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.
Huddle Up: USED ELSEWHERE
Roddy White - WRPosted 3/3/16 9:11am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White was cut Wednesday, March 2.
Huddle Up: White was relegated to afterthought last season in Atlanta; he's already drawn interest from several receiver-needy teams looking for a veteran presence, but his best fantasy days are most likely behind him.
Roddy White - WRPosted 3/3/16 5:13pm ET
Free-agent WR Roddy White (Falcons) said he wants to play in the NFL for 'another year or two.' His release from the Atlanta Falcons saved them $2,362,500 against the salary cap in 2016. White caught just 43 passes for 506 yards and one touchdown on 67 targets in 2015.
Huddle Up: White will turn 35 during the middle of next season, and we'll see which team can use a declining but still dependable wideout. His days as a fantasy starter, though, appear to be in the rear-view mirror.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 2/26/16 3:19pm ET
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the Falcons are expecting big things from RB Tevin Coleman alongside RB Devonta Freeman in 2016. 'It's a sense of a change of pace, they both come to the table with something very different in their skill set and, you know, Tevin's got a lot of speed and he's got a lot of natural ability. My feeling is he'll continue to mature into this season and we're expecting big things out of him teaming with Davonta. I think that's a really nice tandem,' Dimitroff said.
Huddle Up: Coleman, a third-round pick last season, was a fantasy draft darling who was expected to land the Falcons' starting gig. He did open the season atop the depth chart, but an early-season rib fracture and the rapid emergence of Devonta Freeman helped limit the rookie to only 392 yards and a TD on 87 carries. Although Freeman remains the Falcons' No. 1 back, expect more contributions from Coleman if he can stay healthy.
Roddy White - WRPosted 2/5/16 11:10pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White was praised by head coach Dan Quinn, and the team is leaning toward keeping White on the team in 2016. 'We are still going through it,' Quinn said Thursday, Feb. 4. 'We're getting there. We are not there yet, but we're getting close.'
Huddle Up: Of course, it's likely to hinge on $$$ as the 34-year-old wideout is due to count $6.14 million against the cap next season after catching a nine-year low 43 passes for 506 yards and one TD in 2015.
Roddy White - WRPosted 1/31/16 4:53pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White's future with the team has not yet been decided, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
Huddle Up: White turned 34 last November and despite not missing a start last season for the first time since 2011, he finished with nine-year lows in receptions (43), yards (506) and TDs (1), and most signs point toward the Falcons seeking a younger, more productive complement to Julio Jones.
Roddy White - WRPosted 1/5/16 11:18pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White said he wasn't interested in a pay cut to remain with the Falcons. He's due $4.25 million in 2016 and will count $6,043,750 against the salary cap.
Huddle Up: White turned 34 in November as he was posting his worst season (43-506-1) since 2007. Look for him to be playing elsewhere next season with the Falcons needing another younger and more productive target to play opposite Julio Jones next season.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 1/1/16 6:19pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) was limited in practice Friday, Jan. 1, and is listed as probable for the Week 17 game against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Freeman, who has posted at least 90 total yards and scored in each of the last two weeks, should be fine for Sunday's game against the Saints, and a full effort will be needed with backup Tevin Coleman out again with a concussion.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/29/15 3:54pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has four games with at least 160 receiving yards this season. He needs one more such game to tie the record of five games with at least 160 yards held by Roy Green.
Huddle Up: Jones is enjoying by far the best season of his career and is pacing the league in targets (192), receptions (127) and yards (1,722) entering Week 17. He's also two points in back of Antonio Brown for the WR fantasy-points lead.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 12/25/15 3:56pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has posted considerably better numbers throughout his career at home compared to on the road. In 60 career games at the Georgia Dome, Ryan has a 95.8 QB rating, having registered 97 touchdown passes versus just 46 interceptions while completing 66.8 percent of his passes. By comparison, Ryan has an 86.3 QB rating in his 64 starts away from home, completing 62.2 percent of passes to go with 102 touchdowns and 60 interceptions.
Huddle Up: This season, however, has been the exception as he's averaged 285.8 yards with eight TDs and seven interceptions on six home contests while averaging 279.5 yards with nine TDs and five picks in eight road dates. In short, it's added up to a sub-par season for Ryan all around.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 12/24/15 7:54pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman was not at practice Thursday, Dec. 24 after slipping in the shower at the team's facility Wednesday and suffering a concussion.
Huddle Up: More tough luck for the Falcons' rookie, and with the injury occurring mid-week, it's going to be tough for him to be able to play Sunday against the Panthers. Look for Terron Ward to back up Devonta Freeman.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 12/15/15 10:52pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan will be facing a Jacksonville Jaguars defense in Week 15 that has allowed the seventh-most passing yards (3,621) and touchdowns (24). They also have only seven interceptions as a team, which is tied for the third-fewest in football.
Huddle Up: Ryan and his fantasy owners certainly could use a big outing as the QB has failed to throw for either 300 yards and multiple TDs in three straight games.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/7/15 7:56pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, who had eight catches for 93 yards on the season in the Week 13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, failed to catch a touchdown for the fourth straight game. Jones seems frustrated with his red-zone role despite passing the 100-catch mark on the season. 'I don't know what we're getting down there. I don't know what the thinking is as far as if we're going to throw the jump balls or if we're going to run the ball or whatever look we're getting down there. We practice throughout the week throwing jump balls, throwing fades, throwing all these little things. But when the game comes, you never know what's going to come up,' Jones said. The Falcons went 1-for-3 in their red zone trips against Tampa Bay, and Jones was targeted four times in the red zone with two catches. However, he wasn't thrown to at all in five goal-to-go situations.
Huddle Up: It's all about the TDs as well for Jones' fantasy owners, and the WR only has delivered two scoring grabs on 68 total receptions over the last nine games.
Leonard Hankerson - WRPosted 12/4/15 3:53pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) was placed on Injured Reserve Friday, Dec. 4. WR Devin Hester (toe) was activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list.
Huddle Up: Hankerson was just unable to shake the hammy injury after a fast start, and the Falcons now welcome back the 33-year-old Hester who caught 38 passes for 504 yards and a two TDs a season ago. TE Jacob Tamme will also continue to see more targets with Hankerson done for the season.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 12/3/15 10:39am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman is likely going to be back to the bench for the Week 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) cleared to play.
Huddle Up: Coleman was solid in relief of Freeman, but the Falcons are a better team with Freeman handling the bulk of the touches--particularly because of what he brings to the table as a receiver.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 12/2/15 3:36pm ET
Updating an earlier report, Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman has been fully cleared from the concussion protocol, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Quinn said that Freeman won't take a lot of contact in practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Huddle Up: Barring some sort of setback, expect Freeman to re-assume his full starting duties -- he averaged 21.5 touches per game prior to sitting out last week -- when the Falcons visit the Bucs on Sunday.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 12/1/15 9:51pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is expected to clear concussion protocol and return against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 13, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Everyone will need to monitor his status in practices throughout the week, but it sounds like his return will be just in time for the final week of the fantasy regular season and the start of the playoffs in most leagues.
Matt Bryant - PKPosted 11/27/15 5:27pm ET
Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant (quadriceps) has been ruled out for Week 12.
Huddle Up: In case, you've plugged Bryant in and have just been rolling with the Falcons' kicker, it time to hit the waiver wire after Bryant's Wednesday-practice injury, and maybe the answer is the newly-signed Shayne Graham, who will be suiting up for his 10th team in 15 seasons.
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