Atlanta Falcons Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Julio Jones, WR10/23/2014 11:57:00 AM
Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones was limited in Wednesday's practice, but was a full participant in Thursday's session and should be in all fantasy lineups Sunday morning.
Insight: Many players take Wednesday's practice off and it's not a real indicator of whether a player is ready for Sunday. Jones and the Falcons face a Lions defense which has stubbornly yielded a league-low seven touchdown passes this season (tied with Baltimore).
Antone Smith, RB10/19/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Falcons backup running back Antone Smith had five touches against the Ravens on Sunday.
Insight: Smith broke his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown at five. It appeared the Falcons were trying to get Smith more involved, but the Atlanta rushing attack was horrible, not giving Smith many opportunities.
Roddy White, WR10/19/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White was not at all a decoy on Sunday against the Ravens.
Insight: In fact, he was the only worthy Falcons fantasy player to start. He had nine catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. White also had 15 targets, seven more than his buddy Julio Jones.
Steven Jackson, RBCold10/19/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: The Falcons rushed for 68 yards against the Ravens and has not had a 100-yard rusher in the last 33 games.
Insight: That almost directly coincides with Steven Jackson's tenure as the starting running back in Atlanta. He has eight carries for 22 yards in Baltimore in Week 7.
Matt Ryan, QB10/19/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was 29-for-44 for 228 yards and threw one touchdown.
Insight: Ryan and the Falcons offense was pretty bad. Atlanta scored just one touchdown, averaging 3.9 yards per play in the game. At least Ryan did not throw an interception.
Harry Douglas, WR10/19/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas is inactive for Sunday's game in Baltimore.
Insight: For a second straight week, Devin Hester will be the No. 3 wide out, behind Julio Jones and Roddy White.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RBCold10/15/2014 8:11:00 AM
Description: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers has all but disappeared with the emergence of Antone Smith.
Insight: Smith is doing what Rodgers hasn't been able to do over the past three season, give the Falcons backfield an explosive weapon who can score from anywhere on the field.
Roddy White, WRCold10/13/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White has become a high-priced decoy.
Insight: White has yet to crack 75 yards receiving in a game this season despite averaging eight targets per game.
Julio Jones, WR10/13/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones was targeted 12 times, but caught just four for 68 yards.
Insight: Jones seems to be in a pattern of producing big games every other week and this was an off week. Look for a bounce back game against Baltimore.
Antone Smith, RBHot10/13/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Falcons backup running back Antone Smith once again scored from long range - this time on a 41-yard reception.
Insight: The most explosive back in Atlanta isn't Steven Jackson or Jacquizz Rodgers it's Smith who has five touchdowns this season from 54, 38, 48, 74 and 41 yards.
Matt Ryan, QB10/13/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for 271 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Insight: Ryan is averaging 308.3 ypg this season. He's been much better at home (335.0 ypg) than on the road (.281.7) and is a viable fantasy option when playing in Atlanta.
Steven Jackson, RBCold10/13/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Does anyone besides me wonder why Falcons running back Steven Jackson still has the starting job?
Insight: Jackson rushed for 25 yards on six carries Sunday against Chicago which is above his season average of 3.8 ypc. Isn't it time to give Antone Smith a shot as the starter based on what he's done?
Harry Douglas, WR10/9/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: Falcons No. 3 wideout Harry Douglas missed last Sunday and has yet to practice this week, making him questionable for the Bears game.
Insight: Devin Hester will be used in the Douglas No. 3 role, behind Julio Jones and Roddy White.
Harry Douglas, WR10/3/2014 3:56:00 PM
Description: Falcons No. 3 wideout Harry Douglas is out of Sunday afternnoon's game against the Giants.
Insight: The Falcons will have to make do with Julio Jones and Roddy White as starters and devin Hester in the Douglas No. 3 role.
Matt Ryan, QB9/30/2014 3:41:00 PM
Description: It will take a brave fantasy owner to start Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan in Week 5 as all the indicators point downward.
Insight: Ryan has thrown five interceptions in two road games this year after throwing 14 on the road (versus three at home) last season. And on Tuesday 40 percent of his starting offensive line was placed on injured reserve (RT Lamar Holmes and C Joe Hawley). That's going to be a lot to overcome.
Roddy White, WR9/29/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White was active as promised and led the team with 14 targets in Week 4 against Minnesota.
Insight: His hamstring injury was never a real concern. He turned those targets into 73 yards and one touchdown. We think Ryan forced the ball to White too often and down the road will utilize Julio Jones more, but we're happy to see White was healthy.
