Russell Gage

Russell Gage

Wide Receiver #83
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 179 lb.
Born:January 22, 1996
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 6 (194)
Draft Team:ATL

Russell Gage: Flashes in Sunday's win

Gage corralled all four of his targets for 65 receiving yards during Sunday's 40-23 win against the Vikings.

Analysis: The third-year wideout produced 15 receptions, 160 receiving yards and a touchdown during the first two weeks of the season, but he fell into a slump over his subsequent three outings. Gage exited the Falcons' Week 3 loss because of a head injury after fielding just 12 offensive snaps, and he managed just four combined receptions for 38 yards in Week 4 and 5 outings against Green Bay and Carolina. The 24-year-old bounced back in a big way against Minnesota's injury-depleted secondary, logging the fourth-best receiving total of his 37-game career. Upcoming next, Gage will face a Detroit defense that held Jacksonville to 5.1 yards per pass attempt during a Week 6 win.

October 18, 2020 9:24 PM EST

Russell Gage: Ready for Sunday

Gage (shoulder) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game at Minnesota.

Analysis: Gage figures to handle his usual role in the slot, where the Vikings have been using rookie first-round pick Jeff Gladney in recent weeks. With Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley both cleared to play, Gage is no better than third in the pecking order for targets, though it could work in his favor if the Falcons end up chasing a deficit and facing conservative coverage schemes that make it easier to throw short passes.

October 16, 2020 12:44 PM EST

Russell Gage: Limited in practice Thursday

Gage (shoulder) was listed as limited on Thursday's injury report, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Gage received 62 percent of the snaps on offense during a Week 5 loss to the Panthers, but the workload didn't show up in the box score, as he managed two catches (on five targets) for 16 yards. The performance occurred in the midst of Julio Jones (hamstring) sitting out, so Gage himself may have been inhibited by his shoulder injury. Jones has been listed as a DNP this week, and if the absence continues into Sunday's game in Minnesota, Gage could be in line for a number of targets, assuming he's active.

October 15, 2020 1:31 PM EST

Russell Gage: Nursing shoulder injury

Gage (shoulder) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Gage only caught two of five targets for 16 yards during Sunday's loss to the Panthers, while playing a season-low 62 percent of snaps (not counting Week 3, when a concussion forced him out). It appears as though the slot specialist's struggles may have been at least partially to blame on a shoulder injury, though it's encouraging that he wasn't forced to miss practice entirely. Gage will work to shed his injury designation and get fully healthy in time to face the Vikings in Week 6.

October 14, 2020 1:34 PM EST

Russell Gage: Shut down by Panthers

Gage caught two of his five targets for 16 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: The LSU product burst onto the scene at the start of 2020 with 15 receptions, 160 yards and a touchdown between Weeks 1 and 2, but he has averaged just two catches and 21.3 receiving yards per game in three appearances since. Gage suffered a concussion during Atlanta's loss to Chicago and was limited to just 12 offensive snaps in Week 3, but he has been active for every game this season. He remains listed without an injury designation heading into a Week 6 showdown against a Vikings defense that allowed 217 receiving yards and three receiving TDs to Seattle on Sunday night.

October 11, 2020 9:10 PM EST

Russell Gage: Quiet night in Green Bay

Gage hauled in two of his three targets for 22 receiving yards during Monday's 30-16 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Perhaps because he exited Atlanta's Week 3 loss to Chicago with a concussion, the third-year receiver was eased back into the mix against Green Bay on Monday night. That may explain the fact that Olamide Zaccheaus, who is typically No. 4 on the WR depth chart, tripled Gage in targets Week 4. With Julio Jones (hamstring) having exited Monday's contest because of injury, Gage may remain a top two or three wideout option for the Falcons heading into a matchup against Carolina's seventh-ranked pass defense

October 5, 2020 9:59 PM EST

Russell Gage: All set for Monday

Gage (concussion) does not carry an injury designation into Monday's matchup against the Packers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: This reinforces Gage's practice status over the past two days after the wide receiver left the Week 4 contest early with a concussion. Both Calvin Ridley (ankle/calf) and Julio Jones (hamstring) were listed as limited participants in Saturday's practice, although the fact both are considered questionable for Monday bodes well for the Falcons having their full arsenal available in the prime-time matchup.

