Bears WR Anthony Miller (shoulder) put in a full practice on Wednesday. That puts him on track to return for this weekend's game against the Dolphins. The rookie averaged 3.7 targets across his first 3 games. He's not a fantasy option but does put a slight dent into the target projections for Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton.
Bears WR Anthony Miller (shoulder) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. The rookie has averaged 3.7 targets per game this season. Expect those to be spread to Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton.
Bears WR Taylor Gabriel has been lining up all over the formation early in training camp, including in the backfield. “How many ways can you use speed? You can use it in all type of different ways," Gabriel said. "So it’s just exciting and with [HC Matt] Nagy having Tyreek Hill, the things that he did with him, it’s very exciting." Hill just turned in a 9th-place PPR finish with Nagy in Kansas City, garnering 105 targets plus 17 carries. Conventional wisdom has had RB Tarik Cohen stepping into a Hill-esque role this year, but Gabriel could do some of it, too. He's certainly worth a late stab at his 19th-round ADP.
The Bears have rookie WR Anthony Miller "earmarked" to run from the slot this season, according to ESPN's Jeff Dickerson. That points to an immediate role for the 2nd-round rookie, but it also intimates WR Taylor Gabriel and WR Kevin White will compete for the starting outside spot opposite Allen Robinson. An intriguing Bears offense under new HC Matt Nagy and first-time OC Mark Helfrich makes all 3 wideouts worth considering near the end of best-ball drafts. We'll be watching to see how the fight for roles plays out.
The Bears selected Memphis WR Anthony Miller with the 51st overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Few WRs were more productive over the past 2 seasons. Miller racked up 95 catches for 1,434 yards and 14 TDs in 2016, finishing top 10 in the country in all 3 categories. Then he set new career highs across the board last year with 96 catches, 1,462 yards and a nation-high 18 TDs. And he was efficient, ranking 4th among all draft-eligible WRs in Pro Football Focus’ yards per route run. Miller wasn’t able to test at the Combine but earned an 87th percentile SPARQ score at his Pro Day. So you’re probably asking, “why wasn’t this dude a 1st-round pick?” Well, he’s smallish at 5’11 and 201 pounds. He’s already 23 years old. And he suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot in his final college game — an injury that has a tendency to cause long-term problems. That said, a healthy Miller looks capable of winning at all areas of the field and as an outside or slot receiver. He’s a long shot to assume #1 duties in Chicago with Allen Robinson in town. But Miller only needs to beat out Kevin White and Taylor Gabriel for the #2 role in an ascending offense. This is a nice landing spot.
WR Taylor Gabriel announced Tuesday that he had agreed to terms with the Bears. Gabriel might have trouble finding targets if Chicago retains WR Cameron Meredith and finally gets something out of Kevin White -- on top of adding WR Allen Robinson. But we'll keep an eye on Gabriel's projected role as the roster and depth chart settle out and we get into summer.
Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel on Saturday signed his 2nd-round tender as a restricted free agent. That will keep him in Atlanta for 2017. We'll see if the 2 sides work out any extension beyond that. Gabriel cracked the top 50 among WRs in PPR points per game but ranked just 90th at the position in targets and enjoyed a high TD rate. He'll have a tough time delivering predictable, usable fantasy value without a significant increase in his role.
The 2016 Falcons led the league in scoring and finished 2nd in total yards. So, not surprisingly, they don't want to alter the offense, despite the departure of OC Kyle Shanahan. "We love the way that we attack, and it took a lot of work to put that system in place," HC Dan Quinn said. "Along with [GM Thomas Dimitroff], we have a real emphasis now on how we can fit guys into that system. It's very important that we stay consistent with that." In theory, it's good news for QB Matt Ryan and Atlanta's skill-position guys. But we'll see exactly how similar the offense is under new OC Steve Sarkisian.
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.
Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel (foot) is out for Sunday's game against the Saints. We don't have any details on the injury or know whether he'll be available for the playoffs. Gabriel's absence leaves Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Justin Hardy and Aldrick Robinson as Atlanta's top 4 WRs.
Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel made his fantasy day on 1 play in Sunday's win over the Rams. He broke wide open downfield and raced into the end zone for a 64-yard score. It was his 5th TD in his last 6 outings. Gabriel was quiet otherwise, finishing with a 3-82-1 receiving line, plus 1 carry for 0 yards. His 6 targets tied for the team lead, though, and give him 5+ in 5 straight games. He'll remain a significant part of this offense, especially with Julio Jones dealing with turf toe. Gabriel gets a putrid 49ers secondary in Week 15, followed by another plus matchup against the Panthers.
Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) is inactive for today’s game against the Bucs. He obviously didn’t look or feel good enough to go in pregame warmups. With WR Mohamed Sanu also out, Atlanta is down to Taylor Gabriel, Justin Hardy and Aldrick Robinson. Expect heavy doses of RBs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.
WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) has been ruled out for this weekend’s game vs. the Rams. Between his absence and WR Julio Jones’ turf toe, WR Taylor Gabriel figures to play a big role on Sunday. He’s a viable WR3.
The Falcons are not optimistic about WR Mohamed Sanu's (groin) chances of playing against the Rams this weekend, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. His absence would figure to mean a bigger role for WR Taylor Gabriel, who's already seen 5+ targets in 4 straight. He'll be on the WR3 radar if Sanu ends up inactive.
The Falcons claimed former Browns WR Taylor Gabriel off waivers. That means they'll need to either keep him on the 53-man roster or release him. Gabriel figures to remain buried on the depth chart until a couple of other Atlanta wideouts get hurt, but it's at least worth knowing he's now part of a lackluster and fairly unproven WR group behind Julio Jones.
Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (thumb) is active for today’s game against the Ravens. He’ll start alongside Taylor Gabriel, but neither guy is a recommended fantasy play with Connor Shaw under center.
Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (knee, thigh) is inactive for tonight's game against the Bengals. WR Taylor Gabriel figures to pick up most of Hawkins' snaps. Gabriel goes just 5'8, 167 pounds but can fly. He's averaging 18.7 yards per catch and has reached 60 yards in 4 of his last 6 games. We're curious to see how he does with a bigger role, but he'd be a major flier in Week 10 fantasy lineups.
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