Under the radar prospects: Running Back

The running back position has been devalued in the draft process. In 2013, for the first time in decades a running back was not taken in the first round. However, the Falcons need a consistent running back in 2014. They cannot allow for the broken shell of Steven Jackson and the inconsistent JacQuizz Rodgers to carry the load. Last season, the ball club finished dead last in the...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Ryan leads Falcons past Bucs 31-23

The Falcons moved to 2-4 on Sunday with a 31-23 victory over the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Playing without Julio Jones and Roddy White, Matt Ryan stepped up his game with a very efficient performance. Ryan went 20 of 26 for 273 yards and 3 TDs with 0 INT.  The defense did it's part early by scoring on a Thomas DeCoud fumble return and the Falcons held on late despite...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

The Interior Line: a further analysis

The interior offensive line this year was a mixed bag-leaning well towards the negative side of things. On one hand, Justin Blalock played better than average and proved to be our best offensive lineman. However, having a slightly above average guard acting as the cornerstone of the interior isn’t going to keep Matt Ryan on his feet, or create holes for Jacquizz Rodgers or Steven...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Signing Day Countdown: Oregon State commit Dwayne Williams

This is the sixth in a series of mini-profiles The Oregonian is publishing on high school football players expected to sign with Oregon State. National signing day is Feb. 5. Name: Dwayne Williams Hometown: Killeen, Texas Position: Cornerback Height: 5-foot-9 Weight: 158 High school: Shoemaker Beavers fans should be excited because: Dwayne Williams has done his research. ...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Rodgers' cap number grows with pay bump

Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers was supposed to count $692,750 against the 2014 salary cap. Now, his cap number has grown to $1,436,750. Rodgers Rodgers was one of a handful of players from the 2011 draft class who were awarded with the Proven Performance Escalator, according to the NFLPA records. Players qualify for this increase in Year 4 of their contracts if they...
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January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers report card: Everything just good enough to get by Falcons

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Handing out grades following the GreenBay Packers' 22-21 home win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 14:Passing Offense: BMatt Flynn was far from perfect, but he did enough thingswell that the Packers were able to score 22 points and get the win. Also, noone would ever confuse Flynn with Aaron Rodgers, but for a quarterback who'sbeen released twice this season...
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December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Packers report card: Everything just good enough to get by Falcons

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Handing out grades following the GreenBay Packers' 22-21 home win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 14:Passing Offense: BMatt Flynn was far from perfect, but he did enough thingswell that the Packers were able to score 22 points and get the win. Also, noone would ever confuse Flynn with Aaron Rodgers, but for a quarterback who'sbeen released twice this season...
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December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons want to run Jackson more, not less

Don't expect the Atlanta Falcons to spread the carries around among running backs Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling. If anything, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Jackson get even more carries Sunday at Tampa Bay, if the Falcons can avoid falling behind and having to rely on the passing game. Although Jackson managed just 11 yards on nine carries in a...
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November 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals Preview

Jacquizz Rodgers caught two touchdown passes last week. (Daniel Shirey) The Atlanta Falcons look to notch their first road win as they head out west to face the Arizona Cardinals. The Falcons (2-4)  rode Harry Douglas, who had to step into the role as the top target with Julio Jones being out for the season and Roddy White nursing ankle and hamstring injuries, and Matt Ryan to...
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October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Fox: 20 fun facts to ponder for Week 8

Here are 20 whimsical factoids some positive, some negative to digest before the SundayMonday slate of Week 8 games: 1-10 1. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers boasts absurd averages of 346 yards passing and 3.3 touchdowns in his last four games at the Metrodome. 2. Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson (612 total yards, six TDs) has dominated every NFC North foe through the years...
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October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons: Five Things We Learned

Just so everyone knows, I forgot New Orleans had a bye week and left Pierre Thomas on my fantasy team. I could have had Jacquizz Rodgers starting in my backfield.The little scat back filled in admirably for the injured Julio Jones and Roddy White and accounted for two touchdowns receiving as the Atlanta Falcons held the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winless again, 31-23.More importantly,...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Jacquizz Rodgers Collects 2 TDs vs. Tampa Bay

Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers had his second straight two-TD game Sunday against Tampa Bay.Fantasy Spin:Rodgers only had eight carries for 16 yards on the ground but he caught eight passes for 46 yards and two scores. Meanwhile, Jason Snelling had seven carries and zero targets. Rodgers should be started as a RB2 until Steven Jackson, who is out indefinitely after suffering...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons 31, Buccaneers 23: Postgame takeaways & observations

