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RB Terron Ward - Atlanta Falcons

5-7, 201Born: 2-15-1992College: Oregon StateDrafted: ---

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Week 21: vs New England Patriots

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Falcons C Alex Mack (ankle, fibula) was limited in practice Monday, January 30, but is expected to see more work as the week progresses, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Mack's presence is key for the Atlanta offensive line, which averaged 4.6 yards per rush during the 2016 regular season, while ranking fifth in the NFL averaging 120.5 rushing yards generated per game. The attack has been less productive so far during the post-season (averaging 100 yards rushing per game at 3.4 yards per carry), but with dual threat backs like Devonta Freeman (14/45/1 rushing and five targets for 4/80/0 receiving vs. Seattle in the Divisional round; 14/42/0 rushing and five targets for 4/42/1 receiving vs. Green Bay in the Conference Championship) and Tevin Coleman (11/57/0 rushing and four targets for 3/22/1 receiving vs. Seattle; 11/29/1 rushing with three targets for 3/35/0 receiving vs. Green Bay), the total yardage generated by the running backs has been robust despite the sub-four-yards-per-carry average. Atlanta's Dynamic Duo come into the Super Bowl playing very well indeed. New England held the Texans to 23/105/0 rushing during their 16-34 win at Foxboro during the Divisional round of the playoffs, and then limited the LeVeon Bell-deprived Steelers to 20/54/1 rushing during the Conference Championships (they've averaged 79.5 rushing yards allowed per game so far in the post-season, with just one rushing score given out). New England wound up 2016 regular season ranked third in the NFL (tied with New York Giants) averaging 88.6 rushing yards allowed per game, with just six rushing scores given out all year (least rushing TDs allowed in the NFL over 16 games), and Houston didn't add to that total last weekend. The Patriots averaged a mere 10.4 fantasy points per game allowed during Weeks 15-17, also least allowed in the NFL during that time span. The Patriots are playing very tough rush defense during post-season, in line with their top-five finish during regular season. This is a tough matchup for the Atlanta running backs.

Recent Stats and Projections

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Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 14 vs LA (10 / 24 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

He entered the game to begin the fourth quarter. He had a couple of decent gains off guard, but the Rams began run blitzing the safety and stuffed him late in the game.

2016 Week 10 vs PHI (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

He was stuffed for a short loss off right tackle in the mid-third quarter on his first carry in relief of Freeman. He dropped a short out after contact in the left flat on 2nd and 11 of the next play. This was the extent of his use.

2016 Week 9 vs TB (8 / 30 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The reserve bounced a run outside for a gain of five on 1st and 5 during the mid-second quarter. He earned time inside the 20 of Tampa during the first drive of the third quarter and had two short gains inside the 10 and the 5 before ceding time to Freeman. With Atlanta up by 20 and five minutes left, Ward and Freeman ceded time to Stevan Ridley.

2016 Week 8 vs GB (6 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Ward earned more time than some might have expected due to Freeman playing the game with a hip injury sustained last week and he had the most consistent gains of the Falcons' backs. Ward got to right end for nearly 10 yards during the early second quarter. After Green Bay tripped him up for a short loss on a run to left tackle, Ward bounced a run outside for five yards to get near the 20 of the Packers just before the two-minute warning. He exhibited some shiftiness to step out of a wrap to his ankle behind the line of scrimmage, working up the middle and once past the linebackers to the right flat to take Atlanta from mid-field to inside Green Bay's 30. He also caught an outlet pass at the right sideline and worked up the sideline from the 10 to the Green Bay 1.

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