Julio Jones, WR9/29/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones had a very pedestrian six catch, 82-yard day.
Insight: Ryan targeted Roddy White 14 times and Jones eight times and Devin Hester seven times.
Antone Smith, RB9/29/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: The most explosive back in Atlanta isn't Steven Jackson or Jacquizz Rodgers it's Antone Smith.
Insight: Too bad he doesn't get enough work to be fantasy worthy. Sunday he rushed four times for 62 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown. He's run the ball 10 times this season for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Isn't it about time to stop using plodding Steven Jackson?
Matt Ryan, QB9/29/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan continues to struggle on the road, though he did throw for 298 yards and three touchdowns.
Insight: He also threw two interceptions and that's five in two road games this year after throwing 14 on the road (versus three at home) last season. He's become an "only start at home guy."
Roddy White, WR9/28/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White is indeed active for Week 4 against Minnesota as he said he would be.
Insight: His hamstring injury was never a real concern as he practiced all week. He is practicing this week. He's the No. 2 target behind Julio Jones.
Harry Douglas, WR9/28/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: Falcons No. 3 wideout Harry Douglas is out of Sunday afternnoon's game against Minnesota.
Insight: The Falcons get starter Roddy White back this week, just in time.
Roddy White, WR9/26/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Coach Mike Smith said Falcons receiver Roddy White will absolutely start in Week 4 against Minnesota.
Insight: His hamstring injury was never a real concern. He is practicing this week and in the past, White plays when he practices.
Roddy White, WR9/25/2014 12:13:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White said he feels good to go for Sunday's game against the Vikings according to atlantafalcons.com.
Insight: White sat out last Thursday's game due to a short week. His hamstring injury was never a real concern. He is practicing this week and in the past, White plays when he practices.
Devin Hester, KR9/19/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Not long after setting an NFL record for return touchdowns, Falcons KR/WR Devin Hester left the field with a leg problem.
Insight: Hester's apparent leg injury Thursday night that turned out to be just cramping and he's probable for Sept 28 against Minnesota.
Matt Ryan, QB9/19/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was a stunning 21-of-24 (87.5 percent) for 286 yards and three touchdowns.
Insight: Ryan and the Falcons could do no wrong in the 56-14 annihilation of Tampa Bay, but the big lead ended his hopes of earning the 300-yard passing bonus.
Devin Hester, KR9/18/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Not long after setting an NFL record for return touchdowns, Devin Hester was seen walking to the locker room with an apparent leg injury.
Insight: The 31-year-old scored the last two touchdowns of the first hald, first on a run and the second a beautiful 62 yard punt return. He was injured while going out for a pass in the next drive. Update: Hester has returned and is playing at the wideout position as the teams play in the third quarter.
Devin Hester, KR9/18/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Not long after setting an NFL record for return touchdowns, Devin Hester was seen walking to the locker room with an apparent leg injury.
Insight: The 31-year-old scored the last two touchdowns of the first hald, first on a run and the second a beautiful 62 yard punt return. He was injured while going out for a pass in the next drive. Given the 35-0 score, his return is unlikely.
Harry Douglas, WR9/18/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Falcons No. 3 wideout Harry Douglas is out of Thursday night's game after suffering a left foot injury.
Insight: Douglas scored the first touchdown of the game before leaving. He joins Roddy White on the sidelines leaving the Falcons very short at the position.
Jake Matthews, OT9/18/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Buccaneers.
Insight: Matthews left during the Week 1 matchup with the Saints due to an ankle injury and has not returned. Gabe Carimi will once again play left tackle and protect Matt Ryan's blind side.
Roddy White, WR9/18/2014 7:21:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White is inactive for Thursday's game against the Buccaneers.
Insight: CBS' Jason La Canfora reported he did "not expect" White to be active on Thursday, which was news to us because the Falcons had been adament that White would play. Regardless, take White out of your lineup immediately and find a replacement.
Roddy White, WR9/18/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: CBS' Jason La Canfora does "not expect" Roddy White to be active for Thursday's game against the Buccaneers.
Insight: This is news to us as the Falcons and Atlanta media have continually indicated that White will play despite missing practice all week. There is a chance that White is used as a decoy, but the La Canfora report is still very odd. Regardless, be wary that White is not at full strength, on a short week and has been used as a decoy when nursing a hamstring injury before.
Harry Douglas, WR9/16/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Falcons wideout Harry Douglas is back to being the No. 3 guy in the pecking order.
