WR Russell Gage - Atlanta Falcons
|6-0, 184||Born: 1-22-1996||College: LSU||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2018|
News you need to know
General News (Fri Dec 6): partially participated in Friday's practice but is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.
General News (Thu Dec 5): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Dec 4): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 14: vs Carolina Panthers
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Matt Ryan has been productive throughout 2019 on a raw-numbers level. He's averaged 309 yards per full game, and he's thrown multiple touchdowns in 7 of those 10 starts. But from an efficiency standpoint, he's mostly muddled through another lost Falcons season. It's taken a ton of volume to hit those good-not-great numbers; Ryan is posting his lowest yardage per attempt since 2010. And he's even trending downward, with much of his recent production coming in pure garbage time. On Thanksgiving, he needed 50 attempts to reach 312 and 2 scores. In the meantime, he absorbed nine sacks and handed over three back-breaking turnovers. Ryan excelled in this matchup back in Week 11, but it's hard to project another blowout win by this flailing Falcons team. It would be even harder for Ryan to rebound without Julio Jones and Austin Hooper, though both look probable for Sunday. Even so, there are quite a few roadblocks at play here. With so many injuries in the way, a porous line up front, and a nonexistent running game to boot, this attack looks like little more than a volume-based fantasy stab. That high early-season ceiling looks like buried history right now. The Panthers pass defense has been decidedly up-and-down throughout 2019. Five of their 12 opponents have topped 300 yards, and 9 different receivers have recorded 95 or more. Against these Falcons in Week 11, Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones combined to turn 16 targets into 232 yards and a touchdown). Still, it's worth noting that the Panthers have faced one of the league's toughest pass-game schedules. And while they've allowed quite a few big games, they've also shown well in matchups with Aaron Rodgers (233 scoreless yards), Deshaun Watson (160), and Jameis Winston (208 and 1 touchdown). Outside cornerbacks James Bradberry and Donte Jackson have both been Pro Bowl-caliber in coverage, while free safety Tre Boston has bounced back into great form on his own. With a strong pass rush up front (a league-high 46 sacks), this is not an easy unit to beat down the field. Matt Ryan and company may find raw-numbers success Sunday, but it's hard to project much efficiency as things stand.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Russell Gage's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs NO (9 / 5 / 52 / 1 rec)
He took a slant on third down in the red zone and spun off a defender to get inside the Saints' five at the end of the first quarter, setting up a fourth-and-one. He made a sliding attempt of a throw inches from the marker on third down with three and a half minutes left but he failed to control the ball and the Saints won the challenge of the play that the officials originally ruled a completion. Gage earned atop route for a first-down against zone coverage with a little more than a minute left in the first half. Gage earned 13 yards on a 3rd-and-17 screen-pass with less than a minute remaining in the half. Gage scored on a slant late in the fourth quarter to close the gap to 9 points.
2019 Week 12 vs TB (10 / 8 / 76 / 0 rec)
He earned a five-yard out from slot-right into the flat and gained five more up the flat with a good finish by splitting the defense. Two plays later, Gage gained seven up the left flat with quickness after the catch. Gage earned a slant targeted at helmet level for 10 yards midway through the second quarter. Ryan found Gage up the seam for 19 yards as the inside trips receiver against the Buccaneers zone coverage but turned awkwardly at the catch point and fell to the ground. He returned a play later. Gage led off a fourth-quarter drive with a diving catch for nine yards. Two plays later, he came back for the ball at the left sideline for six yards. Gage converted a fourth down at the left sideline midway through the fourth quarter on an out.
2019 Week 11 vs CAR (4 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
He earned a slant on the first third-down of the game, earning the ball against a huge cushion on the outside for a first down to reach the Atlanta 40. Gage worked the scramble drill on third and four inside the Carolina five. Ryan threw on the move to his right and Gage nearly made the diving catch in the end zone for the score but safety Tre Boston knocked the ball loose, leading to a third field goal attempt. Ryan climbed the pocket under pressure on second-and-long to find Gage over the middle just before the two-minute warning. Gage made a man miss and earned the first down near midfield on the play.
2019 Week 10 vs NO (5 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
He took a quick out for three yards on 2nd and 19 during the first drive in Saints territory. Gage earned nine yards in the left flat during the second drive. Gage earned six yards in the flat on a short route settling into zone after an Atlanta penalty that set up a 2nd and 15 mid-way through the second quarter. Gage won a rebound on a contested catch at the boundary but couldn't keep both feet inbounds on a 2nd and 15 pas midway through the third quarter. Gage earned another short check-down in the flat for two yards on second down to reach the Saints' 10 at the end of the third quarter.
2019 Week 8 vs SEA (9 / 7 / 58 / 0 rec)
He gained close to 10 yards in the left flat and up the sideline early in the second series to get Atlanta to midfield. Gage earned a stick route for five yards on second and long to begin the second half. Gage ran the slant late in the third quarter and was wide open but Schaub was once again behind his receiver, leading to a 47-yard field goal. He earned 11 on a stick route with a good push after contact up the middle. Schaub then found Gage for a diving catch across midfield on the next play for another first down with 5:00 left and down 16 points. Gage earned garbage time yardage again with a gain of five in the left flat to reach the red zone. Two plays later, he worked inside the 10 with a short target to the left boundary. He earned a pair of catches over the middle inside the two-minute warning.
2019 Week 7 vs LAR (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
He caught a short slant against zone coverage and took a hard hit by Eric Weddle that folded Gage in half at midfield. Gage got open on a deep slant later in the drive but Ryan threw the ball well behind the receiver. Gage fumbled a punt return when hit hard on the ball late in the game and the Rams recovered the ball In the end zone for another touchdown, putting the Rams up 37-10 with 11 seconds left.
2019 Week 6 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
His first target came late in the third quarter on a short out off an RPO at the Arizona 13. He made a nice grab of a low throw--his third catch of the year.
2019 Week 3 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After seeing time the first two weeks, he did not see the field during this game.
2019 Week 2 vs PHI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He dropped a slant thrown high and behind him during the second drive of the first quarter.
2019 Week 1 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
He took a double reverse for a loss of a yard when the Vikings stayed at home on this play late in the first quarter. He made a leaping catch on a crossing route near the boundary on third and long during the third drive of the first half but Ryan threw the ball too high for Gate to land in bounds. He made a tough catch over the middle and was helped off the field after taking a hit ot his shoulder.
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