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WR Justin Hardy - Atlanta Falcons

5-10, 192Born: 12-18-1991College: East CarolinaDrafted: Round 4

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General News (Wed Jan 24): is expected to need a few weeks to recover from surgery on his right shoulder, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure.

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Recent Stats and Projections

17 vs CAR 58 0 0 0 3 2 32 0 0 2.2
18 at LAR 28 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0.3
19 at PHI 36 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 17 vs CAR (3 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)

He earned 17 on a shallow route to a wide-open right flat on a boot-action pass midway through the third quarter to get Atlanta past midfield to the Carolina 27. He ran a pivot route that was well covered and led too far down field on 3rd down in the red zone during the second half. This led to a 30-yard field goal. He got the first down on a 15-yard crossing route after Ryan slid into an open lane in the pocket at the end of the third quarter.

2017 Week 15 vs TB (4 / 2 / 33 / 1 rec)

: He earned 27 yards on a deep curl where the coverage fell to the ground while adjusting to Hardy's break. The receiver continued up the seam for about seven of those yards after the catch. Hardy got open as the single left receiver from the Tampa seven on a stop fade against the blitz with only 10 defenders on the field for the first Atlanta touchdown. Hardy later dropped a high-point target across the middle in the end zone with Chris Conte wrapped around him late in the third quarter.

2017 Week 11 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

He dug out a 3rd and 5 pass in tight coverage with a diving play on a low throw for the first, first down of the game. He followed up with a short out and worked up the right sideline for a few more for a gain of seven. Hardy caught a low-thrown out on 3rd and 7 to set up a 1st and goal on the second drive. On a 3rd and 8 during Atlanta's third drive, he initially caught the ball with a leaping high-point against Craphonso Thorpe, but the cornerback knocked the ball loose as Hardy returned to earth. In terms of volume, this was Hardy's most productive game of the year.

2017 Week 10 vs DAL (2 / 2 / 7 / 1 rec)

His first catch was a four-yard gain on a screen pass to the left side during the first drive of the second half. Ryan found Hardy on a post route in the back of the end zone to cap a drive of six and a half minutes to begin the third quarter. Hardy was the outside trips receiver working behind the defense.

2017 Week 9 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

He gained 19 yards in the middle during the fourth quarter with Ryan under pressure, crossing midfield on the play. It was the extent of his contribution.

2017 Week 7 vs NE (2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

His first target was a crossing route past midfield during the middle of the fourth quarter to get inside the Patriots' 40. He was targeted again on the next play but dropped for a loss of a yard on a wide route in the left flat.

2017 Week 6 vs MIA (3 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)

Hardy's first catch came in the underneath zone in the middle of the field before two defenders swarmed to the ball for a short gain, setting up a 3rd and 1 during the first half. He earned two consecutive receptions with 1:30 and 1:15 left in the contest to get past the 50, including a third-down conversion in the middle of the field.

2017 Week 4 vs BUF (6 / 2 / 12 / 1 rec)

Wide-open on an underneath route, Hardy got inside the 15 to set up a 3rd and 7 after a penalty on first down by the Atlanta offense put the Falcons in a long situation. The play after Tevin Coleman was stripped, Hardy fumbled a sideline hitch after making a move up field and Buffalo recovered. However, he never earned control of the reception and the replay booth overturned the play, ruling it a drop. White interfered with Hardy on a corner route from the slot in the red zone in the middle of the fourth quarter to set up a first and goal from the one. A few plays later, Hardy caught the shallow route as the inside trips man against a blown coverage for a one-yard score. Hardy let a 2nd and 4 crossing route go through his hands with 3:00 left and down by 6.

2017 Week 2 vs GB (2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

He caught an under route to set up a first and goal inside the five of Green Bay after dragging two defenders five yards during the third series. Ryan just overshot Hardy on an intermediate cross off play-action on a 1st and 10 pass just past midfield.

2017 Week 1 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hardy juggled a 3rd and 8 deep out that he tight roped the sideline and incomplete but Matt Ryan was roughed with late hit on the ground in the third quarter with 5:10 left.


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