Two teams met Sunday at the Georgia Dome, each desperately needing a victory. When it was over, the Atlanta Falcons received a breather from their swoon. Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep gasping for air. With the 31-23 defeat, the Bucs dropped to 0-6 and lost their 11th game in their past 12 tries under coach Greg Schiano. Playing without two of his top targets, Matt Ryan...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan, Falcons beat Bucs, snap skid

Matt Ryan found new ways to get Atlanta's depleted offense back on track, throwing two touchdown passes to Jacquizz Rodgers and another to Harry Douglas to lead the Falcons to a 31-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The Falcons (2-4) snapped a three-game losing streak and left the Buccaneers (0-6) still looking for their first win. Trailing 31-17, the Buccaneers...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Steven Jackson Ruled Out For Week 7

Falcons tailback Steven Jackson (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Week 7.Fantasy Spin:With Jackson still sidelined for Week 7, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling will split the workload, with Rodgers making for the better fantasy play.
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October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pick-Ups – Week 7

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pick-Ups – Week 7: Jacquizz Rodgers – 47% Yahoo! owned – It has been reported that Steven Jackson is uncertain to practice or play this week following their Week 6 bye. That translates to a bump to Jacquizz Rodgers’ value going forward. It will obviously be a split in Atlanta [...]
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football Week 6 - 2 Teams on Bye

Thursday Night FootballOctober 10th, 2013New York Giants @ Chicago Bears8:25pm EST on NFL NetworkThe Atlanta Falcons & Miami Dolphins are on a BYE this weekBye Week ImpactQB: Matt Ryan, Ryan TannehillRB: Jacquizz Rodgers, Jason Snelling, Lamar MillerWR: Julio Jones, Roddy White, Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon GibsonTE: Tony GonzalezLet us know how you plan on replacing...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: all or nothing

For the upcoming week five home game against the New York Jets on Monday, October 7 at 8:40 p.m. the Atlanta Falcons have adopted yet another mission statement: score touchdowns. The New York Jets are off to a surprising 2-2 start after narrowly losing to the Patriots in week two and getting dominated by the Tennessee Titans in week four. The Falcons will have to do the latter in...
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October 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Steven Jackson Not Expected To Return Until After Bye Week

Injured Falcons running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) isn't expected to be back until after the team's bye week. SOURCE: ESPNFantasy Spin:Atlanta has its bye in Week 6. The Falcons will roll with Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling in the meantime. Rodgers may get more carries but Snelling (two TD) is the more appealing fantasy option.
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September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Steven Jackson expected to miss another 2-3 weeks

According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com,  Falcons running back Steven Jackson is expected to miss another two to three weeks as he continues to sit out with a hamstring injury. Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers both played pretty well during Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins.  They combined for 139 yards, but the Falcons offense struggled in the red zone.   Need NFL Tickets? ...
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September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Game day review: Atlanta Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins

Atlanta, GA- The ball sailed off the kicker’s foot soared thirty-five yards where it was gently corralled by the back of the mesh field goal netting. The crowd cheered and hollered with joy as Matt Bryant’s kick flew by the goal post wide right leaving the fate of the game with the defense on the 25-yard line. The Atlanta Falcons lost a very close game to the Miami Dolphins 23...
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September 23, 2013  |  1 Comment

Rodgers, Snelling likely to split in ATL

Welcome to the season's third edition of our weekly look at fantasy running back committees. Is it time to buy low or sell high on some people? You betcha. In this space, we'll attempt to read the backfield tea leaves to help you with lineup decisions. We'll post this article each Tuesday, and offer updates in our fantasy coverage throughout the week, including in the...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Steven Jackson Could Be Out 2-4 Weeks

According to Ian Rapoprt of NFL.com, Falcons running back Steven Jackson (thigh injury) could miss 2-4 weeks.Fantasy Spin:It's a tough break for Jackson. He missed about a month in 2011 with a similar quad injury. The Falcons have Jacquizz Rodgers (15 touches last week) and Jason Snelling (six touches) to replace him. Rodgers has the higher fantasy value while Jackson is sidelined.
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Football Team Preview

At the QB position, the Falcons have a franchise Quarterback in our 6th ranked Matt Ryan. He is a perennial lock for 4,500 yards and 30 touchdowns and can take another big step forward to the tune of 5,000 yards and 35 TD. He is a great option at the back of the fourth round and doesn't have the risk of injury carried by Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, or Cam Newton. Also,...
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July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football: Top 10 Quarterbacks for 2013

1.) Aaron Rodgers: It was a disappointing season for Aaron Rodgers and fantasy owners last season. After throwing 45 touchdowns and 4,643 passing yards in 2011, A-Rod took a step back in 2012 with only 39 touchdowns and 4,300 passing yards. Despite the small drop in numbers, Rodgers still played at an MVP level while playing behind an offensive line that gave up 51 sacks. Yes, Rodgers...
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May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

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