Julio Jones - WRPosted 7/19/18 1:14pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones will not receive a new deal at this point, but the Falcons have told Jones that they will work on his contract situation next offseason, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Jones may skip some time during training camp but should be on the field for Week 1. He is one of the top receivers in the NFL and should be selected in one of the first two rounds of all fantasy drafts.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 7/18/18 10:30pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones was recently informed that the team had not budgeted to renegotiate Jones' contract in 2018 and have no plan to give him a raise for the upcoming season, according to The Athletic's Jeff Schultz. The Falcons did promise to renegotiate after the season, however, and hope that Jones will report to training camp on time.
Huddle Up: This is surely not what Jones wanted to hear, but the ball is now firmly in his court. Does he report, play out 2018 and hope the team keeps its word? Or does he sit out and try to leverage a Falcons team with championship aspirations to the negotiating table? We'll know more on July 26, which is when veterans are due to report. For the time being Jones has to be considered as a solid WR1 based on a lengthy history of top-level production.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 7/17/18 8:09am ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper said he is working to improve in the red zone. He stayed in Atlanta during the offseason to work with QB Matt Ryan. Head coach Dan Quinn said he's pumped about Hooper's potential in his third season.
Huddle Up: Hooper has caught 10 of 14 targets with four touchdowns in the red zone in his career, but he has to be more consistent to be more than a TE2 in fantasy.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 7/16/18 11:33pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones attended QB Matt Ryan's annual offseason passing camp, per a Snapchat post by WR Calvin Ridley, who was also on hand. The other players that were in attendance included TEs Austin Hooper, Eric Saubert, WRs Justin Hardy, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Hall, Russell Gage Jr. and Reggie Davis. Jones didn't attend the team's offseason program or mandatory minicamp and it's unknown if he'll be at training camp, which begins on Thursday, July 26.
Huddle Up: Jones is seeking a new contract but it doesn't look that will be an issue that potentially costs him games once the season begins in less than two months. Even though he shockingly managed only three touchdowns a year ago, Jones remains one of the true elite WR1s in the game and should be treated as such in all fantasy drafts.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 7/15/18 7:11pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper's position coach, Wade Harman, has 'harped' on him about being more consistent this season, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Hooper enjoyed a sizeable jump in production between his rookie and sophomore campaigns, finishing with 526 yards in 2017. Low-end TE1 production isn't out of the question, but Hooper should be drafted as a solid TE2.
Calvin Ridley - WRPosted 7/12/18 8:45pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley will have the opportunity to 'make an immediate impact,' according to Herbie Teope of NFL.com, and Teope believes Ridley will take advantage of single coverage from opposing defenses.
Huddle Up: With Julio Jones drawing plenty of attention, Ridley should have a chance to break loose for some big plays. He should be selected in first round of rookie drafts, and he's worth the gamble as a WR4 in redraft formats.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 6/24/18 8:06pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper 'should continue to ascend' in his second season in offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian's system, according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com.
Huddle Up: Hooper saw a significant jump in his second season, finishing with 49 catches for 526 yards after managing 19 catches for 271 yards as a rookie. Even a small boost in his numbers this year will make him a low-end TE1 candidate.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 6/20/18 4:55pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is expected to be joining his teammates for QB Matt Ryan's annual passing camp that he will be holding in July. 'There's probably about 12 (Falcons players) that are going to get together,' Ryan said. 'And (Jones) will certainly be a part of that.'
Huddle Up: Jones skipped minicamp but it looks like he'll be part of this effort when Atlanta's offensive players get together. He's seeking an adjusted contract but it shouldn't prevent the star wide-out from being ready for Week 1 of the upcoming season. As usual, he'll be a WR1 entering the new campaign. Despite posting only three scores last year, Jones still put up 1,444 yards on 88 catches. The touchdowns figure to spike up.
Calvin Ridley - WRPosted 6/14/18 8:13pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley has impressed head coach Dan Quinn with his performance in OTAs, particularly his football IQ.