Insight: Actually that's an upgrade for when Tony Gonzalez was in Atlanta he too was also ahead of Douglas. We've saw Douglas has the talent to be a fantasy starter last season when Roddy White and Julio Jones were sidelined, but it will take more injuries to make him fantasy worthy in 2014.
Roddy White, WR9/16/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White (knee) had a quiet day Sunday, catching just five balls for 42 yards.
Insight: White banged his knee in Week 1 and facing a tough Bengals defense figured to struggle and he did. He should be feeling better for the matchup with the Bucs, but not matter how good he feels if Julio Jones is in the lineup, White is the No. 2 target.
Julio Jones, WR9/14/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones caught seven passes for 88 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals in Week 2.
Insight: It was a rough day overall for the Atlanta passing game as Ryan threw three interceptions, but Jones finished with a fine stat line. Ryan targeted him 13 times, five more than anyone else.
Matt Ryan, QB9/14/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan finished 24-of-44 for 231 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions against the Bengals in Week 2.
Insight: Ryan followed up his 448 yard and three touchdown Week 1 with a huge dud in Week 2. Fantasy owners could not have expected a repeat of those Week 2 numbers but Ryan was still very disappointing in Cincinnati. We still like him to have a big season, but in bad matchups like Sunday's was, it would be wise to lower expectations a lot or even find a plug-in replacement.
Roddy White, WR9/14/2014 12:08:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White (knee) is "good to go" for Week 2 against the Bengals and officially active.
Insight: White banged his knee at the end of a 39-yard catch on Sunday against the Saints, which he admitted was a concern initially, but the receiver is no longer worried. White is slated to be a low-end WR1 and strong WR2 this week.
Jake Matthews, OT9/12/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 2.
Insight: Matthews left the Week 1 matchup against the Saints with an ankle injury. Gabe Carimi replaced Matthews last week and will play left tackle on Sunday against the Bengals. Carimi allowed a sack, four hurries and took three penalties in place of Matthews last week. Until Matthews returns, Matt Ryan should feel some more pressure on his blind side.
Roddy White, WR9/11/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White (knee) is "good to go" for Week 2 against the Bengals.
Insight: White banged his knee at the end of a 39-yard catch on Sunday against the Saints, which he admitted was a concern initially, but the receiver is no longer worried. Obviously, any injury, no matter how minor, is a concern for a 32-year-old receiver who missed time last year, but White is slated to be a low-end WR1 and strong WR2 this week.
Matt Ryan, QBHot9/7/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was a fantasy monster Sunday, throwing for 448 yards and three scores without an interception.
Insight: Ryan was sacked just one time as his offensive line, a weak point last season, held up against the Saints. If they can continue to give Ryan protection, he's going to do a lot more damage with his three high-quality targets (Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas).
Jake Matthews, OT9/7/2014 3:05:00 PM
Description: Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews is questionable to return after suffering an ankle injury in the second quarter.
Insight: Matthews was limping as he came out of the locker room for the second half, and did not have his helmet. He is unlikely to return. Quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown two touchdowns already, but this is not good for his protection.
Steven Jackson, RB9/4/2014 11:21:00 AM
Description: Falcons running back Steven Jackson is not listed on the team's Week 1 injury report.
Insight: Jackson has also been practicing and is not expected to be held back at all in the expected shootout with the Saints on Sunday. The 31-year-old did not take a single snap in preseason. At his age and with his below average offensive line though, we would keep Jackson's expectations in check.
Tony Gonzalez, TE8/28/2014 1:04:00 PM
Description: Former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez reiterated that he didn't want to play anymore in response to a question from Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Gonzalez did say he had inquires from a number of teams in the offseason. He'll finish his 17-year career with 1,325 receptions for 15,127 yards and 111 TDs. He would probably still be a fantasy starter if he came back even at age 38.
Roddy White, WR8/23/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White caught three passes for 34 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.
Insight: White looks to be the underneath, possession receiver this year with Julio Jones clearly taking the big play wide receiver role. But if White can actually stay healthy this season, he could see a lot more targets with Tony Gonzalez retiring. He is a value pick in the fourth or fifth round.
Julio Jones, WR8/23/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones caught two passes including a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.
Insight: Matt Ryan found Jones for a 52-yard TD pass in the second quarter. Seeing as how well Ryan looked on Saturday and due to the fact the Falcons look poised to be in a lot of high scoring games, Jones definitely has potential to return to those 2012 numbers in which he caught 79 balls for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Matt Ryan, QB8/23/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 18-of-23 passes for 224 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.
