Justin Hardy
Justin Hardy
27-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Atlanta Falcons
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Ever since he was acquired with an early fourth-round pick during the 2015 draft, it seemed possible that Hardy could one day develop into the go-to slot receiver for Atlanta. His production at East Carolina was absolutely insane, as he put up per-year averages of 108 catches, 1,300 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns between his sophomore and senior campaigns. As a pro, he hasn't been granted the requisite playing time to unleash his talent, with the first-round selection of Calvin Ridley in 2018 usurping Hardy's ascendance to an integral offensive role. Aside from an uninspiring rookie showing, Hardy has been extremely efficient with the opportunities he's been afforded, posting a catch rate over 67 percent and a touchdown rate of 16.4 percent in 48 appearances since 2016. Barring any unforeseen developments during training camp, Hardy will be chalked in as Atlanta's No. 4 option at receiver as well as the primary punt returner. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $895,000 contract with the Falcons in March of 2019.
Sticking with Falcons
WRAtlanta Falcons
March 21, 2019
The Falcons re-signed Hardy on Thursday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
A four-year veteran, Hardy has played a bit role at receiver for the Falcons, totaling 76 catches (on 118 targets) for 751 yards and nine touchdowns in 41 games. He does hold some sway as a returner, but the signing of Kenjon Barner indicates Hardy will have competition for those spots on the depth chart in 2019.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Justin Hardy's 2018 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
7.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.51
 
% Team Air Yards
2.2%
 
% Team Targets
3.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
5.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
66.7%
 
Drop Rate
4.8%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.4
 
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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2018 Justin Hardy Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Justin Hardy's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
192 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.56 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.21 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.63 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.5 in
 
Broad Jump
114 in
 
Bench Press
11 reps
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
32.13 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Though he has never eclipsed 21 receptions in any of his three NFL seasons, Hardy has been notably efficient with the opportunities that have been afforded to him, ranking second among Falcons wide receivers with a catch rate of 68.3 percent since 2016. Taylor Gabriel's departure to Chicago during free agency boded well for a Hardy breakout campaign. That is, until the Falcons selected Alabama star receiver Calvin Ridley with the 26th overall pick in this year's draft. Still, in a high-flying offense that finished eighth in the league with 249.4 passing yards per game last season, Hardy is liable to put up a couple double-digit outings in standard scoring formats.
Despite finding the end zone four times in 2016, many people expected more out of Hardy last season. In the pass-happy offense, fantasy owners hoped Hardy would be the beneficiary of the extra attention being paid to Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. However, it was Taylor Gabriel who stepped into that role, and he found the end zone seven times. Hardy is entering his third season, so there's still time for him to find his stride and be a regular contributor to this offense, but with so many weapons, it's unlikely that Hardy will see much more than a few targets per game. He could also end up having extra value on special teams with the departure of Eric Weems.
When Roddy White was released in early March, it appeared that Hardy would become the de facto starter across from Julio Jones, but the Falcons decided to make a move and sign Mohamed Sanu during free agency just a few days later. Sanu is now expected to handle the second wide receiver duties, while Hardy likely will be moved to the slot. Hardy can certainly be efficient in that role, and there's little reason to think he won't improve on a 21-catch, 194-yard rookie season.
Nobody has caught more balls (387) in FBS history than Hardy (who the Falcons selected with their fourth-round pick in this year’s draft) did in his four years at East Carolina. Few doubt Hardy’s talent, but he steps into an offense with two solid starters and a group of receivers looking to prove their worth. Julio Jones and Roddy White are the Week 1 starters, but Hardy has the opportunity to move into the third receiver slot with an effective preseason. That said, he’ll need to beat out Devin Hester - who tallied more than 500 yards last season - and Leonard Hankerson, who signed with the Falcons on a one-year deal this offseason. If he can beat out the pair, the rookie wideout could blossom into a nice receiving threat similar to the Packers’ Davante Adams in his 2014 rookie campaign.
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Plays reduced role in 2018
WRAtlanta Falcons
January 20, 2019
Hardy produced 14 receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns over 16 games in 2018.
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Scores for second consecutive week
WRAtlanta Falcons
December 16, 2018
Hardy caught all three of his targets Sunday, accumulating 29 receiving yards and one touchdown during a 40-14 victory against the Cardinals.
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Records first touchdown of 2018
WRAtlanta Falcons
December 10, 2018
Hardy caught three of four targets, compiling 30 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 34-20 loss to Green Bay.
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Targeted twice against Saints
WRAtlanta Falcons
November 27, 2018
Hardy caught one of two targets for six yards during Atlanta's 31-17 loss to New Orleans on Thanksgiving.
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Targeted once in loss
WRAtlanta Falcons
November 13, 2018
Hardy caught his only target, a 7-yard gain, during Sunday's 28-16 loss to Cleveland.
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