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Tony Gonzalez won't be talked out of retirement
Monday, January 27, 2014, 10:36am

Vaughn McClure, Twitter - [Full Article]

Once again, Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez reiterates that he won't be talked out of retirement in pre-Pro Bowl interview with Doug Flutie. He's "at peace."

Fantasy Impact:

The loss of Gonzo will impact Matt Ryan's chances of a bounce back season. The Falcons will have to address the TE position this summer, though 6'8" Levine Toiolo has some potential.

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Roddy White may miss Week 7
Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 11:09am

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Falcons concerned WR Roddy White could miss at least one game, possibly more, due to left hamstring he pulled Monday night.

Fantasy Impact:

With Julio Jones fully expected to be out a while, the Falcons desperately need White to play. If he is out, Harry Douglas will be the most experienced WR on the field for Atlanta, with Drew Davis and Kevin Cone both seeing big increases in playing time. Matt Ryan's stock has taken a big hit, but expect Tony Gonzalez to see more targets than ever.

Report: Falcons fear Julio Jones out for season
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 1:44pm

Jay Glazer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons fear Julio Jones likely out for the rest of the year with a foot injury. Initial diagnosis is that Julio Jones season is over. Falcons sending him for 2nd opinion but they are pessimistic.

Fantasy Impact:

The latest reports say Jones broke the screw that was put in his foot in his 2011 surgery, which obviously doesn't sound good. But, the good news for the Falcons is they have a Week 6 BYE to get Roddy White and Steven Jackson healthy. If Julio is indeed lost for the season, this would obviously be a huge blow to Matt Ryan and the entire offense. When Jones missed time in 2011, Harry Douglas saw an increase in snaps (from an average of 33 to 51), but the Falcons may elect to use Drew Davis and Kevin Cone and keep Douglas in the slot. Expect Ryan to lean even more heavily on veteran TE Tony Gonzalez and the run game, so this could be a good thing for Steven Jackson, if he can stay healthy. For now, Douglas looks like the best pickup in the Atlanta receiving corps.

Beat: Steven Jackson could be out another 2-3 weeks
Monday, September 23, 2013, 8:45pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Don't expect Steven Jackson to make a miraculous recovery over the next few days.

The Atlanta Falcons running back, who missed Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Dolphins while nursing a hamstring injury, is still expected to be sidelined another two to three weeks, according to a league source. That means Jackson is set to miss Sunday night's showdown with the Patriots.

Jackson sustained the setback -- originally called a thigh injury -- in the first quarter of a Week 2 win over his former team, the Rams. He exited that game immediately after scoring an eight-yard touchdown off a pass from Matt Ryan.

Jackson said last week he was getting better but would not discuss his status in detail. The Falcons (1-2) might miss him against the Patriots (3-0).

Fantasy Impact:

Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling held their own while combining for 139 rushing yards against the Dolphins, but a healthy Jackson could have helped solve some of the Falcons' red-zone woes with his rugged, downhill style, the story points out. Rodgers is a nicer PPR option, but you can probably expect Snelling to get any carries in close at the goal line. So, both have some limited value depending on your league format.

Steven Jackson lining up "all over" the field
Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 1:05pm

Atlanta Falcons - [Full Article]

It continues to be very clear the Falcons intend to use Steven Jackson as much more than just a running back who carries the ball. Although he's a talented runner, Jackson is equally good at catching passes. During practices the Falcons have positioned Jackson all over the line of scrimmage and at one point Tuesday during drills, the Falcons threw to Jackson on two straight plays on opposite sides of the field. After practice Jackson said he thinks the offense is designed to get him one-on-one with linebackers because of the heavy coverage opposing defenses are expected to use against Atlanta's receiving targets. Jackson's role in Atlanta gives the running back memories of his early days as a true dual-threat back: "It reminds me of my younger years in St. Louis when I was used more as a receiver out of the backfield. It allows me to use more tools in the shed that I have and possess. It allows me to work on things I haven't done in a number of years."

