Player News - Falcons

Date: Team: Pos:

Falcons declared SLB Vic Beasley, WR Nick Williams, RB Terron Ward, LB Jermaine Grace, OG Sean Harlow, RT Ryan Schraeder, and DE Courtney Upshaw inactive for Week 3 against the Lions.

Beasley has a strained hammy, while Schraeder is dealing with a concussion.
Sep 24 - 11:38 AM

Falcons RT Ryan Schraeder (concussion) is out for Week 3 against the Lions.

Ty Sambrailo will fill in at right tackle for Atlanta. It's a big loss for the Falcons.
Sep 22 - 12:20 PM

Falcons RT Ryan Schraeder (concussion) did not practice Thursday.

Schraeder also sat out on Wednesday after suffering a concussion in the Week 2 win over the Packers. He appears doubtful for Week 3, but perhaps he will be able to get in some work Friday. Ty Sambrailo took over at right tackle after Schraeder exited.
Sep 21 - 12:57 PM

Falcons DE Courtney Upshaw (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Lions.

Both Upshaw and Vic Beasley (hamstring) will be out. That leaves Brooks Reed, first-rounder Takk McKinley, and Adrian Clayborn to rush the passer.
Sep 20 - 12:19 PM

Falcons CB Desmond Trufant was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 2.

Trufant was lockdown in coverage against Aaron Rodgers last Sunday night, as Rodgers completed just 2-of-4 passes for 26 yards going after Trufant. The freshly-extended Trufant managed one interception on a Rodgers overthrow and also picked up a Rodgers fumble and ran it in for a touchdown.
Sep 20 - 9:39 AM

Falcons SLB Vic Beasley suffered a "slight hamstring tear" Week 2 against the Packers.

The injury is expected to sideline him for at least a month. It is a big blow to a defense which has opened the season well. Rookie Takk McKinley will need to take on a bigger pass-rushing role with Beasley sidelined.
Sep 18 - 1:00 PM

Austin Hooper caught two passes for seven yards in Week 2 against the Packers.

Hooper had a minor role after going off for 128 yards and a touchdown last week. He was used more as a blocker with Atlanta going run heavy in the second half. Hooper is a touchdown dependent streamer for Week 3 against Detroit.
Sep 18 - 12:54 AM

Taylor Gabriel caught 2-of-3 targets for 14 yards in Week 2 against the Packers.

Gabriel remained a non-factor after he was held to three catches last week. He's taken a predictable step back with ex-OC Kyle Shanahan gone. Gabriel isn't on the re-draft radar.
Sep 18 - 12:49 AM

Mohamed Sanu caught 5-of-6 passes for 85 yards in Week 2 against the Packers.

Sanu did most his damage early, catching just two passes in the second half. He finished behind only Julio Jones (9) in targets. Sanu will remain a low-upside DFS play for Week 3.
Sep 18 - 12:44 AM

Julio Jones caught 5-of-9 targets for 108 yards in Week 2 against the Packers.

The Falcons made a point to get Jones involved early, with four of his catches and 95 yards coming in the first half. He had just one catch after halftime with the Falcons protecting a lead. Jones was held out of the end-zone for the second straight week, but is trending in the right direction. He's a locked-in WR1 for Week 3.
Sep 18 - 12:36 AM

Tevin Coleman rushed six times for 42 yards and caught a three-yard touchdown in Week 2 against the Packers.

Coleman was effective despite just eight touches. His biggest play was a 35-yard second quarter run, with his touchdown coming on a goal-line pass from Matt Ryan. Coleman has 50 total yards or a touchdown in his first two games. He'll remain a FLEX play for Week 3.
Sep 18 - 12:21 AM

Devonta Freeman had 19 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 16 yards in the Falcons' Week 2 win over the Packers.

Both of his touchdowns were goal-line conversions. Freeman had 13 more carries than Tevin Coleman, but Coleman saw just 17 fewer snaps and vultured a TD. The Falcons went run heavy with a second-half lead, and Freeman salted the game away late in the fourth quarter. Freeman is locked in as a top-12 play against Detroit in Week 3.
Sep 18 - 12:09 AM

Matt Ryan completed 19-of-28 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 2 win over the Packers.

It was another efficient game from Ryan after throwing for 300-plus yards and completing 70 percent of his passes last week. Ryan wasn’t asked to do much after getting the Falcons out to a big first-half lead. His only touchdown was a goal-line check down to Tevin Coleman. Ryan is a high-end start against the Lions in Week 3.
Sep 18 - 12:03 AM

Falcons SLB Vic Beasley suffered a hamstring injury in Week 2 against the Packers.

Beasley was able to walk off the field, but he'll likely be held out the rest of the game. Adrian Clayborn, Brooks Reed, and Takk McKinley will take on bigger pass-rushing roles.
Sep 17 - 10:45 PM

Courtney Upshaw (ankle) will not to return to Week 2 against the Packers.

He limped slowly off the field and he may need to miss time based on him being ruled out somewhat quickly. Upshaw re-signed on a one-year deal this past offseason.
Sep 17 - 9:07 PM


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