Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 5/20/17 11:35am ET
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he is confident that the team will be able to sign RB Devonta Freeman to a contract extension. Dimitroff said talks between the two sides likely will occur around the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Freeman should receive an extension at some point because he is a big part of the team's offense. He recorded 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016 and should have a similar role this upcoming season. Freeman should be considered a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 5/17/17 10:11am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman wants to be 'elite paid', according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. 'I want to be the best. I want to be elite paid. Whatever that is, that's where I want to be,' Freeman said.
Huddle Up: It's a bit funny Freeman is giving off the impression he doesn't know how much money the elite backs make, but he is justified in asking to be paid like one of the league's top backs because he is. Le'Veon Bell is the highest-paid back in the league this year making $12-plus million on the franchise tag, while LeSean McCoy and Doug Martin rank second and third at $8.01 million and $7.15 million, respectively. The fourth-year pro is entering his walk year and a rock-solid RB1 in all formats.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 5/16/17 10:25am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman said he can't envision himself holding out if contract negotiations were to come to a halt. Freeman has one year left on his rookie deal.
Huddle Up: Freeman's extension is down the road a bit, and it would be a huge surprise to see him wearing something other than black and red for the next several seasons. Splitting touches with Tevin Coleman hasn't hurt Freeman's fantasy value. He's a top 10 back with more significance in PPR leagues.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 4/22/17 3:04pm ET
Atlanta Falcons restricted free-agent WR Taylor Gabriel signed his one-year tender worth $2.81 million on Saturday, April 22.
Huddle Up: Gabriel emerged as a big-play threat last season by scoring seven times on only 39 touches, including six touchdown catches. He's likely to remain the third receiver in Atlanta again this year behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, but his role shouldn't change much even with the departure of former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. He's worth a look late in drafts.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 4/20/17 12:38pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is expected to receive a contract extension, but a deal is not anticipated in the near future. It is not likely that the two sides will commence negotiations before training camp and negotiations could spill into the regular season. Freeman has one year remaining on his rookie contract.
Huddle Up: Freeman undoubtedly deserves a big, new extension. He has averaged 1,587.5 total yards and 13.5 total touchdowns over the last two seasons and is comfortably in RB1 territory again this year. He has added value in PPR leagues.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 4/17/17 8:54pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel reported for organized team activities Monday, April 17, without yet signing his free-agent tender of $2.746 million. Other teams have until Friday, April 21, to sign Gabriel to an offer sheet, so it is possible he is just waiting until the last minute to see if he can generate any outside interest.
Huddle Up: While he's waiting for such a scenario to play out just in case, it seems unlikely another team would surrender a second-round draft pick by signing the emerging wide-out to an offer sheet. Even so, Gabriel proved his worth last year by notching six touchdown receptions in his first year with the Falcons, tying him with Julio Jones for the team lead. He deserves a late-round flier in deep leagues for having an active role in Atlanta's explosive offense.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 4/12/17 2:20pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman said he will participate in the offseason workouts and minicamp even though he is entering the final year of his contract. Freeman is optimistic that he will receive a contract extension before the 2017 season.
Huddle Up: Freeman should receive a new deal at some point and will continue to share playing time with Tevin Coleman in 2017. He finished this season with 1,079 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns and can be a No. 1 running back in most fantasy leagues.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 4/12/17 6:02pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) watched from the sidelines Wednesday, April 12, as a number of teammates took part in a players-only workout led by QB Matt Ryan. However, Jones showed no signs of a limp and didn?t need crutches or a protective walking boot after undergoing surgery in early March. He is not expected to participate in Atlanta?s offseason workout program, which begins April 17, but he should be ready for the team?s regular-season opener in September.
Huddle Up: Unless he has a setback this spring or summer, owners can still treat Jones as an elite WR1 in fantasy. At only 28 years of age and freakishly talented, he should remain one of the top five receivers in the league for at least the next two to three years.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 4/8/17 3:30pm ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff expects to address a contract extension for RB Devonta Freeman 'going into training camp,' Dimitroff said an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday, April 4. 'We will address this. When you look at our history, we address these situations going into training camp. I?m throwing that out there as a general timeline. I don?t know when that exactly will be, but I?m confident that something can get wrapped up and he?s going to be part of us for years to come,' Dimitroff said.
