Russell Gage

Atlanta Falcons
Wide Receiver #83
Atlanta Falcons
Wide Receiver #83
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Russell Gage News

Paces pass catchers in loss

Gage brought in five of eight targets for 49 yards in the Falcons' 25-0 loss to the Patriots on Thursday night.

Analysis: Gage led the Falcons in receptions, receiving yards and targets, although considering the team netted all of 125 passing yards, those numbers didn't add up to much from a fantasy perspective. The veteran possession receiver was at least able to bounce back from his second catchless effort over the previous three games in Week 10, sending him into a favorable Week 12 road battle against the Jaguars a week from Sunday with some momentum.

Nov 18, 2021 8:58 PM EST

No receptions in blowout loss

Gage did not record a reception on three targets in Sunday's 43-3 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Gage appeared to be on pace for a solid game when he made an impressive leaping catch on a deep ball in the first quarter, but Dallas challenged the ruling and the potential big play was overturned as the ball slightly grazed the turf. The 25-year-old only saw two more targets before the Falcons mailed it in for what turned out to be a blowout loss. Olamide Zaccheaus had two receptions for 22 yards on seven targets, so Gage's inconsistent play this year may have moved him down the target pecking order in Atlanta. He will try to get back on track against a tough Patriots defense this upcoming Thursday.

Nov 14, 2021 2:11 PM EST

Seven catches in Week 9 win

Gage caught seven of eight targets for 64 yards in Sunday's 27-25 win over New Orleans.

Analysis: Gage is working as Atlanta's top option at wide receiver with Calving Ridley on the non-football injury list. He caught all six of his first-half targets for 55 yards but didn't play much of a role in the second half, as slot receiver Olamide Zaccheaus (two touchdowns) and the versatile Cordarrelle Patterson (126 receiving yards) led the Falcons' passing attack. Gage set a season high in catches here and has eclipsed 60 receiving yards twice in his last three games heading into a Week 10 matchup with the Cowboys.

Nov 7, 2021 2:59 PM EST

In clear for Week 9

Gage (groin) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Gage was limited by the groin injury in the Falcons' first Week 9 practice Wednesday, but the team never seemed to have much concern about his health heading into Sunday's game in New Orleans. His ability to take every rep Thursday clears the way for him to suit up this weekend, when Gage should profile as one of the top options in the passing game sans Calvin Ridley (personal), who will remain out for a second straight contest while he takes time away from football to focus on his mental health. Ridley's absence didn't pay any immediate dividends for Gage in the Falcons' Week 8 loss to the Panthers; despite playing 34 of the team's 50 offensive snaps (68 percent), the slot receiver failed to draw a single target.

Nov 4, 2021 12:27 PM EST

Dealing with groin issue

Gage was limited at Wednesday's practice by a groin injury, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Gage and Tajae Sharpe led Falcons wide receivers with respective 68 percent snap shares this past Sunday against the Panthers without Calvin Ridley, who missed his second game of the season due to personal reasons. The result was no targets for Gage, while Sharpe paced Atlanta with 58 yards receiving on five catches and six targets. Now, Gage is tending to a health concern, which could inhibit his viability in the short term.

Nov 3, 2021 1:12 PM EST

Not targeted in loss

Gage played 36 offensive snaps but didn't record any stats during the Falcons' 19-13 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Gage came off a three-game absence to produce a solid performance (four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown) against the Dolphins in Week 7. However, in Week 8, he tied Tajee Sharp with 36 offensive snaps -- most among wideouts -- but was held without a target. With Calvin Ridley (personal) out for an unspecified amount of time, Gage is expected to see high snap totals, but his production is likely to be sporadic.

Nov 1, 2021 2:27 PM EST

Scores in return from injury

Gage (ankle) brought in four of six targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' 30-28 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: Gage made a splashy return from a three-game absence due to an ankle injury, sharing runner-up status in receptions and coming in second in receiving yardage on the day for the Falcons. Gage also found the end zone for the first time this season on a 49-yard scoring grab that appeared to unfold due to a blown coverage early in the third quarter. Now apparently back to full health, Gage will look to continue serving as a dependable No. 2 receiving option for Matt Ryan in a Week 8 divisional home matchup against the Panthers.

Oct 24, 2021 3:20 PM EST

Avoids injury report

Gage (ankle) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Gage hasn't played since Week 2 due to an ankle injury, but due to a Week 6 bye for the Falcons it appears that he'll only miss three games as a result. He wasn't very efficient in his two appearances this season, with five catches (on nine targets) for 28 yards. Gage will join Calvin Ridley in the lineup Sunday at Miami after the latter missed Atlanta's last game in London due to a personal issue.

Oct 20, 2021 12:42 PM EST

Returns to practice Monday

Gage (ankle) was back at practice Monday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Gage missed the last three games with an ankle injury, but it appears the bye week was beneficial for him, as he has returned to practice ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Dolphins. Matt Ryan has relied heavily on his running backs and tight ends with Gage and Calvin Ridley (personal) sidelined, but he may have his top two wideouts available for the first time since Week 2. Gage caught five of seven targets for 28 yards during his last healthy outing.

