Player News - Falcons

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Falcons MLB Deion Jones was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 14.

Jones intercepted Drew Brees in the end zone with 1:25 left in the fourth quarter and the Falcons clinging to a 20-17 lead last Thursday night. Ultra-athletic at 6'1/230, Jones has been dynamite in coverage this season, checking in as Pro Football Focus' No. 3 inside linebacker in coverage out of 52 qualifiers. Sideline-to-sideline Jones is coach Dan Quinn's version of Bobby Wagner.
Dec 13 - 10:10 AM

Tevin Coleman (concussion) did not practice Tuesday.

It is not a surprise after he was placed in the concussion protocol following the game on Thursday. The good news is the Falcons do not play until Monday night, so he has a better chance than most to be cleared in time. Atlanta will release their first practice report on Thursday.
Dec 12 - 12:39 PM

Tevin Coleman is in the concussion protocol.

The injury occurred in Thursday's win over New Orleans. Coleman has 10 days to get back for Atlanta's Monday night game against the Bucs. Devonta Freeman out-touched Coleman 24-9 on Thursday night and should see even more work if Coleman is out for Week 15.
Dec 8 - 1:31 PM

Austin Hooper caught 2-of-4 targets for 23 yards in the Falcons' Week 14 win over the Saints.

It was a forgettable night for the sophomore tight end, as one of his missed connections was a ball that hit right off him, turning into a Saints interception. Hooper has established a decent floor as a TE2, but little upside. He's failed to clear 50 yards in nine straight games.
Dec 8 - 12:04 AM

Tevin Coleman rushed nine times for 32 yards in the Falcons' Week 14 win over the Saints.

For the second time in three weeks, Coleman wasn't targeted in the passing game. He took a bigger backseat than usual to Devonta Freeman on the ground, getting out-carried by 15. The Falcons have re-committed to Freeman after two so-so Coleman starts during Freeman's concussion absence. Coleman will be a volatile FLEX play for the fantasy semifinals in Week 15.
Dec 7 - 11:53 PM

Mohamed Sanu caught 6-of-8 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 14 win over the Saints.

The yards were just two off Sanu's season high. He got wide open in the back of the end zone on his score. Sanu has been providing fairly consistent floor, but this kind of night is his ceiling. He'll be on the WR3/4 borderline for next week's plus matchup with the Bucs.
Dec 7 - 11:52 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 24 times for 91 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 14 win over the Saints.

Unusually, neither Freeman nor Tevin Coleman were targeted in the passing game. Freeman's 24 carries were a new season high by three. Freeman kept blasting his way through the first line of defense, but could never quite bust through the second. Either way, he was the Falcons' best offensive player on a night where Matt Ryan really struggled. Freeman has 10 days to rest up for a mouthwatering matchup with the Bucs.
Dec 7 - 11:46 PM

Julio Jones caught 5-of-11 targets for 98 yards in the Falcons' Week 14 win over the Saints.

Jones had an eventful night squaring off Marshon Lattimore, drawing a penalty on the Saints' rookie while getting called for a pass interference infraction of his own. The call on Jones was exceedingly soft. Jones was the target on two of Matt Ryan's three interceptions, but neither pick was Jones' fault. They were bad decisions by his quarterback. After tonight's titanic struggle with one of the game's best young corners, Jones will find the sailing smoother in Week 15 against the Bucs.
Dec 7 - 11:40 PM

Matt Ryan completed 15-of-27 passes for 221 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in the Falcons' 20-17, Week 14 win over the Saints.

Ryan was outright horrendous, killing three straight drives spanning the second and third quarters with interceptions. Pick No. 1 was to a blanketed Julio Jones against Marshon Lattimore. No. 2 was on Austin Hooper, who let the ball bounce off his body right to Chris Banjo. No. 3 was one of the worst throws by any quarterback this season. With Julio enveloped in the end zone, Ryan threw a third down prayer to nowhere that Marcus Williams easily intercepted. Ryan now has just 31 completions for 394 yards and one touchdown over his past two starts. He has 10 days to game plan and lick his wounds for a more attackable matchup with the Bucs.
Dec 7 - 11:29 PM

Falcons declared LG Andy Levitre (triceps) inactive for Week 14 against the Saints.

Ben Garland is starting at left guard in Levitre's place. Also inactive for the Falcons WR Nick Williams, CB Leon McFadden, LB Sean Weatherspoon, OG Sean Harlow, TE Eric Saubert and CB C.J. Goodwin.
Dec 7 - 7:11 PM

Falcons CB Brian Poole (back) is expected to play Week 14 against the Saints.

Poole is "probable," though that's no longer an official designation, so he should play Thursday night. Poole covers the slot for the Falcons where Michael Thomas lines up 20% of the time. LCB Desmond Trufant will also play.
Dec 6 - 1:18 PM

Falcons CB Brian Poole (back) could return to practice Tuesday.

The news comes straight from Falcons coach Dan Quinn. Poole was forced to sit out Week 13 along with Desmond Trufant, but Trufant has already been cleared for Thursday night while it looks like Poole is on the right track. Both returning would be a downgrade for Drew Brees and the Saints' passing game.
Dec 5 - 9:41 AM

Falcons signed CB Leon McFadden and waived RB Terrence Magee.

With Desmond Trufant cleared for Thursday night, McFadden's signing is a potential indication the Falcons will again be without slot CB Brian Poole (back).
Dec 4 - 4:05 PM

Falcons LG Andy Levitre is out for Week 14 with a partial triceps tear.

NFL Network reports Levitre's injury is not year ending, but it is likely to cost him at least 2-3 games. Levitre has earned solid run- and pass-blocking grades from PFF and had missed just seven snaps all year before going down in Week 13.
Dec 4 - 3:50 PM

Falcons LCB Desmond Trufant has been cleared for Week 14.

He'll be in the starting lineup on Thursday Night Football against the Saints. Across 11 starts this season, Trufant has ten pass breakups and two interceptions. At times a shadow corner in the past, Trufant has played all LCB this year.
Dec 4 - 3:36 PM


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