The Falcons will keep DT Grady Jarrett off the open market by applying the franchise tag. The 25-year-old (until late April) has increased his sacks and his tackles per game each of the past 3 seasons. Pro Football Focus also credited him with a career-high 53 total pressures in 2018, tied for 6th most among all interior linemen. Jarrett retains upside beyond what he's scored for fantasy owners so far. He's not likely, however, to grow beyond a solid option for DT-required IDP leagues.
Falcons MLB Deion Jones put in a full practice Friday and didn't even appear on the final injury report for the week. HC Dan Quinn has praised Jones' work in practice the past couple of weeks, and the team website reported Friday that Jones isn't expected to see his snaps limited. There's still some risk in Jones' 1st game back, but Atlanta brought him back patiently from the Week 1 foot injury. And there's more than enough upside to make Jones worth a shot in IDP lineups. We've added Jones to the top 12 of the Week 13 LB rankings.
The Falcons on Monday activated MLB Deion Jones from IR. He had been out since suffering a foot injury in Week 1 that required surgery. HC Dan Quinn told the Atlanta Journal Constitution he doesn't yet know if Jones will be ready to play Dallas this Sunday. “We’ll have the same format that we had last week,” Quinn said. “We’ll take it step by step and see where he’s at. It’s too early to make a prediction of where he could be. He’s eligible to be back this week, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready. We will put him out there when he’s 100 percent.” Until then, Foye Oluokun is the main guy in the middle. IDP owners should go ahead and add Jones now where available, though. He'll undoubtedly take the MLB job back over when he's ready and is a top-5 fantasy LB when healthy.
Falcons MLB Deion Jones returned to practice Wednesday after missing the past 8 games with a foot fracture. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Jones tested the foot off to the side last week, so Wednesday's participation sounds like an upgrade. If he continues to build on that, Jones would be eligible to return in Week 11. He's worth a pickup in many IDP leagues now on the mere chance.
The Falcons have signed DE Bruce Irvin to a 1-year deal. The Steelers and Patriots also reportedly made offers to the former Raider, with other teams also expressing interest. Atlanta sports the league's 5th-worst sack rate, and the city is Irvin's hometown. The Falcons reportedly plan to get Irvin on the field right away for this weekend's matchup with the Browns, so we should soon see how big a role he can claim. It'd be tough to start Irvin in IDP lineups right away -- despite the positive matchup -- but he has a shot to gain relevance through the 2nd half of the year. The interest level he generated on the open market suggests Oakland mishandled the veteran by cutting his playing time this year and then dumping him.
The Falcons have ruled DT Grady Jarrett (ankle) out for the 2nd straight game. That hurts an already weak Atlanta run D. Unfortunately for the Bucs, they don't have an RB who has proved capable of exploiting the weakness yet.
Falcons FS Ricardo Allen tore his left Achilles' tendon in Sunday's loss to the Saints and will miss the rest of the season. That leaves Atlanta's defense without both of its starting safeties, after SS Keanu Neal suffered an ACL tear in Week 1. Jordan Richards played 32% of the snaps against New Orleans and looks like the next guy up. The Falcons also recently signed former Bucs S Keith Tandy and could shift Kemal Ishmael back from LB. We'll see about their plan over the coming week.
The Falcons have ruled DE Takk McKinley out for Sunday's game against the Saints because of a groin injury. We'll see about his status for Week 4. McKinley didn't make for a strong IDP option in this matchup anyway.
Falcons DE Takk McKinley suffered a groin injury in Sunday's win over the Panthers. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, McKinley is considered "day-to-day" and looks questionable for Week 3. But the injury is not expected to impact him long term. The 2017 first-round pick has delivered a sack in each game so far.
Falcons S Damontae Kazee was ejected in the 1st half of today's game against the Panthers after delivering a helmet-to-helmet hit on QB Cam Newton. Kazee went low to deliver the shot as Newton slid at the end of a run. We'll see if there's any further discipline beyond a fine coming. Given that it's the rookie's 1st such infraction, we wouldn't bet on a suspension.
The Falcons on Tuesday placed MLB Deion Jones on IR with a foot injury. The specific injury is not yet clear, but HC Dan Quinn said Jones will "require a procedure." Quinn added that they "do expect to get him back at some point this season." Short-term IR, though, means Jones will miss at least 8 games. That makes him not worth keeping in just about any redraft IDP league. Atlanta signed former Eagles LB Corey Nelson this week for depth, but he obviously doesn't come close to Jones' skill set. We'll see about the Falcons' specific replacement plan. LB De'Vondre Campbell and S Damontae Kazee gain tackle upside in Jones' absence. Kazee is taking over for Keanu Neal, who suffered an ACL tear in the loss to Philadelphia.
Falcons S Keanu Neal suffered a torn left ACL in Thursday night's loss to the Eagles and will miss the rest of the season. Second-year S Damontae Kazee stepped in to play about half the snaps against the Eagles and is expected to start in Neal's place. Kazee snagged 15 INTs over his final 2 seasons at San Diego State and defensed 29 passes for his career. He's worth a look in deeper IDP leagues.
Falcons S Keanu Neal left Thursday night's loss to the Eagles in the 3rd quarter with a knee injury. HC Dan Quinn said after the game, though, that the issue doesn't appear to be serious, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. Neal will have 10 days to get ready for Week 2. We'll keep an eye on his status when Week 2 practices begin.
Falcons OLB Vic Beasley will make his return against the Dolphins today. It'll be his 1st action since a partial hamstring tear suffered in Week 2. We wouldn't push him back into IDP lineups yet, as we could see limited snaps in the return game. But getting Beasley back undoubtedly helps the sack outlook for an otherwise weak Atlanta pass rush.
Falcons OLB Vic Beasley put in a limited practice Monday for the 1st time since suffering a slight hamstring tear in Week 2, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. We'll see whether Beasley is ready for game action in Week 6, but don't be surprised if the team eases him back.
Falcons OLB Vic Beasley suffered a "slight tear" in his right hamstring in Sunday night's win over the Packers, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. The injury is expected to cost him at least a month. That removes the top pass rusher from a defense that already delivers inconsistent pocket pressure. Fortunately for fantasy owners, neither Beasley nor the Atlanta defense generally make for terrific starting options.
The Falcons traded up from 31st overall to 26th to draft edge rusher Takkarist McKinley. We'll see whether the Atlanta scheme sets him up at DE or OLB. McKinley overcame injuries to rack up 10 sacks and 18 total tackles for loss in his final season at UCLA. He should pair with Vic Beasley to beef up the Falcons pass rush in a defense with plenty of fantasy football upside.
The Falcons are set to hire Steve Sarkisian as their new OC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 42-year-old has spent the bulk of his coaching career so far in the NCAA. His only NFL experience was as the Raiders' QB coach in 2004. (Kerry Collins was his starter.) Sarkisian has loads of talent to work with in Atlanta. But, at least on paper, he's a significant downgrade from Kyle Shanahan.
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