Christian Blake

Atlanta Falcons
Wide Receiver #4
Atlanta Falcons
Wide Receiver #4

Christian Blake News

Ends 2020 season with 13 catches

Blake, who did not garner a target during Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Buccaneers, concluded his 2020 campaign with 13 receptions (on 18 targets) for 141 yards and no touchdowns over 16 games.

Analysis: Blake accumulated eight receptions for 90 yards between Weeks 8 and 12, but he totaled just one catch for minus-one yard over five remaining appearances Weeks 13 through 17. Julio Jones and Olamide Zaccheaus combined for just one game appearance during that span, demonstrating just how deep on the Falcons' wide receiver depth chart Blake currently resides. The 24-year-old will be considered an exclusive rights free agent this upcoming offseason.

Jan 6, 2021 9:34 PM EST


Logs 17-yard reception

Blake caught his lone target for a 17-yard gain during Sunday's 43-6 win against the Raiders.

Analysis: With Olamide Zaccheaus going down in the first quarter of Sunday's contest due to a toe injury, Blake was elevated to the No. 3 position in Atlanta's receiving corps. That promotion, of course, was also prompted because of Julio Jones (hamstring) sitting out the game entirely. Matt Ryan only looked in Blake's direction on one occasion Sunday, but the 24-year-old now has an active streak of four consecutive outings with a catch. He fielded a season-high 50 offensive snaps against the Raiders, but his offensive role Week 13 against New Orleans will vary depending on whether Jones and/or Zaccheaus suit up.

Nov 30, 2020 12:50 PM EST



Hauls in two passes

Blake secured two of his four targets for 28 receiving yards during Sunday's 24-9 loss to New Orleans.

Analysis: With Julio Jones off the field for much of the second and third quarters Sunday while tending to a hamstring issue, Blake posted his second consecutive outing of greater than 25 receiving yards. In eight appearances between Weeks 1 and 8, on 113 combined offensive snaps, Blake mustered just 8.3 receiving yards per contest. Next, Atlanta will host a Las Vegas defense that allowed three different Chiefs receivers to post six-plus catches on Sunday Night Football.

Nov 22, 2020 10:37 PM EST


Matches season high in catches

Blake secured all three of his targets for 31 receiving yards during Sunday's 34-27 win against the Broncos.

Analysis: Despite Calvin Ridley (foot) being ruled out for the cross-conference showdown Sunday morning, Blake fielded just 12 offensive snaps. His workload was far more extensive against Carolina last Thursday night, as he garnered 38 offensive touches in that contest, though his on-field impact was greater in Week 9. Blake matched his season best of three receptions in a game, while his yardage output against Denver was the 24-year-old's second highest of 2020. With an upcoming Week 10 bye, Ridley has a chance to recover from a mid-foot sprain. If that development indeed transpires, Blake will be relegated to the No. 5 slot in Atlanta's receiving corps for a Nov. 22 matchup against the Saints.

Nov 9, 2020 7:57 AM EST


Could get Week 9 start

Blake could replace Calvin Ridley (foot) if the star wideout misses Sunday's game against the Broncos, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: With Ridley out for the second half of last week's game, Blake finished with season-high 54 percent snap share but only two catches for 14 yards. The Falcons seem to have direct backups for each of their top-three WRs, with Blake filling in for Ridley, Olamide Zaccheaus replacing Julio Jones, and Brandon Powell behind Russell Gage. It's still possible a Ridley absence could free up more work for Zaccheaus and/or Powell, but Blake is the safe bet to get regular snaps, while Jones, Gage and TE Hayden Hurst could help fill the target void.

Nov 6, 2020 2:58 PM EST



Two catches post-Ridley injury

Blake reeled in both of his targets for 14 receiving yards during Thursday's 25-17 win against the Panthers.

Analysis: Calvin Ridley suffered a foot injury in the early going of the second quarter Thursday, opening the door for Blake to double his previous season high of 19 offensive snaps. Per Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Blake would be the immediate replacement for Ridley if the star receiver were to miss any time. It seems Ridley may right back for a Week 9 matchup against the Broncos, as he is considered day-to-day after receiving his MRI results Friday. A return for Ridley would likely mitigate any viable fantasy potential for Blake, though he would be a risky play regardless with only one performance of greater than 45 receiving yards this season.

