WR Justin Hardy - Atlanta Falcons

5-10, 192Born: 12-18-1991College: East CarolinaDrafted: Round 4, pick 2015

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Week 2: vs Philadelphia Eagles

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Atlanta Falcons struggled mightily in their season opener, as they went to Minnesota and lost 28-12 to the Vikings. Atlanta's passing game failed to mount any momentum throughout the game after they fell behind early and were forced to play catch-up throughout the game. Matt Ryan ultimately finished the game with 304 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions on 46 passing attempts. As expected, Ryan targeted Julio Jones 11 times, but only connected on 6 passes for a meager 31 yards on the day. Second-year receiver Calvin Ridley finished the day as Matt Ryan's second-favorite receiver, catching 4 of his 6 targets for 64 yards and a score. Tight end Austin Hooper stepped up in the season opener and surprisingly commanded 9 targets on the day, converting them into 9 receptions for 71 yards. On the offensive line, Atlanta struggled on the edges. Jake Matthews surprisingly allowed two sacks in the opener, which ties for the most he has ever allowed in a single game. Expect Jake Matthews to improve throughout the season, as he has a long track record as one of the league's best left tackles. Opposite Matthews, Atlanta elected to start Kaleb McGary at right tackle, which did not go well. McGary rotated in and out of the game with Ty Sambriallo in the opener. The duo allowed a combined six pressures on the quarterback, more than any other position on the offensive line. The weapons are there at Matt Ryan's disposal for Atlanta to succeed through the air in 2019, but without improvement in the trenches, Ryan will undoubtedly have his work cut out for him. Defensively, Philadelphia struggled in week one to defend the pass. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz stuck to his zone-heavy tendencies, and Washington was able to find holes in the zone consistently throughout the first half. While the unit improved in the second half, allowing just seven points on a garbage-time touchdown, the secondary showed signs of weakness all day. Philadelphia had hoped that the return of Ronald Darby and Rodney McLeod, coupled with improvements from Sidney Jones would bolster the back-end of the defense. Unfortunately, in week one, there were not many bright spots to be found in the Eagles' secondary. Philadelphia's saving grace throughout the second-half was the defensive line's ability to apply pressure to Washington's Case Keenum. The typical suspects: Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham, both registered six pressures on the day, and third-year edge-rusher Derek Barnett contributed four of his own. Newly-acquired defensive tackle Malik Jackson, however, went down with an injury late in the game and will be lost for the season. Jackson was expected to be a significant contributor in the trenches and will be replaced by Timmy Jernigan. Jernigan has been a serviceable run defender throughout his career, but applying pressure to opposing quarterbacks has never been his strong suit. The transition from Jackson to Jernigan on the interior will prove to be a significant downgrade to Philadelphia's pass-rush. The Eagles' key to success in defending the pass is to apply pressure to the opposing quarterback. If the defensive line struggles to disrupt the pocket, the back-end of this defense is too porous to contain top-tier passing attacks.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at MIN 22 0 0 0 5 4.0 41 0 0 4.1
2 vs PHI PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 1.5 * * * *
2 vs PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 2.5 * * * *
2 vs PHI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 1.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Justin Hardy's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 1 vs MIN (5 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)

He caught a five-yard check-down during the third series. A few plays later, Ryan found Hardy for 23 yards on a check-down in the zone and gave Hardy room to run. Hardy dropped a slant against tight coverage from Xavier Rhodes on third and five with less than 10 left in the game. He dropped a two-point conversion against tight coverage on a fade against Xavier Rhodes. He caught a comeback late in the game against Rhodes down 6-28.

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Schedule

2vs Philadelphia Eagles
3@ Indianapolis Colts
4vs Tennessee Titans
5@ Houston Texans
6@ Arizona Cardinals
7vs Los Angeles Rams
8vs Seattle Seahawks
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ New Orleans Saints
11@ Carolina Panthers
12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13vs New Orleans Saints
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ San Francisco 49ers
16vs Jacksonville Jaguars
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers