Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Georgia Dome | Coach: Dan Quinn
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd120.5 (5th)295.3 (3rd)
Defense25th104.5 (17th)266.7 (28th)
Injuries
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
06/14/17WRTaylor GabrielLower LegQUESTIONABLEGabriel 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.

(Updated 06/14/2017)
06/14/17WRAndre RobertsBackQUESTIONABLERoberts was held out of Wednesday's practice due to a back injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

In the offseason, Roberts signed with the Falcons to serve as the primary returner on both kickoffs and punts. His relevance as a pass catcher will more than likely depend on the health of the rest of the receiving corps, which includes a hobbled Julio Jones (toe) and Taylor Gabriel (lower leg) at the moment. More telling than an absence during this week's mandatory minicamp will be one at the outset of training camp in late July. Only time will tell, but Justin Hardy is the next man up when it comes to kick and punt returns in Atlanta.

(Updated 06/14/2017)
05/03/17DLTakkarist McKinleyShoulderQUESTIONABLEMcKinley (shoulder) is scheduled to sit out the early portions of training camp, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

McKinley, who underwent shoulder surgery in early March, is not quite ready to make his debut in practice with the Falcons after being picked 26th overall in this year's draft. He's still on pace to be available for Week 1 of the regular season, but his chances of starting at outside linebacker right away could take a hit if his recovery keeps him sidelined until the latter stages of camp. In the meantime, Duke Riley, De'Vondre Campbell and Josh Keyes may see additional reps during McKinley's absence from practice.

(Updated 07/19/2017)
02/07/17WRJulio JonesToeQUESTIONABLEOffensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian wants to get Jones (toe) more looks in the red zone in 2017, Mark Inabinett of AL.com reports.

Sarkisian evidently believes Jones was underutilized in the red zone last season, and he definitely has a point: Jones finished the 2016 season with just 10 targets inside the 20-yard line, which ranked fourth on his own team and tied for 81st among all pass catchers in the league. It's tough to find cracks in one of last season's most efficient red-zone offenses, but one would think getting this 6-foot-3, 220-pound, two-time All-Pro receiver more involved could be an area for improvement. However, that's likely easier said than done, considering Jones faces much more double coverage than the average wideout -- especially near the goal line. While fantasy owners should appreciate Sarkisian's stated intention to take advantage of his No. 1 receiver's end-zone capabilities, remember that Jones has only topped six scores once in the past four years and should continue to be the focus of opposing defenses.

(Updated 06/09/2017)
02/06/17DLAdrian ClaybornBicepsQUESTIONABLEClayborn (biceps) is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp, Matt Winkeljohn of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Clayborn tore his biceps during the Falcons' divisional-round playoff matchup with the Seahawks and has spent the last few months rehabbing the injury. The former Iowa standout is expected to serve as a rotational defensive end in 2017 after accruing 22 tackles and 4.5 sacks a season ago.

(Updated 04/26/2017)
02/06/17WRDevin FullerShoulderQUESTIONABLEThe Falcons placed Fuller (shoulder) on the IR on Monday,

The Falcons drafted Fuller out of LSU in the seventh-round of this years draft. The Rookie impressed early on in the preseason recording 66 yards and a touchdown in his first two games before injuring his shoulder in the team's third game against the Dolphins. The Saints had hoped he could earn a spot returning kicks heading into the season.

(Updated 09/05/2016)
02/06/17DBKemal IshmaelShoulderQUESTIONABLEIshmael (shoulder) practiced with the linebackers Tuesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

It was reported earlier in the offseason that Ishmael would be working with the linebackers when he recovered from shoulder surgery. Formerly a free safety, Ishmael played in just 27.9 percent of Atlanta's defensive snaps in 2016, but he managed to record 52 tackles. The position change will allow him to better utilize his skills as a tackler and could result in an increase in snaps for the 26-year-old defender.

(Updated 06/06/2017)
02/06/17DBAkeem KingUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEKing (undisclosed), an exclusive-rights free agent, was tendered by the Falcons on Thursday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Formerly a safety, King will continue his conversion to cornerback now that he's staying in Atlanta for another year. However, he likely won't compete for anything more than a depth role.

(Updated 03/11/2017)
02/06/17TEJacob TammeShoulderQUESTIONABLETamme (shoulder) doesn't appear to be in the Falcons' plans for 2017, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Jacob will more than likely get to free agency," general manager Thomas Dimitroff said.

Operating as Atlanta's starting tight end, Tamme racked up his highest touchdown total since 2010 last season despite appearing in just eight games due to a shoulder injury. However, he's entering his age-32 campaign, while the Falcons have a younger and cheaper alternative in the form of last year's talented third-round selection, Austin Hooper. Although it isn't clear what kind of market awaits the veteran tight end coming off shoulder surgery, Tamme still looked to have something left in the tank before succumbing to injury, so he shouldn't have a problem finding a new home this offseason if and when he can prove his health.

(Updated 03/04/2017)
02/06/17LBSean WeatherspoonAchillesQUESTIONABLEWeatherspoon (achilles) has been placed on the injured reserve.

Weatherspoon was placed on the injured reserve after rupturing his right achilles in Week 4's win over Carolina. The Falcons have signed AJ Hawk to attempt to fill Weatherspoon's shoes at linebacker.

(Updated 10/04/2016)
 

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