Gage had been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game versus the Bears due to a head injury, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
While it hasn't been confirmed, Gage is expected to have a concussion. With Julio Jones (hamstring) already sidelined, Christian Blake, Olamide Zaccheaus and Brandon Powell should all handle a decent workload the rest of the game.
Gage is being evaluated for a possible head injury and is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Bears, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
With Gage iffy to return and Julio Jones (hamstring) already inactive, the Falcons' top options at wideout are currently Calvin Ridley, Christian Blake and Olamide Zaccheaus.
Gage caught six of his nine targets for 46 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 40-39 loss to the Cowboys.
If Gage's involvement over the latter stages of 2019 wasn't convincing enough to consider him a legitimate fantasy pickup in drafts, Weeks 1 and 2 have gone a long way toward changing that stance. Gage attracted eight targets per game Weeks 12 through 17 last year, though part of that can be explained away by the fact that Calvin Ridley missed three games during that span with an abdominal injury. However, with Ridley back in the lineup to kick off the 2020 campaign, Gage is continuing to be a fantasy presence, having accumulated an outstanding 21 targets over the first two weeks of the year and translating those opportunities into 15 catches, 160 receiving yards and a touchdown. The third-year receiver now draws a matchup against a Bears defense that refused to allow a single Giants wideout to eclipse 50 yards Sunday.
Gage corralled nine of 12 targets for a career-high 114 receiving yards during Sunday's 38-25 loss to the Seahawks.
Gage picked up right where he left off at the tail end of 2019 when he filled in as the No. 2 option at wide receiver while Calvin Ridley missed three games with an abdomen injury. The former LSU Tiger averaged eight targets per game between Weeks 12 and 17 last year, and he demonstrated a high PPR floor during that span by collecting 32 total catches. Gage owns just one touchdown on 68 offensive touches for his career, but as long as he is the No. 3 receiver in Atlanta's passing game he will remain fantasy relevant. The 24-year-old projects to be a popular waiver-wire pickup based on both opportunity and talent as he prepares for a Week 2 matchup against the Cowboys.
Gage (head) was cleared to return to Sunday's game versus the Seahawks, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Gage left briefly to be examined after a hard hit from Jamal Adams in the first half, but the receiver apparently cleared concussion protocol and returned to the game.
Gage left Sunday's game against the Seahawks to be evaluated for a head injury, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
Late in the first half, Gage was banged-up and made a visit to the sideline tent, per Jason Butt of The Athletic. Considering a head injury was noted, Gage may be going through the concussion protocol to determine whether a return is possible. If he's unable to reenter the game, he'll finish Week 1 with five catches for 54 yards.
Gage (groin) practiced fully Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Gage missed some time recently due to a groin injury, including being listed as limited at Wednesday's session, but the Falcons allowed him to handle every rep Thursday. Now ready to face the Seahawks on Sunday, he slots in as the team's No. 3 wide receiver behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.
Gage was limited at Wednesday's practice due to a groin injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Gage missed the Falcons' scrimmage last Thursday but was able to get back on the field for Monday's session. While he did the same Wednesday, he clearly still has some limitations. Fortunately, he's made appearances in back-to-back practices and has two more chances to get back to full participation, at which point the team will peg his odds to suit up Sunday versus the Seahawks. If he plays, Gage will serve as the No. 3 wide receiver behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.
Gage (undisclosed) participated in Monday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
It's unclear if Gage practiced at full speed, but there doesn't seem to be much concern about his availability for Week 1 versus Seattle, and there will be more clarification when the team release its first official injury report Wednesday. The 24-year-old is expected to lock down the No. 3 receiver role to begin the year and build off last year's 49-446-1 line.
Gage (undisclosed) did not participate in Thursday's scrimmage, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
It remains to be seen whether Gage's absence was due to injury, but at this point there's no reason for concern about his availability for Sept. 13's season-opener against Seattle. Gage is the clear favorite to serve as Atlanta's No. 3 receiver behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, though he'll also need to compete with Hayden Hurst and Todd Gurley for targets.
Gage is the favorite to serve as Atlanta's No. 3 option at wide receiver during 2020, Matthew Tabeek of the Falcons' official site reports.
The offseason arrival of 2016 first-round draft choice Laquon Treadwell provides some competition to Gage, but the 24-year-old seems to be coming into his own, and he will be difficult for the newcomer Treadwell to supplant. Gage recorded five or more receptions over five of his final six outings to wrap up 2019, proving himself capable of replacing Mohamed Sanu, who'd been traded to the Patriots. If able to fend off Treadwell for the job during training camp, Gage will have an opportunity to build upon the strong second half he put forth as an NFL sophomore while working behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley as the third option at wide receiver.
Gage remains well-positioned to serve as the Falcons' slot receiver after Atlanta went without drafting a single wideout during the 2020 NFL Draft, Mike Clay of ESPN.com reports.
