|Ht / Wt:||None / 190 lb.|
|Drafted:||None / UDFA|
Zaccheaus caught three of five targets for 115 yards and one touchdown across 10 appearances this season.
Analysis: The 22-year-old Zaccheaus wrapped up his collegiate career as the No. 2 all-time receiver in Virginia history, but his offensive workload was extremely limited during his rookie campaign. He did play a substantial special-teams role over the latter half of the year, but his offensive snap count only exceeded 15 on one instance all season. That occasion came Week 14, when Zaccheaus played 21 offensive snaps and tore off a 91-yard catch and run during a 40-20 win against Carolina -- accounting for his first NFL score and 80 percent of his season-long yardage production in a single play.
Coach Dan Quinn said Monday that Zaccheaus and Christian Blake will fill Calvin Ridley's role in the offense now that he has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with an abdominal injury, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Zaccheaus produced an electrifying 93-yard touchdown on his first NFL reception Sunday against the Panthers, and he now figures to see a substantial increase in playing time between Weeks 15 and 17 with Ridley out of the lineup. Prior to his breakout play, Zaccheaus had served primarily as a special-teams contributor when active, playing 60-plus percent of the special-teams snaps in every game between Weeks 10 and 13, but never seeing more than 11 percent of the offensive reps. He'll be in the mix alongside Blake and Justin Hardy to scoop up Ridley's target share in Week 15, when the Falcons take on San Francisco's No. 1 pass defense.
Zaccheaus hauled in one of two targets for 93 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 40-20 win against Carolina.
Analysis: It surely can be said that Zaccheaus' first NFL reception was memorable, as his catch and run provided Atlanta with its longest play from scrimmage all season. The rookie's monstrous gain culminated in a 93-yard score to provide Atlanta with a three-possession lead at the 6:30 mark of the third quarter, as the Falcons coasted to a 20-point win and a season sweep over its NFC South rival. Though his final fantasy output in Week 14 may be eye-catching, Zaccheaus' offensive involvement hasn't been near the requisite level to make him a trustworthy start just yet.
Zaccheaus was unable to bring in his only target of Thursday's 26-18 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Zaccheaus has been getting six or seven offensive snaps per game over his last four contests, but Thursday was the first time that Matt Ryan looked the rookie's way. As his snap total didn't increase, it would be a stretch to say that his first target had too much to do with Julio Jones' (shoulder) absence, but it certainly helped. Next up is a Carolina team that is undergoing some shakeups with the firing of head coach Ron Rivera, but Zaccheaus should not be on your radar.
Zaccheaus was an offensive standout during the Falcons' inter-squad scrimmage Sunday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The undrafted rookie out of Virginia is making a push for a depth role in the Falcons receiving corps, as he's been one of the more impressive pass-catchers in the early stages of training camp beyond starters Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu. Initially a running back when he began his career with the Commodores in 2015, Zaccheaus evolved into a wideout by his senior year and racked up 93 receptions for 1,058 yards and nine touchdowns while playing in one of college football's most competitive conferences. Justin Hardy is all but assured the No. 4 receiver job in addition to serving as the primary punt returner, but the No. 5 spot is up for grabs between incumbent Russell Gage, Zaccheaus and fellow rookie Marcus Green.
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