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  • Tyler Allgeier Not Concerned About Usage

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    Atlanta Falcons running back Tyler Allgeier is not concerned about his usage following the team drafting Bijan Robinson with the No. 8 overall pick. Allgeier put together a strong rookie campaign in 2022. He rushed for 1,035 yards with three touchdowns through 16 games with Atlanta. He became the first player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season for Atlanta since 2016. Despite having Allgeier the Falcons still selected Robinson with a No. 8 pick. The highest pick for a running back since Saquon Barkley in 2018. The expectation is that Robinson is going to be an immediate impact player. They also have Cordarrelle Patterson on the roster as well. Allgeier isn't concerned about the crowded backfield and says the competition is good for them. It remains to be seen how the Falcons split up the carries between the three backs. This could be a messy situation for fantasy managers.

    May 26 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Tyler Allgeier
  • Kyle Pitts Not Participating In OTAs

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    Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts (knee) and running backs Cordarrelle Patterson and Caleb Huntley (Achilles) have not been participating in organized team activities this week. Pitts and Huntley are coming off major injuries in 2022. Pitts suffered an MCL tear last year, but he's expected to be ready for training camp this summer. The 22-year-old had 1,000 yards receiving in his rookie year in 2021 before catching 28 passes for 356 yards and two touchdowns in only 10 starts in 2022 because of his knee injury. At worst, Pitts should be considered a midrange TE1 in fantasy, and he has the potential to break out in 2023 if new starting quarterback Desmond Ridder takes the next step in his second NFL season. Huntley, meanwhile, is expected to open the year on Injured Reserve.

    May 25 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Kyle Pitts
  • Desmond Ridder's Accuracy In Question?

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    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder's accuracy was in question after Wednesday's practice at organized team activities, but as The Athletic's Josh Kendall pointed out, it's still very early in the offseason. The knock on Ridder coming out of Cincinnati was his accuracy, so it's certainly something to keep an eye on as he heads into his second NFL season. "He's still young. He's going to go through growing pains," first-year Falcons defensive end Calais Campbell said. Ridder was 26th in 2022 in completion percentage (63.5%) among QBs with 100-plus pass attempts. The 23-year-old has taken on more of a leadership role as the starting QB this offseason. Ridder has clear upside, but he should be drafted as a QB2 in fantasy.

    May 25 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Desmond Ridder
  • J.J. Arcega-Whiteside Inks Deal With Falcons

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    Former Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside has agreed to sign with the Atlanta Falcons. Arcega-Whiteside tried out for the team last week, so he evidently did well enough to get the opportunity. The former second-round pick transitioned to tight end last offseason before joining the Seattle Seahawks, but ultimately did not play a snap for the team. It's unclear whether he will play wideout or tight end this offseason, but the team's official site listed him as a wide receiver. The 26-year-old only has 16 receptions for 190 yards and one touchdown after four years in the league, so there's a low chance he's on the fantasy radar even if he does make the team's 53-man roster.

    May 22 · Source via Atlanta Falcons J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
  • Bijan Robinson Being Used "Everywhere"

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    Atlanta Falcons rookie running back Bijan Robinson, the eighth overall pick in this year's draft, said he trusts head coach Arthur Smith to use him "the right way" and also that he's being used "everywhere" so far in rookie minicamp. "He uses me everywhere, from receiver to running back," Robinson said of Smith. "He lets me do my abilities and skill set the right way, whether it's catching the ball, running routes, obviously running the football, blocking and doing it all." The 21-year-old is expected to step into a big role immediately, despite the presence of Tyler Allgeier and Cordarrelle Patterson. Robinson has a lot to live up to in his first NFL season, but if he's used the way he's expected to be used, he should return RB1 value in Atlanta's run-heavy offensive attack.

