Patterson signed a contract with the Falcons on Saturday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: There was some concern Patterson's breakout season might price the Falcons out of re-signing the do-it-all threat, but the market for running backs never materialized thus allowing the 31-year-old to return. The Falcons did add former Chiefs and Bears backup Damien Williams on a one-year deal which theoretically could cut into Patterson's carries, but it's hard to imagine the former really impacting Patterson's targets given Williams is averaging 7.6 yards-per-catch across his entire career. Given Patterson has tallied a combined 1,455 yards and eight touchdowns across his previous four seasons it's certainly fair to wonder if the veteran is simply a one-year wonder, but with little standing in the way from a depth chart perspective, Patterson at least appears to be the frontrunner to start next season.
Mar 19, 2022 9:50 AM EST
Patterson ran four times for 11 yards and caught his only target for one yard during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Patterson posted his worst fantasy performance in the final game of what has been a breakout campaign for the versatile veteran. He finished the 2021 campaign with 153 rushes for 618 yards and six touchdowns while adding 52 receptions for 548 yards and five touchdowns through the air. Patterson signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Falcons last offseason and will certainly garner interest from around the league after his career year.
Jan 10, 2022 9:21 AM EST
Patterson rushed nine times for 28 yards and brought in both targets for 24 yards in the Falcons' 29-15 loss to the Bills on Sunday. He also returned one kickoff for 23 yards.
Analysis: The versatile veteran was modestly involved in a game that eventually failed to favor the ground attack as the Falcons progressively fell behind in the second half. Patterson hasn't topped 30 rushing yards in three games and 30 receiving yards in seven, sending him into the Week 18 finale against the Saints with little momentum.
Jan 2, 2022 4:29 PM EST
Patterson rushed seven times for 14 yards and a touchdown, brought in one of two targets for minus-2 yards and returned three kickoffs for 79 yards in the Falcons' 20-16 win over the Lions on Sunday. He
Analysis: The hybrid star was extremely inefficient on a yards-per-touch basis, but he still found a way to offer a serviceable fantasy return with his six-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Patterson also rewarded fantasy managers rolling him with him on rosters in formats that count return yardage, and despite the fact he's averaged a microscopic 0.6 yards per carry over his last two games, his nose for the end zone always gives him some upside. Patterson's next chance to build on his numbers in what has been a career-best season comes in an unenviable Week 17 road matchup versus the Bills.
Dec 26, 2021 4:37 PM EST
Patterson rushed 11 times for 18 yards and caught both of his targets for five yards in Sunday's 31-13 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: Patterson couldn't break free at any point during this one-sided affair, posting a single-play high of just four yards on any of his 13 touches. This was the breakout fantasy star's first dud dating back to Week 10, which is a testament to how strong of an offensive asset he has been for both the Falcons and fantasy managers this year. Patterson will carry impressive marks of 1,089 combined yards and 10 total touchdowns into next Sunday's tilt against the Lions.
Dec 19, 2021 5:23 PM EST
Patterson rushed 16 times for 58 yards and a touchdown and brought in two of five targets for one yard in the Falcons' 29-21 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: The hybrid star found tough sledding on the ground overall against a stingy Panthers front, but he salvaged his fantasy day with a five-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. Patterson was a non-factor through the air, however, limiting his overall output. The veteran now has three rushing scores over his last three games, and although he did see his streak of multi-catch efforts extend to three Sunday, he hasn't cleared 27 receiving yards over the last four games overall. Patterson's next opportunity to push the Falcons closer to a potential postseason berth comes in a Week 15 road battle against the 49ers.
Dec 12, 2021 1:39 PM EST
Patterson rushed 13 times for 78 yards and brought in three of five targets for 18 yards in the Falcons' 30-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also recovered a fumble.
