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Bucs RB Antone Smith (knee) out for the year

Friday, November 4, 2016, 6:16pm

Rick Stroud - [Full Article]

Buccaneers RB Antone Smith suffered a season ending knee injury.

Fantasy Impact:

With Doug Martin still sidelined, Peyton Barber is the last man standing in Tampa. Mike James will serve as his backup.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 6:39pm

Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers (foot, out) did not practice Wednesday. Doug Martin (hamstring, out) did not practice Wednesday. According to ESPN’s Jenna Laine, Antone Smith is the most likely back to lead the team in touches this week, but it’s a fluid situation.

Bucs RB Jacquizz Rodgers has sprained foot

Monday, October 31, 2016, 6:56pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers suffered a foot sprain late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 30-24 overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders, according to a source.

Rodgers underwent an MRI, which revealed no fractures, the source said. He was wearing a walking boot on his left foot Monday.

Related players: Antone Smith, Peyton Barber, Mike James

Fantasy Impact:

The Bucs are on a short week so the timing is bad for Rodgers and his owners. Antone Smith and Peyton Barber could see more work on Thursday night and the team also brought back Mike James today.

Bucs bring back RB Mike James

Monday, October 31, 2016, 6:37pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Buccaneers lost another running back to injury in Sunday’s overtime loss to the Raiders, which has led them back to a player who opened the year on the roster before being waived with an injury.

Running back Mike James made the Buccaneers’ initial 53-man roster before being waived/injured before the season opener and eventually released with an injury settlement. He spent time with the Lions practice squad earlier this month, but recently became eligible to return to the Buccaneers and, per multiple reports, that’s exactly what he will do.

Related players: Antone Smith, Peyton Barber

Fantasy Impact:

Rodgers suffered a sprained foot and joins Doug Martin and Charles Sims as injured members of the Tampa backfield. Sims is on injured reserve, but Martin can return at any point if his hamstring is healthy. With the Bucs on a short practice week before the Falcons this Thursday, the wait for Martin may have to wait at least another week.

Bucs short at running back on short week

Monday, October 31, 2016, 9:48am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Buccaneers are going into a short week, and they’re going in short on running backs.

Already without Doug Martin and Charles Sims (who is on IR), the Bucs lost Jacquizz Rodgers in the second half of yesterday’s loss to the Raiders, and coach Dirk Koetter did not sound optimistic.

“I don’t think it’s probably good,” Koetter said, via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. “But I don’t know for sure. It’s something to do with his ankle.”

Related players: Antone Smith, Peyton Barber

Fantasy Impact:

Rodgers had topped 100 yards in his previous two games, and had 69 yards on 19 carries yesterday before leaving. He was replaced by veteran Antone Smith, and the Bucs don’t have many other options, with a game against the Falcons looming on Thursday. Undrafted rookie Peyton Barber’s the only other running back on the roster at the moment.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 10:50am - [Full Article]

The Jets announced a pair of RB transactions today, singing veteran Antone Smith and placing Bernard Pierce on injured reserve.

The 5’9”, 192-pound Smith, a Florida State product entering his seventh NFL season, appeared in five games with the Chicago Bears last season. An undrafted free agent who spent his first five credited NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Smith has averaged 9.9 yards on his 30 NFL carries and totaled 7 touchdowns on 45 touches.

Fantasy Impact:

With Matt Forte also banged up, the Jets need some healthy ball carriers behind Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson. Robinson is also coming off an injury.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 2:14pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Chicago Bears had to replace a running back on the roster this week.

Third-down specialist Jacquizz Rodgers broke his arm against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5, so the team placed him on season-ending injured reserve. The Bears signed another former Falcon, Antone Smith, to replace Rodgers.

Fantasy Impact:

This development could open the door for fourth-round rookie Jeremy Langford to see more action behind Matt Forte.

Falcons cut Antone Smith

Saturday, September 5, 2015, 11:54am - [Full Article]

The Falcons are parting ways with running back Antone Smith today as they cutdown to a 53-man roster, according to WSBTV’s Zach Klein.

Fantasy Impact:

Klein's tweet said the Falcons are working on an injury settlement Smith. If nothing is agreed, he’ll be placed on IR. Bottom line, he’s done playing for Falcons. Smith has had a lingering hamstring injury. He was explosive last year with several big play TDs, but it looks like the RB work belongs to Devanta Freeman and Tevin Coleman now. Jerome Smith could be next up on the depth chart as the team's RB3.

Monday, August 17, 2015, 12:48pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Hamstring injuries left the Falcons without three of their running backs in recent days, leading the team to sign Evan Royster in order to have enough healthy bodies to get them through practice.

They may not need Royster to fill that role for too much longer, however. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman both suited up for Monday’s practice and multiple reports from Falcons practice had them taking part in individual drills while sitting out the team portions of the workout.

Assuming neither player hits any snags in their recovery, both Freeman and Coleman should be back into those drills without much more delay. Antone Smith, who is also battling a hamstring injury, remained out of practice on Monday which left Terron Ward running with the first team once again.