Insight: Ryan looks poised to return to his 2012 numbers (4,515 yards/32 touchdowns) with his preseason performances so far. He is 28-for-37 for 314 yards, two touchdowns and no picks this month. With a poor defense and a shaky ground attack, Atlanta could be in a lot of shootouts and Ryan will be throwing a lot this season.
Steven Jackson, RB8/20/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: Atlanta coach Mike Smith fully expects running back Steven Jackson (left hamstring) to be ready for Week 1, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter.
Insight: Even if that's true, the injury is a reminder that Jackson isn't getting any younger. The 31-year-old missed four games with a strained right hamstring last year and rushed for just 3.5 ypc. Rookie Devonta Freeman has a good chance to start at some point this season.
Julio Jones, WR8/19/2014 8:39:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones (foot) is set to return to a normal practice routine, according to ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.
Insight: Jones has been practicing every other day as he works his way back from foot surgery. He had 41 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns in five games last season and has No. 1 overall fantasy upside at his position if he can stay healthy.
Pat McQuistan, OT8/19/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: The Falcons have brought in Pat McQuistan, formerly of Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, and Arizona.
Insight: The team is in need of offensive line help due to the season-ending injury to Sam Baker (torn patellar tendon). The Falcons need to protect Matt Ryan better than last season (career high 44 sacks in 2013).
Sam Baker, T8/17/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Falcons starting left tackle Sam Baker has a torn patella tendon, according to nfl.com's Ian Rapoport and if so is most likely done for the season.
Insight: Lamar Holmes would likely be the guy to inherit the starting job and that's a drop in talent level which could have a detrimental effect Matt Ryan and the offense.
Roddy White, WR8/9/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White appeared healthy is the short time he was on the field Friday night.
Insight: White was never 100 percent last season. He only played in the first quarter and caught four balls for 27 yards. He and Julio Jones make up one of the league's top tandems.
Levine Toilolo, TE8/9/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: The replacement for Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez in the Falcons starting lineup is Levine Toilolo, though fantasy owners shouldn't expect much from him offensively.
Insight: While Gonzalez averaged 82 receptions and 837 yards a season during his five-year stay in Atlanta, Toilolo is a big slow target that won't have much fantasy value. He caught two of three targets for 19 yards in Friday's preseason opener.
Devonta Freeman, RB8/8/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Falcons rookie running back Devonta Freeman had 107 yards from scrimmage on 11 touches (10 carries) in the preseason opener Friday against the Dolphins.
Insight: Freeman, a fourth-round pick, ran as the No. 3 back on the depth chart so he did his damage against second- and third-teamers, but it's still a strong first impression for him. He should end up as the direct backup to Steven Jackson, though he won't have fantasy value unless Jackson goes down because Jacquizz Rodgers is still around for passing downs.
Devonta Freeman, RB8/7/2014 2:35:00 PM
Description: Word from Falcons' OC Dirk Koetter is that rookie running back Devonta Freeman is just "OK" in pass protection, according to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: The fastest way to finding a seat on the bench is to get your quarterback killed. Particularly when its a franchise QB like Matt Ryan. Until we hear he's blocking and picking up blitzes he's not going to see playing time and for fantasy owners that's the key to his fantasy value. We know he can run.
Julio Jones, WR8/5/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones (foot) has been practicing every other day by design, according to a Vaughn McClure report.
Insight: Jones has said he feels 100 percent and the Falcons are trying to keep him that way until the season begins. Prior to the injury, Jones was finally reaching his enormous potential and had accumulated 580 yards and two touchdowns on 41 catches, a pace of 131 receptions and 1,856 yards per 16 games.
Steven Jackson, RB7/29/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Atlanta running back Steven Jackson suffered a left hamstring injury Monday, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.
Insight: It isn't the same hamstring that Jackson strained last season. Falcons coach Mike Smith said he's fully confident Jackson will be ready for Week 1, but the injury is a reminder that Jackson isn't getting any younger. The 31-year-old missed four games last year and rushed for just 3.5 ypc. Rookie Devonta Freeman has a good chance to start at some point this season.
Roddy White, WR7/24/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: The Falcons have signed receiver Roddy White to a three-year extension, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: White came on strong in December after an injury-plagued first three months. The 32-year-old is eighth among active players in career receiving yards with 9,436 in nine seasons in the league. He and Julio Jones make up one of the league's top tandems.
