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Falcons' Foyesade Oluokun: Logs second career start
Oluokun collected three tackles during Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Browns.
Oluokun paced all Falcons linebackers with 45 defensive snaps, recording his second start over the past five games during Sunday's loss to Cleveland. From the Ivy League, to a sixth-round draft choice and eventual fill-in for the Deion Jones (foot), Oluokun has played 44 percent of the defensive snaps thus far in 2018. With Jones eligible to suit up Sunday against Dallas upon his recent return from the injured reserve, Oluokun is liable to see a reduction in his workload, though he's carved out at least 20-25 defensive snaps per game for himself as a result of steady play in substitute duties.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Logan Paulsen: Two more receptions in Week 10 loss
Paulsen hauled in both of his targets, picking up 13 receiving yards during Sunday's 28-16 loss to Cleveland.
Paulsen recorded his fourth and fifth receptions of the year against a Browns defense that's allowed an NFL-high 64 completions to tight ends thus far in 2018. His value comes primarily as a run blocker, however, and that's an area where Atlanta will strive to improve as we enter the stretch run of the regular season (89.8 rushing yards per game, third-worst in the NFL). He may be the benefactor of one or two targets against Dallas on Sunday, but his primary responsibility will be to try and open up holes for Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith going up against the Cowboys' top 10 rush defense.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Eric Saubert: Records catch in loss to Cleveland
Saubert caught one of his two targets, compiling 17 yards during Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Browns.
The second-year tight end was targeted just once between Week 1 and Week 4, but he's become more involved in the Falcons passing attack of late, with five of his six targets (and all three of his receptions this season) coming in Atlanta's past five games. Quarterback Matt Ryan looked to Saubert in the back of the end zone in a critical fourth-and-goal situation, trailing the Browns by 18 points early in the fourth quarter. Saubert was unable to haul in the pass, as he remains scoreless over the first 23 games of the NFL career. Upcoming in Week 11 is a matchup against a Cowboys defense that's allowed 53 tight end receptions this season (tied for fifth-most).... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Deion Jones: Activated from injured reserve
The Falcons activated Jones (foot) from injured reserve Monday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
The Falcons never elaborated on the foot injury that Jones suffered in the season opener, but after returning to practice last Wednesday he's more or less cleared to return to action. His upcoming availability could be confirmed as early as Wednesday, when the team will release its first Week 11 injury report. When he takes the field, he'll be aiming to uphold his career mark of nearly eight tackles per game, which makes him an intriguing IDP option.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Deion Jones: Progressing towards return
Jones (foot) is eligible to return from injured reserve and is being evaluated, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Jones returned to practice last week, but it appears that the Falcons have no plans to rush the star linebacker onto the field before he fully recovers. Jones is eligible to suit up for Sunday's game against the Cowboys -- which Atlanta will need to win in order to keep their season alive -- but there seems to be a good chance of the third-year pro remaining sidelined Week 11.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Giorgio Tavecchio: Stays perfect in substitute duties
Tavecchio connected on a 40-yard field-goal attempt and succeeded on his lone point-after try during Sunday's 28-16 loss to Cleveland.
The Milan-born Tavecchio has been flawless since taking over for the injured Matt Bryant (hamstring) in Week 7, converting on all 13 of his combined attempts (5-for-5 on FGA, 8-for-8 on PATs). He's proven capable of connecting from long range -- four of his five field goals are from 40-plus yards, and two of the five from more than 50 yards out. The issue is his lack of volume, as Tavecchio's 1.7 attempts per game prohibit him from providing assured starting value on a weekly basis (Atlanta's 14 FGA as a team are tied for fifth fewest in the NFL). If Bryant is held out again in Week 11, Tavecchio will collect his fourth start of the season against a Cowboys team that's allowed 15 FGA all season, good for 10th-fewest in the league.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' De'Vondre Campbell: Tallies eight tackles in loss
Campbell recorded eight tackles (five solo) in Sunday's loss to Cleveland.
Campbell's eight tackles made for one of his best outings of the season, but it wasn't enough to take down the Browns in Cleveland. Campbell and the rest of the Falcons will look to bounce back in Week 11 when they take on the Cowboys.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: NFL interception leader thus far in 2018
Kazee collected three tackles and one interception during Sunday's 28-16 loss to Cleveland.
