Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 10:31am
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:28pm
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm
Monday, November 3, 2014, 8:48am
Smith, in the last year of his contract, leads the team with five touchdowns.
Monday, October 6, 2014, 8:45am
Whenever he touches the ball these days, Antone Smith is expected to score.
The diminutive Atlanta Falcons running back entered Sunday's game against the Giants with three touchdowns in just 13 touches. His 48-yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4 was highlighted on the weekly media guide going into the Giants game.
So what did Smith do? He simply scored his fourth explosive touchdown on a 74-yard, catch-and-run during the third quarter of Sunday's 30-20 loss. Smith's four touchdowns this season -- a 48-yard rush, and 38-yard rush, a 54-yard catch-and-run, and the 74-yarder Sunday --- have averaged 53.5 yards. And he has been battling a right hamstring issue since the start of the season, too.
Smith had four touches total against the Giants.
So far Smith as been getting about 2-4 touches a game. He's worth a stash if you have the room, but until we see more he's going to be a risky play despite his big-play capability.
Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm
Monday, September 22, 2014, 4:47pm
“We’ll give (an update) on Wednesday at 4 o’clock, there will be an injury report,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said after practice on Monday. “It will happen at 4 on Wednesday.”
Smith believes revealing injuries before he’s required to by the league office somehow gives the opposition an competitive advantage.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 9:57am
If the Falcons can make those blocks, Antone Smith has shown that can rip off those big plays. Freeman showed his power in the opener against Saints when he barreled through defenders to pick up an extra five yards after contact.
Coach Mike Smith seem to regret that neither player received in opportunities in 24-10 the mauling by the Bengals.
“We did not get (through) rotation because we had some three-and-outs,” Smith said. “Rotating our backs didn’t go like it did in the first week. That’s something that again, when you’ve got four running backs it’s a challenge every game to get the numbers that you’d like for them to have.”
It's just one opinion but his point makes a lot of sense in a copycat league. We'll see if the Falcons take his advice... The team has four backs with some potential, however Smith and Freeman are younger guys with a lot of ability who are trying to get more touches behind vets Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers. So far Jackson has 23 carries for 98 yards and Rodgers 11 carries for 57 yards and a TD, but both backs haven't been involved in the passing game. Meanwhile, Smith and Freeman have combined for 7 catches and 113 yards.
Monday, September 8, 2014, 10:56am
Jackson was just ahead of Jacquizz Rodgers, 42-38 in snaps. Jackson had 13 total touches to Rodgers 7, but it was Rodgers who had a touchdown. Also of note was RB Devonte Freeman, perhaps getting eased in a bit, playing on just five snaps but getting the ball on four of them: two carries and two receptions for 33 total yards. RB Antone Smith also had a 54 yard TD reception. So while Jackson got the most snaps, it was the other backs who seemed to stand out...
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 8:14pm
Interesting because Smith and Freeman have played well in camp and in the team's only preseason game.
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