Justin Hardy
Justin Hardy
26-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Atlanta Falcons
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $2.82 million contract with the Falcons in May of 2015.
Participating in team drills
WRAtlanta Falcons
August 1, 2018
Hardy (shoulder) is participating in team drills during training camp, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Hardy, who underwent minor shoulder surgery in January, has gradually worked his way back to full strength and is taking first-team reps on kickoffs alongside Marvin Hal in addition to seeing action with the first-team offense in team drills during training camp. He's probably the frontrunner in the mix to be the top backup behind Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley, but Hardy is unlikely to see enough playing time to be of fantasy consideration.
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Depth Chart Status
Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    20
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    25
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
291
220
2017
383
191
2018
20
25
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other WRs)

Height:   5' 10"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   192 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.56 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   4.21 sec
AVERAGE
Cone Drill:   6.63 sec
ELITE
Arm Length:   32.13 in
AVERAGE
Hand Length:   10.00 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   37 in
GOOD
Broad Jump:   114 in
POOR
Bench Press:   11 reps
WEAK
Atlanta Falcons Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
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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Progressing in recovery from shoulder surgery
WRAtlanta Falcons
Shoulder
May 30, 2018
Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said Wednesday that Hardy (shoulder) will likely be back to full strength by the time training camp arrives, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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Still in rehab process
WRAtlanta Falcons
Shoulder
April 17, 2018
Hardy (shoulder) appeared to be doing rehab work on a side field Tuesday, ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure reports.
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Looks to capitalize on void at receiver
WRAtlanta Falcons
Shoulder
March 4, 2018
Hardy (shoulder) could see an uptick in both targets and production now that Taylor Gabriel is likely headed to free agency.
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Undergoes minor shoulder surgery
WRAtlanta Falcons
Shoulder
January 24, 2018
Hardy recently underwent surgery on his right shoulder and is expected to recover in "a few weeks," Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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Isn't targeted in divisional-round loss
WRAtlanta Falcons
January 15, 2018
Hardy didn't have a ball thrown his way in Saturday's divisional-round loss to the Eagles.
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