Kazee's magical 2018 continued in Week 10, as he intercepted running back Dontrell Hilliard on a trick play and streaked down the sideline 33 yards to set up Atlanta with a short-lived three-point lead in the second quarter. The Falcons secondary had been getting its act together somewhat in holding opposing quarterbacks to a 9:4 touchdown:interception ratio over the four outings prior to Week 10, but Baker Mayfield carved up the Atlanta defense with three touchdowns, zero interceptions and an 85 percent completion rate. Next for Kazee and the defensive backfield comes a matchup with Dak Prescott, who's been less than stellar overall this season, failing to exceed 275 passing yards in any of his nine starts and throwing just 1.2 touchdowns per game.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Calvin Ridley: Fails to build on Week 9 success
Ridley hauled in three of five targets for 37 yards, adding one rush for three yards during Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Browns.
Ridley has exceeded 70 yards on two occasions thus far in 2018 (Week 3 and Week 9). In the weeks following those two outings, the rookie receiver has seen a 68 percent reduction in terms of receiving output (91 combined yards in games following 146- and 71-yard displays). It's possible that opposing defenses are keying on the explosive Ridley, as he's averaged 5.5 targets in the "comedown" games, compared to 8.5 targets in his two 70-yard receiving performances. We may normally expect a rebound here, but facing one of the NFL's most resistant pass defenses in Dallas (under 220 passing yards allowed per game) keeps Ridley in fantasy flex territory for Week 11.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mohamed Sanu: Third-leading receiver in Week 10 loss
Sanu corralled six of eight targets, compiling 47 yards during Sunday's 28-16 loss to Cleveland.
On the Falcons' opening drive of the second half, Sanu carelessly extended the ball in an attempt to collect extra yardage, but the ball came loose and cornerback T.J. Carrie recovered a fumble that led to a Browns touchdown six plays later. The veteran wideout had momentarily shed his possession receiver persona by averaging 16.4 yards per catch between Weeks 4 and 9, but he put forth a more representative performance against Cleveland with an efficient catch rate of 75 percent but unexplosive production in terms of yardage (7.8 YPC). Atlanta's next opponent presents a challenging matchup for Sanu. The Cowboys rank among the NFL's five best teams in catches (96), yards (1,296) and touchdowns (six) surrendered to wide receivers this season.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Ito Smith: Held in check during Week 10 loss
Smith was contained to 11 rushing yards on four carries but added four receptions for 15 yards during Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Browns.
Smith's fantasy value has been salvaged by way of the touchdown (four scores this year, all coming from inside the 15-yard line), but his rushing efficiency has been staggeringly poor. The rookie out of Southern Miss has been held to fewer than three yards per carry in five of his past seven outings, and he's averaging worse than 3.6 yards per rush overall on the season. Smith looks to rebound in Week 11 against Dallas, but the prospects aren't exactly glowing: The Cowboys defense has held opponents to a league-best 3.6 yards per attempt.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Austin Hooper: Catches 10 balls, TD in Week 10
Hooper caught 10 of 11 targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Browns.
Hooper did his damage on checkdowns, with none of his catches going for longer than 10 yards. The tight end's three-yard touchdown on fourth down gave his team a glimmer of hope, cutting the deficit to 28-16 in the fourth quarter. Hooper's come on after a slow start, topping 40 receiving yards in each of the past five games after coming up short of 25 in three of the first four contests of the season. You could do much worse at tight end in Week 11 than Hooper against the Cowboys.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Tevin Coleman: Quiet in Week 10 loss
Coleman rushed 11 times for 44 yards and caught three of five targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 28-16 loss to Cleveland.
Atlanta abandoned the run after falling behind, and Coleman failed to make much of an impact as a receiver out of the backfield. His prominent role in a high-powered offense gives Coleman plenty of fantasy appeal, but this performance showed that he's outside the set-it-and-forget-it-tier of running backs. Coleman will hope to bounce back against the Cowboys in Week 11.... See More ... See Less
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