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Falcons' Calvin Ridley: Remains limited at practice
Ridley (thigh) was a limited participant at Tuesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
It's believed the thigh injury is just a minor concern and something that won't jeopardize his status for the Falcons' Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Saints. Ridley has popped up on Atlanta's injury reports on a few occasions during his inaugural campaign but has suited up for all 10 games, posting 39 receptions for 532 yards and seven touchdowns in those outings.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' De'Vondre Campbell: Logs 27th consecutive start
Campbell collected six combined tackles during Sunday's 22-19 loss to Dallas.
The Falcons front seven continues to get scorched by opposing running backs with Deion Jones (foot) out of the lineup, allowing Nick Chubb and Ezekiel Elliott to rack up a combined 298 rushing yards and 113 receiving yards over the past two weeks. Campbell has been a stalwart in the defensive rotation all year, averaging 22.5 more snaps per game than the next highest player at the position group (Duke Riley). With Jones's status remaining up in the air for Week 12, Campbell will continue to shoulder a heavy workload against the Saints lethal running back duo of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, who have combined for 1,024 offensive yards and 14 touchdowns in six games when both are active this season.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Deion Jones: Aiming to return Thursday
The Falcons hope Jones (foot) will be able to return for Thursday's game at New Orleans, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Although he was activated from IR last Monday, Jones didn't progress enough last week to be cleared to play in Sunday's eventual loss to the Cowboys. Per Jason Butt of The Athletic, Jones kicked off this week with no activity at Monday's walk-through. Despite this fact, coach Dan Quinn told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com that Jones will put in a workout Monday, after which his health will be checked out. It remains to be seen whether the middle linebacker will make his second appearance of the season Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Calvin Ridley: Limited by thigh
Ridley (thigh) was a limited participant at Monday's walk-through, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Ridley has made a few appearances on Falcons injury reports this season, but he has yet to be a gameday inactive. Since his 146-yard, three-touchdown outburst Week 3, he's been a complementary option to Julio Jones in the passing attack, surpassing 50 yards receiving just two times in seven games. Overall, though, Ridley has posted an impressive 10.0 yards per target and seven TDs among his 39 receptions.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Matt Bryant: Flawless day of kicking
Bryant succeeded on his only extra-point attempt and put all four of his field-goal tries through the uprights during a 22-19 loss to Dallas on Sunday.
Fresh off a three-game absence due to a hamstring injury, the 17-year veteran appeared clutch as usual, connecting on tries from 21, 41, 45 and 53 yards out against the Cowboys. Bryant has potential to be a popular waiver-wire addition heading into a Thanksgiving night game against New Orleans, for what figures to be a high-scoring affair. The Saints haven't proven to be an especially fruitful matchup for kickers this season, however, allowing the sixth-fewest field-goal attempts, largely in part to a red zone defense giving up touchdowns on 72.4 percent of drives.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Foyesade Oluokun: Team's leading tackler in Week 11
Oluokun racked up 10 combined tackles during Sunday's 22-19 loss to Dallas.
Oluokun has had a sharp nose for the football of late, finishing as the Falcons' first or second-leading tackler in four of his past five games. With Deion Jones (foot) still sidelined despite his recent return from injured reserve, the rookie was provided with a lion's share of work, but Atlanta's struggles in containing opposing running backs persisted, as Ezekiel Elliott accounted for more than 200 offensive yards with a rushing score. Even if Jones returns in Week 12 against New Orleans, Oluokun will be a heavily used rotational player at the very least.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Logan Paulsen: Stays involved in passing game
Paulsen caught both of his targets, logging 19 receiving yards during a 22-19 loss to Dallas on Sunday.
The veteran tight end made an impressive play in the third quarter, catching a pass short left from Matt Ryan, breaking a tackle and waltzing 13 yards for a first down. Paulsen now has four catches over the past two outings, his most in consecutive games since Weeks 4 and 5 of the 2014 season. Next comes a Thanksgiving night showdown with New Orleans, as the Falcons' playoff hopes lay in dire straits. Paulsen himself has a challenging matchup, facing a Saints defense that entered the weekend allowing just 361 receiving yards to tight ends in 2018 (fifth-fewest in the NFL).... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mohamed Sanu: Solid in losing effort to Dallas
Sanu caught four of six targets, compiling 56 receiving yards during Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Cowboys.
