RB Jason Snelling, Free agent
HT: 5-11, WT: 235, Born: 12-29-1983, College: Virginia, Drafted: Round 7
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2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - The Falcons' 'tweener caught two passes in this contest, which is important to note because he out-produced Jacquizz Rodgers. Based on the past two years of watching every Falcons contest, it appears Snelling continues to have a role with the team and will likely see a split with Jacquizz Rodgers if Steven Jackson gets hurt. Keep this in mind when consider handcuff options.
Week 2 - After Steven Jackson left the game with a thigh bruise suffered during the first series, Snelling was the most productive and impressive running back for the Falcons this afternoon. The 'tweener demonstrated good cutback ability on a run to right end on a toss play for seven yards and also scored on a decisive 11-yard run where he broke a tackle attempt by Cortland Finnegan in the second level. This was the best blocked play of the day by the Falcons' offensive line. Even so, Snelling's power and burst was more evident than Rodgers even in the passing game. Snelling got the first down on a cirlce route in the early fourth quarter, making the first man miss and breaking a tackle to earn it. On a third-and-1 play inside the two-minute warning the Falcons targeted Snelling as the fullback in the flat on a play action pass. Snelling beat the angle of middle linebacker James Laurinitis and then ran through the defender's wrap to get the first down and seal the game. If Jackson cannot go in Week 3, keep an eye on news about Snelling seeing more looks. It's likely to happen even if Jackson returns because fullback Brady Ewing hurt his shoulder in the first series on a pass reception, helped from the field, and did not return. If Jackson is out, Snelling becomes a more viable fantasy option in larger leagues.
Week 3 - The tweener scored on a seven-yard shovel pass up the middle, breaking a tackle by spinning off a defender. He also broke multiple tackles in this game and had a 34-yard gain on a third down flat rout where he cut inside Phillip Wheeler and gained 34 yards up the left side to put the Falcons in scoring range in the second half. Despite gaining 100 yards from scrimmage in this game, it should be noted that defensive tackle Paul Soliai was out for this contest and defensive end Cameron Wake left with a knee injury in the first half. The Dolphins overcompensated by using run stunts that took the line out of position on multiple first-half runs and opened holes up the middle that the Falcons haven't seen this season. Still, it's important to note that Snelling broke more tackles in this game than Rodgers and was the more dangerous weapon after the catch in space. Expect to see a split between the two because both Snelling and Rodgers did a good job against the blitz, stoning their opponents on a fourth-quarter drive that should have led to a touchdown but resulted in a missed field goal and gave Miami a chance to mount a comeback.
Week 4 - Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers split time in this contest, but Snelling wasn't as productive as his counterpart. The big back didn't find much room between the tackles with the exception of a few plays late in the first half. The issue wasn't Snelling's physical capabilities as much as it was penetration by the defensive front. Snelling continued to produce as a receiver. He caught a circle route on third and long, that got the Falcons within two yards of the first down marker. Snelling also drew the Patriots defense to him on a wheel route, which allowed Matt Ryan to look off the runner and find Julio Jones for a first down. Steven Jackson told reporters pregame that he feels good, he's working out, and the only thing left is to gain clearance for contact, which he believes will come before the next game.
Week 5 - Right guard Garrett Reynolds was getting dominated by Muhammad Wilkerson for most of the night regardless of the situation. Wilkerson repeatedly pushed Reynolds into the backfield and disrupted the ground game. Although Snelling made some nice plays against the Jets defense, many of them came on plays that weren't the Falcons' bread and butter calls. Snelling scored on a shovel pass with Matt Ryan setting up the pass with a sprint right look that did just enough to keep the Jets moving in the wrong direction. This was a similar play Peyton Manning used against the Cowboys in the red zone for one of his four passing touchdowns on Sunday. Snelling's best effort of the night was an eight-yard gain on a screen pass up the left flat in the second half. He broke at least five tackles on the play. However, the ground game didn't open until the Jets had a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and were dropping more defenders into coverage while Atlanta went into hurry-up mode. By then, Snelling was sent to the locker room in the early fourth quarter with concussion symptoms.
Week 7 - Snelling's best gain of the day was a run up the middle in the first quarter that was nullified on a holding penalty. Other than this gain and consecutive runs in the first half to take the Falcons from the Buccaneers' 25 to the 15, Tampa stuffed the run on a consistent basis. The linebacker nailed Snelling in the backfield for a loss in the third offensive series and Snelling was later stuffed on a draw play inside the 10 at the end of the half. David also stuffed Snelling for a two-yard loss in the second half. With Steven Jackson one week closer to returning, don't count on Snelling earning more than half of his eight touches this week.
Week 10 - Snelling demonstrated good burst on a dump-off over the middle, broke a tackle, and earned the first down on this play in the fourth series of the game. He then caught a short pass and tried to push inside linebacker Bruce Irvin. None of the Falcons runners earned a lot of touches in this game because after falling behind early, Seattle dominated possession in the second half and limited Atlanta's offense to three possessions, only two before the two-minute warning.
Week 12 - The reserve fullback-running back tweener returned after taking a week off due to an arrest. He caught a screen from a shotgun set and earned three nice blocks up the flat for 12 yards before he got nailed by linebacker David Hawthorne. He also had another catch for seven yards, but Atlanta gave Steven Jackson 19 touches in this contest and Snelling didn't see the field beyond these two targets.
Week 14 - Snelling made one of the more impressive plays of this game on a circle route in the red zone that Matt Ryan overthrew. The fullback had to high-point the ball just to get a hand on the pass, tipping it towards linebacker Brad Jones. The Packers linebacker had the ball in his grasp, but Snelling had the presence of mind to stay with the play and steal the ball from the linebacker's grasp for the catch and set up score. Other than this play, Snelling did little in this game beyond getting stuffed on a 2nd and 10 run into an A-gap blitz for a loss of two yards.
Week 17 - Jacquizz Rodgers missed this game due to a concussion that he suffered against the 49ers last week. Snelling played his typical brand of hard-nosed, versatile football. He scored on a circle route in the end zone when Matt Ryan drilled the ball into Snelling's mitts inside the five and Thomas Davis delivered a huge hit to the runner's chest. Snelling managed to hang on as his back hit the turf of the end zone. Snelling was decisive through some decent holes up the middle including a small cutback in the hole off left guard for 16 yards. he had two gains of at least 10 yards in limited time this week. Snelling remains a viable waiver wire value for fantasy owners when called upon as a bye-week option in PPR leagues.