Sean Weatherspoon, LB6/10/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Atlanta linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has suffered a ruptured Achilles. He'll miss the entire 2014 season. SOURCE: Vaughn McClure, ESPN
Insight: Knee and foot injuries limited Weatherspoon to seven games last season. Even when healthy, which hasn't been the case in quite some time, Weatherspoon has had a tendency to miss tackles. This injury certainly won't help him going into free agency next season.
Julio Jones, WR6/10/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons receiver Julio Jones (foot) is hoping to be back by Week 1 of the regular season.
Insight: He had to have season-ending foot surgery after five games in 2013. Prior to the injury, Jones was finally reaching his enormous potential and had accumulated 580 yards and two touchdowns on 41 catches, a pace of 131 receptions and 1,856 yards per 16 games.
Julio Jones, WR5/2/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: The Falcons have picked up Julio Jones' option for 2015. SOURCE: Jay Glazer, Fox Sports
Insight: He missed most of last season due to foot surgery. If healthy, Jones should be a top-five fantasy wide receiver next season. If not, it will mean more targets for Roddy White and Harry Douglas.
Devin Hester, KR3/20/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Atlanta has reached a three-year deal with return specialist Devin Hester. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The 31-year-old returned 52 kickoffs for an average of 27.6 yards in 2013. He also totaled 256 yards and one touchdown as a punt returner last season (18 attempts). A former receiver and defensive back, Hester was used exclusively on special teams last season.
Thomas DeCoud, S3/11/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: As expected, the Falcons have released safety Thomas DeCoud. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The manuever saves Atlanta about $3 million in cap space. DeCoud didn't record an interception last season, though that's probably because most teams weren't brave enough to throw in his direction. He'll be one of the most coveted defensive backs on the market this offseason.
Jason Snelling, RB3/4/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: Falcons running back Jason Snelling announced his retirement on Tuesday. SOURCE: Jay Adams, AtlantaFalcons.com
Insight: Snelling was Atlanta's third-string back last season behind Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers. He'll finish his career with 168 catches, 1,249 receiving yards, 1,420 rushing yards and ten combined touchdowns in 96 appearances. He played his entire career with the Falcons.
Thomas DeCoud, S2/26/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: The Falcons are expected to release free safety Thomas DeCoud before his salary increases from $2.3 million to $4.2 million five days after the new league year. SOURCE: Rand Getlin, Yahoo Sports
Insight: The next league year begins on March 11th, which means DeCoud will be unemployed in about two weeks. The 65 tackles DeCoud recorded this past season were his fewest since his rookie year in 2008. Despite this regression, he shouldn't have trouble finding a new team in free agency.
Tony Gonzalez, TE2/18/2014 2:32:00 PM
Description: Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is joining The NFL Today on CBS in 2014.
Insight: It looks like it's official this time - Gonzo's retirement talk is for real. The personable Gonzalez should be an excellent addition to the NFL Today team, but no one on the current Atlanta roster can do what he did at tight end. He'll finish his 17-year career with 1,325 receptions for 15,127 yards and 111 TDs.
Tony Gonzalez, TE2/6/2014 8:54:00 PM
Description: Tight end Tony Gonzalez is once again wavering on his retirement. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: Gonzalez acknowledged that he'd be interested in coming back for a contender during the stretch run next season. Tony G's last season in Atlanta certainly didn't go as planned as the Falcons slumped to 4-12 a year after going 13-3. The future Hall of Famer has only won one playoff game in his career.
Asante Samuel, CB2/5/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: The Falcons have parted ways with cornerback Asante Samuel. SOURCE: Alex Marvez, Fox Sports 1
Insight: Samuel recorded just 30 tackles this past season, his fewest since 2010. Atlanta is saving $4 million by releasing Samuel. He won't get more than a one or two-year deal in free agency.
Roddy White, WR12/30/2013 9:28:00 PM
Description: The Falcons are hoping to sign receiver Roddy White to an extension this offseason. SOURCE: D. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: White came on strong in December after an injury-plagued first three months. The 32-year-old is eighth among active players in career receiving yards with 9,436 in nine seasons in the league.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB12/25/2013 4:38:00 PM
Description: Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers is dealing with a concussion and did not practice on Wednesday, according to the team's site.
Insight: Rodgers hasn't put up double-digits since Week 7. Not a coincidence that Steven jackson came back from injury in Week 8.
Steven Jackson, RB12/15/2013 5:16:00 PM
Description: Atlanta running back Steven Jackson found the end zone twice Sunday against Washington.