Oct 30, 2020 7:46 PM EST


Third-leading receiver in MNF loss

Blake corralled three of his five targets for 47 receiving yards during Monday's 30-16 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: With Julio Jones remaining out for the second half after battling through a hamstring issue the first two quarters, young wideouts Blake and Olamide Zaccheaus came to the forefront, combining for 11 catches and 133 receiving yards on 14 targets. Calvin Ridley will be Atlanta's No. 1 pass-catching option if Jones proves unable to go for a Week 5 matchup against the Panthers, but Blake may have a notable offensive role for himself in such a situation. He was targeted on more than 25 percent of his offensive snaps during Monday's loss to the Packers.

Oct 7, 2020 7:55 AM EST


Starting for Julio Jones

Blake is slated to serve as one of the Falcons' three starting receivers Sunday against the Bears with Julio Jones (hamstring) inactive for the contest, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Blake has played 16 total offensive snaps through the Falcons' first two games, drawing zero targets. He should see a big spike in playing time Week 3 with Jones in street clothes, but Blake probably shouldn't be counted on to see much volume headed his way. Instead, Matt Ryan will likely funnel most of Jones' vacated targets to wideouts Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage, tight end Hayden Hurst and running back Todd Gurley.

Sep 27, 2020 8:59 AM EST


Involved over second half of 2019

Blake caught 11 of 24 targets for 91 receiving yards across nine appearances for the Falcons this season.

Analysis: The 23-year-old wideout made his first regular-season appearance Week 8 against the Seahawks, but he did not garner more than 20 percent of the offensive snaps until Week 12. From that point forward Blake fielded at least 44 percent of the offensive snaps in five of the Falcons' six remaining games, and broke out for six catches and 57 yards Thanksgiving night against New Orleans. The Oct. 22 trade of Mohamed Sanu to New England, and later an injury to Calvin Ridley (abdominal) opened up opportunity for Blake as the season wore on, but he's likely to remain a depth option during 2020 as he enters the final year of his contract.

Jan 5, 2020 2:42 PM EST


Catchless in win

Blake was unable to bring in his only target of Sunday's 29-22 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Blake saw a whopping 18 total targets in Weeks 12 and 13, but has just one target in his last two games despite the absence of Calvin Ridley (abdomen). Though the Falcons are showing some life down the stretch, playing the rookie does not seem to be worth the risk. Next up is a Sunday matchup against a middle-of-the-road Jaguars pass defense.

Dec 17, 2019 5:34 PM EST


To see more snaps with Ridley out

Coach Dan Quinn stated Monday that Blake is going to work alongside Olamide Zaccheaus to fill in for Calvin Ridley (abdomen) over the remainder of the season, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It was another straw on the long-fallen camel's back, as Ridley's injury during Sunday's win over Carolina deducts a dynamic weapon from the Falcons' offense. If there is a silver lining other than the fact that Ridley projects to be at full strength by the start of 2020, it's that Atlanta gets a look at some of its more inexperienced prospects -- one or multiple of which may turn into contributors for a revamped Falcons team down the road. Though Blake did not see any offensive snaps Week 14, he flashed during the Thanksgiving night loss against New Orleans by logging six catches for 57 yards in his first career start. He is expected to see a steady increase in involvement Week 15 when the Falcons take on a 49ers defense that prior to Sunday's performance against the Saints had allowed just one team -- Cincinnati in Week 2 -- to exceed 245 passing yards in a game all season.

Dec 9, 2019 4:25 PM EST


Likely to lose snaps

Blake is expected to be in line for a reduced role offensively with Julio Jones (shoulder) cleared to play Sunday against the Panthers following a one-game absence, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Blake stepped into a regular role in three-receiver formations while Jones was sidelined for the Falcons' Thanksgiving Day loss to the Saints. The 23-year-old set career highs across the board while playing 89 percent of the offensive snaps, finishing with six catches for 57 yards on nine targets. Blake should remain ahead of Justin Hardy in the pecking order Sunday, but he'll still be no better than fourth on the depth chart behind Jones, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage.

