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Steven Jackson - RB Posted 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 - LB Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - QB Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - LB Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - TE Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - QB Posted 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 - WR Posted 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.

Jason Snelling - RB Posted 3/4/14 10:27pm et
Atlanta Falcons RB Jason Snelling announced Tuesday, March 4, that he will retire from the NFL.
Huddle Up: The 7-year backup to Michael Turner and Steven Jackson is calling it a career. He gained 380 total yards and scored 4 TDs this past season, but his best year came in 2009 when he had 872 yards from scrimmage and 5 scores.

Roddy White - WR Posted 2/18/14 12:14pm et
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White was arrested after a failure-to- appear warrant from a citation for 'non-transparent material on his windows.' He posted $168 bond and was released.
Huddle Up: In the grand scope of NFL off-field transgressions we've encountered over the past few seasons, illegal window tint isn't anything to waste any more discussion about so we won't.

Osi Umenyiora - DE Posted 2/11/14 10:29pm et
Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora wants to remain with the team next season. 'I would love to stay, and I think I am,' Umenyiora said. 'But you really never know what's going to happen.' He'll count $4.75 million against the salary cap in 2014 after leading the team with 7.5 sacks in 2013. Umenyiora is also due a $1 million roster bonus in mid-March, and releasing him would save the team $3.5 million against the cap. He wouldn't say if he'd be willing to take a pay cut.
Huddle Up: After tying for 29th in the league with only 32 total sacks, it's hard to envision the Falcons simply letting their sack leader walk, but at the same time, the franchise does need the cap room to rebuild from the major disappointment (4-12) of this past season. The best guess is that Umenyiora stays in Atlanta with a slightly restructured deal.

Matt Ryan - QB Posted 2/7/14 12:06am et
Retired TE Tony Gonzalez recently said that Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan isn't an elite quarterback in the NFL. 'Matt's an excellent quarterback. But he's not elite. He's this close,' Gonzalez said.
Huddle Up: Thanks mainly to the Falcons' WR injuries, Ryan's yards and TD passes were down last season while his interceptions were up. If everyone's healthy, and the Falcons can find a semi-suitable replacement for the retired Gonzalez, Ryan's fantasy numbers will return to elite status (top 5).

Tony Gonzalez - TE Posted 2/6/14 10:42pm et
Retired TE Tony Gonzalez admitted that he may consider returning to a team during the stretch run next season. 'Maybe, if the team is hot in November, 9-2 or something, I could come back for the last two months,' Gonzalez said.
Huddle Up: Consider this a long shot at best . . .

Tony Gonzalez - TE Posted 1/26/14 11:08pm et
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez said he is at peace with his decision to retire this offseason.
Huddle Up: Yeah, don't look for the future Hall-of-Famer to be talked into one more go-round this offseason.

Tony Gonzalez - TE Posted 1/21/14 11:24pm et
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez will be added to the 2014 Pro Bowl roster as an injury replacement for San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (undisclosed).
Huddle Up: This will be the true NFL swan song for the leading pass-catching TE in NFL history.

Jacquizz Rodgers - RB Posted 1/18/14 3:00pm et
Atlanta Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers' 2014 base salary has gone from $645,000 to $1.389 million as part of the Proven Performance Escalator.
Huddle Up: Rodgers saw his touches increase in no small part due to Steven Jackson's injury. We'll see whether that continues with a healthy Jackson in 2014--and whether Rodgers' raise ultimately moves him from a value of a contributor to a player who is overpriced for his role on the roster.

Julio Jones - WR Posted 1/7/14 1:09pm et
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said WR Julio Jones is doing well in his rehab from foot surgery.
Huddle Up: Jones went out before midseason so expect him back at full strength for the start of the 2014 campaign.

Roddy White - WR Posted 12/31/13 11:08am et
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team wants to sign WR Roddy White to a contract extension.
Huddle Up: Makes sense for the Falcons to want to lock down White, especially with Tony Gonzalez riding off into the sunset. A healthy White flashed some reminders of his considerable skill late in the season, and if Atlanta wants to continue with the White/Jones tandem they'll want to get Roddy taken care of early enough to start saving up for Julio.

Roddy White - WR Posted 12/31/13 6:34pm et
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White said he would like to play three or four more years as he gets closer to a contract extension. "How many more years? I think three or four," he said. 'I don't want to be an ironman like Tony [Gonzalez]. He was blessed to go through his stint in the NFL because 17 seasons is a long time to play football, man. I was thinking if I could just get 10, I'll be all right."
Huddle Up: After overcoming the ankle and hamstring injuries that hampered much of the season, White showed he definitely has plenty left, catching 43 passes for 502 yards and a pair of TDs over the Falcons' final 5 games.

Roddy White - WR Posted 12/24/13 12:55am et
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White caught a season-high 12 passes for 141 yards and a TD Monday, Dec. 23 in a 34-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: White continued his late-season resurgence with his best performance of the year. He has 35 catches for 411 yards and a score over his last 4 games, after netting only 20 receptions, 209 yards and one TD over the season's first 12 weeks.

Jacquizz Rodgers - RB Posted 12/23/13 11:54pm et
Atlanta Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers (concussion) was taken to the locker room in the fourth quarter of the Week 16 game against the San Francisco 49ers Monday, Dec. 23, to be evaluated for concussion.
Huddle Up: Rodgers, who's been the Falcons' change-of-pace back, had 3 carries for 10 yards and 3 receptions for 15 yards before departing.

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