    May 15 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Bijan Robinson
  • Bijan Robinson Agrees To Rookie Deal

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    The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with first-round running back Bijan Robinson on a four-year rookie deal on Thursday. The eighth overall pick of the 2023 NFL draft will receive $21.96 million, which is fully guaranteed and includes a fifth-year option. Seventh-round safety DeMarcco Hellams also agreed to a four-year deal. Robinson was considered the best draft prospect this year, regardless of position. The 21-year-old should become a three-down workhorse back for the Falcons sooner than later, even with sophomore Tyler Allgeier still on the roster. In a run-first offense, it means that Robinson immediately becomes an expensive RB1 in fantasy.

    May 11 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Bijan Robinson
  • Tre Flowers Joins Falcons Cornerback Room

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    Former Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tre Flowers is set to join the Atlanta Falcons on a one-year deal. The 27-year-old corner brings much-needed depth to the Falcons' cornerback room. Rising star AJ Terrell and former No. 3 overall pick Jeff Okudah are slated to be the starting cornerbacks in the base defense for Atlanta, but Mike Hughes and Flowers could be the next men up after Atlanta released former Pro Bowler Casey Hayward. Flowers, a fifth-round pick in 2018, has totaled 259 tackles, 20 pass deflections, and four interceptions in six NFL seasons.

    May 8 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Tre Flowers Casey Hayward Mike Hughes Jeff Okudah
  • Bijan Robinson To Be A Huge Part Of Rotation

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    Atlanta Falcons running back Bijan Robinson, who was taken eighth overall in this year's NFL draft, will be a huge part of Atlanta's running back rotation right away, and he can affect every aspect of the offense. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who played with Robinson at the University of Texas, compared Robinson to the 49ers' Christian McCaffrey and the Saints' Alvin Kamara. The 21-year-old was easily the most talented prospect, regardless of position, in this year's draft. Although the Falcons still have Tyler Allgeier, Robinson has the potential to be a three-down workhorse early in his NFL career, which is bad news for Allgeier's fantasy value. Robinson should easily be the top option in full-keeper drafts, and he's going to be expensive in redraft leagues as well.

    May 5 · Source via NFL Draft Atlanta Falcons Bijan Robinson
  • Desmond Ridder Surrounded With Better Weapons

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    The Atlanta Falcons have bolstered their offensive skill positions entering the 2023 season after two years of salary cap issues. Their offense is expected to be more balanced than the run-heavy approach they had last year, with the focus on tight ends Kyle Pitts and Jonnu Smith, wide receiver Drake London and running backs Bijan Robinson and Tyler Allgeier. The Falcons are setting up second-year quarterback Desmond Ridder for success with a plethora of options around him on offense. Aside from Smith, Mack Hollins, Scotty Miller and Cordarrelle Patterson, all of the players are still on rookie contracts as well. Ridder acquitted himself well in his rookie season when he took over as the starter late in the year, and he has the weapons to take another leap forward in 2023.

    May 4 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Desmond Ridder
  • Penny Hart Signs With Falcons

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    Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Penny Hart, who played in 39 games over the last three years for Seattle, signed an undisclosed deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday after visiting with them earlier this week. In his three years with Seattle, Hart managed to catch 11 of his 17 targets for 82 yards and no touchdowns in 39 games (zero starts). The 26-year-old former undrafted free agent will now head to Atlanta to serve as receiving depth behind Drake London, Mack Hollins and Scotty Miller. Hart will be battling with the likes of Jared Bernhardt, KhaDarel Hodge and Frank Darby for occasional offensive snaps, but he's unlikely to have a big role at all with his new team.

    May 4 · Source via Atlanta Falcons Penny Hart
  • John Reid Released By Falcons

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    The Falcons released cornerback John Reid on Wednesday. He's bounced around the league since being selected in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, making stops in Houston, Seattle, and Tennessee before Atlanta, where he signed a reserve/future contract in January. Reid has appeared in 27 regular season games during his career, totaling 30 tackles and three passes defensed. He'll probably draw interest from another team, although he has a long way to go before becoming a dependable IDP fantasy option.

    May 3 · Source via Atlanta Falcons John Reid
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