Ricky Ortiz

Atlanta Falcons
Running Back #44
Atlanta Falcons
Running Back #44

Ricky Ortiz News

Done in New Orleans

The Saints waived Ortiz on Sunday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Ortiz appeared in one game with the Saints last season, but he wasn't able to stick with the team through training camp. He could receive some interest around the league as a reserve fullback.

Aug 2, 2020 5:01 PM EST

Inks deal with 53-man roster

Ortiz signed with the Saints' active roster Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Zach Line (knee) is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers, so Ortiz is being brought in to possibly fill a starting fullback role. It could be a one-game NFL stint for Ortiz if Line gets healthy before the playoffs, however.

Dec 28, 2019 1:58 PM EST

Tries out for Niners

Ortiz (ankle) worked out with the 49ers on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 49ers are looking to find a placeholder for Kyle Juszczyk, who is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks with a sprained MCL. After the tryout, however, coach Kyle Shanahan announced Ortiz wouldn't be signed, according to David Lombardi of The Athletic.

Oct 9, 2019 3:18 PM EST

Let go with injury settlement

Ortiz (ankle) was waived with an injury settlement by the Falcons on Monday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Ortiz appeared in 12 games for Atlanta last season but picked up the ankle injury last week and now heads to free agency. The Falcons opted to sign Keith Smith to serve as the team's fullback.

Sep 2, 2019 12:58 PM EST

Misses practice Sunday

Ortiz (ankle) was unable to suit up for Sunday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It's unclear how the veteran picked up the injury, but it's serious enough to force him out of practice. The team could hold Ortiz out of preseason action if they want to preserve him from further injury, but that remains to be seen.

Aug 25, 2019 12:25 PM EST

Collects third reception of 2018

Ortiz hauled in his only target, picking up four receiving yards during Sunday's 24-10 win against the Panthers.

Analysis: The 24-year-old fullback picked up his ninth career start Sunday, registering his third catch of the year late in the third quarter, as Matt Ryan found him for a four-yard gain on a drive that culminated in a 44-yard Mohamed Sanu touchdown catch. After beating out Daniel Marx and Luke McNitt for the starting role in training camp, Ortiz has been seldom utilized by the Falcons over the course of the season, playing on 11 percent of the team's offensive snaps and 17.9 of the special teams snaps. Atlanta wraps up a disappointing 2018 campaign against a Buccaneers defense that ranks 23rd in yards allowed per game (414.3) and 30th in scoring defense (28.7 points per game against).

Dec 24, 2018 7:29 AM EST

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