2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Versatile Snelling set to help Falcons at RB, FB

By CHARLES ODUM - AP Sports Writer
    2013-09-20 19:01

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - There's a good reason Jason Snelling has stuck around for seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons despite starting only five games in that span.

Snelling's value is his versatility, a strength which again became a key after the Falcons were hit with a rash of injuries this week. Fullback Bradie Ewing separated his left shoulder and was lost for the season. Running back Steven Jackson hurt his hamstring and was lost for at least one game.

Once again, it's Snelling to the rescue.

Snelling may split time with Jacquizz Rodgers at running back and may also play fullback when Atlanta plays at Miami on Sunday. He said he'll be ready to fill in at both positions.

``I've always taken pride on being able to be a guy who can do most of the things and do it when called upon and not just doing them but doing them well,'' Snelling said Thursday. ``I think that has helped me stay around and keep a job in this league.''

In 2009, when Michael Turner missed time with an ankle injury, Snelling set career highs with 613 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Snelling made two starts at fullback last season and helped at the position in last week's 31-24 win over the Rams.

``I thought he did a nice job and Jason has done that in the past when we've had injuries at the fullback position,'' said Falcons coach Mike Smith.

Rodgers was the first substitute at running back after Jackson's injury in last week's win over the Rams, but Snelling had the Atlanta's only rushing touchdown, an 11-yard run. Snelling added a key 22-yard reception late in the game.

Rodgers may be the starter at running back against the Dolphins but he's expecting help from Snelling.

``We're going to split carries,'' Rodgers said. ``We're going to split time.''

Snelling, 29, may start at fullback if the Falcons open with a two-back set.

``It's a show-me league,'' Snelling said. ``I feel like I have a resume in the past I've been able to get the job done when I've been called upon. I know my coaches and teammates have confidence in me as well as Jacquizz to come in and perform, because we need it.''

Antone Smith, known for his special teams play, is the third option at running back.

``Those guys all have their different strengths and weaknesses,'' said Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. ``None of them are the same as Steven but they all have something to offer. I thought Jason and Jacquizz stepped up when Steven went out after seven plays. I thought those guys stepped up in a big way, Jason at tailback and fullback. I expect they'll do the same this week.''

Tight end Tony Gonzalez said the Falcons already proved they can win without Jackson at running back.

``You saw last week during the game what happened,'' Gonzalez said. ``Steven went out early. Those guys came in and I think they filled in nicely. The game is not too big for them. They've been through this before, especially a guy like Snelling who has been around for a while.''

The Falcons lost two other starters this week. Defensive end Kroy Biermann (torn Achilles) also is lost for the season. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (foot) will miss two months.

The team may be without left tackle Sam Baker (knee, foot) and cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh).

The Falcons signed fullback Patrick DiMarco from their practice squad this week. He played in five games with four starts with Kansas City last year.

---

AP NFL site: http://pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Richard RodgersJul 1 05:03p

Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers could see more playing time in 2015, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Rodgers played 528 snaps, while fellow TE Andrew Quarless played [ More ]

Rob HouslerJun 30 03:13p

Cleveland Browns TEs Gary Barnidge, Rob Housler and Jim Dray could all end up taking over for TE Jordan Cameron, who is now with the Miami Dolphins. Head coach [ More ]

Sam BradfordJun 29 05:22p

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) is expected to be in the final phase of his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament once training camp begins. Bradford's second [ More ]

Charles JohnsonJun 29 02:02p

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson appears to have everything it takes to produce in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. 'He's got great work ethic, and [ More ]

C.J. SpillerJun 28 09:02p

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller has a perfect skill-set for head coach Sean Payton's system, which relies on getting the ball to players in space, according Chris Wesseling [ More ]

Tony MoeakiJun 25 07:12p

Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Moeaki will compete with TE Jacob Tamme for the Falcons' starting tight end job during training camp. QB Matt Ryan praised both tight ends for [ More ]

Kelvin BenjaminJun 25 03:52p

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's reported weight gain this offseason is being overblown, according to general manager Dave Gettleman. Gettleman expects Benjamin to be ready to go for training [ More ]

Antoine CasonJun 25 03:03a

Free-agent CB Antoine Cason (foot) will miss the 2015 season due to surgery he underwent on Tuesday, June 23. Cason (Ravens) did not specify what type of surgery he [ More ]

Marvin JonesJun 24 09:13p

Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) did not play in 2014 due to multiple foot and ankle issues, but he is healthy and was impressive in organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp.

