Falcons Fantasy News

Julio Jones doesn't practice Friday

Friday, July 29, 2016, 3:15pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Julio Jones left the very first practice of training camp with what Falcons coach Dan Quinn called a “tweak” to an unspecified body part.

Jones did not practice Friday, either, after Quinn had said he likely would. But Quinn insists that the injury is a “small tweak” and a “one-off thing” and said Jones would “likely be back in the next day or so.”

“He’s fit,” Quinn said. “He’s strong. It was my decision, and I wanted to hold him back.”

Fantasy Impact:

It's worth note because Jones was expected back today. It's possible he was just held out to be safe as Quinn said, but at the same time it leaves some doubt among fantasy owners because Jones is a possible top-three overall pick.

Julio Jones tweaks knee, expected to be OK

Thursday, July 28, 2016, 2:32pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones suffered a minor injury on the first day of training camp but is expected to return for Friday's practice, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said.

Jones rested for most of practice Thursday after getting banged up during a drill in the earlier portion of practice. He motioned to the sideline to be replaced and appeared to stretch both legs to overcome the pain. It was not considered cramps, Quinn said.

"We just held him out," Quinn said. "He had a little tweak, so we just decided to hold (him). He'll likely be back in there for tomorrow. He could have gone back in today and was asking me to, but I decided not to."

Fantasy Impact:

Quinn would not specify what Jones tweaked but said he'll be back on Friday. Jones spent extensive time talking to the athletic performance staff while on the sideline. Late in practice, he put his helmet back on and caught passes from the other receivers, with a member of the performance staff providing resistance as Jones pushed off.

Thursday, July 28, 2016, 2:22pm

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

The Bengals reported to Paul Brown Stadium Thursday and as five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green began his sixth training camp without offseason workout partner Calvin Johnson in the league, he says he’s one of a group of about five vying to replace Johnson as the NFL’s best wide receiver.

“I’m in there,” said Green, who also counts Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr., and DeAndre Hopkins in that mix.

Green says he’s not surprised Johnson retired after just nine seasons in the league at age 30. After all, he told Green a couple of offseasons ago that he only had about two or three years left in him.

And there are other concerns. Green and wife Miranda are expecting their first child Sept. 30, a son named Easton Ace Green.

Fantasy Impact:

Green, who turns 28 Sunday, said he’d like to play anywhere between 11-15 seasons if he’s still performing at a top level, the story said.

Falcons still want to involve Tevin Coleman

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 9:01am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Going into this season, there is persistent talk of second-year back Tevin Coleman, who had one touchdown on 89 touches last season, taking much of the load off Devonta Freeman. The coaches are extremely excited about Coleman's breakaway speed and big-play potential, provided he remains healthy and tackles the fumbling issues that plagued him last season.

"We want to know what's best for the team, so giving it to him every snap may not be the best way for us to win ballgames," HC Dan Quinn said about Freeman. "Could he do it? Is he tough enough? 100 percent. But for us to play at our best, we're going to feature both the guys and use their strengths."

Fantasy Impact:

Training camp, which starts Thursday, will give a glimpse of how much more the Falcons plan to incorporate Coleman. Quinn also talked about the possibility of giving Coleman touches as a kick returner with Devin Hester no longer on the team, but he'll have to prove he's over his fumbling issues. Like it or not, Coleman is going to cut into Freeman's workload which will limit Freeman's fantasy value. But that's life in the NFL at running back, and we still rank Freeman sixth among our backs in PPR and his projected 61 receptions is third most among RBs. Looks like his real value will be in PPR leagues.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 7:06pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Roddy White, the Atlanta Falcons' all-time leading receiver with 808 catches and 10,863 yards, was released by the team in March after a career-worst season in 2015.

But according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, White intends to play this season and "is in contact with a few teams."

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 10:39am

AtlantaFalcons.com - [Full Article]

The Atlanta Falcons have announced that they have released wide receiver Devin Hester.

The three-time All-Pro was originally drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round (57th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Miami (FL). Hester has been a dynamic return man during his career and holds the NFL record in return touchdowns (20) and punt return touchdowns (14).

Last season, Hester was placed on injured-reserve designated to return at the beginning of the season with a toe injury. He returned in Week 13 and recorded 269 total return yards during the last five games of the year.

Fantasy Impact:

The Falcons signed wide receiver Mohamed Sanu and drafted wide receiver Devin Fuller out of UCLA this offseason in an effort to help Matt Ryan and add more depth to the wide receiver corp. Atlanta will also have intense competition at the kick/punt returner position with Fuller, RB Tevin Coleman, WR Eric Weems, and a handful of others battling for that spot, the story went on to say.

Falcons want to decrease Devonta Freeman's carries

Monday, July 11, 2016, 1:54pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Widely respected Falcons running backs coach Bobby Turner hopes to decrease Devonta Freeman’s carries in 2016.

“It’s about growth,” Turner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Free had a good year, but I’m expecting even a better year. Well, you’re saying, how can it be better? It can be even better with less carries or less catches because I’d obviously like to get Tevin (Coleman) more involved and that also keeps Free fresher.”

Freeman, who went to the Pro Bowl, rushed for 1,056 yards on 265 carries and scored 11 rushing touchdowns last season. He also caught 73 passes for 578 yards and three touchdowns.

Coleman, who was drafted it the third-round (73rd overall) of the 2015 draft out of Indiana, opened last season as the starting running back and got off to a promising start before suffering fractured ribs in the second game. While out, Freeman took over the position.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said despite Freeman's success, the team still has high hopes for Coleman, who was drafted with the current set of coaches. However, Coleman has proved to have ball security issues. While a tandem approach sounds like bad news for potential Freeman owners, the good news is Turner expects a better season out of Freeman so he should still get significant work. Freeman is ranked eighth on our RB list and has early-to-mid-second round value.

Falcons Beat: TE Jacob Tamme had 'a strong offseason'

Friday, June 17, 2016, 1:29pm

Atlanta-Journal Constitution - [Full Article]

Tight end Jacob Tamme had a strong offseason catching the ball and working on his blocking. His 59 catches last season were the second-highest total of his career.

“I really feel like my best years are still in front of me,” Tamme said. “Which is a good feeling to have at this point in my career. That’s an exciting thing for me.”

He believes the offense made some major strides.

“I feel like I’m well ahead of where I was at this point last year,” Tamme said. “That’s something that I’m pretty jacked up about.”

Fantasy Impact:

Tamme finished #14 in PPR formats last year. The Falcons drafted his eventual replacement, Austin Hooper, but rookie tight ends rarely make much of an impact. Tamme may be streamable again in 2016.

Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan 'fully anticipates' more deep throws this season

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 1:50pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan fully anticipates taking more deep shots this coming season, particularly with a dynamic deep threat such as Julio Jones to target. Last season, Jones averaged 10.33 air yards per target, which ranked 47th in the league. Of course, he made the most of those targets with a league-leading 1,871 receiving yards, including 642 yards after the catch. But a few more deep balls might have put Jones over the 2,000-yard mark.

"Usually, explosive plays have never been an issue. I know we didn't get as many last year as we wanted to. ... We actually had a good amount of explosive plays. We didn't have a good amount of explosive touchdowns. Our guy who can do it the most, Julio, he got a bunch at the beginning of the year, but it's a little harder to get explosive plays when there's always a second guy over the top of you. That's why we had to move him and recreate some. I'm hoping other guys can do it, too."

Fantasy Impact:

Jones finished #2 in both formats last year and is a rock-solid 1st round pick in 2016. Not much has changed in Atlanta, so Jones should continue to see a boatload of targets as Matt Ryan’s primary option. A few more touchdowns would certainly help his outlook. Any concern about Jones’ foot seems to be gone now that he’s played in 31 of his last 32 games.

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman expects to have a big role in the offense

Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 9:56pm

Atlanta Journal Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman got off to a promising start before suffering fractured ribs in the second game of the season. While out, Devonta Freeman took over the position and turned in a Pro Bowl campaign with 1,634 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns.

Despite Freeman’s success, the Falcons still have high hopes for Coleman, who was electrifying in the open field.

“I love it when a guy is challenged and comes back on a mission, and that’s certainly been the case with him,” Quinn said. “He’s fit. He’s strong. He’s been catching the ball out of the backfield. He’s a man here with something to prove and he’s certainly off to that start.”