Huddle Up: Ridley adds another potent weapon to Atlanta's offense, and he should see plenty of friendly matchups while playing alongside Julio Jones. He is a WR4 with upside in redraft leagues and a first-round pick in rookie drafts.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 6/13/18 6:08pm ET
Atlanta QB Matt Ryan said he plans to work out with the receivers before training camp and expects WR Julio Jones to participate in the workouts.
Huddle Up: Jones has skipped most of the offseason workouts because of his contract situation but should report to training camp on time. Jones is one of the top receivers in the NFL and will be a No. 1 fantasy receiver in all leagues. Ryan also has a chance to be aa No. 1 fantasy quarterback.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 6/11/18 2:13pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones will not attend mandatory minicamp this week.
Huddle Up: Jones continues to wait for a new contract, but he has said that he wants to be a Falcon and loves the team he's on. It's hard to believe Jones would hold out too far into the offseason. He's too valuable to Atlanta and would lose too much money. Keep drafting him as a top three to five wide receiver.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 6/10/18 8:41pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman has been working with running backs coach Bernie Parmalee on 'getting skinny' when he finishes runs to help reduce the hits he takes and stay healthier over the course of the season.
Huddle Up: Freeman battled multiple injuries last year, but he still managed more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage and scored eight times. Those numbers should increase if he can stay on the field for 16 games, and Freeman remains a low-end RB1.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 5/30/18 3:50pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman said the team 'wants' to use him more, like line him up out wide and 'stuff like that.' Head coach Dan Quinn confirmed this, adding how they want to get both running backs 'really involved' in the passing game. He also thought Coleman made a 'big jump' last season.
Huddle Up: Coleman will be entering a contract year, so he'll certainly be extra motivated to outperform his first three years in the league. It's worth noting that Coleman's touches have increased in each of his seasons, starting with 89 as a rookie before recording 149 and 163 touches, respectively, over the last two years. Still, though, with Devonta Freeman around, Coleman is more of a FLEX option to target.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 5/27/18 6:36pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones said there is 'no bad blood' between he and the organization, and he has simply been working on his own instead of attending OTAs. 'I'm not going nowhere, man,' Jones said. 'I love the team.'
Huddle Up: Jones has topped 1,400 receiving yards in each of the last four seasons, and he is firmly entrenched as a high-end WR1. Don't expect any potential issues about his contract to change his production on the field.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 5/22/18 12:10pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is expected to be present at minicamp after skipping organized team activities, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: OTAs are voluntary, after all, and it's not uncommon for important, veteran players to miss them. Jones remains one of the top three wide receivers in the NFL and should be drafted as such.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 5/21/18 10:19am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones was not present for organized team activities Monday, May 21, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Jones is looking for a better contract but has been in contact with head coach Dan Quinn, so he probably will participate in at least the mandatory June minicamp. Jones will be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues in 2018 and likely will be selected in one of the first two rounds.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 5/18/18 1:48pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is not expected to report for organized team activities next week, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Jones is looking for a new contract, so he may not be on the practice field until training camp. He is a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues as long as he does not hold out during the season.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 5/18/18 7:22pm ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is not expected to participate in organized team activities in part because he wants the team to update his contract. Jones has been in regular contact with head coach Dan Quinn and the team is open to updating Jones' contract. Jones is scheduled to make $10.5 million in 2018.
Huddle Up: It appears that Jones is on good terms with the team but could sit out the rest of offseason workouts. Jones is one of the best receivers in the NFL and should be a first- or second-round pick in all fantasy drafts in 2018.
Calvin Ridley - WRPosted 5/13/18 11:20am ET
Atlanta Falcons first-round WR Calvin Ridley lined up in the slot as well as outside during rookie minicamp Saturday, May 12. Ridley is also under consideration to return kickoffs and punts, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal- Constitution.
Huddle Up: Ridley is the Falcons' only unsigned draft pick, but he figures to have a fairly sizeable role in his first pro season. At the very least, Atlanta needs somebody to replace Taylor Gabriel. The slot may be a perfect place for Ridley to start out given his route-running precision and lack of size. Regardless, he should be able to steal snaps from Mohamed Sanu as the season progresses and has a shot to start over him at some point. The rookie is worth considering as a high-upside WR4 in most leagues.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 5/10/18 12:26pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper has been working with QB Matt Ryan this offseason in hopes of building better chemistry with Ryan.
