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WR Andre Roberts - Atlanta Falcons

5-11, 195Born: 1-9-1988College: CitadelDrafted: Round 3

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Week 21: vs New England Patriots

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. First things first - Julio Jones (toe, foot) said on Wednesday, February 1 that he's ready to go and doesn't expect his foot injuries to limit him in the Super Bowl. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones (toe) 'looked great' in the Monday, January 30 practice. Jones averaged more than 100 receiving yards per game in 2016, and he is he first player in NFL history to average more than 100 receiving yards per game in four different seasons. He was a one-man wrecking crew against the Packers two weekends ago, with 12 targets for 9/180/2 receiving, playing through pain from his foot and toe injuries. How hot is the Atlanta passing offense entering Super Bowl LI? Well, Matt Ryan is the only quarterback in playoff history to throw for at least three touchdowns in four straight playoff games. So far this post-season, Ryan has thrown seven passing scores, with 26/37 for 338 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown against the Seahawks two games ago (he took three sacks for -15 yards), and then a jaw-dropping 27/38 for 392 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken, during the 44-21 demolition of Green Bay two weekends ago. Beside Jones' outstanding performance, Mohamed Sanu (1/7/0 rushing with seven targets for 5/52/1 receiving) and Devonta Freeman (five for 4/42/1) also scored against the Packers. With 730 yards passing, seven TDs and zero interceptions thrown so far during the playoffs, Ryan and the Falcons enter the Super Bowl flying high in this phase of the game. Two games ago, Brock Osweiler struggled at Gillette Stadium, throwing 23/40 for 198 yards passing, one TD and three interceptions, while taking three sacks for -17 yards. Ben Roethlisberger fared a little better, with 31/47 for 314 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown (with zero sacks taken), but his team still lost 17-36. During the post-season, New England has averaged 247 net passing yards allowed per game, with two TDs surrendered vs. four interceptions generated - during regular season the Patriots ranked 12th in the NFL averaging 237.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores handed out vs. 13 interceptions (tied for 15th in the NFL) and 34 sacks (tie-16th) generated. Over the final three weeks of regular season, New England averaged a mere 11.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (least in the NFL); 18.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing wide receivers (13th-least) and just 3.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing tight ends (sixth-least). As you can see, they have been close to their season average in passing yards allowed, but have generated more interceptions than usual this season during the post-season. Ryan is playing at an other-worldly level during the post-season, while the Patriots' pass defense has been adequate, but allowed 314 net yards passing to the Steelers most recently - this is a neutral matchup for the powerful Atlanta offense.

Recent Stats and Projections

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17 vs GB 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
18 at SEA 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 14 vs CHI (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Roberts was targeted twice on Sunday but both passes fell incomplete. He and Stafford weren't in sync on a deep throw into the red zone as Stafford threw away from coverage to the pylon and Roberts continued up the seam. The Bears recognized what the Lions were doing when they came out stacked on the top of the formation on Roberts' last target of the game. The bubble screen was broken up quickly and the ability of the Bears to quickly diagnose the Lions play made it a very dangerous throw and the Lions were lucky the ball went incomplete.

2016 Week 13 vs NO (7 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)

Roberts was a little more involved in the game plan with Marvin Jones out on Sunday. Roberts took a slant pass early in the game that went for 16 yards and another that went for eight yards. He sat into a soft area of zone coverage and caught an 11-yard pass and helped the Lions passing game by generating first downs. The Lions took a deep shot down the field to Roberts as he ran an out and up and beat Saints defender Sterling Moore but Moore recovered and got his hands in right as the ball arrived. The ball might have been a touch underthrown and you could argue that Roberts should have caught the pass as it did hit both hands. Roberts was targeted two more times but the Saints defenders did a good job of jamming him at the line of scrimmage and he could not get off the line of scrimmage with one target coming in the red zone. Roberts caught a quick slant on the left side of the formation but the Saints smothered the play and it went for no gain. Roberts had the kind of plays that could have led to a very big day as he was targeted in the red zone and down the field, but he settled for four catches and 35 yards.

2016 Week 12 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Roberts continues to get sprinkled into the offense on a minimum level and saw four targets in this game. He caught two passes for 19 yards with a long coming on a 14-yard out route for 14 yards near the end of the first half. Roberts did miss a huge opportunity and left a gigantic play on the field as he ran a slant towards the sideline and turned toward the middle of the field instead of continuing down the sideline. Stafford threw down the sideline and the ball fell incomplete, but it could have been a long touchdown were it not for the miscommunication.

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