Russell Gage

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #83
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #83
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Russell Gage News

Moving south to Tampa

The Buccaneers and Gage agreed to terms of a contract Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Gage is coming off back-to-back productive seasons in Atlanta in which he totaled at least 66 catches and 770 yards and exactly four touchdowns per year. He'll kick off the upcoming campaign as the No. 2 wide receiver in Tampa Bay behind Mike Evans due to Chris Godwin's ongoing recovery from a Week 15 ACL tear. Considering Godwin may not be healthy for a good portion of the season, Gage should be on the receiving end of numerous passes per game from Tom Brady.

Mar 15, 2022 11:13 AM EST

Explosive performance in finale

Gage caught nine of 13 targets for 126 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Gage posted his most receptions and yards since since Week 13 (11 catches for 130 yards) and caught his third touchdown of the season -- his first since Week 15. The 25-year-old slot receiver took over as Matt Ryan's favorite target when Calvin Ridley (personal) left the team in Week 7, registering 61 receptions for 742 yards and four touchdowns in the final 12 weeks of the season. The fourth-year pro is set to become a free agent this offseason and will likely garner interest around the league after registering 1,556 yards and eight touchdowns over his last two seasons (30 games).

Jan 10, 2022 9:08 AM EST

50-yard effort in loss

Gage brought in three of five targets for 50 yards in the Falcons' 29-15 loss to the Bills on Sunday.

Analysis: Gage co-led the Falcons in receptions on a very modest day for the Atlanta's passing attack while checking in second in receiving yardage to Kyle Pitts. The veteran wideout now has at least 50 receiving yards in five of the last six games going into the Week 18 finale versus the Saints.

Jan 2, 2022 4:22 PM EST

Four catches in modest performance

Gage brought in four of five targets for 39 yards in the Falcons' 20-16 win over the Lions. He also lost a fumble.

Analysis: The veteran gave way to Kyle Pitts as the linchpin of the pass-catching corps for the week, but Gage still checked as a distant runner-up to the rookie tight end in receptions, receiving yards and targets. Gage has no fewer than four catches in six consecutive games going into a Week 17 road matchup agains the Bills.

Dec 26, 2021 4:40 PM EST

Stays hot with third TD this year

Gage had eight receptions (11 targets) for 91 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-13 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: Gage continued his recent run of success with another strong fantasy outing. The veteran wideout is averaging 7.3 receptions and 86.8 receiving yards with two total touchdowns over the last four weeks, establishing himself as Atlanta's top receiving option after Calvin Ridley's (personal) mid-season departure. Gage will look to keep this hot streak rolling against the Lions next Sunday.

Dec 19, 2021 5:55 PM EST

Team leader in receiving yards

Gage secured four of six targets for 64 yards in the Falcons' 29-21 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Gage's receiving yardage total paced the Falcons on the afternoon and served as his fourth straight useful fantasy performance. The veteran's numbers were nowhere near as spectacular as his Week 13 output of 11 receptions for 130 yards, but he's now logged at least six targets in four straight contests and at least 62 receiving yards in three consecutive. Gage's next opportunity to build on his encouraging run comes in Week 15 against the 49ers on the road.

Dec 12, 2021 2:50 PM EST

Standout effort in loss

Gage brought in 11 of 12 targets for 130 yards in the Falcons' 30-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran lit up his old team repeatedly throughout the afternoon, leading to career-best reception and receiving yardage totals. Gage has been productive in multiple games this season, but he's also had a trio of catchless efforts that help render him one of the more unpredictable wideouts around the league. Nevertheless, Gage has now posted at least five grabs in three consecutive contests, giving him plenty of momentum ahead of a Week 14 visit to the Panthers for an NFC South clash.

Dec 5, 2021 2:57 PM EST

Productive in Week 12 win

Gage caught six of seven targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 21-14 win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: Gage put Atlanta ahead 21-3 with a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter, doubling his season touchdown total. He also led the team in targets, catches and receiving yards. If Calvin Ridley (personal) remains on the reserve/non-football injury list, Gage will continue to work as the Falcons' de facto No. 1 wide receiver in Week 13 against the Buccaneers.

Nov 28, 2021 1:47 PM EST

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

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