WR Taylor Gabriel - Atlanta Falcons
|5-8, 176||Born: 2-17-1991||College: Abilene Christian||Drafted: ---|
Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FBG says: Great matchup. No, Matt Ryan and the Falcons passing game won't be reaching (nor even sniffing) their wild 2016 heights. This is still a talented and solid unit, but it's regressed massively from those record-threatening numbers of last year. Ryan's adjusted net yardage per attempt, with factors in sacks and interceptions, has fallen from league-best to a middle-of-the-pack 6.89, and his 4.6% touchdown rate is squarely in line with his career marks. And when this unit reverts to those marks, it's rarely more than a good-not-great one. Ryan has thrown for 294+ yards 3 times this year, but failed to top 254 in any other game, and that touchdown rate sits just 15th among regular starters. The big obstruction here has been the offense's inability to turn its world-beating potential - specifically, Julio Jones' dazzling downfield play - into productivity. Jones has registered just 9 receptions of 20+ yards - same as Washington running back Chris Thompson - and scored only once, continuing his career-long refusal to produce touchdowns. As things stand, we can regard this passing game as consistent and workable, but not dynamic or week-winning by any stretch. Luckily, if ever there's a matchup with blowup potential, it's a date with the Buccaneers, so it's fair to expect this unit's strongest production of the season in Week 12 (or something close to it). The thin-membraned Tampa Bay pass defense showed up again in Week 11 and found itself thoroughly shredded by backup quarterback Matt Moore. After harassing Jay Cutler into 3 interceptions and chasing him out of the game, the Buccaneers allowed Moore to rack up 282 yards on 28 attempts, including a beautiful 61-yard touchdown strike Kenny Stills. It was no new occurrence: this is a defense that's allowed 262+ yards to Moore, Mike Glennon, Josh McCown, Tyrod Taylor, and Case Keenum. Matt Ryan and the Falcons pass game have their warts, but Ryan doesn't exactly need to be in All-Pro form to exploit this unit. And the fact that they've allowed 34 completions of 20+ yards - ninth-most in the league - suggests this is a fantastic blow-up spot for Julio Jones and the Falcons crew.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 11 vs SEA (2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
His first target came with less than two minutes left in the third quarter on a wide receiver screen for no gain. He earned about nine yards on 3rd and 19 on a catch and run in the left flat early in the fourth quarter.
2017 Week 10 vs DAL (3 / 3 / 58 / 0 rec, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
His first opportunity was a jet sweep to left end on 1st and 10 with 5:00 in the half. He picked up a good lead block by Austin Hooper at the numbers on a linebacker. This block opened a huge lane up the flat for a gain of 16. Gabriel drew a pass interference against the defender on a corner route late in the half that put Atlanta at the Dallas two. Gabriel made a good stab inside at the top of his stem that forced the defensive back to wrap the receiver at the waist as Gabriel broke outside. He caught a hitch in the flat, spun outside a defender, and fought for the first down during the initial drive of the third quarter. He earned another first down on 3rd and 6 at the 20 of Dallas when Ryan climbed the pocket and fired into a tight window over the middle where Gabriel made a leaping grab turning towards the trailing coverage at the Dallas six. Gabriel made the first man miss after catching a dig route in stride late in the third quarter for 34 yards and flipped the field to Dallas territory.
2017 Week 9 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 56 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
He gained 15 yards on a deep out against tight coverage. Gabriel was stuffed for no gain on an end-around in the second quarter from a two-eight end set. He was later stuffed on a 3rd and 10 throw out, only gaining 3. Gabriel's best play was a 40-yards catch and run up the left sideline after making the first man miss with 3:30 left and down by 10. He also opened the field for Tevin Coleman on a wide-receiver screen with a block on Thomas Davis in the right flat, creating a 19-yard touchdown to cut the Panthers' lead to 3 points.
