Player News - Falcons

Date: Team: Pos:

Falcons rookie WR Devin Fuller may need shoulder surgery.

A second opinion will determine whether he goes under the knife, which suggests the first opinion was that Fuller indeed needs surgery. A seventh-round pick out of UCLA, Fuller was fighting for the Falcons' No. 5 receiver spot.
Aug 28 - 3:46 PM

Justin Hardy took part in Falcons practice on Sunday.

It's a good sign after Hardy exited the third preseason game with a tweaked ankle. Hardy is working as the Falcons' slot receiver in three-wide sets, though that isn't necessarily a big role on a team that uses two tight ends and/or a fullback frequently. Aldrick Robinson is the top backup outside.
Aug 28 - 3:21 PM

Falcons signed SS Dashon Goldson, formerly of the Redskins, to a one-year contract.

Goldson must have looked good at Saturday's workout because it took the Falcons less than 24 hours to sign him. It's a smart deal for Atlanta with rookie Keanu Neal slated to miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing a knee scope. Despite his All-Pro pedigree, the 31-year-old Goldson will likely begin the year backing up Kemal Ishmael at strong safety.
Aug 28 - 9:04 AM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff confirmed the team is attempting to sign free agent SS Dashon Goldson.

Goldson worked out for the Falcons Saturday. With Keanu Neal likely out for the start of the season, Atlanta needs some help in the secondary. This deal will almost certainly get done.
Aug 27 - 1:14 PM

The Falcons are working out free agent SS Dashon Goldson.

The visit will take place on Saturday. Goldson, 32, is the new Brandon Meriweather as the street free agent teams call when they get truly desperate at safety. The Falcons lost rookie SS Keanu Neal to a knee injury Thursday night.
Aug 26 - 11:29 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Falcons first-round SS Keanu Neal needs a knee scope and will be sidelined 3-4 weeks.

It's good news considering Neal went down with a non-contact knee injury in Thursday night's preseason game. He seems certain to miss Week 1 and possibly Week 2, but Neal should be back sometime in September. Coach Dan Quinn's next Kam Chancellor, Neal offers big-time tackle upside.
Aug 26 - 11:51 AM

Falcons first-round pick SS Keanu Neal (knee) expects to be ready for Week 1.

Neal suffered a non-contact knee injury in Atlanta's third preseason game, but he's believed to have escaped without a serious ailment. Behind the Falcons' leaky front seven, Neal offers big tackle potential as an IDP rookie.
Aug 26 - 12:00 AM

Austin Hooper caught 5-of-5 targets for 50 yards in Thursday's preseason game, also losing a fumble.

Hooper caught a 23-yard pass down the seam, but let the ball get chopped out as he was coming to the ground. It was the sort of rookie mistake that drives coaches crazy. Hooper got a little run with the first-team tonight, but was clearly behind Jacob Tamme. He played until the final whistle blew. If Hooper is done for the preseason, he'll go into Week 1 with six catches for 57 yards.
Aug 25 - 11:09 PM

Justin Hardy exited the Falcons' third preseason game with an ankle injury.

The injury isn't known to be severe. On Thursday night, Hardy worked as the Falcons' first-team slot receiver between Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu in three-wide sets, catching just 1-of-4 targets for 11 yards. Barring an injury to Julio or Sanu, Hardy won't factor into the fantasy football equation this year.
Aug 25 - 10:23 PM

Mohamed Sanu caught 2-of-3 targets for 19 yards in the Falcons' third preseason game against the Dolphins.

Sanu has had a workmanlike, pedestrian preseason, catching 7-of-12 targets for 82 scoreless yards. He's averaged 11.8 YPR throughout his career to go along with 11 touchdowns in four seasons. Sanu is stepping into a larger role as the clear No. 2 receiver in Atlanta, but he left a lot to be desired in Cincinnati, struggling with drops and catching around 60 percent of his targets. In a larger role, we figure Sanu's floor is around 100 targets this season, and if Julio Jones ever misses time, Sanu should gobble up looks. He's worth a late-round flier.
Aug 25 - 10:19 PM

Tevin Coleman rushed three times for six yards in Thursday's preseason game.

He "added" a reception where he lost five yards. Coleman was on the field as often as Devonta Freeman, but got out-touched 7-4. He was also, obviously, handily out-gained. Interestingly, at one point the Falcons had their blazing sophomore back split out wide. Atlanta has made it clear over and over again they want Coleman to have a bigger role this season, but Freeman is locked in as the clear committee chairman. Coleman finishes the preseason with 10 carries for 31 yards (3.1 YPC).
Aug 25 - 10:16 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed five times for eight yards in Thursday's preseason game, catching 2-of-3 targets for 10 yards.

Freeman out-touched Tevin Coleman 7-4, but the duo played the same number of first half snaps (15). Freeman is going to be the lead back, but both the Falcons' actions and words have made it clear they envision a big role for Coleman. Freeman is just a lower-end RB1 coming off last year's breakout campaign. He finishes the preseason with 14 carries for 59 yards (4.21 YPC) and tonight's two grabs.
Aug 25 - 10:09 PM

Jacob Tamme secured 2-of-2 targets for 16 yards in the Falcons' third preseason game.

Tamme continued to run as Atlanta's first-team receiving tight end, ahead of rookie Austin Hooper. Hooper did get action with the ones, but lost a fumble following a reception up the seam and isn't posing a noticeable threat to Tamme yet. Tamme finished 2015 with a 59-657-1 receiving line across 15 games. His 2016 projection should be in the same range, or perhaps slightly lower.
Aug 25 - 10:07 PM

Matt Ryan completed 12-of-22 passes for 129 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception in Thursday's preseason game.

It wasn't what the Falcons wanted to see. Ryan struggled to make plays, while his interception was another inexcusable pass in the red zone. Coming off a year he had as many turnovers as touchdowns (seriously), Ryan closes up the preseason 18-of-37 (48.6 percent) for 207 yards (5.59 YPA), zero scores and one pick. He's a lower-end QB2 as his career continues to go in the wrong direction.
Aug 25 - 10:02 PM

Updating a previous item, the Falcons held Julio Jones out of the remainder of their third preseason game as a precaution.

Julio was initially reported to have left with an ankle injury after a failed deep-ball attempt, but NBC's Michele Tafoya confirmed Julio is okay. Jones is safe to continue selecting in the top-three picks of fantasy drafts.
Aug 25 - 9:48 PM


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