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According to AtlantaFalcons.com, it "looks like" Steven Jackson will play in Thursday's preseason finale.

Jackson missed the Falcons' first three exhibition games with a hamstring injury. If he actually plays tonight, it won't be for more than a series or two. S-Jax likely just wants some peace of mind heading into Week 1.
Aug 28 - 5:12 PM

Steven Jackson (hamstring) returned to Falcons practice on Monday.

He wound up missing 27 days, but remains on track for Week 1. Coach Mike Smith previously said there's a chance S-Jax sees snaps in Thursday's preseason finale, but we'd be shocked if the Falcons risked his health. Currently the RB31 in fantasy drafts, Jackson will be a steal if he can stay on the field, but it's hard to believe he will during his age-31 season. Rookie Devonta Freeman should settle in as Jackson's primary backup and handcuff. Jacquizz Rodgers has had endless chances to establish himself, and failed time and again.
Aug 25 - 2:53 PM

Falcons placed ILB Marquis Spruill on injured reserve with a torn ACL, ending his season.

The 168th overall pick in May's draft, Spruill blew out his knee early in training camp after reporting 11 pounds underweight. Spruill will take a "redshirt" rookie season, and return to compete for a roster spot in 2015.
Aug 24 - 5:04 PM

Falcons placed OL Mike Johnson on (Lisfranc) injured reserve, ending his season.

The Alabama alum was vying for a reserve offensive line job. Having lost Johnson and Sam Baker for the year, Atlanta's depth is already being tested.
Aug 24 - 4:56 PM

Devonta Freeman got just one series with the first-team offense during Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

With Steven Jackson (hamstring) sidelined, Jacquizz Rodgers started and Antone Smith was the primary change-of-pace back. Freeman got a few snaps with Matt Ryan, and then racked up an eight-touch, 44-yard night with the backups. The fourth-round rookie now has 20 carries for 92 yards and six catches for 101 yards this preseason, showing far more juice than any of the backs playing ahead of him. We'd expect Freeman to climb the depth chart sooner rather than later, making him worth a stash in most formats.
Aug 23 - 11:12 PM

Devin Hester caught four passes for 56 yards with a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

Don't get suckered into this fluke. Hester is the Falcons' fourth receiver at best, and is expected to focus mostly on returns once the regular season gets here. Hester's six catches, 71 yards and two touchdowns over the last two weeks is more production than he'll get in any two-game stretch this year.
Aug 23 - 10:06 PM

Levine Toilolo was not targeted in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

Toilolo was split wide a few times in addition to his usual in-line role, but Matt Ryan never even looked his way. Toilolo has two catches for 19 yards in the preseason and is only on the TE2 radar in the deepest of leagues. He's too stiff at 6'8/265.
Aug 23 - 10:00 PM

Harry Douglas caught two passes for 23 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

Douglas only played in three-wide sets, as expected with Julio Jones and Roddy White both healthy. Although new starting tight end Levine Toilolo is a zero in the pass game, this role isn't going to yield volume for Douglas, who has three catches for 40 yards this preseason. He's more of a deep-league handcuff for Jones/White owners than a standalone pick.
Aug 23 - 9:56 PM

Roddy White caught three passes for 34 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

White saw four targets, all of them underneath, as he played into the third quarter. It caps a quiet preseason that has seen him catch eight passes for 78 yards and no touchdowns in three appearances. Still, White clearly has plenty of juice left in the tank and will soak up some of those between-the-hashes looks Tony Gonzalez got last year. He's a value pick in the fourth or fifth rounds.
Aug 23 - 9:52 PM

Julio Jones caught two passes for 63 yards with a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

Jones' foot was a non-issue, just as it's been all preseason. His touchdown grab was of the highlight-reel variety, as he shrugged off a two-handed tackle of Coty Sensabaugh on a simple slant and outran the defense 52 yards to the house. It's the latest example of Jones' freakish size/speed/power combo. In two preseason appearances, he has four catches for 83 yards with a touchdown and will be a full-go for Week 1. Jones, dripping with No. 1 overall wideout talent on a pass-first team, is a fine pick at the top of the second round in fantasy.
Aug 23 - 9:44 PM

Antone Smith rushed four times for four yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Falcons.

Smith once again played ahead of Devonta Freeman, rotating in as the second back behind Steven Jackson. It's not a position we'd expect him to hold and he may not even dress on Sundays in the regular season. S-Jax is going to start, Jacquizz Rodgers is the trusted COP back and Freeman is the developing rookie. In three preseason games, Smith rushed 15 times for just 36 yards.
Aug 23 - 9:43 PM

Jacquizz Rodgers rushed eight times for 33 yards and caught five passes for 31 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

With Steven Jackson (hamstring) still sidelined, Rodgers started and handled the vast majority of first-team work. Antone Smith mixed in sparingly and Devonta Freeman got just one series to himself. It's clear that Quizz, now in his fourth year with the Falcons, has the faith of the coaching staff even though they are aware of his talent limitations. He'd lead a committee approach if Jackson misses any time early in the season. In three preseason games, Rodgers has 18 carries for 66 yards with one touchdown and five catches for 31 yards.
Aug 23 - 9:33 PM

Matt Ryan completed 18-of-23 passes for 224 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

Ryan did all this damage despite getting pulled after one second-half drive. He was in full command, finding six different receivers and just missing on a couple deep shots. Through three preseason games, Ryan is 28-of-37 for 314 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. With elite weapons, a poor defense that will yield shootouts and a shaky running game, Ryan is one of our favorite later-round quarterback targets. If the Falcons are going to do anything at all this year, it'll be because of Ryan's arm.
Aug 23 - 9:05 PM

Falcons signed WR Eric Weems, formerly of the Bears.

Weems was released by the Bears last Saturday. Weems spent the first five years of his career in Atlanta, and could round out the Falcons' receiver corps as a linchpin special teamer. The news comes the same day the Falcons revealed Drew Davis (foot) will begin the year on the PUP list.
Aug 21 - 3:49 PM

Falcons WR Drew Davis (foot surgery) will begin the year on the reserve/PUP list.

The earliest he can return is Week 7. Davis went under the knife shortly after minicamp. He'll return as the Falcons' No. 4 or 5 receiver.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 21 - 1:52 PM


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