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30 Qadree Ollison RB

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January 2, 2020 10:16 AM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Team-high four rush TDs in 2019
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Ollison ran four times for nine yards across 10 offensive snaps in the Falcons' Week 17 win over the Buccaneers.

The 2019 fifth-round draft pick played more than 20 percent of Atlanta's offensive snaps in one game all season, while collecting just 22 carries across eight appearances. Ollison's 2.3 yards-per-carry average wasn't encouraging, but he was able to come through with four goal-line touchdown runs to lead the Atlanta backfield. Looking ahead to 2020, Ollison is expected to remain a low-usage backup option behind Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith (concussion).

December 23, 2019 07:20 PM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Yet another rushing TD
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Ollison registered a three-yard rushing touchdown on his lone carry during Sunday's 24-12 win against the Jaguars.

The rookie Ollison continues to be a goal-line vulture, now having accumulated four rushing TDs on just 18 career carries. His 2.3 yards-per-carry clip has been less than optimal, but that low average is largely attributable to Ollison being deployed against stacked boxes as a primary short-yardage option for Atlanta. Ollison may find difficulty breaking into the end zone again in the season finale, with Atlanta taking on a Buccaneers defense that has allowed just eight rushing scores all year to opposing RBs.

December 17, 2019 02:04 PM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Notches third career TD
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Ollison tallied a one-yard touchdown run on his only carry during Sunday's 29-22 win over San Francisco.

The rookie out of Pittsburgh capitalized on his lone offensive touch Week 15, plunging across the goal line to cut the 49ers' lead to 19-17 with 5:15 to go in the fourth quarter. Ollison now has three touchdowns since garnering his first NFL carry in Week 11 against Carolina, though his 2.2 yards per carry average has been underwhelming and can't be entirely dismissed as a product of his short-yardage work. Even taking into account his limited offensive workload, Ollison has a reasonable chance of cracking the end zone again in Week 16, taking on a Jaguars defense that's tied for 22nd in red-zone scoring attempts allowed per game (3.4) and 31st in rushing TDs allowed per game (1.4).

December 11, 2019 12:56 PM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Carries four times in win
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Ollison ran four times for six yards during Sunday's 40-20 win over the Panthers.

Ollison returned to offensive action Sunday after being relegated to special-teams duty in Week 13. The rookie has recorded carries in three of his last four games and scored in the first two, and he holds some value as a touchdown vulture. In most fantasy formats the downside is not worth the potential reward though, even Sunday against a 49ers defense that, while tops in the league against the pass, surrenders 4.6 yards per opponent carry -- 24th in the league.

November 24, 2019 09:28 PM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Scores for second straight week
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Ollison registered 20 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, and hauled in his only target for seven yards during Sunday's 35-22 loss to the Buccaneers.

The rookie back out of Pittsburgh has demonstrated a nose for the end zone through the early portion of his professional career, scoring on his very first NFL carry last week against Carolina, and punching in another from a yard out Sunday against Tampa Bay to provide him with two TDs on 12 total rush attempts. With Brian Hill managing only 1.8 yards per carry in his two-game audition as the starter and Devonta Freeman (foot) potentially facing his third straight absence, Ollison could transition into a more prominent role Thanksgiving night when the Falcons take on a Saints defense that contained Christian McCaffrey to fewer than 3.0 YPC in Week 12.

November 18, 2019 10:56 PM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Tallies first career TD
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Ollison ran for 11 yards and a touchdown on four carries during Sunday's 29-3 win against the Panthers.

The rookie back dressed for the first time last week during Atlanta's upset of New Orleans, but he did not receive an offensive snap until the Falcons' road trip to Charlotte. Ollison toted just under 20 percent of the team's running back carries, and, most notably, he tallied his first career touchdown in a regular-season game. If Devonta Freeman (foot) is forced to sit out again in Week 12, Ollison will continue to serve as a complementary option to Brian Hill in a matchup against a Buccaneers defense that has contained opponents to a meager 3.5 yards per carry this season.

November 15, 2019 12:56 PM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Slated to have role in game plan
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Coach Dan Quinn said that Ollison "will definitely take on more of a role" in Sunday's game against the Panthers with top running back Devonta Freeman (knee) ruled out for the contest, Vaughn McClure of reports.

The fifth-round pick out of Pittsburgh has been on the Atlanta roster all season, but he was a healthy inactive through the first eight games before filling purely a special-teams role in his NFL debut in last weekend's upset win in New Orleans. With Freeman sidelined for at least one game, however, Ollison should get his first snaps on offense, though both the rookie and veteran Kenjon Barner will rank as clear depth options behind Brian Hill. Thanks in part to Freeman's early exit versus the Saints, Hill picked up a season-high 40 offensive snaps, while Barner played 11.

October 6, 2019 12:16 PM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Remains healthy scratch
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Ollison (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 5 tilt against the Texans.

The rookie will continue to wait on his NFL debut despite the fact fellow running back Kenjon Barner (concussion) is out for a second consecutive week. Brian Hill will continue backing up the top backfield duo of Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith.

September 29, 2019 11:52 AM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Healthy scratch again
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Ollison (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Titans.

With Kenjon Barner out due to a concussion, a spot was open on the Falcons' game-day roster, but Brian Hill and not Ollison will serve as the third available running back behind Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith. Ollison thus will have to wait another week for his potential NFL debut.