Huddle Up: The loss of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will hurt the Falcons' offense, but Atlanta has done a good enough job building its talent base on offense in recent years that Freeman should remain a quality RB1 in fantasy.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 4/6/17 9:54pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) is in the 'strengthening phase' of his recovery from surgery, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Jones is a first-round option in all formats, and he should be one of the first receivers off the board.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 3/29/17 11:33am ET
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he is confident that the team will be able to sign RB Devonta Freeman to a contract extension later this year.
Huddle Up: Freeman was ranked in the top 10 in rushing yards (1,079) and rushing touchdowns (11) this season and will continue to receive most of the carries next season. He will continue to share playing time with Tevin Coleman but should be a No. 1 running back in fantasy leagues.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/23/17 11:27am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) is expected to be at full health in time for the start of training camp in late July. Jones was wearing a boot, but he appeared to be moving around well and was not using crutches. A minor procedure was performed on Jones' foot March 6 after he played with the injury for most of the second half of last season.
Huddle Up: Jones will be primed for another top WR1 season once he's recovered. He finished as the WR6 last season despite missing two games. Jones is a consensus first-round pick and should be one of the first three wide receivers taken in fantasy drafts.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 3/9/17 7:16pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman's next contract could be tough to negotiate, according to beat writer Jeff Schultz.
Huddle Up: Freeman has established himself as one of the most complete backs in the NFL, and he should be treated as a RB1 in all formats in 2017.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 3/8/17 8:42am ET
Atlanta Falcons restricted free-agent WR Taylor Gabriel received a second-round tender Wednesday, March 8.
Huddle Up: Gabriel carved a niche last season and vaulted himself into the boom-or-bust fantasy picture. Reminiscent of Percy Harvin in years past, Gabriel has game-breaking ability and can be a low-target, high-scoring potential commodity. He's a WR4 that could have upside for more in fantasy.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/7/17 6:00am ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) had surgery to remove a bunion from his foot. He'll require four to five months to fully heal, but he's expected to be ready for training camp in July.
Huddle Up: The issue plagued Jones for the entire season, and he still managed to post an 83-1,406-6 line in 14 games. He is one of the best players at his position and a consideration early in fantasy drafts next season.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/6/17 5:45pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) underwent a procedure on his injured foot Monday, March 6. Jones is expected to be fully recovered by the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Jones probably will sit out all of the offseason workouts in order to rehab his foot. Owners should keep an eye on the situation to make sure he does not suffer any setbacks. Jones is one of the best receivers in the NFL and should be a first-round pick in all fantasy leagues.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 3/3/17 10:10am ET
The Atlanta Falcons placed a second-round tender on restricted free-agent WR Taylor Gabriel at $2.81 million Friday, March 3, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Gabriel famously was cut loose by the Cleveland Browns prior to last season, only to emerge as a much-needed big-play threat for the Falcons' top-ranked scoring offense. The second-round tender will almost certainly keep them in Atlanta. Even with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan now in San Francisco, Gabriel should enter 2017 as a fantasy WR4.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/3/17 11:30am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) is set to undergo foot surgery Monday, March 6, according to NFL.com Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Rapoport reports the surgery is minor and won't affect his training camp availability. Jones was a dominant force in the Falcons' run to the Super Bowl despite playing through a painful toe sprain. While Jones has multiple surgeries on his feet over the years, this injury doesn't appear to be related to his previous injuries. Assuming the surgery is in fact minor, Jones should be a no-brainer first-round pick in fantasy yet again this summer.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/3/17 12:07pm ET
Updating a previous story, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) is not scheduled to undergo foot surgery Monday, March 6, but rather an appointment with noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson to determine if he needs to remove a bunion on his foot. The Falcons have yet to make a decision on whether or not Jones will have surgery.
Huddle Up: NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported earlier Jones was set to have minor foot surgery. Nearly a month removed from the Super Bowl, the clock is ticking for a decision to be made on Jones' sprained toe if the Falcons want him ready for offseason workouts. Atlanta is going to do whatever it can to help Jones enter 2017 healthy, so owners can still view him as a surefire first-round pick in fantasy.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/1/17 4:06pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot, toe) still has not decided if he will undergo surgery on his injured foot. Head coach Dan Quinn said Jones is scheduled to meet with doctors next week about the foot.
Huddle Up: Jones probably will decide on his foot in the near future and could miss some offseason workouts if he has the surgery. He should be fine for training camp and will continue to be one of the best receivers in the NFL. He will be a first-round pick in fantasy leagues and will be a weekly starting option.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 2/23/17 2:48pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RBs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman produced the best numbers of any backfield combination in 2016. Their main production came in the endzone, tallying a combined 24 total touchdowns. Freeman finished with over 1,500 total yards, while Coleman finished just shy of 1,000 total yards.
