Gabriel is tending to a strained lower leg during mandatory minicamp, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "He's close," head coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday. "He's running, but we are just trying to be extra cautious. ... He's been able to do some things, but just to let it rip full speed, we are not there yet."
Gabriel will be held out of the final stage (minicamp) of the offseason program, but the absence appears to be a precautionary measure with training camp more than a month away. Per Quinn's comments, Gabriel is on the right track, so expect the wideout to be ready once late July rolls around.
Gabriel missed Tuesday's minicamp practice due to an undisclosed ailment, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Gabriel thrived in the Falcons' explosive offense last season, gathering in 35 of 50 passes for 579 yards and a career-high six touchdowns in 13 games during the regular term. During the team's march to the Super Bowl, he tacked on another nine catches for 171 yards and no scores in three playoff matchups. In 2017, he'll be playing under a second-round tender, but his health will be key to locking down a long-term deal with the organization.
Gabriel reported to offseason workouts this past week without a solidified contract situation as a restricted free agent, while no other team offered to match his second-round tender worth $2.746 million in Atlanta. Having officially signed his tender with the Falcons, Gabriel will likely continue seeking a long-term deal given his good standing with the organization.
Gabriel was given a second-round tender worth $2.746 million, an offer sheet unlikely to be matched by another team. He's likely holding off in an attempt to work out a long-term deal before Friday's deadline. Fortunately for the Falcons, Gabriel reporting to workouts without a contract in hand is a classy and team-friendly move that can only help Gabriel's own case in landing a multi-year commitment.
Gabriel's tender is valued at $2.81 million and reserves the Falcons' right to match any offer extended his way as a restricted free agent. For his part, Gabriel said he want to remain in Atlanta, and a long-term deal to do so is still a possibility. After spending his first two seasons with the Browns, Gabriel enjoyed his best campaign yet in 2016 with the Falcons, finishing with 35 receptions for 579 yards and seven total touchdowns.
|P1||8/10/17||@ MIA||7:00 pm|
|P2||8/20/17||@ PIT||4:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 5|
|7||10/22/17||@ NE||8:30 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|11||11/20/17||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|15||12/18/17||@ TB||8:30 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|