33-Year-Old Linebacker – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
There was no outlook written for Stephen Nicholas in 2016. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
2016 ADP: –
Stephen Nicholas Contract Information:
Released by the Falcons in February of 2014.
The Falcons have released Nicholas, ESPN.com reports.
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Stephen Nicholas: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Stephen Nicholas.
If Nicholas can stay healthy the whole year, he should break out in 2013. He was well on his way last year before an ankle injury kept him on the bench in Week 6, and other bumps and bruises limited his snap counts in other games. But Nicholas finished the year with 95 stops in just 877 snaps, adding two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. The Falcons run a disproportionate number of nickel formations and don't trust fellow linebacker Akeem Dent in passing situations, leaving Nicholas and Sean Weatherspoon with a monopoly on most of the snaps and many of the tackle opportunities.
Nicolas will start opposite Sean Weatherspoon at outside linebacker for the Falcons. Last season Nicolas was hampered by a knee injury that cost him six games, but he comes into 2012 with a clean bill of health. He should see a spike in tackles with the departure of Curtis Lofton.
Nicholas passed Mike Peterson on the depth chart, and will start at weakside linebacker this season. Peterson racked up 79 tackles as the starter last season, and it's safe to assume Nicholas will put up a similar tackle total.
Nicholas started 13 games and recorded 55 tackles in 2009 and he enters this season as the starter on the strongside. Curtis Lofton hogs all the tackles but Nicholas should improve on his numbers if he can hold off rookie Sean Weatherspoon.
Nicholas is a former fourth round pick who figures to start at strong-side linebacker after posting just nine total tackles as a backup last year. Expect Curtis Lofton and Mike Peterson to hog all the tackles.
Nicholas is a good reserve linebacker who could get IDP consideration pending an injury, but may be a year or two from a chance at a starting spot.
Nicholas was selected in the fourth round of this April's draft. The Falcons are pretty set with their starting linebackers, but they really like Nicholas' speed at the position and he could steal some playing time if Demorrio Williams has any setbacks with his torn pectoral muscle. However, if Williams is healthy, Nicholas will likely see most of his action on special teams.