Keith WenningJun 24 02:43p

Free-agent QB Keith Wenning (Ravens) signed with the Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday, June 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Pierre GarconJun 24 02:23p

Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon could be featured more often in the passing game this season based on the offseason workouts. Garcon often lined up to the right of [ More ]

Martavis BryantJun 24 01:43p

Pittsburgh Steelers WRs Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant are expected to compete for the No. 2 wide receiver job during training camp. Both players performed well during offseason workouts.

Peyton ManningJun 24 11:53a

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was the subject of preliminary trade discussions with the Houston Texans, according to a source. The talks occurred before Manning restructured his deal and [ More ]

Rueben RandleJun 24 10:53a

New York Giants WR Rueben Randle was the best receiver on the field by a wide margin during spring practices, in the opinion of beat writer Jordan Ranaan. Randle [ More ]

Chris IvoryJun 24 10:43a

New York Jets RB Chris Ivory is listed as the starting running back entering training camp, according to beat writer Rich Cimini's unofficial depth chart. RB Bilal Powell is [ More ]

Devonta FreemanJun 23 10:22a

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman enters training camp ahead of RB Tevin Coleman on the depth chart.

Joseph RandleJun 23 10:02a

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle appears to be the clear leader at running back, and it's his job to lose in training camp.

Ahmad BradshawJun 22 11:32p

Free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Colts) has been suspended one game for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. If he signs with a team he must sit out for the first week.

Terrelle PryorJun 22 04:33p

Cincinnati Bengals WR Terrelle Pryor was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns Monday, June 22, according to a source.

Fred DavisJun 19 06:02p

New England Patriots TE Fred Davis was released Friday, June 19.

Dennis PittaJun 19 02:22p

Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) was not medically cleared to practice in minicamp as he continues to recover from his second dislocated and fractured hip in as many [ More ]

Isaiah CrowellJun 19 01:22p

Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell could be the workhorse back if his ball security improves, according to offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

Devonta FreemanJun 19 01:12p

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will be used in a lot of different ways, including as a receiver, according to head coach Dan Quinn. 'I knew Devonta had terrific [ More ]

Chris OgbonnayaJun 19 11:32a

Free-agent RB Chris Ogbonnaya (Giants) announced his retirement Friday, June 19.

John MoffittJun 18 11:02p

Free-agent OG John Moffitt unretired Wednesday, June 17, and cleared waivers Thursday, June 18. He is free to sign with a team of his choosing. The Philadelphia Eagles, Miami [ More ]

Terrelle PryorJun 18 09:32p

Free-agent QB Terrelle Pryor is going to give it a shot at playing wide receiver in the NFL. Some teams have already expressed an interest.

Allen RobinsonJun 18 09:22p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson was described as 'unbelievable' by QB Blake Bortles Thursday, June 18. 'He's definitely a threat now in the red zone. ... He's physical. He [ More ]

Terrelle PryorJun 18 05:32p

Cincinnati Bengals QB Terrelle Pryor was waived Thursday, June 18.

Taylor ThompsonJun 18 05:32p

Tennesse Titans TE Taylor Thompson was waived Thursday, June 18.

Matthew MulliganJun 18 04:32p

Free-agent TE Matthew Mulligan (Titans) signed an undisclosed contract with the Buffalo Bills Thursday, June 18.

Carlton MitchellJun 18 04:22p

Free-agent WR Carlton Mitchell (Buccaneers) signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, June 18. WR Shane Wynn was waived.

Daniel ThomasJun 18 04:12p

Free-agent RB Daniel Thomas (Dolphins) signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears Thursday, June 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group