Analysis: Patterson surprisingly found some success against the Buccaneers' typically impenetrable run defense, although a bulk of his production came on a 39-yard run. Nevertheless, it was Patterson's saving grace from a fantasy perspective and served his second-highest rushing yardage tally of the season. The versatile veteran's next opportunity to wreak havoc on a defense comes in a Week 14 visit to the division-rival Panthers.
Dec 5, 2021 2:50 PM EST
Patterson (ankle) rushed 16 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 21-14 win over Jacksonville. He added two catches for 27 yards on three targets.
Analysis: Patterson was able to play through the ankle injury that kept him out of last week's game, and he made a major impact in his return. He scored from seven yards out on a nice dive to the pylon late in the first quarter, then doubled Atlanta's lead with a 12-yard touchdown in the second. Patterson topped 100 rushing yards for the first time this season, but he's reached triple digits in scrimmage yards five times to go with nine total touchdowns. His involvement as a pass-catcher should allow Patterson to maintain plenty of fantasy appeal in Week 13 despite a tough matchup against the stout Tampa Bay front.
Nov 28, 2021 1:05 PM EST
Patterson (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.
Analysis: After missing the Falcons' Week 11 loss to the Patriots due to the sprained ankle, Patterson was a limited participant in each of the team's three practices this week. Though he was listed as questionable and viewed as a game-time decision heading into Sunday's contest, Patterson apparently displayed enough progress in his recovery from the injury to receive the green light to play. The Falcons haven't indicated that Patterson will immediately step back into a lead role out of the backfield, so there's some risk of him ceding more work than normal to backups Mike Davis and Wayne Gallman as he rejoins the lineup.
Nov 28, 2021 8:34 AM EST
Patterson (ankle) is a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Patterson, who was inactive in Week 11, is feeling much better this week, per Rapoport, but it looks like a call on his availability for Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff versus Jacksonville won't be made until warmups. if Patterson is limited or out, added carries would be available for Mike Davis and Wayne Gallman.
Nov 28, 2021 4:18 AM EST
Patterson (ankle) remained limited at Friday's practice and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Jacksonville.
Analysis: The Falcons listed Patterson as limited in every practice for a second straight week, though he'll now have the benefit of more time/rest after missing last Thursday's shutout loss to New England. The Falcons recalled Qadree Ollison from their practice squad and ended up using him as their lead runner in the contest, while Mike Davis saw only three carries and four targets on 48 percent of offensive snaps. It could be a similar plan this week if Patterson is out again, though multiple reporters have mentioned not seeing Ollison at practice this week (he's technically still on the practice squad, and therefore not listed on injury reports). In any case, it might be a moot point if Patterson is able to play, which certainly seems possible heading into the weekend. A 1 ET kickoff will make things easier on fantasy managers if there aren't any definitive updates on Patterson's status before Sunday.
Nov 26, 2021 10:54 AM EST
Patterson (ankle) is participating at Friday's practice, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Patterson was a limited participant Wednesday and Thursday, and it appears he'll at least be working in that capacity again Friday. It's unclear if the 30-year-old has shown enough to avoid an injury designation for Sunday's matchup with the Jaguars, but he should have a chance to return from his one-game absence this weekend since he's been on the practice field all week.
Nov 26, 2021 8:48 AM EST
Patterson (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official site reports.
Analysis: Patterson was also listed as limited on Wednesday's practice report, and after sitting out the Falcons' Week 11 loss to the Patriots, he may need to upgrade to full activity Friday in order to approach Sunday's game in Jacksonville without a designation. While Patterson was sidelined for the 25-0 loss to New England, practice-squad callup Qadree Ollison was the surprise leader in the Atlanta backfield with nine carries for 34 yards.
Nov 25, 2021 9:40 AM EST
Patterson (ankle) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: He previously was listed as limited last Monday through Wednesday, prior to sitting out Thursday's loss to the Patriots in a game-day decision. Patterson now hopes to make it back for Sunday's game in Jacksonville, a matchup that should allow the Falcons to be far more competitive than they were last week. With Patterson out of the lineup, Qadree Ollison came off the practice squad to lead the team in carries in the shutout loss to New England.
