Steven Jackson - RBPosted 8/21/14 3:41pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: Fantasy buyers beware . . .
Steven Jackson - RBPosted 8/19/14 5:41pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is not participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Jackson has been doing some work on the side but evidently still isn't ready to practice full-go. The NFL's active career rushing leader is currently being drafted as a low-end RB3 (36th-highest ADP), while rookie Devonta Freeman's draft stock keeps climbing.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 8/19/14 8:10pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones did not participate in practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: No worries as it was simply a rest day for the WR, who caught 2 of his 4 targets for 20 yards last Saturday in his 2014 debut.
Sam Baker - OTPosted 8/17/14 2:02pm ET
Atlanta Falcons OT Sam Baker suffered a torn patella tendon in his right knee Saturday, Aug. 16, according to the early diagnosis. If tests confirm that diagnosis, Baker would likely miss the entire 2014 season.
Huddle Up: Continued bad news for the Falcons and Baker, who missed all but 4 games last season with a knee injury, contributing to the Falcons yielding the 10th-most sacks (44) in the league. Nothing's official, but the money is on 6th-overall pick Jake Matthews moving over from RT to protect Matt Ryan's blindside.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 8/14/14 11:51pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) expects to play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: Expect the snaps to be strongly curtailed for the wideout, who will be seeing his first game action since Week 5 of last season.
Steven Jackson - RBPosted 8/13/14 10:30am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is out of practice Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: The veteran running back has been bothered by hamstring issues all camp, giving the Falcons (and fantasy owners) an extended look at rookie Devonta Freeman.
Antone Smith - RBPosted 8/11/14 10:54am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith will get more work in the coming days in an effort to get into the offense.
Huddle Up: With Steven Jackson nicked, the Falcons need to test-drive some options. If Devonta Freeman proves to be not quite ready for a feature back role, Smith could work his way into the rotation and be a low-end fantasy factor. It's worth noting that Smith averaged 29(!) yards per carry in limited work last year and had a couple big plays called back during the preseason opener.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 8/11/14 8:38pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman left practice early Monday, Aug. 11 and didn't return after suffering an undisclosed injury. “I don’t know exactly what happened,” Falcons coach Mike Smith told the Atlanta-Journal-Constitution. “He left the field and was not able to come back out. I don’t think it’s anything serious. But we’ll know a little more in the next hour or two.”
Huddle Up: Keep a close eye on this as the fourth-round pick is considered to be the top backup to the injury-idled Steven Jackson. And if Freeman's injury does turn out to be something serious, Antone Smith and Jacquizz Rodgers would see a real sudden bump in value.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 8/11/14 11:46pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman didn't have any protective gear on his body after practice Monday, Aug. 11, and initial reports are that the heat forced him to exit early.
Huddle Up: No injury issues, just a draining lesson hopefully learned for the rookie.
Devin Hester - WRPosted 8/7/14 4:26pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester could become a weapon on offense, because he has worked with the wide receivers during training camp, according to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. 'I've been very happy, as have all of the coaches, with how Devin has taken to the wide receiver stuff. [Wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie] has done an awesome job with him and the other receivers have helped him. Devin is going to be an exciting player, definitely a weapon that we added in the offseason that's going to help.'
Huddle Up: Stop reading if you've heard this before. Hester has had his moments playing WR, but they peaked 5 years ago with a career-high 57 catches for 757 yards. In the 4 seasons since he's totaled 89 receptions and 1,086 receiving yards, but none of that came last year as he was strictly a return man for the Bears. Don't expect many offensive looks in Atlanta -- unless injury calamities befall Roddy White and Julio Jones for a second straight season.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 8/7/14 10:18pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman has been performing well during training camp but has to improve his pass protection, according to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. 'I think that's the biggest adjustment for a running back going from college to the NFL,' Koetter said. 'He had a great college career but teams try to test rookie running backs. They've got those big outside linebackers. There's a lot of protections, there's a lot of calls. There's a learning curve. He's on the right track.'
Huddle Up: With veteran Steven Jackson sidelined (again) by a balky hammy, the fourth-round pick is getting a good run with the Falcons' first unit right out of the gate, and pass pro, of course, is atop the must-improve list for any rookie RB.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 7/31/14 11:59pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is working with a restricted snap count during training camp and is wearing special shoes designed to take stress of the bone that he fractured in his right foot last season.
