be familiar with the drill after last week and hopefully still have Harry Douglas or another backup option at the ready.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/17/14 4:33pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is not participating in the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: Falcons coach Mike Smith is getting fed up with the constant questions about Jones, saying Wednesday that the pre-game active/inactive list will do his talking. In the meantime, it's an elimination game for the Falcons on Sunday so expect every effort to be made to have Jones ready, and that likely includes holding him out of early-week practices.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/16/14 11:46pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is expected to be ready to play in Week 16 against the New Orleans Saints. However, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter indicated the possibility exists that Jones could sit for a second straight game. 'It's hard when you don't know for sure if a guy is going to play no matter if it's Julio or not Julio,' Koetter said Tuesday, Dec. 16. 'We kind of have to have a contingency both ways. We have some 'what if Julio plays' and some 'what if Julio does not play.' We have both. That's one of the hardest things about not knowing if one of your best guys is going to go.'
Huddle Up: Those Jones owners who survived without the big-play wideout Sunday will have to see how he progresses throughout the week, and it very likely could come down to another game-time decision next Sunday.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/15/14 3:14pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is expected to be ready to play in Week 16, according to head coach Mike Smith.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners shouldn't count their chickens just yet. Smith has mislead us before when it comes to injury information. Harry Douglas is still firmly on the fantasy radar until it's confirmed Jones will start.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/13/14 5:55pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) can barely run and would be used as a decoy if plays Sunday, Dec. 14.
Huddle Up: Jones is sounding like he's a non-start this week despite a favorable matchup against a weak Steelers secondary. Unfortunately for fantasy owners still in the playoffs, the injury comes at a terrible time but Jones simply can't be trusted even if he's in the starting lineup. He would be a risky start for owners who have other viable options available.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/12/14 2:32pm ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is questionable for the team's Week 15 game. Jones did not practice Friday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: Jones remains a game-time decision, and we'd definitely be feeling better about his prospects if he had been able to do a least a little something Friday. Jones owners should definitely have their backup plans in order, and Harry Douglas certainly isn't a bad option.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/11/14 2:47pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) didn't practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 11 and will be a game-time decision for Week 15, according to head coach Mike Smith.
Huddle Up: At least it's an early kickoff for Jones' fantasy owners, who hopefully were able to pick up Harry Douglas just in case.
Roddy White - WRPosted 12/10/14 2:01pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) played 63 of 67 offensive snaps in Week 14, and head coach Mike Smith conceded White is not 100 percent healthy. "Roddy is a guy that's going to fight through injury, and he was injured," Smith said. "He's had an ankle injury. He played, by the way, the most snaps of any wide receiver in the game (Monday) night. It's hard to keep him out."
Huddle Up: White is coming off a 3-42-1 performance on five targets and remains a solid WR option as long as he's suiting up.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/10/14 4:04pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Huddle Up: No real surprise as the team's first practice of the week comes only 2 days after Jones was hurt Monday night, and coach Mike Smith said Wednesday that he's hopeful the WR will be able to play against the Steelers. Definitely stay tuned ...
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/9/14 12:18am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) left early in the fourth quarter and didn't return after suffering a hip injury Monday, Dec. 8.
Huddle Up: Jones' fantasy owners are hoping it's a strain more than anything as their man came through with a career game for the second straight week, hauling in 11 of his game-high 17 targets for an Atlanta single-game record 259 yards and a TD in the Falcons' 43-37 loss. Working against Jones, of course, will be the short week leading into Sunday's game with the Steelers, and we'll have to stay on top of practice reports coming out of Georgia in a few days.
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