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Russell Gage
ADP: 10.9
Bye: 11
Experience: 4 Yr(s)
Age: 26.4
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 184
40 Time: 4.55
Speed Score: 85.60
SPARQx (Rank): 107.50 (60%)
Burst Score (Rank): 127.30 (81%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.28 (45%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.18 (76%)

Russell Gage's 2022 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#58 Wide Receiver

116.9 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
10.9 79.6 891.4 4.8 2.2 0.5

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Basic StatsRussell Gage's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • Gage spent 67% of his time in the slot in 2019 and 2020, his 1st 2 seasons of starter-level playing time with the Falcons. That dipped to 49.6% last year, with Gage spending more time outside in Calvin Ridley’s absence.
  • “I think he’s a guy that can play 3 positions,” new HC Todd Bowles said after the team signed Gage. “He can play outside or he can play inside. He’s tough. He’s scrappy. He’s quick. He’s got very good hands, and he’s a competitor.”
  • Chris Godwin has seen his slot rate increase every season in the league so far. Here are his annual percentage of pass snaps spent in the slot (according to Pro Football Focus):
    • 19.3%
    • 27.5%
    • 63.4%
    • 65.7%
    • 70.4%
  • Godwin is coming off ACL and MCL tears in his right knee last Dec. 19. He had surgery Jan. 3 and might not be ready for Week 1. Godwin’s availability could determine where Gage is lining up and how often.
  • Last year found Gage averaging 9.45 yards per target outside, according to PFF numbers, vs. 6.98 in the slot. His YPT in the slot actually checked in higher than outside each of the previous 2 years, though. For the past 3 years combined, Gage averaged 7.76 per target outside and 7.18 per target inside.
  • Antonio Brown left last year’s squad after drawing 7+ targets in 5 of his 7 outings, including 3 games with 11 or more (1 of those after Godwin went down).
  • When Godwin, Evans and Antonio Brown were all on the field in 2020, the target distribution went: Evans 19.5%, Godwin 18.9%, Brown 15.7%.
  • Gage didn’t practice with the team in OTAs while working through an unspecified and reportedly minor injury.
  • The Buccaneers ran the league’s most pass-heavy offense in 2021, a year after ranking 3rd most pass-heavy.


Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

The opportunity upside for Gage is obvious. He steps into the offense that led the league in pass attempts by 56 (3.3 per game). Antonio Brown’s unique departure left target share available, and Chris Godwin’s knee recovery leaves further upside in that area. New Bucs HC Todd Bowles has said Gage can play multiple spots, which will help him fit with whomever’s in the lineup. And QB Tom Brady still proved deadly efficient in his age-44 campaign. With a WR4-level price tag, it’s not hard to fit Gage onto some PPR rosters. He cracked the top 40 in total PPR points each of the past 2 years.

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10:30am EDT 6/10/22

Gage missing early opportunities

New Buccaneers WR Russell Gage has missed OTAs and minicamp will dealing with an injury that Pewter Report describes as "minor" and "unknown." QB Tom Brady says the team needs him to get on the field as soon as possible. “[He needs] a lot of work,” Brady said Thursday. “He has to have a big year. We signed him to a contract and he has to come in and do a great job. From the time I spent with him, I really enjoyed it. He’s got a great opportunity. That is very important role." Gage faces enviable opportunity, especially with WR Chris Godwin coming off a December ACL tear. We'll monitor the injury situation but don't expect it to affect his training-camp readiness. Gage reportedly has gotten some pre-practice work in with Brady already.

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Joey Knight of The Tampa Bay Times writes that WR Russell Gage could enter Week 1 with a “prominent role.” It’s a reminder that Chris Godwin — who tore his ACL in December — might miss the early portion of next season. Gage has quietly pulled in 138 receptions across 2020-2021 (30 games).

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Former Falcons WR Russell Gage is expected to sign with the Buccaneers, according to multiple reports. That ensures Atlanta will lose its 2nd leading receiving from last year and likely delivers Tampa Bay's new slot man. Gage went from running out of the slot on two-thirds of his routes each of the previous 2 seasons to just half the time last year. WR Chris Godwin, meanwhile, has seen his slot rate grow every season. According to Pro Football Focus, he spent 70% of pass snaps in the slot last year. So we'll see whether the Gage signing pushes Godwin back outside or injects Gage into Antonio Brown's spot (about 21% slot). That could depend, in part, on whether Godwin's torn ACL allows him to start the 2022 season on time. Either way, Gage's arrival challenges the target-share ceilings for Godwin and Mike Evans vs. what they might have been with Brown gone and a lesser replacement.

Update: ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that it's a 3-year, $30 million deal with $20 million guaranteed.

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Falcons WR Calvin Ridley is INACTIVE for today's game vs. the Panthers due to a personal matter. He also missed Week 5 for the same reason. Ridley's absence leaves Atlanta with WRs Russell Gage, Olamide Zaccheaus and Tajae Sharpe atop the depth chart. TE Kyle Pitts and RB Cordarrelle Patterson should also play even bigger roles in the passing game.

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Falcons WR Russell Gage (ankle) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll be back for Sunday’s game vs. the Dolphins but would be a desperation fantasy play.

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Russell Gage, WR TB
Dynasty MVP 93.3
Position Rank #56 WR
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