September 27, 2019 01:12 PM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Could be active Week 4
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Coach Dan Quinn said Friday that one of Ollison or Brian Hill will be active versus the Titans on Sunday, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Ollison didn't receive as many practice reps as Hill this week, but the rookie fifth-round pick appears to have a chance of making his NFL debut Sunday. His opportunity comes with Kenjon Barner (concussion) ruled out. Of course, whichever of Ollison or Hill does suit up Sunday will likely be limited to a depth role behind Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith.

September 25, 2019 05:32 PM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Receives key practice reps
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Ollison worked in the running back rotation during Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Ollison has been inactive for each of Atlanta's games this season, but he's now facing opportunity with Ito Smith (concussion) and Kenjon Barner (concussion/knee) both managing injuries. Depending on the health of the Falcons' running back group Week 4, Ollison and Brian Hill could be active and serve as the top backups to Devonta Freeman.

September 22, 2019 04:28 PM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Inactive Week 3
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Ollison (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 tilt against the Colts.

The reserve running back will take a seat for the third time in as many games to open the season. Devonta Freeman has generated career-low efficiency over the first two games of 2019 while averaging 2.2 yards per carry, but coach Dan Quinn apparently is content with Freeman, Ito Smith and return specialist Kenjon Barner constituting his backfield for at least another week.

September 15, 2019 07:00 PM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Sitting again Sunday
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Ollison (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

For the second week in a row, Ollison and Brian Hill will be healthy scratches. The Falcons' backfield remains the domain of Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith, while Kenjon Barner takes on a special teams role.

September 8, 2019 11:44 AM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Held out Week 1
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Ollison (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game in Minnesota.

A 2019 fifth-round pick, Ollison got a lot of run during the preseason and made the 53-man roster on cut-down day. That said, he'll be part of the squeeze to get to 46 players for Week 1. With Ollison and Brian Hill on the inactive list, the Falcons backfield will be handled by Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith while Kenjon Barner pitches in on special teams.

August 30, 2019 11:28 AM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Wraps up strong preseason campaign
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Ollison ran for 51 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, adding two receptions for 13 yards during Thursday's 31-12 preseason win against the Jaguars.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound bulldozer finished tied with Tony Brooks-James for a team-high 180 rushing yards this preseason, and projects to be on the roster bubble for the upcoming Aug. 31 cut-down date. Ollison logged just one reception for three yards during the exhibition slate, but his 3.7 yards per carry rate holds up to those of Ito Smith (2.9) and Brian Hll (3.7), while his powerful running style could prove to be an asset for Atlanta's goal-line offense, if granted the opportunity.

August 24, 2019 03:56 PM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Leads Falcons RBs in touches
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Ollison rushed for 42 yards on 12 attempts and fumbled once during Thursday's 19-7 preseason loss to Washington.

Ollison had double the offensive touches of any other Falcons back and tied Derrius Guice for most at the position for either squad. He coughed up the rock on Atlanta's second-to-last offensive drive of the night, but teammate Olamide Zaccheaus tracked down Redskins defensive back Ashton Lampkin and stripped the ball out to force a touchback and retain possession for Atlanta. Despite the blunder, Ollison has been impressive throughout preseason play by leading Falcons backs in rushing for three straight games.

August 16, 2019 11:12 AM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Plays well against Jets
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Ollison rushed nine times for a game-high 44 yards and failed to catch either of his two targets during Thursday's 22-10 preseason loss to the Jets.

Ollison got the biggest workload of any Falcons running back and made the most of it, showing why he remains the favorite to secure the third spot on Atlanta's depth chart over Brian Hill, who managed just 12 yards on four carries in this one. Ollison isn't out of the woods yet, however, with two more weeks left in preseason.

August 9, 2019 03:36 PM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Rebounds in second preseason outing
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Ollison picked up 41 rushing yards and a touchdown on eight carries during Thursday's 34-27 loss to Miami.

Ollison got his name back in the mix for Atlanta's No. 2 running back job with a strong performance against Miami, taking advantage of a matchup with the NFL's 31st-ranked rush defense from a season ago. To become a more balanced, every-down back he will strive to improve upon his elusiveness and agility, but as currently constructed, the big-bodied Ollison is an interesting fit for Dirk Koetter's offensive scheme. Ito Smith has not received the requisite number of touches this preseason (eight total) to get an updated fantasy appraisal, but Ollison is doing what he can to build a case for himself as the potential No. 2, if not at least the team's No. 3 guy.

August 2, 2019 12:04 AM
Falcons' Qadree Ollison: Struggles for running room in debut
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Ollison rushed six times for two yards and brought in one of two targets for three yards in the Falcons' 14-10 preseason loss to the Broncos on Thursday.

Ollison logged the second-most carries behind Brian Hill, but he did next to nothing with them. While the former Pitt Panther gained four yards on one of his rushes, he netted minus-2 on his other five totes. Ollison is battling Hill, Ito Smith and Kenjon Barner for a backup job behind Devonta Freeman, but his first on-field audition didn't exactly qualify as a ringing endorsement. He'll look to up his production against the Dolphins in next Thursday's exhibition clash.

April 27, 2019 03:04 PM
Qadree Ollison: Joins backup competition in Atlanta
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The Falcons selected Ollison in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 152nd overall.

It always seemed likely Atlanta would add more competition for the backup job behind Devonta Freeman. Ollison joins the mix as a bowling ball of a prospect who shined as a redshirt freshman while filling in for an injured James Conner at Pitt, but then had two disappointing seasons before exploding for 1,213 yards on 6.3 YPC over 14 starts in 2018. At 6-foot-1 and 228 pounds, it wouldn't surprise anyone if he carves out a short-yardage role in Atlanta.

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