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Falcons cut RB Steven Jackson; Devonta Freeman ready for bigger role

Friday, February 27, 2015, 10:37am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons released RB Steven Jackson, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Looking at the running back position, Kyle Shanahan presided over three stellar fantasy seasons in his seven years as an offensive coordinator. In 2008, while Shanny was the OC of the Texans, Steve Slaton turned 327 touches (50 receptions) into 1,659 yards and 10 touchdowns. (Slaton averaged 77.6 total yards on 15.9 touches in 2009.) In 2012, rookie Alfred Morris racked up 1,690 total yards and 13 touchdowns. He followed it up with 1,353 total yards and seven scores in 2013. Shanahan even coaxed 86.7 total yards (on 18.2 touches) from Ryan Torain in 2010 and 67.9 yards on 13.3 touches from Roy Helu in 2011. Freeman wasn't terribly impressive in his rookie season (248 yards rushing, 3.8 YPC), but he was active and effective in the passing game (30 catches for 225 yards), so a Slaton-esque season isn't out of the realm of possibility. With Jackson out of the way, GM Thomas Dimitroff said that there was “no question” that Freeman is ready to be the feature back in Atlanta.

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Falcons GM believes Devonta Freeman is capable of a featured role

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 8:51pm

Vaughn McClure, Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said Devonta Freeman can be the team's featured back.

Fantasy Impact:

Looking at the running back position, new OC Kyle Shanahan presided over three stellar fantasy seasons in his seven years as an offensive coordinator. In 2008, while Shanny was the OC of the Texans, Steve Slaton turned 327 touches (50 receptions) into 1,659 yards and 10 touchdowns. (Slaton averaged 77.6 total yards on 15.9 touches in 2009.) In 2012, rookie Alfred Morris racked up 1,690 total yards and 13 touchdowns. He followed it up with 1,353 total yards and seven scores in 2013. Shanahan even coaxed 86.7 total yards (on 18.2 touches) from Ryan Torain in 2010 and 67.9 yards on 13.3 touches from Roy Helu in 2011. Freeman wasn't terribly impressive as a runner in his rookie season (248 yards rushing, 3.8 YPC), but he was active and effective in the passing game (30 catches for 225 yards), so a Slaton-esque season isn't out of the realm of possibility. If the Falcons stand pat at running back, he'll have some middle round appeal, assuming his role looks to be bigger than Steven Jackson's.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 10:31am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Falcons need to upgrade in the backfield and that's likely to start with the release of veteran Steven Jackson. New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan brings with him an emphasis on the outside zone-blocking scheme and one-cut-and-go mentality for the running backs. The Falcons will benefit from having younger legs in such a scheme. Don't discount second-year player Devonta Freeman, who is eager to take the next step and could thrive in the system. But the Falcons need more bodies, and Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith are headed to free agency. Keep an eye on Justin Forsett, who also is bound for free agency. Forsett thrived in the zone-blocking scheme the past season en route to a career-high 1,266 rushing yards. And Forsett is represented by the same agent who represents Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

Falcons Beat: Steven Jackson 'likely to be released'

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 4:39pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steven Jackson, who turns 32 in July, is likely to be released with one year left on his contract. The move would save the Falcons $3.75 million against the salary cap. And the Falcons no doubt want younger, fresher legs in Kyle Shanahan's offense.

Fantasy Impact:

If the Falcons part ways with S-Jax, it could be a sign that they're ready to hand Devonta Freeman the keys. They are also likely to address the position in free agency or the draft, but the quality of the signee/draftee will give us an idea of what Freeman's role might be.

Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan 'loved' Devonta Freeman prior to 2014 Draft

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 2:09pm

Jay Adams, Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan said he loved Devonta Freeman last year coming out of college. He’s still evaluating offensive talent on roster here.

Fantasy Impact:

Looking at the running back position, Shanahan presided over three stellar fantasy seasons in his seven years as an offensive coordinator. In 2008, while Shanny was the OC of the Texans, Steve Slaton turned 327 touches (50 receptions) into 1,659 yards and 10 touchdowns. (Slaton averaged 77.6 total yards on 15.9 touches in 2009.) In 2012, rookie Alfred Morris racked up 1,690 total yards and 13 touchdowns. He followed it up with 1,353 total yards and seven scores in 2013. Shanahan even coaxed 86.7 total yards (on 18.2 touches) from Ryan Torain in 2010 and 67.9 yards on 13.3 touches from Roy Helu in 2011. Freeman wasn't terribly impressive in his rookie season (248 yards rushing, 3.8 YPC), but he was active and effective in the passing game (30 catches for 225 yards), so a Slaton-esque season isn't out of the realm of possibility. If the Falcons stand pat at running back, he'll have some middle round appeal, assuming his role looks to be bigger than Steven Jackson's.

