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WR Andre Roberts - Atlanta Falcons

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

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Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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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

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
8 at NYJ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1
9 at CAR 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 -1
10 vs DAL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 at SEA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -1
12 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
12 vs TB PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

He took the opening kickoff at the right flat near the numbers a yard deep in the end zone and returned it past the 50 to the opposite sideline. After Seattle closed the 21-7 lead to 11, Roberts muffed a pooch kick and Seattle recovered at the Atlanta 11.

2017 Week 9 vs CAR (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

He had the ball stripped from his grasp during his first punt returned, but recovered his own fumble.

2017 Week 8 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

e had an 80-yard punt return with 3:36 left, but it was wiped out by an illegal block in the back. Roberts began from the right flat and weaved his way to the left sideline.

2017 Week 7 vs NE (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

He got a step on the trailing defensive back on 3rd and 10 from the Patriots' 19 during the first quarter, but he could not hang onto the target near his chest that hit him on the hands while he dove for the ball with the defender tight to his frame and blocking some of his view of the ball. It was the extent of his offensive workload.

2017 Week 4 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

He took the opening kick from the middle of the end zone to the 19 after working hard for the final four yards after contact. Roberts took a short kickoff on a bounce and fumbled the ball after contact from the defense, but Atlanta recovered. Late in the fourth quarter, Roberts bounced a run to the right sideline on a kickoff fielded in the end zone. He crossed midfield for a 61-yard return to answer a Bills field goal that put Buffalo ahead with 4:35 in left. It gave Atlanta a chance to retake the lead.

2017 Week 3 vs DET (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

He earned two strong returns past the Atlanta 30 on two returns during the first half, including a near-breakaway to the 36 early in the second quarter. Roberts earned nearly 15 up the right seam with half of it occurring after the catch during the second quarter. He broke a third-quarter punt up the left sideline for 27 yards and nearly the length of the line-drive punt with nearly no hang-time. He got stuffed at the 12 on a kick return after Detroit closed the gap to 3 yards late in the third quarter.

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

He fielded the opening kick at the goal line and was stuffed before he reached the 20 thanks to strong coverage down field.

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

He returned the opening kick 60 yards, weaving through the middle of the defense from the left flat to the right sideline, but an illegal block in the back by Kemal Ishmael early in the run nullified the play.

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Schedule

12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13vs Minnesota Vikings
14vs New Orleans Saints
15@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Carolina Panthers