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Falcons waive P Matt Wile with Matt Bosher healthyby Evan Birchfield on September 24, 2019 at 12:48 am
Justin Casterline/Getty Images We thank him for his services for the week. The Atlanta Falcons have waived punter Matt Wile from the roster, which is a good sign for Matt Bosher’s health this week. It was a faster-than-expected recovery for the Falcons’ veteran punter, who has now missed just two games in his career with Atlanta...and had Matt Wile fill in both times. Falcons waived punter Matt Wile, meaning Matt Bosher must be good off groin injury.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) September 23, 2019 Matt Wile signed with the Falcons practice squad following Matt Bosher’s groin tightness which occurred prior to the Sunday Night Football matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles in week 2. Wile got the start in the week 3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, where he had one punt for 39 yards and handled kickoffs. Wile previously stepped in for Bosher due to an injury in 2016, where he had two punts for 116 yards, and was effective for the Vikings in 2018 as he averaged 45.2 yards per punt in 16 games, with one of those punts blocked. Wile did a fine job stepping in for the Falcons both times, but the cut makes it obvious that Bosher will return for the upcoming game against the Tennessee Titans. It’s possible that the team could try and re-stash Wile on the practice squad if they have any lingering concerns about his injury, especially with a practice squad player potentially coming up to the roster with Keanu Neal headed to injured reserve. Bosher has punted 6 times this year for 248 yards.
Falcons fantasy stud and dud from Week 3by Adnan Ikic on September 24, 2019 at 12:00 am
Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images We have a first-time appearance on this week’s list. Another game against an AFC opponent, another loss for Dan Quinn as head coach. That’s now 1-8 against the AFC since 2017 if you’re keeping count. The defense regressed, giving up 30 points, and more importantly losing Keanu Neal to what looked like a very bad injury. The offense was stuck in quicksand until the second half, and then just ran out of time. There is a lot of great content available here at the Falcoholic, and I encourage you to check it out if you want some in-depth analysis. This article will look at things strictly from a fantasy football perspective (that means looking at nothing other than purely statistics). Here is Atlanta’s fantasy stud and fantasy dud from Week 3’s defeat against the Indianapolis Colts. Fantasy Stud/Dud 2019 History: Past Studs: Calvin Ridley (1), Julio Jones (1) Past Duds: Devonta Freeman (1), Mohamed Sanu (1) Fantasy Stud - Austin Hooper Stat Line - 6 catches, 66 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns: 18.6 standard league points, 24.6 PPR points There were three very deserving candidates of the “stud” honor this week — in addition to Hooper, Julio Jones went for 128 yards and a score, and Matt Ryan racked up over 300 passing yards and three touchdowns. However, Hooper gets the nod here because he put up almost the same amount of points as Jones (more than Ryan), but he did it at a more scarce position. Hooper was the team’s second leading receiver with 66 yards, but it was his prolific performance in the red zone which solidified a monster fantasy total. The fourth-year man out of Stanford caught two touchdowns and rewarded fantasy players who rolled the dice with him in the tight end slot this week. Hooper isn’t a very consistent fantasy performer, but with how shallow the TE position is he should be on a team in every single fantasy league. Hooper has the potential to have a big fantasy day in any given week with how prolific Atlanta’s passing offense is. Dud Calvin Ridley - 1 catch, 6 receiving yards: 0.6 standard league points, 1.6 PPR points Naming Ridley as this week’s fantasy dud was an easy call. The second-year receiver out of Alabama was nowhere to be found on the stat sheet this week, making just one catch all afternoon. After back to back PPR performances of 16.4 points and 24.5 points to start the season, Ridley was trusted in most fantasy lineups just to put up a goose egg of a performance. Ridley is a solid WR2 in most weeks because of his talent and presence within Atlanta’s offense. However, this game was a painful reminder that he’s susceptible to putting up an awful performance in a given week.
