Falcons Fantasy News

Monday, August 8, 2016, 6:35pm

CSN Mid-Atlantic - [Full Article]

Jay Gruden still isn't sure how much his starters will play in their preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, but he does know which guys won't be playing at all when the Redskins head into the Georgia Dome.

Derek Carrier, Josh Doctson and Reggie Diggs have all been ruled out, according to the coach. So, too, has Jamison Crowder, who hasn't been practicing these last few sessions.

"I ruled Crowder out myself today," the head coach said in his afternoon press conference. "Those are the four off the top of my head."

Lance Moore retires

Monday, August 8, 2016, 10:29am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Lance Moore’s stay with the Falcons turned out to be a short one.

The veteran wideout signed with the Falcons on Friday, but he has decided to draw the curtain on his NFL career rather than continue to compete for a spot in Atlanta’s offense. Moore announced his retirement through the team on Monday morning.

Fantasy Impact:

The Falcons will have to look for another option for receiving depth after recently signing Moore.

Falcons sign Lance Moore

Friday, August 5, 2016, 5:36pm

AtlantaFalcons.com - [Full Article]

The Falcons signed WR Lance Moore.

After recording 2,000-plus yards and 25 touchdowns for the University of Toledo, Moore was signed by the Cleveland Browns as a college free agent following the 2005 NFL Draft. Moore is entering his 10th year in the NFL and has played for three different teams. He spent eight years with the Falcons divisional rival, the New Orleans Saints, recording 346 receptions for 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns. Moore has 389 career receptions for 4,816 yards and 44 touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact:

Moore could see time in the slot but it remains to be seen just what kind of role he'll have. He'll at least be behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Outside of that, Justin Hardy and Eric Weems are next up on the depth chart for Atlanta.

Tevin Coleman has minor foot injury

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 1:32pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons running back Tevin Coleman suffered a foot injury on Tuesday and did not practice on Wednesday.

Tevin Coleman has a slight roll of his foot yesterday,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after Wednesday’s practice. “He’s doing fine. He’s doing his rehab run today and we could have him back in a limited fashion tomorrow or the following day.”

“He’s had a great camp,” Quinn said. “He had a blister there two and that compounded it. But I envision him being back into this thing really quick.”

Fantasy Impact:

Coleman, who’s expected to share the running back load with Devonta Freeman and return kickoffs, was not dressed out for practice Wednesday as we posted earlier. Quinn expects him back sooner than later it seems.

Tevin Coleman not practicing Wednesday

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 10:52am

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons running back Tevin Coleman is not practicing on Wednesday.

He is not wearing a helmet or pads.

Fantasy Impact:

Unfortunately, not much else is known about the situation so we'll update you as soon as more is available, which will likely be after practice concludes.

Falcons not worried about Matt Ryan's camp INTs

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 2:19pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

The news that quarterback Matt Ryan is throwing lots of interceptions early in training camp sent Falcons fans in a Twitter tizzy. It’s just practice, but any talk about Ryan interceptions carries weight after he had probably his worst season since his first two in the NFL.

Coach Dan Quinn said he’s not worried about Ryan’s interceptions because of context.

“This is the time to try everything, whether is a different route or a different look,” Quinn said Tuesday after Ryan threw a virtual pick-six during the team period. “It’s also an important part for the defense, too, to know how they get after the ball. For us, this is what this time is all about is getting the timing down and getting the routes right. Some of that happens in our training camp practice. But for us, it’s about the ball, we know that.”

Fantasy Impact:

Ryan’s interception on Tuesday came on a play he’s had trouble with at times: a pass to his left outside of the numbers. Ryan floated the pass intended for Julio Jones, leaving cornerback Robert Alford plenty of time to cut underneath and catch it. Ryan finished the 2015 season as the #19 QB after finishing in the top 8 in four of the previous five seasons. (The only miss was the year Julio Jones was injured.) The team replaced a fading Roddy White with Mohamed Sanu, who should serve as a solid if unspectacular second option.

Julio Jones a full-go at practice

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 1:51pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones fully participated in practice on Tuesday.

He had an unspecified injury and referred to some “tightness” in his explosive body. Falcons coach Dan Quinn called the injury a “tweak.”

“He was back to full today,” Quinn said. “He did a good job working to get back. I saw that we had that progression back up to where he was. It was good to see him back.”

Fantasy Impact:

Certainly good news and those in the media and fantasy worlds were starting to get a little concerned about a slow return. The Falcons were likely just playing it safe with their stud wideout.

Julio Jones a full-go at practice

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 1:51pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones fully participated in practice on Tuesday.

He had an unspecified injury and referred to some “tightness” in his explosive body. Falcons coach Dan Quinn called the injury a “tweak.”

“He was back to full today,” Quinn said. “He did a good job working to get back. I saw that we had that progression back up to where he was. It was good to see him back.”

Fantasy Impact:

Certainly good news and those in the media and fantasy worlds were starting to get a little concerned about a slow return. The Falcons were likely just playing it safe with their stud wideout.

Tevin Coleman determined to hold on to ball

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 8:11am

ESPN - [Full Article]

One of the storylines at Atlanta Falcons' training camp through four practices was how smooth and comfortable running back Tevin Coleman looked catching the football.

"It's way better than last year," Coleman said. "It's pretty good now."

The Falcons knew they had such an element in Pro Bowler Devonta Freeman. However, Coleman seems to have elevated that aspect of his game, lining up on the outside and catching go routes with ease.

Now Coleman just has to continue to convince the coaches he can secure the football with more touches.

Fantasy Impact:

They're counting on Coleman to complement Freeman in the running game and possibly step into the role as the primary kickoff returner. But Coleman had fumbling issues last season. He had three fumbles over a six-game stretch, including fumbles in back-to-back games against the Colts and Vikings. This is no surprise and it's been something we've heard all spring - the team thinks Freeman can be better with less work.

Julio Jones will return to practice Tuesday

Sunday, July 31, 2016, 1:42pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said wide receiver Julio Jones, who suffered a minor injury on the first day of training camp Thursday, will return to full practice Tuesday.

Jones, who was pictured rolling a ball under his left foot Saturday, took part in a portion 11-on-11 drills Sunday. He caught the first two passes of the two-minute session at the end of practice. Jones was held out of 1-on-1 drills and sat out the first play of 11-on-11 before making an appearance.

"Not necessarily a pitch count," Quinn said of Jones' Sunday regimen. "We wanted to have probably quarter to half of him out today, make sure tomorrow off, and then we'll be back into full for Tuesday."

Fantasy Impact:

The Falcons have Monday off, giving Jones an added day of rest. He expressed little concern about the injury despite being limited for four days.

Julio Jones appears fine running routes

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 1:48pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones ran routes during the individual period of practice on Saturday.

He’s battling some “tightness” or what coach Dan Quinn called a “tweak.”

“I’m just so explosive,” Jones said. “So I always get something that’s tight or something. I mean, it’s good. I’ll just keep getting treatment. I’m eating right and I’m hydrating. But I’m good. It’s nothing serious are anything like that.”

Fantasy Impact:

Jones left practice Thursday and was kept out Friday. He felt his partial return today went well which is good news for owners and potential owners.

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.

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