Huddle Up: As fully expected, Jones is taking it slow along the comeback trail. Expect his exhibition game snaps to be limited as well.
Pat Angerer - LBPosted 7/31/14 11:59pm ET
Atlanta Falcons LB Pat Angerer suffered a head injury during practice Tuesday, July 29, and has yet to be cleared through the NFL's concussion protocol.
Huddle Up: Just the latest setback for the star-crossed LB who is trying to help fill the void created by Sean Weatherspoon's season-ending injury earlier in camp.
Steven Jackson - RBPosted 7/29/14 8:00pm ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson injured his hamstring Monday, July 28, which is why he wasn't practicing Tuesday, July 29. Head coach Mike Smith said Jackson will be ready for the team's first preseason game.
Huddle Up: Something to definitely monitor as Jackson missed 4 full games last season and finished with a career season lows in rushing yards (543) and yards from scrimmage (734).
Pat Angerer - LBPosted 7/29/14 8:08pm ET
Atlanta Falcons LB Pat Angerer left practice Tuesday, July 29, with an undisclosed injury. Angerer reportedly appeared to be favoring his right leg.
Huddle Up: Angerer was brought in to ease the pain over Sean Weatherspoon's season-ending injury, but the former Colt isn't without his own injury issues, having missed a combined 10 games over his last 2 seasons in Indy. Keep an eye out for further updates.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 7/25/14 9:48am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will begin his NFL career by trying to replace RB Jason Snelling (retired) as a do-all backup. Snelling played tailback, fullback and even returned kickoffs last year. Freeman's first task is to learn the system and then find a spot to carve out a role behind trusted veteran RBs Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith.
Huddle Up: Don't peg Freeman as just a backup; the Falcons haven't received nearly the production from Jackson they thought they would, and Rodgers hasn't lived up to his billing either. Freeman could take over as Atlanta's every-down back sooner rather than later, and the crash-course of filling all the roles will get him on the field plenty.
Roddy White - WRPosted 7/24/14 12:28pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White signed a four-year extension with the team that will keep him under team control for the next five years, according to sources. White can earn up to $30 million in the deal with $18 million coming in the first two seasons and $10 million guaranteed overall, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Putting aside last season's injury-addled 63-711-3 disappointment, White got rewarded for his 6-year stretch of excellence from 2007-12 in which he averaged 94 catches, 1,296 yards and 8 TDs per season. Set to turn 33 in November, White is on the wrong side of 30, but definitely look for his 2014 numbers to be closer to his heyday figures than his 2013 stats.
Drew Davis - WRPosted 7/6/14 3:42pm ET
The Atlanta Falcons placed WR Drew Davis (foot) on the training camp physically unable to perform list Saturday, July 5. Davis recently underwent a procedure on his foot that will require him to miss about six weeks.
Huddle Up: The Falcons' signing of ex-Saint Courtney Roby late last week suddenly makes a lot more sense. None of this will matter though, fantasy-wise, unless the rash of 2013 injuries returns to hamper the Falcons' top three of Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas.
Courtney Roby - WRPosted 7/4/14 12:51am ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Courtney Roby's contract is a one-year deal worth $855,000, with no guaranteed money. The salary cap hit is $570,000 on minimum salary benefit.
Huddle Up: Roby last caught a pass for the Saints in 2012, and will be battling the likes of Drew Davis and Darius Johnson for position at the bottom of the Falcons' WR depth chart.
Steven Jackson - RBPosted 6/27/14 4:19pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is projected as the three-down back of the future and may see some touches behind RB Steven Jackson. The battle for the third-down role will be between RB Antone Smith and RB Jacquizz Rodgers, whose special-teams impact might be reduced by the presence of WR/KR Devin Hester.
Huddle Up: Jackson looked old and worn down last season, and Rodgers has not been the answer as a change-of-pace guy. Freeman has intriguing upside and could step into a vital fantasy role sooner rather than later in what should be a high-powered Atlanta offense.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 6/22/14 7:49pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) expects to be a full participant once training camp starts.
