Head coach Dan Quinn said that Hardy would see an increase in offensive involvement should either Mohamed Sanu (hip) or Calvin Ridley (ankle) be deemed inactive for Monday night's game against the Giants, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Marvin (Hall's) role will certainly increase and (Hardy's) role would increase, and the third would be Russell Gage," Quinn explained after Friday's practice session. Hardy collected a career-high seven targets during the Falcons' Week 6 win over Tampa Bay, hauling in three of those passes for 33 receiving yards. Over the past three seasons, Hardy has two appearances in games when Sanu was inactive, and in those contests has compiled five catches for 43 yards and a touchdown (averaging 1.4 receptions and 13.9 yards per game for his career). Even if Hardy does play on a greater percentage of offensive snaps, Week 7 brings a less than favorable matchup opposing a Giants defense that has allowed the sixth-fewest wide receiver receptions in 2018 (67).
Hardy (shoulder) is participating in team drills during training camp, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports. Hardy, who underwent minor shoulder surgery in January, has gradually worked his way back to full strength and is taking first-team reps on kickoffs alongside Marvin Hal in addition to seeing action with the first-team offense in team drills during training camp. He's probably the frontrunner in the mix to be the top backup behind Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley, but Hardy is unlikely to see enough playing time to be of fantasy consideration.
Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said Wednesday that Hardy (shoulder) will likely be back to full strength by the time training camp arrives, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. For the time being, Hardy continues to partake in individual drills during OTAs as he works his way back from offseason shoulder surgery. Hardy's sleeper potential heading into 2018 was diminished when Atlanta selected Calvin Ridley in the first round of April's draft, but Hardy should still have a path to snaps in four-wideout sets while competing for kick-returning duties. The 5-foot-10 Hardy made the most of his limited opportunities in 2017, hauling in three touchdown receptions despite being on the field for only 33 percent of the Falcons' offensive snaps.
Hardy (shoulder) appeared to be doing rehab work on a side field Tuesday, ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure reports. Hardy had a minor procedure on his right shoulder in late January after the Falcons were eliminated from the playoffs. He caught either 20 or 21 passes in each of his three professional seasons, but there is an opportunity for a larger role in 2018 after Taylor Gabriel signed with the Bears in March. Hardy figures to compete for the No. 3 receiver job, squaring off against Marvin Hall, Reggie Davis and, potentially, a rookie draft pick. Hardy may be limited at the offseason program but should be back to full strength long before training camp. A 2015 fourth-round pick, he's entering the final season of his rookie contract.
Hardy (shoulder) could see an uptick in both targets and production now that Taylor Gabriel is likely headed to free agency. Barring the acquisition of another wide receiver to address Gabriel's departure, Hardy becomes a viable candidate to garner amplified attention in the Falcons' passing attack. Having hauled in a healthy 69 percent of passes thrown his way in 2017, Hardy has proven to possess sufficiently reliable hands to at least earn an audition as Atlanta's slot receiver. Hardy will aim to break out in his fourth pro season after racking up a monstrous 235 combined receptions during his junior and senior seasons at East Carolina.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/23||New York Giants||6||20.00|
|12||11/23||@New Orleans Saints||32||34.67|
|14||12/09||@Green Bay Packers||21||24.33|
|17||12/30||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||30.00|
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|3 Year Avg||32||21||206||2||14||9.81||32|