Russell Gage

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

Set for starting role

Gage will likely find himself in a key role in the passing game in 2021 following the departure of Julio Jones, Scott Blair of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Gage broke out for a career-best 72 catches for 786 yards and four touchdowns on 109 targets in 2020, all career-best outputs through three seasons. He could have a chance to surpass those outputs as a full-time starter this season alongside Calvin Ridley, although the addition of Kyle Pitts figures to draw some targets away from the wide receiver position.

Jun 10, 2021 8:33 AM EST

Lights up Bucs in finale

Gage corralled nine of his 11 targets for 91 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Calvin Ridley outpaced Gage by one in the targets department, but the former LSU Tiger Gage prevailed over his Crimson Tide teammate in establishing team-highs in both catches and receiving yards. Gage proved himself to be a productive option with Julio Jones (hamstring) unavailable for the final quarter of the regular season, totaling 23 catches for 264 yards and two receiving TDs while adding a 39-yard passing score to Ridley during a Week 14 loss to the Chargers. Gage's season-long totals of 72 receptions, 786 yards and five total TDs all represent career bests as he enters his fourth year under contract with the Falcons in 2021.

Jan 3, 2021 3:07 PM EST

Held to 23 receiving yards

Gage secured four of five targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 17-14 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Gage equaled Hayden Hurst for second in targets behind Calvin Ridley's team high of nine, but he was held under 50 receiving yards for the first time over his past four outings. The 24-year-old has established himself as a high-floor fantasy option of late with four or more catches in four straight games, adding two receiving scores and a 39-yard passing touchdown between Weeks 13 and 15. Sunday's outing, however, represented his second-lowest receiving total since Week 5. The Falcons will now face off against the Buccaneers to close out 2020, an opponent against whom Gage accumulated five catches for 68 yards and a TD when the rivals last played Dec. 20.

Dec 28, 2020 5:50 AM EST

Notches TD in big first-half effort

Gage caught five of 10 targets for 68 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Gage delivered an impactful opening drive, pulling in a 27-yard catch on a deep post before notching his fourth score of the season by virtue of a five-yard catch the very next play. The third-year wideout now finds himself in the midst of a three-game TD streak after throwing a 39-yard TD to Calvin Ridley during last Sunday's loss to the Chargers. With seven or more targets in each of his past three appearances, Gage's anticipated volume for Week 16 may largely hinge on whether Julio Jones (hamstring) can return to the lineup.

Dec 20, 2020 2:11 PM EST

Contributes in multiple facets

Gage secured five of seven targets for 82 yards, adding a 39-yard touchdown pass during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Gage logged four-plus receptions and 50 or more receiving yards for a second consecutive outing, but his long TD pass to Calvin Ridley was the piece de resistance. Gadget-play TDs such as these may come few and far between for Gage, but regardless of the route taken, the 24-year-old delivered for those who relied on him in fantasy playoff matchups. A Week 15 matchup against Tampa Bay provides for an encouraging forecast, as the Buccaneers have surrendered the ninth-most receiving yards to opposing WRs.

Dec 13, 2020 6:48 PM EST

Secures Atlanta's lone receiving TD

Gage hauled in four of eight targets for 51 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 21-16 loss to New Orleans.

Analysis: Julio Jones' return to the lineup from a hamstring injury did not deplete Gage's role, as the third-year man logged more targets, receptions and receiving yards than he did Week 12 against the Raiders while Jones was inactive. Gage also secured his first receiving TD since Week 2, bringing an end to the 24-year-old's nine-game scoring drought. With eight-plus targets in two of his past three outings, he remains the third WR option for the Falcons heading into a Week 14 matchup at the Chargers.

Dec 6, 2020 4:34 PM EST

Hauls in three passes

Gage corralled three of his five targets for 34 receiving yards during Sunday's 43-6 win against the Raiders.

Analysis: Gage earned his fourth start of the 2020 campaign while Julio Jones (hamstring) missed Atlanta's Week 12 matchup because of injury. The third-year wideout from LSU finished tied for third on the team in targets behind Calvin Ridley (nine) and Hayden Hurst (eight), but he was held under 25 receiving yards for the third time in his past four outings. If Jones is able to make it back for a Week 13 matchup against the Saints, Gage would slide back to the No. 3 position in the receiving corps. He reeled in seven of a season-high 12 targets for 58 receiving yards when the Falcons and Saints last met Nov. 22.

Nov 30, 2020 11:19 AM EST

Second-leading receiver in loss

Gage caught seven of a team-high 12 targets for 58 receiving yards during Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: With Julio Jones beleaguered by a hamstring issue from the second quarter on, Gage reached the double-digit threshold in targets for the first time since Week 1. The LSU product started the season promisingly by recording 15 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown Weeks 1 and 2, but entering Sunday he had averaged just 31.3 receiving yards per game with zero scores in seven appearances since. Gage has garnered six-plus targets in three of his past four games as the Falcons prepare to host Las Vegas in Week 12.

Nov 22, 2020 9:24 PM EST

Two catches in win over Broncos

Gage secured two of his six targets for 11 receiving yards during Sunday's 34-27 win against Denver.

