Russell Gage
Russell Gage
25-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Atlanta Falcons
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Since the Falcons dealt Mohamed Sanu in the middle of the 2019 season, Gage has operated as the team's primary slot man. Last year, Gage established new personal bests in targets (109), receptions (72), yards (786) and TDs (four) in 16 games. His most consistent run of production came over the final four contests, which coincided with Julio Jones sitting out with a hamstring injury. Though Jones has expressed a desire to be traded, Atlanta thus far has shown no motivation to honor that request, so, for now, Gage remains third on the depth chart behind Jones and Calvin Ridley. Perhaps more than Jones' status, 2021 fourth overall pick Kyle Pitts - touted as one of the best tight end prospects in history - will influence Gage's outlook, with both working in the short and intermediate range. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $2.46 million contract with the Falcons in May of 2018.
Set for starting role
WRAtlanta Falcons
June 10, 2021
Gage will likely find himself in a key role in the passing game in 2021 following the departure of Julio Jones, Scott Blair of the Falcons' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Gage broke out for a career-best 72 catches for 786 yards and four touchdowns on 109 targets in 2020, all career-best outputs through three seasons. He could have a chance to surpass those outputs as a full-time starter this season alongside Calvin Ridley, although the addition of Kyle Pitts figures to draw some targets away from the wide receiver position.
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How do Russell Gage's 2020 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
57.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.21
 
% Team Air Yards
17.4%
 
% Team Targets
18.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
8.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
65.5%
 
Drop Rate
8.2%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.0
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
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Atlanta FalconsFalcons 2020 WR Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
#% of Team Snaps

82273%
76268%
46842%
30827%
27525%
18116%
595%
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
Gage emerged as a playmaker in the second half of the 2019 season, when he was promoted to the No. 3 slot in the receiving corps following Mohamed Sanu's trade to New England on Oct. 22. The third-year man out of LSU could pay dividends as a late-round pickup for invested fantasy GMs, with all signs indicating that he will remain the third wide receiver for a Falcons offense that last season finished behind only Tampa Bay and Dallas in passing yards per game (294.6). He came into his own by averaging five receptions per game between Weeks 8 and 17, and he may become even more involved this season considering the possibility of a tight end downgrade going from Pro Bowler Austin Hooper to unproven Hayden Hurst. What's more, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter gave a recent nod to his young receiver during virtual OTAs, noting Gage's talent and that he'll "see a jump in his game."
The ultra-athletic Gage got an audition at receiver in 2018 after Atlanta's playoffs hopes disintegrated with a 4-9 start. His workload remained relatively minimal, but Gage proved to be somewhat efficient, hauling in six of 10 targets. What was surprising was his inability to produce explosive gains with those touches, as he accumulated 10.5 yards per catch, a stark drop-off from his 13.6 YPC average during his senior year at LSU. In a best-case scenario, Gage will fully overtake Justin Hardy for the No. 4 receiver job, while continuing to play a key role on special teams. Gage fielded 63.6 percent of the special teams snaps last year for the Falcons, recording seven tackles while serving as one of the primary gunners on punts.
The rookie out of LSU has been featured all over the field since the Falcons selected him in the sixth round of April's draft. He started off taking snaps at cornerback during rookie minicamp in May and then transitioned over to wide receiver during minicamp and training camp, while also seeing reps on special teams coverage. Gage is highly unlikely to break the top four on the depth chart at either receiver or cornerback, leaving him with the opportunity to pursue playing time as a member of the Falcons special teams coverage unit. Though he possesses a slight frame of 6-foot, 180 pounds, Gage boasts blazing speed as exemplified by his 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds at LSU's pro day. He has a long way to go in terms of polishing his skill set to become an offensive or defensive starter, but Gage's track team-caliber speed could lead to him locking down a gunner position on punt coverage.
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Lights up Bucs in finale
WRAtlanta Falcons
January 3, 2021
Gage corralled nine of his 11 targets for 91 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Buccaneers.
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Held to 23 receiving yards
WRAtlanta Falcons
December 28, 2020
Gage secured four of five targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 17-14 loss to Kansas City.
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Notches TD in big first-half effort
WRAtlanta Falcons
December 20, 2020
Gage caught five of 10 targets for 68 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Buccaneers.
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Contributes in multiple facets
WRAtlanta Falcons
December 13, 2020
Gage secured five of seven targets for 82 yards, adding a 39-yard touchdown pass during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Chargers.
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Secures team's lone receiving TD
WRAtlanta Falcons
December 6, 2020
Gage hauled in four of eight targets for 51 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 21-16 loss to New Orleans.
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