2017 Week 8 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)
The Jets completely sniffed out a WR screen in the left flat off a play-action fake to the running back early in the second quarter. Gabriel lost three and it was the extent of his day.
2017 Week 7 vs NE (2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)
The big-play receiver is not earning targets befitting of his creativity. He earned five on a quick throw-out to the left flat early in the second quarter but it lacked the kind of pre-snap setup that Atlanta would have used last year. His next catch was the final play of the half; a short throw to the left flat where he earned about 10-12 under the zone as time ran out. He got tackled on an end around on 4th and goal early in the 4th quarter that New England anticipated easily.
2017 Week 6 vs MIA (8 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Gabriel earned 10 yards on a 3rd and 8 crossing route as the inside trips receiver and earned a few yards to cross the marker. On the next play, Ryan targeted Gabriel on a slant as the single receiver split left but led the receiver too far. Gabriel cut-blocked his cornerback on a shallow route to Austin Hooper that helped the tight end earn a first down on the next play. Gabriel got Atlanta near midfield on a dig route for a first down on the second play of the second drive. He earned a first down to the 41 of Miami on a slot screen where he picked up a good block from Austin Hooper behind the line of scrimmage to open the crease. Gabriel dropped 2nd and 10 pass thrown into the teeth of Kiko Alonso's coverage during the final drive.
2017 Week 4 vs BUF (5 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
His first target came with 3:00 in the half on a go route up the right sideline on 1st and 10 inside Buffalo territory, but Ryan overshot the receiver after pressure outside forced him to step up. Ryan later underthrew Gabriel on a deep post route where Gabriel was wide open but the quarterback could not lead the receiver and underthrew the ball so much that Gabriel had to cut off his break and make a horizontal turn to have any shot at defending the trailing safety who intercepted it. Commentator Trent Green tried to characterize it as a jump ball but this was a straight-up, underthrown deep post that should not have been a jump ball. Gabriel also couldn't beat White on a pivot route on 4th and 1 late in the game at the Bills 10, sealing the Buffalo victory.
2017 Week 3 vs DET (6 / 5 / 79 / 1 rec)
He made three defenders miss for a 16-yard gain to the Detroit 14 on a bubble screen during the opening drive. Ryan overthrew Gabriel in the end zone off a play-fake during the second series from the 27 of Detroit. Gabriel caught a bootleg pass to the left at the left sideline for a first down inside the 30 of Detroit for 11 yards in the second quarter. Miles Killibrew stopped Gabriel on a third-down completion of a route breaking to the QB up the seam and limited Atlanta's drive to a third field goal to begin the third quarter. He made a diving grab on 3rd and 3 late in the third quarter deep in Atlanta's own territory. Atlanta rushed to the line to prevent a contested replay situation and forced the ball to Tevin Coleman, who let it through his hands and Darius Slay returned the interception to the Atlanta 21. At the top of the fourth quarter, Gabriel caught a WR screen at the left flat near the line of scrimmage of the 40 off a play-action misdirection fake up the middle with a throwback to the opposite side.
2017 Week 2 vs GB (3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
He earned six yards on a sweep to left end from the Green Bay 10 during the first Atlanta drive. Ryan overshot Gabriel on a corner route in tight coverage after the Packers edge defenders squeezed the pocket and forced Ryan to climb and loft the ball on the move. He gained two yards on a toss to left end late in the second quarter inside Packers' territory. Gabriel caught a 12-yard slant late in the game to set up a third and short on a 2nd and 13.
2017 Week 1 vs CHI (4 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Gabriel gained about 15 yards on a route inside the right flat. Jones the high corner route with Hooper running the out underneath to open the field. He caught an easy slant for 18 yards on the back shoulder in second quarter to get across mid field. Gabriel made the first man miss on 2nd and 10 but wrapped at the 10 with 3:00 in the third quarter trying to bounce it to the right sideline on a short pass. Targeted on the next play, a 3rd and goal out cut with Julio the decoy but overthrown by Ryan.
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