Analysis: Gage attracted six-plus targets for the second time in three weeks as Calvin Ridley (foot) sat Week 9 against the Broncos, though he was only able to convert a third of his looks into receptions. Atlanta boasts the third-most prolific passing offense in the NFL thus far in 2020, but Gage possesses just two outings of more than 26 receiving yards since Week 2. The emergence of Olamide Zaccheaus, who recorded four receptions, 103 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos, has potential to mitigate Gage's involvement as the second half of the regular season progresses.

Nov 10, 2020 4:16 PM EST

Cleared for Week 9

Gage (shoulder/knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Broncos, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Gage closed out the week with a full practice, following limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday. The Falcons should have some targets up for grabs if Calvin Ridley (foot) isn't able to play, but Ridley's absence won't necessarily impact the slot-based Gage when it comes to playing time. Christian Blake replaced Ridley last week.

Nov 6, 2020 12:45 PM EST

Limited at practice Thursday

Gage (shoulder/knee) was limited at Thursday's practice, Tori McElhaney of The Athletic reports

Analysis: Gage has contended with a number of injuries this season, including a concussion and the aforementioned shoulder and knee issues. He's still managed to play at least 50 percent of the snaps on offense in six of eight games, and he may be called upon for more this Sunday against the Broncos with Calvin Ridley unable to practice due to a mid-foot sprain. Having said that, Gage will need to get past his own injury first in order to do so.

Nov 5, 2020 1:53 PM EST

Puts in limited practice

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

Analysis: Meanwhile, Calvin Ridley was unable to practice due to a mid-foot sprain suffered last Thursday at Carolina, a development that may open up some reps for Gage if the former is forced to miss some time. Since opening the season with 15 catches (on 21 targets) for 160 yards and one TD in the first two games, Gage has only surpassed 50 receiving yards in four of the last six contests. Assuming he can get past his own health concerns, he'll look to get back on track Sunday against the Broncos.

Nov 4, 2020 12:30 PM EST

Quiet night in win over Panthers

Gage reeled in two of his three targets for 25 receiving yards during Thursday's 25-17 win against Carolina.

Analysis: Gage had gotten on track Weeks 6 and 7 against Minnesota and Detroit by producing 10 combined receptions for 119 yards, but with a quiet performance Thursday night the third-year receiver had now been held under 30 receiving yards in four of his past six outings. Calvin Ridley (ankle) had to exit the divisional win midway through the second quarter due to injury, but thankfully X-rays have come back negative. If Ridley's subsequent MRI has a less favorable outcome, however, Gage would likely be in line for an enhanced workload Week 9 against the 2-4 Broncos.

Oct 30, 2020 7:54 AM EST

Set to play Thursday

Gage (knee) doesn't have a designation for Thursday's game in Carolina.

Analysis: Gage logged a limited offensive snap count (32 percent) during Sunday's loss to the Lions, marking the second time in seven contests in which he didn't earn at least 60 percent. Still, he made an impression in the box score, with six receptions (on seven targets) for 54 yards. Gage's practice reps were capped Monday through Wednesday due to a knee injury stemming from Week 7, so it remains to be seen if a similar fate awaits him Thursday.

Oct 28, 2020 2:50 PM EST

Activity limited in practice

Gage (knee) was a limited participant during Tuesday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Gage's knee issue resulted in his activity being restricted for the second straight day, but the Falcons thus far haven't suggested that his availability for Thursday's game against the Panthers is in any peril. Though the injury played a part in Gage playing only 32 percent of the offensive snaps in the Falcons' Week 7 loss to the Lions, the slot specialist still managed six receptions for 54 yards on seven targets.

Oct 27, 2020 1:39 PM EST

Listed as limited

Gage (knee) was listed as limited on Monday's practice estimation, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Gage left Sunday's 23-22 loss to the Lions for a spell, but was able to return to action. In the process, he ended up hauling in six of his seven targets for 54 yards, while logging 24 of a possible 75 snaps on offense. We'll get a better idea of Gage's status for Thursday night's game against the Panthers once the Falcons take the practice field Tuesday.

Oct 26, 2020 2:39 PM EST

Another solid effort in Week 7

Gage caught six of his seven targets for 54 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-22 loss to Detroit.

Analysis: Julio Jones led the way for Atlanta with nine targets, but Gage landed in a three-place tie for second in that department alongside Calvin Ridley and Hayden Hurst. Gage managed just two receptions and 21.3 receiving yards per game Weeks 3 through 5, but he's rebounded over his past two appearances by producing 10 combined receptions for 119 yards. Operating within an Atlanta passing attack that has thrown the ball at least 36 times in every game this season, Gage remains a viable deep-league fantasy play as the No. 3 WR option. His Week 8 matchup is less than enticing however, as he'll face a Panthers defense Thursday night that has surrendered the third-fewest receiving yards to opposing wideouts.

Oct 25, 2020 10:40 PM EST

Back in action

Gage (knee) returned to Sunday's game against the Lions, Jeff Schultz of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gage suffered the knee injury on the first offensive drive but returned to action in the third quarter. He'll slot in as the No. 3 wide receiver behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley for the remainder of the game.

Oct 25, 2020 12:05 PM EST

Heads to locker room

Gage was forced out of Sunday's game versus the Lions with a knee injury, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Gage rolled up awkwardly on his own leg on the Falcons' first offensive drive, but he was able to walk under his own power to the locker room. Olamide Zaccheaus is expected to operate as the No. 3 wide receiver behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley for the time being.

Oct 25, 2020 10:26 AM EST

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.

Oct 18, 2020 9:24 PM EST

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