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NFC South Standings

Team Div Overall
1-0-0 3-1-0
1-0-0 2-2-0
1-1-0 2-2-0
0-2-0 0-4-0

Top Falcons News

  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Limited in season debut

    Patterson (thigh) didn't record any counting stats across seven snaps (one offensive) during Sunday's 23-7 loss to Jacksonville.

    After missing the first three games of the season due to a thigh injury, Patterson was cleared to suit up Sunday but played primarily on special teams. Head coach Arthur Smith said the running back was limited mainly due to how the game unfolded. Patterson is expected to fill the "Joker" role on offense, and Smith noted that there were a few things planned for him versus the Jaguars. However, the coach opted to be cautious with the veteran, who's still working his way back into game shape. "You get a healthy [Patterson] out there, that can certainly help our offense," Smith said, per Terrin Waack of the Falcons' official site.

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  • Falcons' Desmond Ridder: Remains starting quarterback

    Head coach Arthur Smith said Monday that Ridder is still Atlanta's starting quarterback, Michael Rothstein of reports.

    Ridder has made just eight starts as a professional, but Sunday's 23-7 loss was by far his worst performance. He committed a career-high three turnovers, including a pick-six late in the second quarter that put Atlanta in a hole it couldn't climb out of. Smith has been adamant about playing smart football, which Ridder didn't do versus Jacksonville, but it appears the 2022 third-round pick will get an opportunity to work through his mistakes. However, Taylor Heinicke is the highest-paid backup quarterback in the NFL, so if Ridder continues to struggle, don't be surprised if Smith gives the veteran a chance at some point.

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  • Falcons' David Onyemata: Records first sack of season

    Onyemata recorded seven tackles (two solo) and 1.5 sacks during Sunday's 23-7 loss to Jacksonville.

    Onyemata finished with a season-high seven tackles and notched his first QB takedown of 2023, making him one of the lone bright spots in an ugly loss. After seven years in New Orleans, the veteran opted for a bigger role with the Falcons, and he's off to a quick start with his new squad. In 2020, Onyemata set career highs with 44 tackles and 6.5 sacks across 15 appearances. If he continues at this pace, the 30-year-old may surpass those numbers this season.

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  • Falcons' Jessie Bates: Forces fumble in loss

    Bates recorded eight tackles (five solo) and one forced fumble during Sunday's 23-7 loss to Jacksonville.

    Given his start to the campaign, this can almost be considered a slow night for Bates. The 2018 second-round pick has been outstanding through his first four games with the Falcons, totaling 32 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Bates' production dipped during his final two campaigns in Cincinnati, but he's quickly reasserted himself as one of the top IDP options in 2023.

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  • Falcons' Nate Landman: Career-high 10 tackles

    Landman recorded 10 tackles (eight solo) during Sunday's 23-7 loss to Jacksonville.

    Landman drew his second start of the season in place of Troy Andersen (shoulder), and he shined with a double-digit tackle performance. It's unclear if the undrafted second-year player can maintain this type of production, but he figures to get plenty of opportunities moving forward with Andersen on injured reserve.

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  • Falcons' Richie Grant: Season-high 11 stops

    Grant recorded 11 tackles (nine solo) during Sunday's 23-7 loss to Jacksonville.

    Grant posted a team- and season-high 11 tackles during the loss. The second-year starter has been overshadowed by newcomer Jessie Bates to start 2023, but Grant is coming off a 123-tackle season and already has 28 stops through four games this year. Grant's tackle numbers offer mangers with a solid fantasy floor, but he's yet to record a turnover this season. Last season, he had two picks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery across 17 games.

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  • Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Quiet day in loss

    Koo didn't attempt a field goal and made his only extra-point try during Sunday's 23-7 loss to Jacksonville.

    The Falcons fell behind by two scores early and reached Jacksonville's territory on only four of their 10 drives. Three of those ended in turnovers, and one resulted in a Drake London touchdown. Koo has struggled to start 2023, but this dud can be blamed on Atlanta's failure to move the ball consistently. Koo has proven he can bounce back, but he'll need some help from Bijan Robinson and company moving forward.

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  • Falcons' MyCole Pruitt: Targeted for second straight week

    Pruitt failed to record a catch on one target during Sunday's 23-7 loss to Jacksonville.

    After not seeing a target across the first two weeks of the season, Pruitt has garnered one in back-to-back games. The veteran remains a block-first tight end, so barring an occasional touchdown, he has essentially zero fantasy value in standard leagues.

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  • Falcons' Mack Hollins: Held without catch

    Hollins failed to record a catch on three targets during Sunday's 23-7 loss to Jacksonville.

    Hollins went catchless for the first time this season, and at one point, he appeared to be visibly frustrated with Desmond Ridder on the sidelines. Fantasy managers probably don't need to read too much into the incident, but it's certainly worth noting, especially when Atlanta has the highest-paid backup quarterback, Taylor Heinicke, waiting in the wings if Ridder continues to struggle. After an encouraging start, Hollins' production has dropped off in back-to-back weeks. He's garnered at least three targets in each game thus far, but that's not enough usage to crack fantasy relevance in standard leagues.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 128.0
Def. 114.5


Player Injury
T. Andersen LB Troy Andersen LB Shoulder
J. Ali WR Josh Ali WR Ankle
P. Hart WR Penny Hart WR Concussion
E. Greenidge OT Ethan Greenidge OT Undisclosed
M. Hennessy C Matt Hennessy C Knee

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