Huddle Up: Freeman will be the main guy going forward, but Coleman deserves credit. Despite backing up Freeman, Coleman ended the season as the RB18, one spot behind Lamar Miller and one spot ahead of Todd Gurley. It's hard to imagine they'll have similar seasons, but they have proven that they can successfully coexist. View Freeman as an RB1 with more value in PPR leagues, while Coleman should be drafted as an RB2.
Jacob Tamme - TEPosted 2/19/17 7:01am ET
The San Francisco 49ers could be interested in impending free-agent TE Jacob Tamme if he doesn't re-sign with the Atlanta Falcons, according to multiple sources.
Huddle Up: The soon-to-be 32-year-old had 22 catches for 210 yards and three touchdowns in eight games before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in November. Former Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is now the head coach in San Francisco but the 49ers recently gave TE Vance McDonald a five-year contract extension, so it's unlikely he would play a major role in the offense if he lands there. At best, Tamme should be viewed as a TE2 in deeper seasonal leagues regardless of where he's playing in 2017.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 2/8/17 4:08pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for 2,581 yards, 19 touchdowns and four interceptions at home this season while throwing for 2,363 yards, 19 touchdowns and three interceptions on the road.
Huddle Up: Ryan was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL this season and should have most of his weapons back next season. He should be considered a No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues in 2017.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 2/8/17 5:03pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman rushed for six of his eight touchdowns on the road this season. He also recorded two of his three receiving touchdowns on the road.
Huddle Up: Coleman was not the starting running back this season but received plenty of work in the offense. He probably will have a similar role for the Falcons in 2017 and can be considered a No. 3 in most leagues and a No. 2 running back in some deeper leagues.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 2/8/17 5:04pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman rushed for 10 of his 11 touchdowns at home this season. He finished the season with 521 yards at home and 558 yards on the road.
Huddle Up: Freeman received most of the carries for the Falcons this season and finished in the top 10 in terms of rushing yards during the regular season. He should continue to be the top running back for the Falcons and should be considered a No. 1 fantasy running back for owners next season.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 2/7/17 9:20am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (ankle) was spotted wearing a walking boot on his left foot Tuesday, Feb. 7. Coleman suffered an apparent ankle injury in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI and did not return.
Huddle Up: There has been no indication Coleman is dealing with a significant injury, but it is also notable he has yet to be given a timetable for recovery. Barring something unforeseen, he should have no problem being ready for offseason workouts and figures to return to his role as Devonta Freeman's explosive sidekick in Atlanta's offense next season.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 2/7/17 9:21am ET
Updating a previous story, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) told ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure on Tuesday, Feb. 7, he will have his troublesome toe evaluated next month to decide if surgery is needed or not.
Huddle Up: It would not be surprising if Jones undergoes surgery considering the fact he dealt with the injury for most of the season. The ailment obviously did not hinder him all that much, however, as he amassed 19 catches for 334 yards and three touchdowns during the Falcons' playoff run. Jones' ongoing foot issues are something fantasy owners need to keep in mind going forward, but he's arguably the most dominant receiver in the game when healthy.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 2/7/17 11:14am ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (ankle) will not need surgery on his injured ankle, according to head coach Dan Quinn. A timetable for Coleman's recovery was not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Coleman is wearing a walking boot, as previously reported, but this ailment doesn't appear to be too serious. If he doesn't suffer any setbacks this offseason he should be good to go. He and Devontae Freeman arguably make up the best running back duo in the NFL. Interestingly, they don't damage each other's fantasy value too much. View Coleman as a low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 for next season.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 2/7/17 12:06pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman and the Falcons are 'in good space,' according to Thomas Dimitroff, in regards to a contract extension. Dimitroff said both sides will discuss a deal at the 'appropriate time.'
Huddle Up: That appropriate time is probably after the Falcons are done wondering what happened in the Super Bowl. Freeman has quickly proven himself as one of the most versatile running backs in the NFL over the last two seasons. Freeman is an RB1 candidate in all formats even with Tevin Coleman splitting time with him.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 2/6/17 1:12am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman ran 11 times for 75 yards and scored a touchdown in the team's 34-28 Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Freeman didn't do anything to damage his stock as a solid RB1 going into the 2017 offseason. New England had trouble stopping Freeman early on, which was key to Atlanta's surge.
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