Player News - Falcons

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn confirms Matt Ryan (thumb) will be fine for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Ryan could have his practice reps scaled back a bit this week, but his status is not in doubt. Ryan will be more of a QB2 than QB1 against Carolina's still-elite defense.
Sep 27 - 3:28 PM

The Falcons expect Julio Jones (calf) to practice more in Week 4.

Jones got in two DNPs and a "limited" before catching one pass for 16 yards against the Saints. It was a brutal letdown for fantasy owners, but one Jones escaped without setbacks. He'll be an elite WR1 for Sunday's game against the Panthers.
Sep 27 - 3:26 PM

The Falcons consider Mohamed Sanu (shoulder) day to day.

Sanu may not get in a full practice this week, but ESPN's Ed Werder has reported he will suit up against the Panthers. Playing at less than 100 percent health against a good defense, Sanu will be on the WR4/5 borderline for Week 4.
Sep 27 - 3:24 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports Mohamed Sanu (shoulder) is expected to be fine for Week 4.

Sanu missed the second half of Monday's win, but appears to have avoided major injury. Sanu was been a big part of the Falcons' offense through three games, but at less than full health against the Panthers' stout defense, he'll be a low-upside WR4 if he indeed suits up Sunday.
Sep 27 - 1:47 PM

Matt Ryan said his thumb is "fine."

Ryan appeared to suffer a thumb injury on his non-throwing hand against the Saints Monday night. He did not miss any snaps, but he did play the rest of the game with a glove on his left hand. "I took a hit on it in the game, but I'm fine," Ryan said. "Put a glove on just to make sure I'd get a good grip afterwards. But I'm fine. I feel pretty good." He should be good to go for a tough matchup with the Panthers this week.
Source: ESPN
Sep 27 - 9:52 AM

Justin Hardy caught 2-of-2 targets for 26 yards and one touchdown in the Falcons' Week 3 win over the Saints on Monday night.

Hardy and Taylor Gabriel rotated in behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, but Sanu left at halftime with a shoulder injury, leaving more snaps for the Nos. 3 and 4 guys. Hardy's touchdown came on a shovel pass from four yards away. Even if Sanu sits Week 4, Hardy won't be a recommended play against the Panthers. The running backs and Julio Jones would dominate looks.
Sep 27 - 12:25 AM

Jacob Tamme caught 3-of-4 targets for 28 yards in the Falcons' Week 3 win over the Saints on Monday night.

After seeing eight targets in each of the Falcons' first two games, Tamme was an afterthought on Monday night with the Falcons' running backs doing all the damage and Matt Ryan spreading the ball around to eight different targets. Tamme's lone missed target was an end-zone try that sailed incomplete. Tamme will be a borderline TE1/2 next week against the Panthers.
Sep 27 - 12:17 AM

Julio Jones was held to one catch for 16 yards on seven targets in the Falcons' 45-32, Week 3 win over the Saints on Monday night.

Jones' seven targets were a team-high, but he and Matt Ryan just couldn't connect on much of anything on a night the Falcons' running backs -- Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman -- combined for 296 yards and four touchdowns dominated on offense. Jones came into the game with calf and ankle ailments, and he wasn't in on every offensive snap, but didn't look to be any worse for the wear. The Saints simply sold out to stop Jones, and the rest of the offense made them pay. Jones will look to bounce back next week at home against the Panthers.
Sep 27 - 12:06 AM

Tevin Coleman rushed 12 times for 42 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons' 45-32, Week 3 win over the Saints, adding three catches for 47 yards on three targets.

Coleman and Devonta Freeman continued to split the snaps and touches Monday night, but Coleman was the one getting all the scoring chances inside the 10-yard line, with touchdown runs of two, two, and six yards. Freeman owners still have plenty to be happy about after Freeman piled up 207 total yards and a touchdown of his own on 19 touches to Coleman's 15 touches. This offense can support both backs with the tempo it plays at and all the touches it funnels to the two runners. Coleman will be back on the RB2 map next week in a home date with the Panthers.
Sep 26 - 11:45 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 14 times for 152 yards and caught 5-of-5 targets for 55 yards and one touchdown in the Falcons' 45-32, Week 3 win over the Saints on Monday night.

It was about as perfect a stat line as one can have against the Saints' not-there defense. Freeman and Tevin Coleman continued to split snaps as they had the first two weeks, but Freeman ran with anger right out of the gates. On his first carry, Freeman shoved CB Sterling Moore to the ground with a violent stiff-arm, and it only got better from there. Two of Freeman's three longest career runs came Monday night, as he broke off 36- and 48-yard gains, running through gaping holes all evening. His touchdown came on a walk-in, 13-yard swing pass. Backfield mate Tevin Coleman did have three rushing scores of his own, but Freeman owners will be extremely happy with this performance. Keep firing him up as an RB2 next week vs. Carolina.
Sep 26 - 11:40 PM

Matt Ryan completed 20-of-30 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' 45-32, Week 3 win over the Saints on Monday night.

The Saints could have pulled 11 fans from the Superdome stands to play defense as good -- er, bad -- as the 11-man group they used Monday night. Granted, New Orleans has already lost half its starting defense to injury, but this was a totally pathetic effort. The Falcons hung the 45 points and 442 total yards of offense all with Julio Jones contributing just one 16-yard catch and Mohamed Sanu leaving before halftime with a shoulder injury. Ryan hooked up with Devonta Freeman on his first touchdown from 13 yards away and then hit Justin Hardy for a short score on a shovel pass. Ryan has been an elite QB1 through three weeks, but gets a tough test with the Panthers coming to town Week 4.
Sep 26 - 11:34 PM

Mohamed Sanu exited Week 3 against the Saints with a shoulder injury.

Prior to leaving just before halftime, Sanu was leading the Falcons with three catches for 31 yards on a team-high four targets. Sanu entered the week with an ankle issue and has battled the injury bug early in the year.
Sep 26 - 9:52 PM

Falcons declared LB De'Vondre Campbell, LB Paul Worrilow, S Dashon Goldson, OG Mike Person, OG Wes Schweitzer, TE Joshua Perkins, and DE Courtney Upshaw inactive for Week 3 against the Saints.

Campbell (ankle) and Worrilow (knee) are hurt. Julio Jones (calf) is active.
Sep 26 - 7:10 PM

Julio Jones (calf, ankle) is active and "good to go" for Monday night's Week 3 game against the Saints.

There was never much doubt despite the questionable tag. Jones may not be 100 percent, but he came into the week as the elite WR1 play against a Saints defense that lost its Nos. 1 and 2 cornerbacks to injury Weeks 1 and 2. Hybrid S/slot CB Kenny Vaccaro (ankle) is also inactive.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 26 - 7:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports Julio Jones (calf, questionable) was a full-go in Sunday's walkthrough.

Coach Dan Quinn reportedly told Glazer the Falcons expect Jones to play Monday night against the Saints, but they will test him again before the game. All signs have pointed to Jones being active this week, and this news just solidifies his status. He is an elite WR1.
Sep 25 - 12:54 PM


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