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.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/9/14 7:57pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones could still play this week after suffering a hip injury late in Monday night's game against the Green Bay Packers. Head coach Mike Smith said he's hopeful that Jones will be able to play, but added that how much practice time Jones gets this week remains to be seen.
Huddle Up: Being without Jones this week would be a crushing blow to many fantasy owners who have ridden his spectacular 21-448-2 showing over the last 2 weeks. Stay tuned ...
Roddy White - WRPosted 12/8/14 8:22pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) is active for the team's Week 14 game Monday, Dec. 8 against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: White is coming off his first missed game of the season but had 37 receptions for 409 yards and 3 TDs over his previous five contests. He could see a lot of work with the Falcons expected to be trying to keep up with the high-powered Pack.
Roddy White - WRPosted 12/6/14 1:34pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 14 but fully expects to play in the game.
Huddle Up: White plays on Monday night but it looks like fantasy owners can expect him to suit up against the Packers. He'll be a WR3 this week for fantasy playoffs.
Roddy White - WRPosted 12/5/14 6:44pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 5.
Huddle Up: If White can't practice again Saturday, it would be wise to roll with another option Sunday with the Falcons not playing until Monday night. If you prefer to wait, though, pick up Harry Douglas or Packers' rookie Devante Adams if they're available.
Roddy White - WRPosted 12/4/14 2:36pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) said he will not practice Thursday, Dec. 4.
Huddle Up: It's only the Falcons' first practice of the week with the team not playing until Monday night, but if White -- who sat out Week 13 -- can't get on the field or do much over the next couple days, start making plans to be without him for a second straight game.
Roddy White - WRPosted 12/1/14 5:15pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) is expected to play in Week 14, according to head coach Mike Smith, who said White's ankle sprain isn't as bad as the high ankle sprain he suffered last year.
Huddle Up: If White can't go, harry Douglas will get the start again. Douglas would be a flex option against Green Bay if White misses another game.
Roddy White - WRPosted 11/28/14 2:50pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 28, and is listed as questionable for Week 13.
Huddle Up: The Falcons have said they expect White to play Sunday, but it looks that will be determined in a game-time decision. It even gets murkier considering the Falcons have a late-afternoon kickoff this week so make your WR plans accordingly.
Roddy White - WRPosted 11/27/14 4:47pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 27.
Huddle Up: White missed a second straight day of practice, but the Falcons are confident he'll be able to get in some work Friday and play Sunday against the Cards.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 11/21/14 6:21pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (illness) fully participated in practice, Friday, Nov. 21, and is probable for Week 12.
Huddle Up: Jones was back after a two-day battle with a nasty bug and should be good to go Sunday against the Browns.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 11/20/14 3:48pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (illness) is not participating in practice Thursday, Nov. 20. It appears like Jones will still be ready for the team's Week 12 game.
Huddle Up: Sounds like a bug is making the rounds in Atlanta, but go ahead and count on having Jones available Sunday, especially if he can return to practice Friday.
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