October 3, 2020 12:39 PM EST

Russell Gage: Upgrades to full practice Friday

Gage (concussion) was a full participant in Friday's practice, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Analysis: The Falcons haven't yet announced that Gage has cleared the league's five-step concussion protocol, but it appears as though he's at least progressed to the later stages. Julio Jones (hamstring) and Calvin Ridley (ankle/calf) were both limited participants in Friday's practice, but it looks as though all three starting wideouts have a fair shot at getting healthy enough to suit up in Green Bay on Monday. Of course, Gage will need to attain full medical clearance before he's able to retake the field.

October 2, 2020 1:44 PM EST

Russell Gage: Limited in first Week 4 practice

Gage (concussion) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Gage exited the Falcons' 30-26 loss to the Bears over the weekend with the head injury, but his presence on the field in any capacity four days later indicates that he's made some progress through the NFL's concussion protocol. Along with Gage, fellow starting wideouts Julio Jones (hamstring, limited participant) and Calvin Ridley (ankle, non-participant) were on the Falcons' initial Week 4 injury report, but all three seemingly have realistic hopes of gaining clearance for Monday's game against the Packers.

October 1, 2020 1:17 PM EST

Russell Gage: Done for day

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.

Analysis: 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.

September 27, 2020 12:04 PM EST

Russell Gage: Exits Sunday's 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.

Analysis: 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.

September 27, 2020 11:08 AM EST

Russell Gage: Keeps momentum going Week 2

Gage caught six of his nine targets for 46 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 40-39 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: If Gage's involvement over the latter stages of 2019 wasn't convincing enough to consider him a legitimate fantasy pickup in drafts, certainly Weeks 1 and 2 have gone a long way towards 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 a hip injury. Of course, 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.

September 20, 2020 7:54 PM EST

Russell Gage: Huge Week 1 against Seattle

Gage corralled nine of 12 targets for a career-high 114 receiving yards during Sunday's 38-25 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: 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, as 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 in collecting 32 total catches. Gage remains with 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.

September 13, 2020 4:34 PM EST

Russell Gage: Returns to Sunday's game

Gage (head) was cleared to return to Sunday's game versus the Seahawks, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: 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.

September 13, 2020 12:08 PM EST

Russell Gage: Having head examined

Gage left Sunday's game against the Seahawks to be evaluated for a head injury, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: 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.

September 13, 2020 11:54 AM EST

Russell Gage: Puts in full practice Thursday

Gage (groin) practiced fully Thursday, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Analysis: Gage missed some time recently due to a groin injury, including being listed as limited at Wednesday's session, but the Falcons allowed to handle every rep Thursday. Now ready to face the Seahawks on Sunday, he slot in as the No. 3 wide receiver behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.

September 10, 2020 4:36 PM EST

Russell Gage: Tending to groin issue

Gage was limited at Wednesday's practice by a groin injury, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Analysis: Gage missed the Falcons' scrimmage last Thursday but was able to get back on the field for Monday's sessions. While he did the same Wednesday, he clearly still has some limitations. Fortunately, he's made appearances in back-to-back practices and had two more chances to get back to full, 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.

September 9, 2020 4:02 PM EST

Russell Gage: Returns to practice Monday

Gage (undisclosed) participated in Monday's practice, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Analysis: 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 first official injury report is released 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.

September 7, 2020 8:56 AM EST

Russell Gage: Absent from practice

Gage did not participate in Thursday's scrimmage, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Analysis: 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.

September 3, 2020 4:46 PM EST

Russell Gage: Expected to secure No. 3 WR role

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.

Analysis: 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 the recently-traded Mohamed Sanu. 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.

July 17, 2020 3:01 PM EST

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