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The Falcons traded away WR Mohamed Sanu after Week 7, and Gage promptly took over in the slot. He played no more than 22% of the snaps in any game with Sanu around, then jumped to 57% in the 1st game after the trade.
Gage also beat Sanu’s target share after the trade. Sanu garnered 14.4% of Falcons targets over his 7 contests. Gage consumed 16.8% over the final 9 contests. Losing Calvin Ridley for 3 games, Austin Hooper for 3 games and Julio Jones for 1 game in that stretch certainly didn’t hurt.
Gage didn’t do anything special with his opportunities, averaging just 9.1 yards per catch and 6.0 yards per target. His 7.23-yard average depth of target -- according to Pro Football Focus -- ranked 6th-shortest among all wideouts. Gage’s 3.29 yards after catch per reception ranked just 90th at the position.
Volume should remain on his side. The Falcons have finished OC Dirk Koetter’s 4 seasons as the 7th, 1st, 3rd and 1st most pass-heavy offense. And the Falcons’ 2020 schedule looks like it’ll only encourage passing. According to Warren Sharp’s analysis of Vegas win projections, Atlanta heads into the year with the league’s toughest slate.
There could yet be some upside to Gage’s game. He has only been playing WR since 2016, after spending his first 2 LSU seasons on defense. Gage logged just 21 catches as a senior, while averaging 8.3 yards on 28 carries. He then delivered a 4.42-second 40 at the Combine, along with above-average marks in the vertical and broad jump.
We’ll see if there’s any Gage buzz this summer. Until then, though, we’ll treat him as a less-proven Mohamed Sanu. You can consider Gage late in a PPR draft for reception upside.
|Sep 27, 2020||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||Gage was ruled out for the rest of Week 3's game versus the Bears due to a head injury. He was available for the next game|
|Sep 3, 2020||NFL||Inguinal Groin Strain Grade 2||Gage missed some time as he was limited at Falcons' practice due to a groin injury. He was available for Week 1 game|