Falcons WR Olamide Zaccheus has been the standout wide receiver for the Falcons with Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage leading the depth chart, according to Kevin Knight of 'The Falcoholic' of SB Nation. "Zaccheaus has also notably been lined up both in the slot and outside, so there’s a chance he could be the starting outside WR opposite Calvin Ridley when the Falcons are in 12 personnel packages," wrote Knight.
The last line is important to note as Russell Gage has worked best from the slot. Zaccheus could also line up opposite another Falcons receiver if Atlanta wants Ridley to get looks inside away from potential shadow coverage. The Falcons may have to throw more unless RB Mike Davis can impress similarly as he did with Carolina in 2020. That could mean more snaps and targets for Zaccheus after showing signs of talent when injuries took away some of Atlanta's receiver depth last season.
Dec 18, 2020 · 6:09 PM EST
Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 15. Jones remains out, which is why Matt Ryan is ranked outside the top 15. Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage should continue to see extra targets.
If Jones can't go, Ridley would be the team's WR1 with Gage likely remaining as the slot guy and WR3. That means Zaccheaus could slide in Jones' spot and be a potential sneaky start. The Falcons host the Raiders in an early afternoon game on Sunday so Jones owners will know in advance and have time to adjust lineups.