Insight: Much like Michael Turner last season, Jackson needs touchdowns to sustain his fantasy value. He's averaging just 3.5 ypc this season. He's scored five times over his last four games.
Roddy White, WR12/11/2013 4:06:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White (knee) was limited during Wednesday's practice, according to Vaughn McClure of espn.com.
Insight: White has pulled in 18 receptions for 217 yards on 24 targets the last two games after being limited by ankle and hamstring injuries all season. The knee injury is new but White should be able to play and is a high-upside WR2 in a matchup against the Redskins.
Thomas DeCoud, S12/8/2013 2:00:00 PM
Description: Atlanta safety Thomas DeCoud injured his head in a collision with Packers running back Eddie Lacy on Sunday. SOURCE: Jay Adams, AtlantaFalcons.com
Insight: He won't return. DeCoud contributed two tackles before exiting. Zeke Motta is in at free safety.
Tony Gonzalez, TE12/8/2013 11:34:00 AM
Description: Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez will play Sunday against the Packers.
Insight: Gonzalez (62 catches, 653 yards, 5 TD) has been nursing a toe injury for a few weeks but has yet to miss a game. Even at less than 100 percent, he's still one of the better tight end options in fantasy.
Roddy White, WR12/1/2013 7:47:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White had the game fantasy owners have been waiting for all season Sunday against the Bills, catching 10 of his 14 targets for 143 yards.
Insight: White played through a high-ankle sprain for the first five games and then sat out three games. He came in with just 20 catches, 209 yards and one touchdown on the year.
Steven Jackson, RB12/1/2013 7:45:00 PM
Description: Atlanta running back Steven Jackson had a season-high 84 rushing yards and two scores on 23 carries Sunday against the Bills in Toronto.
Insight: Jackson has scored three rushing touchdowns over the last two games. He's going to have to keep scoring to sustain his fantasy value, as he's averaging just 3.5 ypc this season.
Tony Gonzalez, TE12/1/2013 3:02:00 PM
Description: Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (toe) is active for Sunday's game against the Bills.
Insight: Gonzalez hasn't cracked double-digit fantasy points in a month and has just one 100-yard day this season.
Steven Jackson, RB11/22/2013 9:48:00 AM
Description: Atlanta running back Steven Jackson combined for 79 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown Thursday night against New Orleans.
Insight: Jackson saw a solid 19 touches in eaning double-digit fantasy points for the first time since Week 1 (also against the Saints).
Matt Ryan, QB11/22/2013 9:43:00 AM
Description: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 292 yards, but didn't throw a TD pass for the first time this season.
Insight: He came close as Darius Johnson was ruled down at the six inch line. At least he wasn't picked off after throwing nine interceptions in his last four games, but 13 points isn't going to be enough to beat New Orleans and Drew Brees very often.
Tony Gonzalez, TE11/21/2013 7:45:00 PM
Description: Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (toe) is active for Thursday's game against the Saints.
Insight: Gonzalez is averaging 45.8 yards per game over his last five games and scored just one touchdown in that span, so even though he'll be on the field his fantasy value isn't that of a top-five tight end.
Roddy White, WR11/21/2013 11:34:00 AM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White finally caught a touchdown pass last Sunday, his first of the season.
Insight: White finally appeared healthy, but did have to face Darrelle Revis. He should get more chances this Thursday and could finally begin to repay fantasy owners for their patience.
Harry Douglas, WR11/21/2013 11:32:00 AM
Description: Falcons wideout Harry Douglas (knee) went off for 134 yards and a touchdown on six catches Sunday at Tampa Bay and should be a big factor against New Orleans Thursday night.
Insight: Douglas reversed a downward trend over the past few weeks. Even with Roddy White back in the lineup, Douglas will remain a solid option in a game in which the Falcons should be throwing the ball early and often to try and keep pace with Drew Brees and the Saints.
Tony Gonzalez, TE11/21/2013 11:28:00 AM
Description: Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (toe) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Saints, but coach Mike Smith confirmed he's expected to play dispite the 50-50 tag.
Insight: Gonzalez went through the team's walkthrough Wednesday after missing practice the previous two days. He's averaging 45.8 yards per game over his last five games and scored just one touchdown in that span, so even though he'll be on the field his fantasy value isn't great.
Tony Gonzalez, TE11/20/2013 6:09:00 PM
Description: Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (toe) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Saints.
Insight: Gonzalez went through the team's walkthrough Wednesday after missing practice the previous two days. He's averaging 45.8 yards per game over his last five games and scored just one touchdown in that span.
