Russell Gage
Russell Gage
25-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Atlanta Falcons
Inactive
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 10/3/2021
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.
Ruled out for Week 3
WRAtlanta Falcons
Ankle
September 24, 2021
Gage (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at the Giants, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Gage was injured during the Falcons' Week 2 loss to Tampa Bay and didn't practice at all this week. He's been targeted just nine times on 57 routes this year, catching five passes for 28 yards while playing 60.4 percent of snaps. Gage's absence should free up more playing time for Olamide Zaccheaus -- and possibly Christian Blake or Tajae Sharpe -- but none is likely to see a high volume of targets in a struggling Atlanta offense that has largely focused on Calvin Ridley, Kyle Pitts and the running backs so far.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Russell Gage's 2021 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
12.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.28
 
% Team Air Yards
6.5%
 
% Team Targets
11.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
2.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
55.6%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.2
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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11811%
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Giants pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Sunday, Sep 26th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
100.1
 
Cornerbacks
85.0
 
Safeties
91.7
 
Linebackers
139.4
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Not spotted at Friday's practice
WRAtlanta Falcons
Ankle
September 24, 2021
Gage (ankle) wasn't seen during the early portions of Friday's practice, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
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DNP on Thursday
WRAtlanta Falcons
Ankle
September 23, 2021
Gage (ankle) was held out of practice Thursday, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official site reports.
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Misses another practice
WRAtlanta Falcons
Ankle
September 23, 2021
Gage (ankle) wasn't spotted at Thursday's practice and is set to go down as a non-participant on the Falcons' official report, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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No practice reps Wednesday
WRAtlanta Falcons
Ankle
September 22, 2021
Gage (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday.
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Dealing with ankle issue
WRAtlanta Falcons
Ankle
September 22, 2021
Head coach Arthur Smith noted Wednesday that Gage (ankle) would be very limited at practice this week, Matt Urben of the USA Today reports.
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