Falcons tied at No. 1 in the NFL with 35 penalties and spoiler alert, that’s not goodby Jeanna Thomas on September 23, 2019 at 11:00 pm
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports This sloppy, undisciplined play must be corrected. Everybody makes mistakes. But when the Falcons make mistakes to the tune of 16 penalties in a single game, it’s a bit much. Through three games, the Falcons have committed 35 penalties. That places the team at the top of the NFL for this dubious distinction, where they are tied with the Cleveland Browns. Look, folks, I probably don’t need to tell you that you don’t want to be tied with the Browns — a team that also holds titles in categories like “most ineffective quarterbacks started since 1999” and “most recent winless season” and “most squandered draft picks” — in any way, shape, or form. Quinn said the level of play on Sunday, including the penalties, pissed him off. Well, same. “But we’ve got to control what we can and to have 16 penalties and be minus-one in the turnover margin – that puts you in a difficult spot. That certainly was the case,” Quinn said via a transcript released by the team’s media relations department. “I think there were six, seven, eight maybe first downs, you know, on fouls. It’s hard to overcome that and then minus-one in the turnover margin. So we’ve got work to do as we get ready because we’ve got to get our road mentality right. This one stinks.” Matt Ryan also addressed the penalties after Sunday’s loss to the Colts. “I think everyone is angry with not performing the way we can. The penalties, the turnovers and those types of things – we’ve had too much of that the first couple weeks of the season. We had too much of that today,” Ryan said. “Those are thing we’ve got to clean up to be a better football team. A lot of them we can control. The procedural stuff – the pre-snap penalties – that’s on us and that comes down to discipline. We’ve got to be better across the board as players when we get our chances.” Last year, the Falcons had 103 penalties called on them over 16 games. They’re on pace to hit that mark by the week after the bye this season. Looking at last year’s numbers on NFLPenalties.com, one thing stands out: Teams that landed in the Top 10 for the number of penalties called are all teams that did not make the postseason, except for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts. It’s not that I’m suggesting that the Falcons could make the postseason if they’d just play more disciplined football. This team has bigger issues than just committing too many penalties. But the lack of discipline illuminates a few things about this team that are deeply concerning in the big picture — primarily coaching. Frankly, I’d take the unsportsmanlike call against Keanu Neal for throwing his helmet after tearing his Achilles off the board entirely. That was an absolute garbage and unnecessary call. Aside from that, some of the penalties can be chalked up to a lack of experience along the offensive line or with other starters stepping in for injured players, so we may naturally see an improvement as that unit gels and new starters at other positions get more game speed experience. But 35 through three games is way too many penalties to attribute to just those concerns. The coaching staff is surely working to correct these issues. It is on the players to execute, but If the team’s not internalizing and acting on those corrections — and the numbers suggest they’re clearly not — then it’s on Dan Quinn and his staff to diagnose why that is and make adjustments. And that needs to happen, like, yesterday. On Monday, Quinn did say he has a plan to correct the penalties. Dan Quinn plans to bring the full officiating crew to practice this week to make sure to work on the penalties— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) September 23, 2019 Quinn’s seat is only going to get toastier if we don’t see improvement in this area, and quickly. Being on par with the Browns in any context doesn’t do much for your job security in the NFL.
Falcons left with more questions after polarizing loss to Coltsby Kevin Knight on September 23, 2019 at 10:00 pm
Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images It was a tale of two halves on Sunday, as the Falcons fell into a 17-point hole early against the Colts and couldn’t quite dig themselves out late. Now 1-2 with a tough slate ahead, Atlanta is left with nothing but questions. Heading into Atlanta’s Week 3 matchup with the Indianapolis Colts, we had a lot of questions about the direction of the team. In Week 1, the Falcons got blown off the turf by the Vikings, falling into a 28-0 hole before getting their first points. They looked totally unprepared, sloppy, and outclassed. In Week 2, the Falcons looked like a totally different team. They came out firing on all cylinders, taking control early against a true NFC contender in the Eagles. It was far from a perfect performance—Matt Ryan’s 3 interceptions certainly made the game a lot closer than it should’ve been—but it was encouraging after the dumpster fire we saw in the first game. After two games, we’d seen a dumpster fire and a pretty good performance. Who were the real Falcons? Was the team closer to the Week 1 catastrophe, or the Week 2 team that defeated a contender? Unfortunately, after a 27-24 loss to the Colts which could’ve been much worse, we’re left with far more questions than answers. It was a tale of two halves for the Falcons in Week 3. The first half was a chilling callback to the opening game, with the Falcons looking utterly toothless on defense and turning the ball over on offense. It was 13-0 before Atlanta scored their first points, and 20-3 before the half. The game had the look of another blowout. Then, in the third quarter, Matt Ryan and the offense caught fire. Ryan rattled off two touchdown drives, bringing the score to 20-17 and putting the game back in reach. The defense started to tighten up after allowing 16 straight completions to the competent but not elite QB of the Colts, Jacoby Brissett. Things actually looked hopeful for a moment. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late for Atlanta. The Falcons’ defense gave up a long TD drive to open the fourth quarter—featuring 3 third down conversions, several of which were provided by penalties. Atlanta fell into another 10-point hole that they’d be unable to dig out of, despite another quality TD drive by the offense. Ryan got the Falcons within 3 once more, 27-24, with about 4 minutes left in the game. But the defense—down Keanu Neal, and then Grady Jarrett on the final drive—simply didn’t have any more stops in them. Indianapolis was able to run out the clock. Now, fans and analysts are in the uncomfortable situation of essentially knowing very little about the Falcons overall direction after three games. We’ve seen six quarters of pretty good football, and six quarters of awful football. I’m sure fans know what that style of play equates to over an NFL season: 8-8. “Football purgatory”, where you aren’t bad enough to get a quality draft pick and you aren’t good enough to compete for a playoff spot. To be fair to Indianapolis, they’re a good team that could very well end up competing for a playoff spot when the dust clears at the end of the 2019 season. They’ve got an average defense and an offense that’s quietly competent and can beat you with the run or the pass. In an AFC South that features the underwhelming Titans, polarizing Jaguars, and top-heavy Texans, that might be enough to secure a division crown if things break favorably. But on some level, it wasn’t really the Colts who beat the Falcons. It was the Falcons themselves: namely, the horrid first half and the 16 penalties, several of which extended eventual TD drives for Indianapolis. You can’t commit that many penalties and win games with regularity. You also can’t find yourself in a 17-point hole at halftime and expect to come back—the Falcons have managed that just once in recent memory. In terms of positives, Matt Ryan and the offense seemed to really find their footing after an early turnover. The running game finally got some traction—Freeman looked like his old self again with 88 yards on 16 carries (5.5 average)—and Julio had a monster game with 8 catches for 128 yards and a TD. But it wasn’t enough. Now the Falcons are 1-2 heading into another AFC showdown (Dan Quinn is a flat-out awful 1-11 against the AFC), and will be down star SS Keanu Neal for the rest of the season. This team is talented enough to weather the storm and there are still 13 games to go—they have a habit of playing better football in the second half of the season—but they shouldn’t have to. Atlanta should be playing better football right now. That all starts at the top, and with Dan Quinn firing all three of his coordinators this offseason, only one possible culprit remains. If the Falcons miss the playoffs again this season, Quinn will almost certainly be shown the door.
Ricardo Allen not happy with 1st quarter unnecessary roughness penaltyby Adnan Ikic on September 23, 2019 at 9:00 pm
Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images The penalty was the result of a hit on T.Y. Hilton. In talking to reporters following Atlanta’s Week 3 loss in Indianapolis, safety Ricardo Allen was not too pleased about a flag he picked up for hitting a defenseless receiver in the first quarter. The play in question was a 26-yard reception by T.Y. Hilton on Indianapolis’ second drive of the game. Hilton made a nice adjustment and caught the ball at Atlanta’s 47-yard-line before he was hit by Allen, who was flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty which tacked on 15 extra yards. The Colts ended up scoring a touchdown later in the drive to take a 10-0 lead. One thing Ricardo Allen said about that defenseless hit penalty he got yesterday: “A defenseless player can’t look at me and make a move. A defenseless player can’t catch a ball, make somebody miss, and then look at me. That’s a f* running back at that time. It is what it is.’’— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) September 23, 2019 It was an emotional game for the Falcons, who were flagged for 16 penalties throughout the afternoon and who lost star safety Keanu Neal to a season-ending Achilles injury. The frustration was evident, and it seems to have seeped into Allen’s Monday meeting with the media. Here you will find the controversial play: TY Hilton reels this one in after getting SMOKED pic.twitter.com/iovY31HcM4— DailySportsDosage (@OfficalDSD) September 22, 2019 Is this an unnecessary roughness penalty? You be the judge.