Roddy White, WR11/17/2013 5:01:00 PM
Description: After struggling with injuries the entire season, Falcons receiver Roddy White finally caught a touchdown Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Insight: He pulled in a six-yard catch with 1:45 remaining and lost the ball while trying to back into the end zone. However, the play was ruled a touchdown upon review. White finally appears healthy but has had to face Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis over the last two weeks. He can safely be put back in fantasy lineups in Week 12 against the Saints.
Harry Douglas, WR11/17/2013 4:59:00 PM
Description: Falcons wideout Harry Douglas (knee) went off for 134 yards and a touchdown on six catches Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Douglas, who was questionable with a knee injury, pulled in an 80-yard touchdown catch late in the third quarter. Even with Roddy White back in the lineup, Douglas will remain a WR2.
Tony Gonzalez, TE11/17/2013 3:50:00 PM
Description: Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez' third catch on Sunday gave him 50 receptions for the season and he's done that for 16 consecutive seasons.
Insight: Gonzalez has been a Hall of Fame tight end for a long time. This year isn't any different.
Harry Douglas, WR11/17/2013 11:42:00 AM
Description: Falcons wideout Harry Douglas (knee) is active Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Douglas' value took a hit when Roddy White returned to action last week, but with Darrelle Revis expected to cover White Sunday, Douglas could see close to the eight targets he drew in Week 10.
Tony Gonzalez, TE11/17/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez is active Sunday at Tampa Bay despite a toe injury.
Insight: Gonzalez has had poor production in three of the last four games as he has had to stay in to block more often due to Atlanta's offensive line issues. However, he's still a TE1 due to the lack of other viable options at the position.
Harry Douglas, WR11/17/2013 10:09:00 AM
Description: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Falcons expect wideout Harry Douglas (knee) to play Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Douglas' value took a hit when Roddy White returned to action last week, but with Darrelle Revis expected to cover White Sunday, Douglas could see close to the eight targets he drew in Week 10.
Jason Snelling, RB11/16/2013 10:17:00 AM
Description: Atlanta halfback Jason Snelling missed practice after being arrested on marijuana charges early Friday morning. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Snelling has carried the ball just once in his last two games. He's a fantasy nonfactor.
Harry Douglas, WR11/15/2013 9:09:00 PM
Description: Falcons wideout Harry Douglas returned to practice after sitting out Thursday with a sore knee.
Insight: He should be able to play Sunday versus the Buccaneers. Right now, Douglas is on pace for 80 catches and 1,102 receiving yards. Both of those would be career-highs.
Tony Gonzalez, TE11/15/2013 9:07:00 PM
Description: Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez was back at practice Friday but only in a limited capacity. SOURCE: Vaughn McClure, ESPN
Insight: Clearly his toe is still bothering him. Don't be surprised if Gonzalez sits Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Tony Gonzalez, TE11/14/2013 10:04:00 PM
Description: Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez didn't practice Thursday but he's hoping he will on Friday. SOURCE: Falcons on Twitter
Insight: Gonzalez injured his toe in last week's loss to the Seahawks. Atlanta's next opponent is the 1-8 Buccaneers. Gonzalez had two catches for 30 yards against them in Week 7.
Harry Douglas, WR11/14/2013 10:02:00 PM
Description: Atlanta receiver Harry Douglas sat out practice Thursday because of a knee injury. SOURCE: Vaughn McClure, ESPN.com
Insight: Consider him questionable ahead of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. If he plays, he'll be worth starting as Douglas had 149 yards and a touchdown in his last outing against Tampa Bay in Week 7.
Tony Gonzalez, TE11/13/2013 3:11:00 PM
Description: Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez (toe) missed practice Wednesday, according to Vaughn McClure of espn.com.
Insight: Gonzalez was seen limping around the locker room with a toe injury after Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Gonzalez turned in one of his worst outings of the season on Sunday, catching just three passes for 29 yards. He's had to stay in and block far more often due to issues with Atlanta's offensive line.
Tony Gonzalez, TE11/11/2013 3:26:00 PM
Description: Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez is dealing with a toe injury and should be considered questionable for Week 11.
Insight: He was seen limping around the locker room after Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Gonzalez turned in one of his worst outings of the season on Sunday, catching just three passes for 29 yards. Coach Mike Smith said he would know more on Wednesday.
