Sharpe agreed to a one-year contract with the Bears on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Sharpe appeared in 15 games for Atlanta during the 2021 campaign and caught 25 of 37 targets for 230 yards and zero touchdowns. The 27-year-old figures to compete for a depth role in training camp.
May 11, 2022 5:07 PM EST
Sharpe drew two targets but failed to record a reception during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Sharpe returned from a two-game absence but remained relatively uninvolved in Atlanta's offense. In his first season with the Falcons, the fifth-year wideout hauled in 25 catches for 230 yards but didn't record a touchdown across 15 appearances. He's set to become a free agent this offseason, but it's unclear what type of market he will draw or if Atlanta will be interested in a reunion. Barring Calvin Ridley (personal) returning to the team in 2022, Atlanta will likely be in search of weapons to pair with 2021 first-round pick Kyle Pitts, so a potential return to the Falcons isn't out of the question for Sharpe.
Jan 10, 2022 12:01 PM EST
Atlanta activated Sharpe (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.
Analysis: The Falcons will get two of their key pass catchers in Sharpe and tight end Hayden Hurst back ahead of Sunday's season finale against Saints, after both sat out the Week 17 loss to the Bills upon testing positive for the virus. Before landing on the list, Sharpe had served as the primary replacement in the lineup for Calvin Ridley (personal), who left the team after Week 7 to focus on his mental well-being. In his eight appearances with Ridley out of the lineup, Sharpe cobbled together a 15-130-0 receiving line on 23 targets, production that largely kept him off the fantasy radar despite playing significant snaps in all of those games.
Jan 4, 2022 3:00 PM EST
Sharpe (illness) won't be available for Sunday's game against the Bills after the Falcons didn't activate him from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to Saturday's deadline for Week 17 roster moves, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Analysis: He's one of two key Atlanta pass catchers that will remain on the list for the Week 17 contest, joining tight end Hayden Hurst (illness). Sharpe's absence will likely allow Olamide Zaccheaus and Christian Blake to join Russell Gage in three-receiver sets, while the blocking-oriented Lee Smith will serve as the top backup to starting tight end Kyle Pitts.
Jan 2, 2022 6:11 AM EST
Sharpe (illness) has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Analysis: Sharpe, who was inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions due to a foot injury, now has to get past both that issue as well as clear COVID protocols before he can return to action. In his absence, Russell Gage and Olamide Zaccheaus are in line to head the Falcons' wideout corps.
Dec 27, 2021 2:58 PM EST
Sharpe (foot) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Analysis: It's hardly a surprise Sharpe isn't suiting up after sitting out practice this week and being labeled doubtful. Olamide Zaccheaus should be more involved in Atlanta's passing game versus Detroit in his absence.
Dec 26, 2021 8:44 AM EST
Sharpe (foot) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Analysis: Sharpe wasn't able to practice in any capacity this week while nursing the foot injury, but the Falcons haven't completely closed the door on him playing Sunday. That said, unless he shows more improvement than expected when he's re-evaluated early Sunday, Sharpe will likely wind up on the inactive list for the first time all season. Sharpe has taken on an increased role on offense since Calvin Ridley went on personal leave Week 7, but the expected absences of both players this week should clear the way for Olamide Zaccheaus to serve as quarterback Matt Ryan's top option at outside receiver, while Russell Gage works out of the slot. Kyle Pitts could also pick up more snaps while lining up out wide, which would allow him and fellow tight end Hayden Hurst to share the field more often.
Dec 24, 2021 10:52 AM EST
Sharpe (foot) didn't participate in Thursday's practice session.
Analysis: Sharpe sustained a foot injury in Sunday's loss to the 49ers and was considered day-to-day to begin the week. He'll presumably need to practice in some capacity Friday if he hopes to play Sunday against Detroit.
Dec 23, 2021 3:30 PM EST
Sharpe (foot) is considered day-to-day and won't practice Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Analysis: Sharpe suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to the 49ers, exiting early before he caught a pass. He's been working as the No. 2 receiver but without many targets, and an absence could open up more work for Olamide Zaccheaus and Christian Blake.
Dec 22, 2021 8:51 AM EST
Sharpe (foot) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the 49ers, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.
Analysis: Sharpe will be unavailable late in Sunday's matchup after he sustained a foot injury in the third quarter. He failed to haul in his lone target prior to his departure. The severity of Sharpe's injury isn't yet clear, but his next chance to return will be Dec. 26 against Detroit.
Dec 19, 2021 3:50 PM EST
Sharpe is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the 49ers due to a foot injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Analysis: Sharpe sustained his foot injury late in the third quarter Sunday, and it's not yet clear whether he'll be able to return to the contest. If he remains out, Olamide Zaccheaus and Christian Blake could see increased looks late in the game.
Dec 19, 2021 3:28 PM EST
Sharpe caught one of his two targets for seven yards during Sunday's 29-21 win over the Panthers.