Huddle Up: Hooper had a decent 2017 season but will look to improve on the three touchdowns he posted last season. He probably will not be a main target for Ryan this upcoming season, which makes Hooper a No. 2 tight end in most fantasy leagues.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 5/3/18 1:08pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Falcons Thursday, May 3, that will make him the first quarterback to make $30 million per season, according to sources. The deal includes $100 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: Ryan has been a solid quarterback over the last several years and probably will spend the rest of his career with the Falcons. He has terrific weapons in the passing game and is adding Calvin Ridley to the receiving corps. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in leagues in 2018.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 5/2/18 9:58am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) is able to run and cut now in his rehab from ligament damage in his knee.
Huddle Up: Freeman remains a low-end RB1 in fantasy as long as he's healthy.
Calvin Ridley - WRPosted 4/29/18 6:58am ET
The Atlanta Falcons could experiment with using WR Calvin Ridley as a kickoff returner and punt returner at the team's rookie camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Ridley returned just two punts for four yards at Alabama and did not return any kickoffs.
Huddle Up: The Falcons believe Ridley possesses the skill and explosiveness to be an effective return man despite his lack of experience in that role. He is likely to be the club's No. 3 receiver in 2018 behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, making him worthy of a late- round flier in most fantasy formats, with added value in keeper and dynasty leagues.
Ito Smith - RBPosted 4/28/18 10:18am ET
The Atlanta Falcons selected Southern Mississippi RB Ito Smith with the 126th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Saturday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Smith probably will not receive a lot of touches this season because he is behind Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman on the depth chart. Smith can be avoided in fantasy leagues this season.
Russell Gage Jr. - WRPosted 4/28/18 1:27pm ET
The Atlanta Falcons selected Louisiana State WR Russell Gage Jr. with the 194th pick (Round 6) of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The Falcons sent two seventh-round picks to the Los Angeles Rams to move up for Gage, so they're apparently high on him. Of course, with Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu entrenched in the ATL, Gage is more of a project for future years and not someone to worry about for fantasy purposes right now.
Calvin Ridley - WRPosted 4/26/18 11:17pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley will play outside and in the slot, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: With Taylor Gabriel gone there's room for Ridley to contribute right away, though outside of Julio Jones the Falcons don't have a great history of productive rookie receivers. Speaking of Jones, there have been rumblings that he's unhappy with his contract, and while a holdout seems unlikely, it's worth remembering that Jones has dealt with his fair share of nagging injuries in recent years. That should give Ridley some late-round potential.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 4/19/18 10:48am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is not participating in the voluntary offseason program this week. Head coach Dan Quinn said he already knew Jones wouldn't be at the program.
Huddle Up: Not a big deal. Jones will be there when the activities are mandatory. He deserves to be one of the first few wide receivers taken in fantasy drafts despite notching just three touchdowns last season. That number will assuredly increase this year.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 3/30/18 7:24pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper will make a 'big jump' in 2018, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Hooper had 526 yards and three touchdowns last year, but he didn't show any signs that he is capable of much more. Consider him a TE2 for now.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 3/30/18 7:51pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) said his injured knee is 'definitely progressing on the up and up.'
Huddle Up: As long as Freeman doesn't suffer a setback, he should be ready to roll for the start of the season. Consider him a low-end RB1 candidate.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 3/21/18 7:46pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan's talks with the club concerning a contract extension 'appear to have hit a snag,' with general manager Thomas Dimitroff saying he couldn't put a timetable on it. He added he doesn't know how close the two sides are but that 'we talk about it and it seems like things are right around the corner.'
Huddle Up: Previously, it was thought that an extension would get done this week, but now it seems that is no longer the case. Nonetheless, it is still likely that the two sides come to an agreement, with Ryan, a recent league MVP who has taken his team to the Super Bowl, probably going to get somewhere around $30 million annually. Not only is he probably the best quarterback in the history of the franchise, he's also still a legit QB1 for fantasy purposes in all formats.
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