Coleman believes there’s room for him and Freeman in the rushing attack.

“Oh yeah, definitely I think people under estimate it,” Coleman said. “Free (received) most of the playing time last year because I was hurt. They don’t even know what’s coming. It will be me and Free out there killing it.”

Fantasy Impact:

All this talk about Coleman has us a little worried about Freeman's rushing workload. His role in the passing game should be fairly safe, giving him significantly more value in PPR formats than in standard leagues. Coleman's 11th round ADP makes him a nice attrition/injury play in the later rounds. He'd blow up if anything happened to Freeman.

Andy Dalton has no restrictions with thumb

Monday, April 4, 2016, 9:19pm

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

Andy Dalton is back to zipping the ball. He’s got no restrictions with his throwing thumb; he’s got one visit under his belt to passing specialist Dr. Tom House last month, and after watching two of his most established targets leave via free agency he got one back with a Super Bowl ring and knows Pro Bowlers A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert are already here.

“It would be tougher if it was my first or second year, but this is year six,” Dalton says Monday from Dallas of his revamped receiving corps. “It’s easier for me now than early on in my career. That is going to be fun. We’ve got these guys from the start; we’ve got to get them exactly where we want them to be.

The two guys who lockered next to him and meant so much to the passing game won’t be here two weeks from Monday when the Bengals gather for offseason workouts. Wide receiver Marvin Jones turned down at least the same $40 million to go to Detroit and Mohamed Sanu got No. 2 money in Atlanta when a No. 4 role loomed in Cincinnati.

Fantasy Impact:

This past season Jones and Sanu represented 28 percent of Dalton’s yards and 16 percent of his touchdowns, the story said. In the wake of their losses the Bengals signed Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell who will move into the number-two slot opposite of Green.

Monday, April 4, 2016, 9:13pm

BuffaloBills.com - [Full Article]

The Bills today announced that wide receiver Leonard Hankerson has re-signed with the Buffalo Bills.

Hankerson originally joined the Bills on December 26, 2015 and played in the team’s final game against the New York Jets. He did not record a reception in the game. The 6-2, 211-pound Miami (Fl.) product entered the NFL in 2011 as a third round pick (79th overall) with the Washington Redskins. Hankerson has played in 40 career games, starting 14, catching 107 passes for 1,408 yards and nine touchdowns.

Prior to joining the Bills, Hankerson played for the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in 2015. He spent his first four NFL seasons with the Washington Redskins. His most productive season came in 2012 when he had 38 catches for 543 yards and three touchdowns for Washington.

Packers to sign TE Jared Cook

Monday, March 28, 2016, 10:15am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Tight end Jared Cook will sign a deal to join the Green Bay Packers, sources told ESPN.

Cook is in Green Bay taking a physical before the deal will be official, a source told ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky.

The Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears also had interest in the 28-year-old, sources told ESPN, but he opted to join Green Bay and its offense led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Fantasy Impact:

Cook finished #28 in 2015 (PPR), but in the four prior seasons, he posted an average ranking of 16.3. He ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the combine back in 2009 and while he's probably lost a step along the way, he can still threaten the seam better than Richard Rodgers. It's not inconceivable that he turns into a fantasy starter, but the position is deep this year and unless he vastly outplays Rodgers, he's more likely to form a committee with the third-year tight end.

Falcons sign WR Mohamed Sanu

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 2:28pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Falcons agreed to terms with former Bengals WR Mohammad Sanu on a five-year deal, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Sanu averaged 5.5 catches for 96 yards and 0.50 TD in the four games that A.J. Green missed in 2014, but keep in mind that Marvin Jones also missed all of that season with a foot injury. Regardless, Sanu looks like a pretty good fit opposite Julio Jones and will be getting a promotion from the WR3 in Cincinnati to the WR2 in Atlanta.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 5:08pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Falcons agreed to terms with quarterback Matt Schaub, and also agreed to terms on a five-year deal with free-agent center Alex Mack.

Schaub spent three seasons with the Falcons, then was traded the Texans after the 2007 season. He played for the Raiders in 2014 and the Ravens last season.

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