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Falcons DT Grady Jarrett was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 15.

Dec 19 - 10:25 AM

Falcons promoted RB Jeremy Langford from the practice squad.

Langford has been bouncing around practice squads for a couple seasons, but he'll be active for the Week 16 game against the Panthers with Ito Smith on Injured Reserve. Langford will be Tevin Coleman's backup for the next two weeks with Devonta Freeman (groin, I.R.) not ready to practice.
Dec 18 - 4:20 PM

NFL.com's Tom Pelissero reports the Falcons could fire both OC Steve Sarkisian and DC Marquand Manuel.

Owner Arthur Blank is apparently convinced coach Dan Quinn is not the problem. Pelissero mentions ex-Quinn Seattle coaching mate Darrell Bevell as a possibility to replace Sark. That would be perhaps the least-inspiring hire the Falcons could make. Sark's offense has run extremely hot and cold this season, going through an unstoppable stretch in the red zone before much lower-wattage affairs over the past two months. Manuel has not had a prayer because of a wave of defensive injuries.
Dec 18 - 1:56 PM

Ito Smith will undergo knee surgery this week and is done for the season.

Because Devonta Freeman (groin, I.R.) is not yet ready to practice, Tevin Coleman should be staring at a near-full workload in Weeks 16 and 17 against the Panthers and Bucs. Due largely to Freeman's injury, Smith earned much more work than expected as a fourth-round rookie but managed 3.50 yards per carry and just 5.6 yards per catch in one of the NFL's most-disappointing running games. Smith will return to compete for No. 2 back duties in 2019. Coleman is fully expected to walk in free agency.
Dec 17 - 3:49 PM

Ito Smith rushed nine times for 34 yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for five yards in Atlanta's Week 15 destruction of the Cardinals.

He equaled Tevin Coleman in touches (11), although Smith hobbled off in the fourth quarter after aggravating a knee injury that had him questionable on Friday's injury report. Smith's status for Week 16 at Carolina is unknown.
Dec 16 - 5:11 PM

Austin Hooper went catch-less on one target in Week 15 against the Cardinals.

We didn't see much of Hooper, who came into Sunday's game nursing knee and ankle injuries. Hooper had been seeing consistent targets heading into this game and gets a great matchup with the Panthers next week, but he showed a concerning floor in this one.
Dec 16 - 5:09 PM

Mohamed Sanu caught 3-of-6 targets for 30 yards in the Falcons' Week 15 win.

He did tack on an 11-yard carry. Never a big yardage threat, Sanu will remain a touchdown-reliant WR4/flex option when the Falcons visit the Panthers next.
Dec 16 - 5:07 PM

Justin Hardy caught 3-of-3 targets for 29 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's Week 15 win over the Cardinals.

Hardy has scored a touchdown in back-to-back games, but his production is difficult to justify chasing as Atlanta's No. 4 wideout behind Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Mohamed Sanu with Austin Hooper also ahead of Hardy for targets.
Dec 16 - 5:06 PM

Calvin Ridley caught 5-of-7 targets for 42 yards in the Falcons' Week 15 win over the Cardinals.

Ridley's early-season touchdown binge proved to be a mirage, and he hasn't compensated elsewhere in the box score with fewer than 55 yards in nine of Atlanta's last 11 games. The first-round rookie will remain a high-variance WR4/flex option when the Falcons visit Carolina in Week 16.
Dec 16 - 5:04 PM

Tevin Coleman rushed 11 times for 145 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's Week 15 blowout victory over Arizona.

The 145 rushing yards were a career high, keyed by Coleman's 43-yard scoring sprint in the second half and assisted by an Ito Smith knee injury that limited Smith to 11 touches after Smith out-touched Coleman in each of the previous two weeks. Coleman's day was nearly much bigger, but he had a 44-yard touchdown called back in the second half. Coleman was targeted just once and missed it. A thoroughly boom-bust player, Coleman will remain a volatile RB2/flex option in Week 16 at Carolina.
Dec 16 - 4:59 PM

Julio Jones caught 6-of-8 targets for 82 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's Week 15 win over Arizona.

The good news is Jones dominated the first half, racking up chunk gains on slot routes and screens and even beating Patrick Peterson for a 21-yard touchdown in man coverage with a diving score. The bad news is Julio suffered a rib injury on that very play and was sparingly seen throughout the second half. He didn't have a single target in the final two quarters. The Falcons had built a monster lead by that point, however, and they took it easy on starters late in the second half. Expect Julio to be out there in Week 16 against a Panthers team he's historically owned.
Dec 16 - 4:54 PM

Matt Ryan completed 22-of-36 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns, adding three carries for 18 yards and an additional score in Atlanta's Week 15 blowout win over Arizona.

Even as Atlanta failed to exceed 20 points scored in five straight weeks entering this one, Ryan stayed afloat from a fantasy perspective and is going to end up with yet another top-ten finish thanks in large part to Sunday's goal-line TD. Ryan now has a career-high three rushing touchdowns. Ryan was sharp throughout, showing no fear targeting Julio Jones in Patrick Peterson's coverage and connecting with Justin Hardy for a short score. Ryan will catch another plus draw in Week 16 at Carolina. He's proven to be one of 2018's best value picks at quarterback in season-long leagues.
Dec 16 - 4:50 PM

Falcons RB Ito Smith (knee) is active for Week 15 against the Cardinals.

Smith was downgraded to limited in Friday's practice, but there was never much concern over his Week 15 availability. The Cardinals have been stomped by the run, and Smith has out-touched Tevin Coleman in consecutive games. He's a low-upside if still-viable flex option, ideally used in deeper leagues.
Dec 16 - 11:42 AM

Falcons declared K Giorgio Tavecchio, DT Terrell McClain, DT Justin Zimmer, T Matt Gino, S Ryan Neal, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, and FB Ricky Ortiz inactive for Week 15 against the Cardinals.

There are no surprises on this list.
Dec 16 - 11:39 AM

Ito Smith (knee) is questionable for Week 15 against the Cardinals.

Smith was downgraded to limited practice on Friday, though coach Dan Quinn still expects him to suit up on Sunday. Were Smith to sit out, it would obviously increase Tevin Coleman's appeal in a can't-miss matchup against Arizona's bottom-rung defense. Those two split work in last week's loss to Green Bay.
Dec 14 - 1:50 PM


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