Player News - Falcons

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Falcons aren't sure if Julio Jones (questionable, toe) will play Sunday.

Jones is a game-time decision after not practicing all week. He might not be more than a decoy if active. The Falcons have a late game against the Rams, but there should be an update on Jones early Sunday. Jones will be a high-risk WR1 if he plays.
Dec 10 - 8:46 PM

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Julio Jones will be "a decoy at best" Week 14 against the Rams.

Ledbetter is doubling down on his Friday report that Jones will not play. Coach Dan Quinn said Friday he "anticipates" Jones will be active, but Ledbetter says he is "calling coach's bluff." Playing in an afternoon kick and potentially limited to decoy status, Jones looks way too risky to trust in the first week of the fantasy playoffs. Owners should find other options.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: It’s a great spot to fire up Taylor Gabriel in tournaments. Mohamed Sanu has already been ruled out and if Jones is a decoy, Gabriel would become the de facto number one receiver. His role has increased over the past four games; he’s seen at least five targets in each and caught three touchdowns in that stretch. If Jones starts, Gabriel will have a nice matchup with E.J. Gaines, who has allowed 0.43 fantasy points per route defended, the third-most in the league.
Dec 10 - 10:10 AM

Falcons LT Jake Matthews (knee) is questionable for Week 14 against the Rams.

Matthews was able to get in a limited practice Friday, but that was his only action of the week. Atlanta could decide to play it safe with their left tackle in a game they should be able to win going away. Tom Compton took over for Matthews after he left last week's game.
Dec 9 - 8:04 PM

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeted Friday that he is not anticipating Julio Jones (toe, questionable) will play in Week 14 against the Rams.

This is just a beat writer guess, but reinforces that Julio is no lock to be active against the Rams after he did little to nothing during the practice week. Officially, Jones was listed as "DNP" all three days. Coach Dan Quinn said Friday that he "anticipates" Julio playing, but that may be mere coachspeak. If Julio is indeed active, he will be a boom-bust WR1. It's a very tough situation in the fantasy playoffs because Falcons-Rams doesn't kick off until 4:25 PM ET.
Dec 9 - 1:59 PM

Mohamed Sanu (groin) is out for Week 14 against the Rams.

Sanu didn't practice all week and never had much chance of playing against the Rams. With Julio Jones (turf toe) a game-time decision, Taylor Gabriel should be in line for his biggest workload of the season.
Dec 9 - 1:29 PM

Julio Jones (turf toe, questionable) will be a game-time decision Sunday in Week 14 against the Rams.

Jones is dealing with turf toe and didn't do much at practice this week. It's a dicey situation for fantasy owners with the Falcons not playing until 4:25 PM ET on Sunday. Coach Dan Quinn is "anticipating" that Jones will be available on Sunday, though he'll obviously be at far less than 100 percent. Fantasy owners need to have a backup plan in place. The Falcons have a great matchup against the hapless Rams but may not be able to take advantage of it with Jones hurting and Mohamed Sanu already ruled out with a groin injury.
Dec 9 - 1:23 PM

Falcons signed WR Nick Williams off their practice squad.

The signing suggests the Falcons expect Julio Jones (toe), Mohamed Sanu (groin), or both to sit this week. Williams has 20 catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns in 19 career games.
Dec 9 - 10:47 AM

Mohamed Sanu (groin) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier that Sanu isn't likely to play this week. Atlanta's receiving corps is suddenly in rough shape with Sanu hurt and Julio Jones dealing with turf toe. Taylor Gabriel set a season-high in targets last week and could be in for another big workload Sunday against Los Angeles.
Dec 8 - 1:14 PM

Julio Jones (turf toe) was limited to side work in Thursday's practice.

Jones took part in the walk-through, but not team drills. He'll be listed as "DNP." Coach Dan Quinn is hoping he can get in a limited session on Friday. ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported the Falcons are "optimistic" Jones will suit up against the Rams, but he's genuinely questionable. Even if he does play, it's quite possible he'll be a decoy. Jones is shaping up as a high-risk, high-reward option for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
Dec 8 - 1:07 PM

Mohamed Sanu (groin) isn't expected to play in Week 14.

Sanu missed practice Wednesday and is trending in the wrong direction. The Falcons are more "optimistic" on Julio Jones (toe) this week. Justin Hardy and Taylor Gabriel will see bigger roles if Sanu doesn't play against the Rams.
Dec 8 - 10:46 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Falcons are "optimistic" Julio Jones (toe) will play this week.

Jones missed most of the fourth quarter last week with turf toe. He didn't practice Wednesday but the Falcons are expecting him to play through the injury. Jones is likely going to see a lot of Trumaine Johnson if he suits up. Even at less than 100 percent, he'll be a WR1 against the Rams.
Dec 8 - 10:34 AM

Falcons signed CB Robert Alford to a four-year, $38 million extension.

The deal includes $21 million guaranteed. It's a massive commitment, but Alford has quietly been one of the league's better cover corners the last two years. Alford was scheduled to be a free agent this offseason but the Falcons clearly didn't want to risk losing him. His contract shouldn't prevent Atlanta from locking up Desmond Trufant, who's entering a walk year in 2017.
Dec 8 - 9:45 AM

Mohamed Sanu (groin) is not practicing Wednesday.

With Julio Jones battling a case of turf toe, the Falcons need Sanu to be healthy. Check back on Thursday for an update. Behind Jones and Sanu are Justin Hardy and Taylor Gabriel ahead of Week 14 against the Rams.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 7 - 1:10 PM

Julio Jones (toe) is not practicing Wednesday.

Jones is battling turf toe. Coach Dan Quinn said Jones will likely play this week, but that's not a given. The Falcons don't necessarily need Jones in order to beat the lowly Rams and 49ers over the next two weeks.
Dec 7 - 11:55 AM

Julio Jones (toe) will be shadowed by Rams CB Trumaine Johnson in Week 14.

That's if Jones even plays, as he's battling a case of turf toe. Johnson hasn't been asked to shadow No. 1 receivers much this season. The only one he trailed all game was Mike Evans in Week 3, and Evans managed eight catches for 106 yards and one touchdown on 10 targets. Jones will be a WR1.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 7 - 9:53 AM


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