As Clay noted, during weeks in which both Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones were active last season, Gage saw his target share vault to 16 percent after Mohamed Sanu's Oct. 22 trade to New England. As the No. 4 option at receiver Weeks 1 through 7, Gage accounted for just four combined catches and 44 yards, but from Week 8 to the end of the regular season, he averaged a respectable five catches and 44.7 yards per game. His involvement transferred from obsolete to significant as a result of Sanu's departure, and in the interim, nothing has changed at the position group that would stymie Gage's progression. He appears to be the No. 3 option at receiver for an offense that last year ranked behind only Tampa Bay and Dallas in passing yards per game (294.6).
Gage caught seven of 13 targets for 68 yards during Sunday's 28-22 overtime win against Tampa Bay.
The second-year wideout from LSU turned it on over the late stages of 2019, racking up five-plus receptions in five of his final six outings to close out the year. Gage's role within Atlanta's offense increased substantially with the trade of Mohamed Sanu to New England on Oct. 22, as Gage averaged 7.3 targets per game between Weeks 8 and 17 after garnering just eight total targets across his first six appearances. With Calvin Ridley (abdomen) expected to be recovered well in time for OTAs, Gage is expected to enter 2020 as the Falcons' No. 3 option at wide receiver so long as a newly acquired player does not supersede him on the depth chart.
Gage hauled in five of six targets for 49 yards and ran for seven yards on two carries during Sunday's 24-12 win against Jacksonville.
The second-year man out of LSU has been a steady contributor in Atlanta's passing game over the past month, as he has amassed at least five receptions in four of five appearances since Week 12. Gage has been efficient with opportunities granted during that span, establishing an impressive 71.4 percent catch rate with 46.8 scrimmage yards per game. He'll continue to be a secondary option for Matt Ryan when the Falcons take on a Buccaneers defense Week 17 that ranks 32nd in the NFL in both receptions (222) and receiving yards (2,970) allowed to opposing wideouts.
Gage caught five of six targets for 27 receiving yards and ran for six yards on his lone rush attempt during Sunday's 29-22 win against the 49ers.
The LSU product has now been held to 50 combined scrimmage yards over the past two weeks, but it's encouraging that he's been a highly-involved contributor amidst the depleted Falcons' receiving corps. Gage has garnered six-plus targets over three of his past four appearances heading into a Week 16 matchup against a Jacksonville defense that Sunday allowed just one opposing player -- Oakland's Darren Waller -- to exceed 45 receiving yards.
Gage is in line for increased usage with Calvin Ridley (abdomen) expected to miss the rest of the season, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Since Mohamed Sanu was dealt to the Patriots in late October, Gage has manned the slot for the Falcons, racking up 41 targets over the last six games. Gage's peripheral numbers (9.2 YPC and 6.3 YPT) are appropriate for a receiver that doesn't make an impact outside of short- and medium-range throws from Matt Ryan. Having said that, Gage is set to be an even bigger part of Atlanta's passing attack over the final three games of the campaign.
Gage (ribs) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game versus the Panthers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Gage has been a regular in the Falcons offense since Mohamed Sanu was dealt to the Patriots after Week 7. In five subsequent outings, Gage has earned between 48 and 74 percent of the snaps on offense in a given week, compiling 26 catches (on 37 targets) for 241 yards and one touchdown. His practice reps were capped this week by a rib injury, but fellow wideouts Julio Jones (shoulder) and Calvin Ridley (toe) had the same limitations. The trio will aim to take advantage of a Carolina defense that has conceded 178.1 receiving yards per game and nine total TDs to the position in 12 contests this season.
Gage (ribs) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Even with a lengthier turnaround for Sunday's game against the Panthers after the Falcons last played Thanksgiving Day, Gage is evidently still hurting to some degree. Now listed as a limited participant in back-to-back practices, Gage will likely need to graduate to full participation in Friday's session to avoid carrying a designation into the matchup with Carolina. Since taking over for the departed Mohamed Sanu as Atlanta's primary slot man in Week 8, Gage has averaged 7.4 targets per game.
Gage was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to a rib injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Gage is seemingly nicked up coming out of the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Saints, during which he tallied five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. With Julio Jones (shoulder), Calvin Ridley (toe), Austin Hooper (knee), Luke Stocker (back) and Jaeden Graham (thigh) all limited as well to begin the week, Gage could once again be facing a notable opportunity for targets if he's able to get fully healthy in time for Sunday's tilt with Carolina.
Gage caught five of nine targets for 52 yards and a touchdown during Thursday's 26-18 loss to the Saints.
The second-year receiver has become a staple in Atlanta's passing game over the past month, garnering 7.4 targets per game since Week 8, after commanding just eight total targets Weeks 1 through 7. The jettisoning of Mohamed Sanu to New England provided an opportunity for the LSU product to step up, and he's so far established a 70.3 percent catch rate with 48.2 receiving yards per game since first seeing his offensive snap share peak above 50 percent in Week 8. Targets will be more sparse should Julio Jones (shoulder) prove capable of returning from injury in Week 14, but if not, Gage will serve Atlanta's No. 2 wide receiver option against a Carolina defense that ranks 27th in receiving yards allowed to opposing WRs.
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