Player News - Falcons

Date: Team: Pos:

Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

Sanu is tentatively on track to return, but it would be nice to see him get in a full practice on Friday. If Sanu can play, he'll offer WR4 appeal against the Patriots' woeful defense.
Oct 19 - 5:28 PM

Falcons signed DT Ahtyba Rubin.

Released by the Broncos on Tuesday, Rubin did not have to wait long on the open market. Taniela Tupou was waived in a corresponding move.
Oct 19 - 12:20 PM

Julio Jones (hip) was removed from the injury report.

Jones looked fully healthy despite getting just seven targets last week. The Falcons plan to increase his role going forward. Jones is a good bet to find the end-zone in Sunday's matchup with the Patriots.
Oct 18 - 5:21 PM

Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday.

Sanu sat out through the Week 5 bye and missed last Sunday's loss to the Dolphins. This puts him on track to return for Week 7 against the Patriots in a Super Bowl rematch. If Sanu is back, it makes Taylor Gabriel mostly unusable.
Oct 18 - 12:44 PM

Broncos released DT Ahtyba Rubin.

A 16-game starter for the Seahawks last season, Rubin had been active only twice for the Broncos, playing 13 snaps. Now 31, Rubin won't be a hot commodity on the open market, though his experience should get him workouts.
Oct 17 - 3:37 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Monday he is not satisfied with Julio Jones' usage to this point in the season.

"No," said Quinn when asked if he's satisfied with how often Julio is getting the ball. "No, I'm not." Jones has topped 70 yards in three of his last four games, but he has one red-zone target and zero touchdowns on the year. He whipped Dolphins CB Xavien Howard badly on Sunday, yet was only targeted seven times. Jones draws another favorable matchup this week against the Patriots.
Oct 16 - 3:51 PM

Julio Jones played 45-of-57 offensive snaps Sunday in the Falcons' loss to the Dolphins.

That's a 78.9 percent snap rate, which is about normal for Julio. Jones finished with a respectable 72 yards in the loss but still saw a concerning lack of targets (just seven) while extending his touchdown drought to five games (six if you include the postseason). The hip flexor injury that sidelined Jones for much of Week 4 is no longer a concern, but the slumping Falcons need to do a much better job of getting their All-Pro receiver involved.
Oct 16 - 10:04 AM

Taylor Gabriel caught 4-of-8 targets for 39 yards in the Falcons' Week 6 loss to the Dolphins.

With Mohamed Sanu sidelined, Gabriel's eight targets were a season-high, but practice squad addition Marvin Hall stole his long touchdown. Despite the disappointing day, Gabriel will remain on both the season-long and DFS radar in Week 7 if Sanu remains out against the Patriots' Swiss-cheese defense.
Oct 15 - 5:08 PM

Austin Hooper caught 7-of-9 targets for 48 yards in the Falcons' Week 6 loss to the Dolphins.

The seven grabs were a new career high, though Hooper was also the intended target on Matt Ryan's game-ending interception. Swallowed up by two defenders, a pass hit Hooper right in the chance, but he had little chance of holding onto it. Hooper suddenly has 12 receptions over the Falcons' past two games after notching just five in Weeks 1-3. With Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) still week to week, Hooper will be on the TE1 streamer radar against the Patriots in Week 7.
Oct 15 - 5:04 PM

Tevin Coleman rushed nine times for 32 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 6 loss to the Dolphins.

He added a four-yard reception. The rushing score was Coleman's first of the season. Today was also the first time he caught fewer than two passes. Coleman is averaging 10 touches through the Falcons' first five games. He remains on the RB2/3 borderline.
Oct 15 - 5:02 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed nine times for 68 yards in the Falcons' Week 6 loss to the Dolphins.

He added two receptions for 11 yards. 44 of Freeman's yards came on one carry, but frankly, his usage was baffling. The Falcons' passing game was out of sync. The Dolphins stamped out the run early, but Freeman was calling for more work. Tevin Coleman vultured the lone ground score. The Falcons are a bit of a mess right now, but Freeman will remain an elite RB1 for Week 7 against the Patriots.
Oct 15 - 4:23 PM

Julio Jones caught 6-of-7 targets for 72 yards in the Falcons' Week 6 loss to the Dolphins.

Jones is now scoreless through the Falcons' first five games. The seven targets were a major disappointment on an afternoon where Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) was inactive. Jones wasn't even on the field for a critical third down in the second half. Thankfully, Jones couldn't have a better slump-busting matchup for Week 7 in the Patriots.
Oct 15 - 3:59 PM

Matt Ryan completed 24-of-35 passes for 248 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Falcons' 20-17, Week 6 loss to the Dolphins.

Ryan's interception sealed the Falcons' second straight stunning home loss. He targeted Austin Hooper in double coverage, and the sophomore tight end let the ball get ripped out of his mitts. Ryan now has just six touchdowns through the Falcons' first five games. The Falcons' offense seemed low on ideas today, running lots of baffling, go-nowhere plays. Ryan was also under constant pressure. From a fantasy perspective, things get easier for Ryan in Week 7, where the Falcons travel to New England to take on the Patriots' league-worst defense.
Oct 15 - 3:57 PM

Matt Bryant (back) is active for Week 6 against the Dolphins.

Bryant is an elite fantasy play in domed Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Oct 15 - 11:37 AM

Julio Jones (hip) is active for Week 6 against the Dolphins.

As is K Matt Bryant (back). Jones is a top-two play for Week 6. Inactive for the Falcons are WR Mohamed Sanu, WR Nick Williams, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, LB Jermaine Grace, OT Sean Harlow, OT Austin Pasztor and LB Courtney Upshaw.
Oct 15 - 11:31 AM


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