Gabriel finishes the season with 33 receptions for 378 yards and one touchdown, and while that only represented two fewer catches than last season, he recorded 201 fewer yards and five fewer touchdowns than in 2016. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and it's certainly possible he'll look to latch on with a team that isn't as stacked as the Falcons at wide receiver.
Gabriel (hamstring) practiced fully Thursday and is "ready to go" for Saturday's wild-card game against the Rams, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Aside from his early departure Week 17, Gabriel hovered between 40 and 65 percent of the offensive snaps in most games during the 2017 campaign. Because he played third banana to Julio Jones (ankle/ribs) and Mohamed Sanu throughout, Gabriel managed multiple catches in 10 of 16 games this season. Of those six with one or fewer, though, four of them occurred during the final five contests, meaning he may have a difficult time getting in on the act against the Rams' 13th-ranked pass defense.
In the portion of practice open to the media, Gabriel was seen working on the side, per Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. Typically, such activity doesn't translate to a limited showing, so Gabriel likely took part in individual drills, at the very least, Tuesday. The development is a positive one after he left Sunday's Week 17 outing versus the Panthers due to a hamstring injury.
Gabriel is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Panthers with a hamstring injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Gabriel sustained the injury in the latter stages of the first quarter as he pulled up and reached for his hamstring while covering a punt. Justin Hardy and Andre Roberts are options to step in as the Falcons' No. 3 receiver while Gabriel is sidelined.
Gabriel caught two passes for 16 yards in Monday's 24-21 win over the Buccaneers.
Coming off a 2016 campaign where he scored six touchdowns, Gabriel's 2017 season has been a bit of a disappointment, as he's only scored one touchdown on the year. He was held to one catch for 10 yards the last time the Falcons played the Saints, and the two teams will meet again in Week 16.
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