Nov 24, 2021 12:59 PM EST
Patterson (ankle) will practice Wednesday, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.
Analysis: Patterson was a limited practice participant Monday through Wednesday last week, but reports suggested he didn't do much, and he ultimately landed on the inactive list for a Thursday night loss to the Patriots. He may be ready to play 10 days later in Jacksonville, in which case Qadree Ollison could be out of a role just one week after working as the lead runner. Mike Davis also remains in the picture, but he could be the one to lose snaps if the Falcons try to keep Ollison (or Wayne Gallman) involved in the offense.
Nov 24, 2021 8:46 AM EST
Patterson (ankle) is listed as inactive Thursday against the Patriots, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.
Analysis: Patterson sprained his ankle during Atlanta's Week 10 loss at Dallas and subsequently was limited in practice Monday through Wednesday. Considered a game-time call, he did go through a pregame warmup, but the team ultimately is choosing not to risk it with the breakout player. Patterson thus will yield the backfield to some combination of Mike Davis and Wayne Gallman in Week 11.
Nov 18, 2021 3:57 PM EST
Patterson (ankle) remains questionable for Thursday's game against the Patriots and is being viewed as a game-time decision, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relays that Atlanta's top running back appears unlikely to play. "It sounds like he was very, very limited in practice [this week]...It seems like an uphill battle [to play]," Rapoport said during a radio appearance on Sportsradio 93.7 WEEI-FM's "Gresh & Keefe program.
Analysis: Though Patterson was listed as a limited participant on each of Atlanta's three injury report this week, he only got on the field Tuesday and Wednesday, as Monday's practice report was an estimate. According to Rapoport, the activity Patterson was able to do the past two days wasn't extensive, so the Falcons could be inclined to err on side of caution and hold the 30-year-old out on a short week. A final word on Patterson's should arrive when Atlanta releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to Thursday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff. If Patterson is ultimately sidelined, the Falcons would likely turn to Mike Davis and Wayne Gallman to share reps out of the backfield.
Nov 18, 2021 9:52 AM EST
Patterson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against New England, with the Falcons treating him as a game-time decision, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The official designation was a foregone conclusion following reports of Patterson being a game-time call. The Falcons listed him as a limited practice participant Monday through Wednesday, hoping their surprise breakout star can avoid an absence after sitting out the entire second half of a blowout loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. If Patterson can't go, the Falcons will lean on Mike Davis and Wayne Gallman in the backfield.
Nov 17, 2021 12:58 PM EST
Patterson (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's matchup with the Patriots, ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein reports.
Analysis: Patterson sprained his ankle during the first half of Sunday's blowout loss to Dallas and didn't play at all in the second half. While no injury was reported initially, he's now in some danger of missing additional time, potentially opening up a spot for Wayne Gallman to rotate with Mike Davis in the Atlanta backfield. The Falcons might also elect to expand Davis' role rather than getting Gallman heavily involved, but Davis hasn't exactly made the best case to see more work, averaging just 3.3 YPC and 3.5 YPT this year. The Falcons did list Patterson as a limited practice participant both Monday and Tuesday, suggesting he's got a real shot to suit up despite the short week.
Nov 17, 2021 8:33 AM EST
Patterson (ankle) was limited at Tuesday's practice, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official site reports.
Analysis: Patterson emerged from the Falcons' Week 10 loss at Dallas with an ankle sprain, which may have contributed to one of his least productive performances of a breakout campaign. Overall, he had five touches and garnered 29 percent of the offensive snaps, both of which were season lows. There are questions whether Patterson will have enough time to play on a short week, but being listed as 'limited' on the first two Week 11 injury reports at least is a positive sign that he may do so Thursday against the Patriots. If Patterson is unable to go, though, Mike Davis and Wayne Gallman will be Atlanta's options out of the backfield.
Nov 16, 2021 1:39 PM EST
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