The veteran wideout now has four or more catches in three straight outings, but he's been held scoreless and has fewer than 50 receiving yards per game over that span. Since Week 6, Sanu ranks behind Calvin Ridley in receptions (18 to 20), targets (23 to 27) and yards (215 to 230). while Julio Jones has dominated the target share and overall production (39 receptions on 56 targets for 594 yards). Sanu has an opportunity to boom on Thanksgiving, when the Falcons travel to take on New Orleans and a Saints defense that entered the weekend tied for the seventh-most wide receiver catches allowed this year (138).... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Calvin Ridley: Totals 32 receiving yards
Ridley caught three of his four targets for 32 yards and carried once for five more yards during Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Cowboys.
Ridley finished fourth on the team in targets and managed a long gain of just 14 yards in this quiet performance. He bobbled what should have been an easy catch in the fourth quarter, resulting in a Dallas interception which set up a touchdown. Ridley has been rather quiet over his last six games, topping 50 receiving yards just once while making one trip to the end zone during that span. The rookie enjoyed a monster performance against the Saints in Week 3 and will look to replicate that effort on Thanksgiving in New Orleans.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Tevin Coleman: Totals 85 scrimmage yards
Coleman carried eight times for 58 yards and caught three passes for an additional 27 yards during Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Cowboys.
Coleman gashed Dallas for 7.3 yards per carry, but his team neglected the running game while playing from behind for much of the day. He also made a nice contribution as a pass catcher and could have had a much bigger game if he was utilized more in that regard. Coleman has averaged 101.3 scrimmage yards per game over the last three, despite seeing less than a full workload out of the backfield. He'll hope to be more involved in what should be a high-scoring Week 12 Thanksgiving showdown with the Saints.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Matt Ryan: Throws one touchdown pass
Ryan completed 24 of 34 pass attempts for 291 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Cowboys.
Ryan averaged a respectable 8.6 yards per attempt while completing 71 percent of his passes. He struggled in the red zone at times, but he was able to connect with Julio Jones on a 34-yard touchdown pass to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Ryan's lone turnover was a big one, as it set up a Dallas touchdown, which put them up 10 with time ticking down. He had at least 330 passing yards with 10 touchdowns over his previous four games, and he'll look to get back on track in what should be a high-scoring Week 12 Thanksgiving affair against the Saints.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Ito Smith: Rushing inefficiency persists
Smith managed 10 yards on six carries, adding two receptions for 12 yards during a 22-19 loss to Dallas on Sunday.
Smith has been notably inefficient as a ball carrier, averaging fewer than 3.4 yards per carry on the season, and only breaking 2.8 yards per attempt three times in 10 outings. The rookie running back's upside comes by way of frequent red-zone usage, as he entered Week 11 fielding 45.5 percent of Atlanta red-zone carries (compared to Tevin Coleman's 39.4 percent). Smith has a reasonable shot at falling into the end zone when Atlanta travels to takes on New Orleans Thursday, facing a bottom-five Saints red-zone defense (touchdown success rate of 72.4 percent against).... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Julio Jones: Scores for third straight week
Jones caught six of his nine targets for 118 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Cowboys.
Jones led the team in targets, catches and yardage while scoring his third touchdown in as many weeks. He's been remarkably consistent of late, topping the 100-yard mark in six of his last seven games to boost his season average to a staggering 115.8 yards per contest. Jones should continue his excellent run Thursday in what could be a high-scoring affair against the Saints.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Austin Hooper: Contained by Dallas defense
Hooper hauled in four of eight targets, picking up 27 receiving yards during Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Cowboys.
Hooper endured a ho-hum performance against a Cowboys defense that's struggled at defending the position in 2018 (entered Week 11 allowing the fifth-most tight end receptions). The third-year man was held under 40 yards for the first time since Week 4, while tying his worst catch rate of the season at 50 percent. Outside of three monstrous showings -- a combined 28 catches for 204 yards and two touchdowns against Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Cleveland -- Hooper has averaged 3.1 catches and fewer than 35 receiving yards per game. Next comes a Thanksgiving night matchup against a Saints defense that ranks among the NFL's three worst teams with over 295 passing yards allowed per game .... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Damontae Kazee: Plays through injuries
Kazee sustained shoulder and elbow injuries during Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Cowboys, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Kazee exited Sunday's loss to the Cowboys during the first half and was later able to return to the game. The severity of the Kazee's shoulder and elbow injuries remain undisclosed, but it's encouraging that he was able to play through them. The second-year pro will face a short week of recovery as Thursday's divisional tilt against the Saints approaches.... See More ... See Less
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