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson has a chance to be very successful in Atlanta's high-octane offense. Jackson will benefit from extra red zone touches -- Michael Turner had almost twice as many red zone carries as Jackson did in 2012. He'll also enjoy running against defenses that will have to respect Matt Ryan and the Falcons' potent passing game. He has a chance to be a three-down back -- the Falcons have praised his pass-catching in OTAs. S-Jax looks like a low-end RB1 in his new situation.

Beat: Steven Jackson "looks explosive at half speed"
Friday, August 2, 2013, 11:39am

AJC.com - [Full Article]

Falcons RB Steven Jackson still has a good jump-cut step. He even looks explosive at half speed.

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson has a chance to have fantasy success in Atlanta's high-octane offense. Jackson will benefit from extra red zone touches -- Michael Turner had almost twice as many red zone carries as Jackson did in 2012. He'll also enjoy running against defenses that will have to respect Matt Ryan and the Falcons' potent passing game. He has a chance to be a three-down back -- the Falcons have praised his pass-catching in OTAs. S-Jax looks like a low-end RB1/high-end RB2 in his new situation.

Tony Gonzalez will retire after 2013 season
Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 7:29pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

When asked if this would be his final training camp, Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez said, "Without a doubt, yes. Without question."

Fantasy Impact:

He finished #3 in fantasy PPG in 2012 and #6 in 2011 so another top 5 season is well within reach. He's a great fit for the Atlanta passing game and Matt Ryan loves to look his way in the redzone due to his big frame and soft hands.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 1:32pm

atlantafalcons.com - [Full Article]

The Falcons are set with Matt Ryan, but the backup to him is a little more unclear. Dominique Davis appears to be the frontrunner heading into training camp, and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter thinks the upcoming preseason will be big for the second-year signal caller.

Fantasy Impact:

Davis is battling rookie Sean Renfree and free agent QB Seth Doege. He was impressive in preseason last year, but was third behind Luke McCown. The team has since parted ways with with McCown pretty much leaving the job for Davis.

Falcons sign Steven Jackson to a three-year deal
Thursday, March 14, 2013, 4:55pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a contract with free-agent running back Steven Jackson on Thursday, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

As expected, Jackson voided his contract with the St. Louis Rams on Thursday, making the 29-year-old an unrestricted free agent. He said last week that he wanted to start for whichever team he signed with in free agency.

"For where I'm at, going into Year 10, I'm not ready to step back and just become a primary backup or a reduced role guy to be part of a running back by committee," Jackson said on Sirius XM NFL Radio last week. "I still have a lot left in my tank. I still have a lot left to offer to a team. We're not talking about someone that's in Year 12 or 13."

Fantasy Impact:

This looks like a great signing by the Falcons and Jackson has a chance to have fantasy success in Atlanta's high-octane offense. Jackson will benefit from extra red zone touches -- Michael Turner had almost twice as many red zone carries as Jackson did in 2012. He'll also enjoy running against defenses that will have to respect Matt Ryan and the Falcons' potent passing game. He has a chance to be a three-down back, but the Falcons may continue to use Jacquizz Rodgers in the passing game. S-Jax looks like a low-end RB1 in his new situation. As for the Rams, it appears (at this point) that they are going to move forward with Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead in some sort of a RBBC.

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 12:24pm

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has fully recovered from the sprained left AC shoulder joint he suffered against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game on Jan. 20.

After the game, Falcons coach Mike Smith said that Ryan’s recovery was expected to be three to four weeks and that Ryan would have played had the Falcons advanced to Super Bowl XLVII. No surgery was required.

“He’s started working out in the weight room,” Smith said on Wednesday. “He’s moved from the rehab part of it to working in the weight room, which is a good thing.”

Monday, January 21, 2013, 7:26pm

Atlanta Falcons - [Full Article]

HC Mike Smith says QB Matt Ryan has a sprained left shoulder. If the Falcons would have won, he would have played in two weeks.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 11:14am

FoxSports.com - [Full Article]

A source told FOXSports.com the Atlanta Falcons have signed offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to a contract extension that will keep him off the market until the 2014 offseason.

Atlanta’s offensive talent provided impetus for Koetter to stick with the Falcons. The chance to continue working with quarterback Matt Ryan and other weapons like wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones should continue to bolster Koetter’s head-coaching stock for the future.

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