Steven Jackson (quad) INACTIVE, Julio Jones (hip) ACTIVE

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:04pm

Falcons Inactives
Ricardo Allen CB
Charles Godfrey FS
Steven Jackson RB
Stansly Maponga DE
Sean Renfree QB
Jonathan Scott T
Tyler Starr OLB

Fantasy Impact:

Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman should split the work, with Freeman having more upside. Julio Jones active, as expected.

Falcons Beat: Jacquizz Rodgers will 'likely get the bulk of the carries' vs. Panthers

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:54pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons RBs Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers took over against the New Orleans Saints after Steven Jackson left the game with a quadriceps injury. Freeman, a fourth-round pick from Florida State, provided some big plays, including a 31-yard touchdown run.

Rodgers will likely get the bulk of the carries because he’s still considered a better pass protector.

Fantasy Impact:

Freeman has been significantly better but admits that he's not good enough in pass protection. Rodgers may start, but we expect that Freeman will get enough touches to make him a worthwhile play in daily formats.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadricep, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 17. Jackson is not expected to play against Carolina. Look for Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers to form a committee. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rodgers is expected to get the start, but Freeman has far more upside. He turned eight touches into 84 yards and a touchdown last week after Jackson left with an injury.

Monday, December 22, 2014, 3:47pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Falcons coach Mike Smith said Monday that RB Steven Jackson was having further tests done to evaluate the injury, which means we’ll be waiting until later in the week for an idea about whether or not he’ll play against Carolina.

Devonta Freeman was the most effective back in New Orleans, running five times for 36 yards and a touchdown and catching three passes for 48 more yards.

Fantasy Impact:

Early reports after the game said the injury wasn't all that serious and Jackson could be available for Week 17. For now, that remains up in the air. Jacquizz Rodgers got a bulk of the carries but Freeman has more fantasy potential.

Steven Jackson injures quad, not believed to be serious

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 8:39pm

Atlanta Falcons on Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons RB Steven Jackson has a quad injury and did not return to the game.

Fantasy Impact:

An ESPN report on Monday said the Falcons don't believe the injury is serious and that Jackson will play in Week 17. Jacquizz Rodgers had 11 carries but collected just 29 yards. Devonte Freeman ran for a 5-36-1 line and added three catches for 48 yards. The Falcons play for the NFC South title against the Panthers next week. If Jackson can't go Freeman and Rodgers would likely split up the workload with Freeman having more upside.

Jamaal Charles has bruised knee

Monday, December 1, 2014, 2:11pm

Adam Teicher on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he thinks RB Jamaal Charles will be available for Arizona game Week 14. Had some swelling in knee. Played through it Sunday night.

Fantasy Impact:

This may be a sign from the fantasy gods that it's time to secure Knile Davis if you're a Charles owner and you haven't already. It's a tough matchup Week 14 for Charles against the Cardinals, but the ageless Steven Jackson seemed to do just fine in Week 13. Charles has favorable matchups Weeks 15 (Oakland) and Week 16 (Pittsburgh). If Charles wouldn't go, we know that Davis would get a bulk of the work and would be a very good fantasy option.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Falcons RB Steven Jackson (illness, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 12. Jackson has a pretty good matchup against the Browns. Devonta Freeman might see a few extra touches with Antone Smith done for the year.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Falcons RB Steven Jackson (illness) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. For now, we’re not worried about Jackson, who should be back at practice tomorrow.

Falcons RB Antone Smith (broken leg) placed on IR

Monday, November 17, 2014, 3:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Atlanta Falcons placed explosive running back Antone Smith on season-ending injured reserve after he suffered a broken leg in Sunday's 19-17 win over Carolina.

Smith suffered the injury while on the punt-coverage unit early in the fourth quarter. He had to be helped off the field and was on crutches following the game.

The loss of Smith takes away one of the Falcons' most dangerous offensive weapons. He currently is tied with Roddy White for the team lead with five touchdowns. Smith also was one of the Falcons' best special teams players.

Fantasy Impact:

The loss of Smith likely means more opportunities for rookie running back Devonta Freeman behind starter Steven Jackson and backup Jacquizz Rodgers. The team has already expressed interest in bringing back Smith.

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm

Falcons RB Antone Smith (neck, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 10. Smith isn’t worth the risk this week. If you’re looking for a what-the-heck start from Atlanta (not named Steven Jackson), give Devonta Freeman a try.