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Date: Team: Pos:

Falcons placed S Zeke Motta (neck) on reserve/PUP.

Motta suffered a cervical fracture in December. The special teamer and backup safety is expected to miss the entire season.
Aug 20 - 3:50 PM

Coach Mike Smith said he fully expects Steven Jackson (hamstring) to be ready for Week 1.

Jackson hasn't done much since injuring his hammy July 29. But Smith said there's a chance Jackson will play a few snaps in the preseason finale. Jackson doesn't necessarily need any exhibition work, but we'd feel more comfortable if he actually got on the field and took some handoffs. His ADP has been on the decline for weeks now. Jackson is currently going at the back of the seventh round in fantasy drafts. There's value there, but SJ39 is 31 years old and there's a real possibility his body has or will let him down permanently.
Aug 20 - 3:43 PM

Julio Jones (foot) is "set to return to a normal practice routine."

Jones has been limited throughout camp as the Falcons baby his surgically-repaired foot, but coach Mike Smith is ready to remove the reins. Jones made his preseason debut last Saturday, catching two passes for 20 yards. Appearing all-systems-go, Jones is ready to rock as an elite WR1. He's going to practice every day now.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 19 - 7:24 PM

Falcons placed LT Sam Baker (torn patellar tendon) on injured reserve, ending his season.

No. 6 overall pick Jake Matthews will slide in on the blindside, with Lamar Holmes re-entering the starting lineup at right tackle. In theory, it significantly weakens Atlanta's line, but Baker was a question mark even before going down. Baker is dealing with a tear to his right patellar tendon one year after tearing the left. He'll enter 2015 having appeared in just four games over the past two seasons. Although he's due an affordable $4.5 million next season, he could easily end up a cap casualty. Cutting Baker, who turns 30 in May, next spring would create $1.9 million in cap space. He's been a mega-bust since signing a six-year, $41.1 million extension last March.
Aug 18 - 3:52 PM

Falcons signed OT Pat McQuistan.

He's taking the roster spot of LT Sam Baker (knee, injured reserve). A nine-year veteran, McQuistan spent time with the Titans last season, but never appeared in a regular-season game. He's made only six appearances since the end of the 2011 season. He's a flier, one with a long-shot at cracking the 53-man roster.
Aug 18 - 3:49 PM

Falcons activated DT Corey Peters (Achilles') from the active/PUP list.

The team is "taking it slow" with Peters, but expects him to be ready for Week 1. Peters blew out his Achilles' last Week 16, but has progressed on schedule. He'll open the year as a rotational lineman provided he's healthy enough.
Aug 18 - 1:14 PM

The Falcons have moved No. 6 overall pick Jake Matthews to left tackle in the wake of Sam Baker's season-ending knee injury.

It's a no-brainer move for the Falcons, but it doesn't mean it will be an effective one. Lamar Holmes, who struggled badly in 15 starts last season, is now forced to slide in at right tackle. And Matthews will have a ton of pressure on him right away to protect Matt Ryan's blind side. The Falcons have holes in just about every position group except wide receiver and quarterback.
Aug 18 - 12:11 PM

Falcons LT Sam Baker suffered a torn right patellar tendon during Saturday's preseason game and is done for the season.

It's a big blow for Atlanta, as turnstile Lamar Holmes will enter the starting lineup. No. 6 overall pick Jake Matthews will likely kick from right to left tackle. It's Matthews' more natural position, and he's the future at the position anyway. Baker signed a six-year, $41 million deal with Atlanta in March of 2013 and played in just four games last season due to a torn left patellar tendon. He's now likely to go down as one of GM Thomas Dimitroff's biggest blunders. Dimitroff has struggled mightily in recent years to piece together a competent roster.
Aug 17 - 9:10 AM

Devonta Freeman had six carries for 29 yards in the Falcons' second preseason game Saturday night.

He added one catch for 11 yards. Freeman was the No. 3 running back though Atlanta's rotation with Steven Jackson sidelined. He saw time with the first-team offense in the second quarter, and had a better game than Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith. Freeman has now put together two impressive performances after going off for 107 total yards in Atlanta's preseason opener. It's only a matter of time before he moves ahead of both Rodgers and Smith on the depth chart.
Aug 16 - 11:22 PM

Julio Jones caught two passes for 20 yards in the Falcons' second preseason game on Saturday night, his first game action since breaking his foot last October.

Jones was targeted a team-high four times by Matt Ryan with the first-team offense. The reports on Julio have been extremely positive all summer, and he showed no signs of discomfort Saturday night. The Falcons will continue to give Jones off days for the remainder of the preseason. He'll be all systems go for Week 1. While there is definite risk, we're comfortable with placing Jones in the top five at receiver in fantasy. He could challenge for the No. 1 overall spot.
Aug 16 - 9:25 PM

Falcons LT Sam Baker was carted off the field with a right knee injury during Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

Initial word is that Baker hyperextended the knee. More will be known once tests are completed. A left knee issue cut Baker's 2013 short. Lamar Holmes entered the game at left tackle in Baker's place. If Baker is to miss time, Holmes will likely move to the right side with rookie Jake Matthews shifting to his more natural left tackle spot. Matthews is the future on Matt Ryan's blind side.
Aug 16 - 8:55 PM

Julio Jones (foot) expects to suit up for Atlanta's second preseason game on Saturday.

Jones told ESPN's Stephania Bell he should see around a series of action. It's a huge step in the right direction for a player who has seen limited camp reps, but has lit things up when he does take the field. Jones has nothing to prove in preseason, but some live action should build confidence in his twice surgically-repaired foot.
Aug 14 - 6:51 PM

Devonta Freeman is listed as the No. 4 running back on the Falcons' most recent "unofficial" depth chart.

It's not surprising after Freeman operated as the No. 3 back in last Friday's preseason opener — ostensibly No. 4 since Steven Jackson was sitting out — but still disappointing. We still think it's just a matter of coaches motivating a rookie. The Falcons can't possibly want to turn back to Jacquizz Rodgers as their No. 2, while Antone Smith is a soon-to-be 29-year-old COP back. Freeman has some climbing to do, but should be up to the challenge.
Aug 12 - 6:54 PM

Steven Jackson performed some agility drills on Monday for the first time since suffering a left hamstring injury on July 28.

Jackson has yet to progress to sprinting, but this can be considered a step forward nonetheless. The 31-year-old is unlikely to see much, if any, preseason work. Coach Mike Smith continues to insist S-Jax will be ready for the Week 1 opener. He's a roll-of-the-dice RB2. On the surface, Jackson could be a value pick at his current late seventh-round ADP. But we tend to shy away from running backs on the wrong side of 30 who have lower-body injury questions.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 11 - 9:59 PM

Falcons FS Dwight Lowery (concussion) returned to practice Saturday.

He ended up missing just over a week of practice. Lowery has suffered four concussions since entering the league, so there was some concern his season could be in doubt. Now that he's cleared, Lowery will start opposite SS William Moore in base sets.
Aug 9 - 5:15 PM


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