Fantasy Impact:

Coleman and Freeman are competing for the team’s starting running back job, although it wouldn’t come as a great surprise if they both wind up with sizable roles on offense in Atlanta this season, the story said.

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 1:52pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Atlanta Falcons have released offensive tackle DeMarcus Love and signed three players, including running back Evan Royster.

Royster, a sixth-round draft pick by the Redskins in 2011, adds depth to a position depleted by injuries. Running backs Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman and, most recently, Antone Smith have suffered hamstring injuries. Smith was hurt while scoring a touchdown in the Falcons' 31-24 preseason win over Tennessee on Friday night.

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:37am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Atlanta Falcons fans are used to seeing Antone Smith break off big plays. Remember, he scored five touchdowns of 38-plus yards last season and averaged a whopping 51 yards per scoring play. But Smith's big-play ability has been in hibernation ever since he broke his leg last November at Carolina.

Friday's practice at Buford High School sure made it look like Smith was back to his old self, even if he didn't want to admit it.

"I'm getting there," Smith said. "I'm right where I need to be at this time right now."

Smith has been the forgotten man in running back rotation with so much emphasis on the competition between likely starter Devonta Freeman and rookie Tevin Coleman. But with both Freeman and Coleman likely sidelined the next two weeks with hamstring strains, Smith should be featured more in practice.

Fantasy Impact:

The Falcons opted to let undrafted rookie Terron Ward immediately take first-team reps following the injuries to Freeman and Coleman. Maybe it's because the coaches just want to give the younger guys more work, the story said. But, Smith may not be a bell cow type of back despite having the potential to bust off big plays. However that skill set is a risk for fantasy lineups, perhaps outside of very deep leagues. Smith isn't even getting drafted and is ranked 61st on our list of RBs.

Matt Ryan: 'It takes a group' at running back

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 2:36pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

While much has been made of the competition for the starting running back spot, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan prefers a committee approach.

“In this league it takes a group at that spot,” Ryan said. “I think we have the right group to do it.”

Devonta Freeman and rookie Tevin Coleman are battling for the top spot. The Falcons also have Antone Smith, Terron Ward and Jerome Smith on the roster.

“Anytime you can run the football and you can run it effectively is slows down the pass rush,” Ryan said. “That’s the goal for us, to be balanced on offense and to be able to get that run game going. I think Kyle has a great scheme in terms of the zone blocking scheme. We have to rep it. Get better at it. Get on the same page, all 11 of us on offense. Once we do that, I think that will help.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story added that Ryan wouldn't pick a favorite out of the group, and he very well may be taking the high road as a lot needs to be sorted out as far as the Falcons RBs go. The Falcons are installing a outside-zone blocking scheme under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan the story added.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman still running with the first team

Friday, July 31, 2015, 7:37pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Although the running back battle between second-year player Devonta Freeman and rookie Tevin Coleman is sure to be a storyline throughout training camp, Coleman downplayed the significance following Friday's first day of camp.

Freeman remained with the first team, while Coleman and Antone Smith worked behind Freeman. Coleman is focused on adjusting from the college to the NFL game.

Fantasy Impact:

With Steven 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, though the team threw cold water on that notion by drafting Coleman. 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 we’re expecting he’ll be PPR-relevant as part of a timeshare.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 10:01am

Atlanta Falcons - [Full Article]

Falcons RB Antone Smith, who suffered a broken leg in November, returned to action Tuesday and showed no signs of injury. The veteran running back didn’t miss a beat and moved well during agility drills. Quinn envisions Smith as a key asset moving forward — particularly on special teams.

“The speed I think is the first thing that jumps out,” Quinn said of Smith. “It’s been awesome getting him back in the mix this week.”

Fantasy Impact:

Smith could create headaches for those owners who are banking on Tevin Coleman or Devonta Freeman. Smith has been very productive in limited touches and could force his way onto the field if he continues to produce.

Falcons Beat: Team will use a 'two-back system with equal reps'

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 10:33am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Falcons beat writer Vaughn McClure:

The running back position became compelling when the Falcons drafted Indiana’s Tevin Coleman in the third round. Coleman, a 2,000-yard rusher last season, boldly claimed he was ready to take over the starting job. Problem is, the Falcons have expressed plenty of faith in second-year player Devonta Freeman, who told me he wants to take his game to another level and maybe be in the MVP conversation one day. Freeman and Coleman will push each other daily, which should only benefit the Falcons going into the 2015 season. Freeman has impressed the new coaching staff with his pass-catching skills, while both players have to show the ability to consistently block when it comes to pass protection. I anticipate a two-back system with equal reps as the Falcons make a concerted effort to bring more offensive balance with a stronger run game. And don’t count out the contribution of explosive Antone Smith, who could be back to his old self once he fully recovers from a broken leg.

Fantasy Impact:

We currently project Coleman for 248 touches and Freeman for 160, with Smith seeing 68 touches if his leg is fully recovered. This could be a fairly ugly committee, though the overall production could be solid with Kyle Shanahan running things.

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