Huddle Up: Expect a bounce-back season from Jones, who was limited to 41 catches, 580 yards and 2 TDs last season, but you're going to have to have to use a high-round draft pick to get him as his spectacular 2012 season (79-1,198-10) is still fresh in most fantasy minds.
Dominique Davis - QBPosted 6/19/14 8:16pm ET
The Atlanta Falcons waived QB Dominique Davis on Thursday, June 19.
Huddle Up: The acquisition of former Texans' reserve T.J. Yates signaled the end of the Atlanta line for Davis, the college free agent who attempted only 7 passes in 2 seasons as Matt Ryan's backup.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 6/18/14 11:32am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) was able to run routes during OTAs and has been walking normally as he continues his recovery from a broken right foot. Jones also said that the rehab process has made him stronger overall. 'I feel great,' Jones said. 'I'm back doing the little things that I used to do. I'm back to the old Julio. I feel like I'm actually stronger now because I've been doing back squats; getting my quads stronger. Muscles in my hamstrings.'
Huddle Up: A healthy Jones resumes his place among the top fantasy wide receivers in the league, and all indications are he's healthy heading into the 2014 season.
Sean Weatherspoon - LBPosted 6/11/14 12:46am ET
Atlanta Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles') suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon Tuesday, June 10 and will miss the 2014 season.
Huddle Up: Brutal news for the Falcons and the veteran ILB, who has missed 12 games over the previous two seasons due to foot injuries. Fourth-round pick Prince Shembo could get a crack at starting, but the Falcons may also scour the waiver wire for veteran help.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 5/19/14 12:19am ET
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said WR Julio Jones (knee) would not be doing much during the offseason and the goal is to have him ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: The Falcons and the fantasy world has seen what Jones can do when healthy (79-1,198-10 in 2012) and there's no sense rushing him back into action for some meaningless OTAs.
Bear Pascoe - TEPosted 5/1/14 11:49pm ET
The Atlanta Falcons and unrestricted free-agent TE Bear Pascoe (Giants) have agreed to a contract. Terms of the deal are undisclosed.
Huddle Up: Pascoe never had more than 12 catches or 136 yards in 5 seasons with the Giants so the heir apparent to Tony Gonzalez he isn't.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 4/29/14 4:12pm ET
The Atlanta Falcons are exercising the fifth-year option on WR Julio Jones.
Huddle Up: Another no-brainer here, even with Jones coming off a foot injury/surgery, which cost him all but 5 games a year ago.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 4/22/14 3:57pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones will be limited during the team's offseason workouts while he recovers from offseason foot surgery. 'Julio is participating with our athletic performance department,' head coach Mike Smith said. 'He will be able to get out on the field and do some walk-through stuff with us when we start going. Our focus on Julio is one thing, and that's having him prepared for our opener. ... He's progressing well. We're not going to do anything to hinder his timeframe in terms of getting back to work with us.'
Huddle Up: Definitely expect the Falcons to take it nice and easy with Jones -- even if that's not going to be easy on fantasy GMs anticipating a strong, bounce-back season from the wideout.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 4/22/14 11:56pm ET
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is calling for major improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He fears the team could bottom out for a second straight year if they do not change for the better. 'I feel like we've lost our way,' Smith said Tuesday, April 22. 'I feel like I've lost my way a little. The emphasis along the way is to be a bigger and stronger football team and win the line of scrimmage.' Smith said the team was hurt last season by a lack of strength and size up front. They ranked last in rushing, and QB Matt Ryan was sacked a career-high 44 times.
Huddle Up: Ryan attempted 36 more passes in 2013 than in his career-best 2012 campaign but threw for 196 fewer yards and 6 fewer TDs while tossing 3 more interceptions. Better protection -- and a healthier WR corps -- will go a long ways in propelling Ryan toward a bounce-back season.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/26/14 2:08pm ET
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said WR Julio Jones (foot) is ahead of schedule in his recovery after having surgery on his foot last season. Smith said Jones has resumed running, and the team expects him to be 100 percent healthy soon.
Huddle Up: A healthy Jones, especially one participating fully in training camp, will be a whole lot easier to spend an early fantasy draft pick on.
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