Oct 18, 2021 10:38 AM EST

Won't play Sunday

Gage (ankle) won't travel to London for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow wide receiver Calvin Ridley (personal), which sets the stage for Olamide Zaccheaus and Tajae Sharpe to lead the Falcons' Week 5 WR corps, with Christian Blake and Frank Darby in reserve.

Oct 7, 2021 10:42 AM EST

Not practicing Thursday

Gage (ankle) wasn't present for the open portion of Thursday's practice and is expected to go down as a non-participant on the Falcons' official report, Michael Rothstein of reports.

Analysis: With back-to-back absences at practice to begin Week 5 prep, Gage is trending toward missing a third straight contest Sunday against the Jets. While Gage was out the past two weeks, Olamide Zaccheaus was the primary beneficiary for added reps at receiver, while Hayden Hurst also benefited with head coach Arthur Smith using more two tight end sets featuring Hurst and Kyle Pitts.

Oct 7, 2021 7:02 AM EST

Misses practice again

Gage (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Michael Rothstein of reports.

Analysis: He's in danger of missing a third straight game when the Falcons take on the Jets on Sunday. Olamide Zaccheaus has been filling in as the No. 2 receiver for Atlanta.

Oct 6, 2021 1:40 PM EST

Ruled out again

Gage (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Washington, John Keim of reports.

Analysis: Though he hasn't been placed on injured reserve, Gage appears in danger of missing three or more games. He's now missed two in a row, and hasn't practice at all during that team. Last week, Olamide Zaccheaus filled in as Atlanta's No. 2 receiver, catching three of six targets for 32 yards and a TD while playing 69 percent of snaps in a win over the Giants.

Oct 1, 2021 11:05 AM EST

Not yet back practicing

Gage (ankle) didn't participate in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: After the ankle injury kept him from playing in the Week 3 win over the Giants, Gage remains a spectator as the Falcons prepare for Sunday's matchup with Washington. The slot receiver will likely need to turn in a full practice Friday to have a good shot at suiting up this weekend.

Sep 30, 2021 1:00 PM EST

Still not practicing

Gage (ankle) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Gage has had an ignominious start to the campaign, following up a catch-less season opener by injuring his ankle Week 2, when he hauled in five of seven passes for 28 yards. He likely will need to get on the practice field in some capacity to be considered a candidate to return to action. While Gage remains sidelined, Olamide Zaccheaus and Tajae Sharpe figure to have larger roles in the Falcons offense.

Sep 29, 2021 1:34 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 3

Gage (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at the Giants, Michael Rothstein of reports.

Analysis: Gage was injured during the Week 2 loss to Tampa and didn't practice at all this week. He's been targeted just nine times on 57 routes this year, catching five passes for 28 yards while playing 60.4 percent of snaps. Gage's absence should free up more playing time for Olamide Zaccheaus -- and possibly Christian Blake or Tajae Sharpe -- but none is likely to see a high volume of targets in a struggling Atlanta offense that has largely focused on Calvin Ridley, Kyle Pitts and the running backs so far.

Sep 24, 2021 9:39 AM EST

Not spotted at Friday's practice

Gage (ankle) wasn't seen during the early portions of Friday's practice, Michael Rothstein of reports.

Analysis: Gage was unable to practice Wednesday and Thursday due to the ankle injury, and it appears he's headed for another absence Friday. The 25-year-old's availability for Sunday's matchup with the Giants is severely in question.

Sep 24, 2021 8:43 AM EST

DNP on Thursday

Gage (ankle) was held out of practice Thursday, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Gage has yet to take the practice field this week as he tends to an ankle injury stemming from Week 2. Friday's session and subsequent injury report from the team will be telling for the fourth-year wide receiver's availability for Sunday road game against the Giants. If Gage is sidelined or limited this weekend, Olamide Zaccheaus, Tajae Sharpe and Christian Blake are on hand to fill in next to Calvin Ridley.

Sep 23, 2021 12:52 PM EST

Misses another practice

Gage (ankle) wasn't spotted at Thursday's practice and is set to go down as a non-participant on the Falcons' official report, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Gage's ankle injury also kept him from practicing Wednesday, so he'll likely need to get on the field in some capacity Friday to avoid being ruled out ahead of Sunday's game against the Giants. If Gage ends up sitting out the Week 3 matchup, Tajae Sharpe could be the next man up to step in as Atlanta's top option out of the slot.

Sep 23, 2021 10:16 AM EST

No practice reps Wednesday

Gage (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Coach Arthur Smith told Michael Rothstein of on Wednesday that Gage will be quite limited this week due to the ankle injury he suffered Week 2 in Tampa Bay, but "there's always a chance" the wide receiver does enough to play Sunday against the Giants in New York. Meanwhile, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network termed Gage week-to-week due to his injury, with Friday appearing to be the day that he'll test out his ankle. If Gage requires an absence Week 3, he'll cede reps at wide receiver to Olamide Zaccheaus, Tajae Sharpe and Christian Blake next to the team's No. 1 target Calvin Ridley.

Sep 22, 2021 1:43 PM EST

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