Justin Hardy
Justin Hardy
28-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Justin Hardy in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $895,000 contract with the Falcons in March of 2019.
Leaving Atlanta
WRFree Agent
March 16, 2020
Hardy won't re-sign with the Falcons, instead becoming an unrestricted free agent Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
ANALYSIS
The 2015 fourth-round pick played 73 games for Atlanta the past five seasons, landing between 22 and 36 targets each year. Hardy's ability to contribute on special teams should make it easy enough for him to find a new job at the bottom of a depth chart, but he isn't likely to land a significant role on offense.
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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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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.
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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Posts 40 yards receiving in finale
WRAtlanta Falcons
December 31, 2019
Hardy caught all three of his targets for 40 receiving yards during Sunday's 28-22 overtime win against the Buccaneers.
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Targeted once in win
WRAtlanta Falcons
December 24, 2019
Hardy was unable to haul in his only target of Sunday's 24-12 win over Jacksonville.
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Logs 19-yard catch in Week 14 win
WRAtlanta Falcons
December 9, 2019
Hardy hauled in his only target for a 19-yard gain during Sunday's 40-20 win against the Panthers.
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Likely to lose snaps Week 14
WRAtlanta Falcons
December 6, 2019
Hardy is expected to be in line for a reduced role offensively with Julio Jones (shoulder) cleared to play Sunday against the Panthers following a one-game absence, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
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Complementary piece in Week 13 loss
WRAtlanta Falcons
November 28, 2019
Hardy caught all three of his targets for 28 receiving yards during Thursday's 26-18 loss to the Saints.
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