Tony Gonzalez, TE11/10/2013 7:38:00 PM
Description: Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez may be dealing with a toe injury. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: He was seen limping around the locker room after Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Gonzalez turned in one of his worst outings of the season on Sunday, catching just three passes for 29 yards. The last thing the 2-7 Falcons need right now is another injury.
Roddy White, WR11/10/2013 11:50:00 AM
Description: After a three-week absence, Atlanta wide receiver Roddy White will finally return to the field Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: White had been out with a hamstring injury. It's a tough matchup but with Julio Jones out of the lineup, White should see more targets than he has all season. He's a flex consideration for Week 10.
Roddy White, WR11/7/2013 4:25:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White (ankle, hamstring) wouldn't say if he is 100 percent healthy, but did note that he could run at full speed, plant his feet and cut into his routes, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: "How I felt at the beginning of the season and right now is totally different," White said. "I’ve been doing a lot of work inside the weight room and outside, getting myself ready to go. It’s going to be a battle out there. I’m excited. I just want to get back out there on the field and play." White is expected to return to action Sunday against Seattle after missing the last three games and playing hurt the first five. However, he'll have to face lockdown cornerback Richard Sherman so fantasy owners should leave him on the bench for another week.
Roddy White, WR11/7/2013 12:09:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White (ankle, hamstring) says he is pretty sure he is going to play Sunday against Seattle, according to Vaughn Mcclure.
Insight: White has been playing injured and doing nothing for fantasy owners. If healhty he'd be a stud with Julio Jones gone for the season, but over the first nine weeks he hasn't been able to do the things he usually does on the field.
Matt Ryan, QB11/3/2013 5:47:00 PM
Description: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown seven interceptions over the last two games.
Insight: Ryan also has thrown for just one touchdown in each of the last two games after producing at least two in each of the first six this season. He has another tough matchup in Week 10 against the Seahawks after throwing for 219 yards, one TD and three INTs Sunday at Carolina. Hopefully he'll have a healthy Roddy White back for that one.
Roddy White, WR11/3/2013 12:11:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White (ankle, hamstring) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers.
Insight: White is trying to get fully healthy before returning, and he's not there yet. Harry Douglas is a must-start WR1 and Drew Davis makes for a WR3 in deeper leagues.
Roddy White, WR11/3/2013 10:07:00 AM
Description: Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports Falcons receiver Roddy White (ankle, hamstring) is not expected to play Sunday against the Panthers "barring significant improvement."
Insight: Harry Douglas is a must-start even if White plays and Drew Davis makes for a WR3 in deeper leagues if White is out.
Roddy White, WR11/1/2013 12:25:00 PM
Description: Atlanta receiver Roddy White returned to practice on Friday, giving fantasy owners hope that he'll be on the field Sunday.
Insight: While he was limited to running, if he can run he should be able to play. So far this season even when White was on the field, he was mostly used as a decoy. Hopefully that will change soon.
Roddy White, WR10/30/2013 1:07:00 PM
Description: Atlanta receiver Roddy White's status remains in question for Sunday's game against Carolina. SOURCE: Joe Person, Charlotte Oberver
Insight: After going eight years straight without missing a game, White has now missed two contests in a row with a bum hamstring. Assuming he sits out again in Week 9, Harry Douglas, Drew Davis and tight end Tony Gonzalez will be Matt Ryan's main targets in the passing game.
Tony Gonzalez, TE10/29/2013 11:32:00 AM
Description: Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said he would be open to a trade if he went to a contending team, according to a Vaughn McClure report.
Insight: The Falcons have said they weren't going to trade the future Hall of Fame tight end, but with the season pretty much over for Atlanta they might re-think the strategy. Gonzalez will retire after the season and the Falcons could use him to get more assets. Perhaps the Packers, who lost Jermichael Finley, would be a good landing spot for Gonzalez.
Steven Jackson, RB10/27/2013 3:08:00 PM
Description: Atlanta running back Steven Jackson, out since Week 2 with a hamstring injury, is active for the Week 8 game versus Arizona.
Insight: It's unknown if Jackson, who was back at practice on Wednesday, will be on a snap count. He should get the lion's share of the rushing workload which would allow Jacquizz Rodgers to help out as a pass catcher where the Falcons are missing both Julio Jones and Roddy White.
Roddy White, WR10/25/2013 4:43:00 PM
Description: Falcons wideout Roddy White (hamstring, ankle) has been ruled out for Week 8 against the Cardinals.
Insight: White missed his first game ever last week and he'll miss a second straight in Week 8 while trying to get fully healthy for the second half of the season. Harry Douglas is a must-start.