Dec 6, 2019 11:59 AM EST


Stays involved during Week 13 loss

Blake caught six of nine targets for 57 receiving yards during Thursday's 26-18 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: The second-year receiver out of Northern Illinois has suddenly become an integral part of Atlanta's passing attack over the past two weeks, commanding an eye-catching 18 targets during losses to the Buccaneers and Saints. Blake has only converted those opportunities into 73 receiving yards and remains without a touchdown this season, but there's reason to believe he'll remain highly involved Week 14 against Carolina's middling pass defense, especially if Julio Jones (shoulder) were to be sat down for a second consecutive contest with the Falcons' playoff hopes erased.

Nov 28, 2019 9:44 PM EST


Targeted nine times in Week 12 loss

Blake caught two of nine targets for 16 receiving yards during Sunday's 35-22 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: While his final output in the box score doesn't exactly set off the waiver wire alarm, it's notable that the 23-year-old wideout tied Julio Jones as the Falcons' third-busiest pass-game option. With Austin Hooper potentially sitting out a third consecutive contest and Justin Hardy going without a target during Week 12, Blake will continue to work in as a secondary option in the Atlanta passing attack during a Thanksgiving night matchup against New Orleans' 14th-ranked pass defense.

Nov 25, 2019 8:46 PM EST


Lands on Falcons practice squad

Blake has been placed on Atlanta's practice squad for the start of the 2019 regular season, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The 23-year-old Blake stood out during preseason play, but was not quite dominant enough to break into the 53-man roster at a crowded position group for Atlanta. He collected a team-high five catches and 46 receiving yards in the Hall of Fame Game against Denver, and in the exhibition finale against Jacksonville made an acrobatic 12-yard touchdown reception on his only target. Thus far the lone wide receiver to be assigned to the practice squad, Blake showed enough upside this August to merit consideration for a future role on the active roster.

Sep 1, 2019 7:36 PM EST


Has chance to make roster

Coach Dan Quinn indicated Monday that Blake is one of a couple Falcons receivers being considered for a bubble roster spot, and said that he can envision the team keeping seven receivers to start the season, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With multiple members of Atlanta's receiving corps set to inherihit potentially prominent special teams roles -- including Russell Gage, Justin Hardy and Marcus Green (hamstring) -- it's understandable that the team is considering arranging its roster to retain a greater number of wideouts than the average NFL team. Blake has not been involved as a kick or punt returner in the preseason, but has garnered the head coach's attention by catching eight of 10 targets for 65 yards through his first two exhibition outings of 2019.

Aug 12, 2019 6:15 PM EST


Paces pass catchers in HOF game

Blake brought in five of six targets for 46 yards in the Falcons' 14-10 preseason loss to the Broncos on Thursday.

Analysis: The second-year receiver paced the Falcons' pass-catching corps in receptions and receiving yards while co-leading the team in targets on the night. Blake spent his rookie campaign for a portion of 2018 and subsequently signed a reserve/future in January, suggesting the team saw some potential. Blake validated some of that confidence in Thursday's game, but he still has a steep hill to climb in terms of securing a spot on the latter portion of the wide receiver depth chart. He'll look to continue making his case in forthcoming training camp practices and preseason games.

Aug 1, 2019 9:00 PM EST


Inks deal with Atlanta

Blake signed a reserve/future contract with the Falcons on Monday.

Analysis: Blake joined the Falcons as an undrafted free agent last offseason and was on the team's practice squad for parts of 2018. The 22-year-old will enter the offseason with the Falcons still looking to make his NFL debut.

Jan 1, 2019 6:50 PM EST


Waived from practice squad

Blake was waived from Atlanta's practice squad Tuesday, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Blake joined the Falcons' practice squad in the beginning of the regular season, but does not seem to have impressed enough to stick around. The undrafted free agent will search for an opportunity elsewhere in the league.

Sep 25, 2018 12:12 PM EST


Joins Atlanta's practice squad

Blake was signed to the Falcon's practice squad Monday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Blake signed with Atlanta as an undrafted free agent this offseason, catching two passes for 13 yards in the preseason. The former Northern Illinois wideout will compete to earn a depth role as part of the Falcon's practice squad.

Sep 10, 2018 1:22 PM EST


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