Analysis: Sharpe once again took a backseat to slot man Russell Gage (four catches for 64 yards) and tight end Kyle Pitts (five catches for 61 yards). Matt Ryan also continues to rely heavily on his running backs in the passing game, as Mike Davis and Cordarrelle Patterson combined for 11 targets, seven catches and 43 yards. As long as Ridley (personal) remains away from the team, Sharpe is expected to garner plenty of snaps, but his meager production make it difficult for fantasy managers to trust him on a weekly basis.
Dec 13, 2021 12:53 PM EST
Sharpe caught three of his five targets for 10 yards during Sunday's 30-17 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Sharpe finished tied with Olamide Zaccheaus and Cordarrelle Patterson for third on the team in targets, but Sharpe's 10 receiving yards were only better than Qadree Ollison and Keith Smith. The 6-foot-2 wideout continues to operate as the No. 1 wideout while Calvin Ridley (personal) remains out, but the designation has not yielded the expected results. Matt Ryan continues to rely on slot man Russell Gage (11 receptions for 130 yards), tight end Kyle Pitts (four receptions for 48 yards) and his trio of running backs (eight receptions for 99 yards) in the pass game. As long as Ridley is away from the team, Sharpe is expected to garner plenty of snaps, but his sporadic production makes it difficult for fantasy managers to trust him on a weekly basis.
Dec 6, 2021 12:54 PM EST
Sharpe caught two of his three targets for 22 yards during Sunday's 21-14 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Sharpe continues to operate as the No. 1 wideout while Calvin Ridley (personal) remains out, but the designation has not yielded the expected results. He has caught two passes in back-to-back games, but he continues to be out-paced by slot-man Russell Gage (six receptions on seven targets) and rookie tight end Kyle Pitts (two receptions on six targets).
Nov 29, 2021 12:13 PM EST
Sharpe caught two of four targets for 21 yards during Thursday's 25-0 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Sharpe continues to operate as the No. 1 wideout while Calvin Ridley (personal) remains out, but the designation has not yielded results. The 6-foot-2 wide receiver registered his most targets, receptions and yards since Week 8, but he was still out-paced by Russell Gage, Kyle Pitts and Olamide Zaccheaus. As long as Ridley is away from the team, Sharpe is expected to garner plenty of snaps, but his sporadic production makes it difficult for fantasy managers to trust him on a weekly basis.
Nov 21, 2021 7:30 AM EST
Sharpe caught his only target for zero yards during Sunday's 43-3 loss to the Cowboys.
Analysis: Sharpe continues to operate as the Falcons' No. 1 wideout while Calvin Ridley (personal) remains out, but that designation has not resulted in increased production. Shape was out-targeted by Russell Gage, Olamide Zaccheaus and Frank Darby on Sunday and has been a non-factor in Atlanta's passing game the last two weeks. As long as Ridley is away from the team, Sharpe will likely earn plenty of snaps, but his sporadic production makes it difficult for fantasy managers to trust him on a week-to-week basis.
Nov 15, 2021 1:06 PM EST
Sharpe caught his only target for 12 yards during Sunday's 27-25 win over the Saints.
Analysis: Sharpe continues to operate as the Falcons' No. 1 wideout while Calvin Ridley (personal) remains out, but that designation has not resulted in more production, as Matt Ryan continues to rely on his running backs and tight ends in the passing game. Slot man Russell Gage led all Atlanta wide receivers in targets and yards Sunday, while Cordarrelle Patterson (six catches for 126 yards) led all pass catchers in receiving yards. As long as Ridley is not with the team, Sharpe will likely garner plenty of snaps, but his sporadic production makes it difficult for fantasy managers to trust him.
Nov 8, 2021 11:27 AM EST
Sharpe is expected to retain a regular spot in Atlanta's starting lineup Sunday in New Orleans after Calvin Ridley (personal) was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list Friday, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.
Analysis: Atlanta will also rely on a combination of tight end Kyle Pitts, running back Cordarrelle Patterson and slot man Russell Gage to handle some extra targets while Ridley is away from the team for at least the next three games, but Sharpe should be Ridley's direct replacement in the lineup. Sharpe filled in when Ridley was a surprise scratch ahead of last week's loss to the Panthers, finishing with a team-high 58 receiving yards while hauling in five of his six targets.
Nov 7, 2021 9:52 AM EST
Sharpe caught five of his six targets for 58 yards during the Falcons' 19-13 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: Sharpe was thrust into a starting role, as Calvin Ridley was absent due to personal reasons for the second time in three games. The 26-year-old Sharpe now has 158 receiving yards on the season, and 111 of those came during the two games that Ridley sat out. If Ridley remains away from the team, Sharpe will continue to be an option, but he likely will take a backseat if the star wideout returns to the team.
Oct 31, 2021 5:45 PM EST
Sharpe will start Sunday's game against the Panthers.
Analysis: Calvin Ridley was a late scratch for Sunday's contest due to a personal matter, and Sharpe will receive the start in his absence. Sharpe also started Week 5 for the Falcons and caught four of five targets for 53 yards while playing 80 percent of the offensive snaps. Russell Gage and tight end Kyle Pitts should also have increased target shares with Ridley unavailable.
Oct 31, 2021 8:48 AM EST
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