Russell Gage

Russell Gage

26-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Questionable
Injury Leg
Est. Return 8/13/2022
2022 Fantasy Outlook
He missed three games for the Falcons early last season and then initially failed to take advantage of Calvin Ridley's absence, but Gage turned things around in November and has been on a winning streak ever since. He averaged 6.3 catches for 76.4 yards in the final eight weeks last season, which allowed him to essentially match his 2021 receiving line with two fewer games and 15 fewer targets. The 26-year-old then cashed in with a three-year, $30 million contract from Tampa Bay, where he could be Option B for Tom Brady while Chris Godwin rehabs an ACL tear. The Bucs hope to have Godwin available for Week 1 (and also signed Julio Jones in July), but there's still some chance of Gage seeing an even larger workload than he got in Atlanta, at least temporarily. The Bucs made a sizable investment, with the $15 million guaranteed in Gage's contract including half his 2023 base salary, whereas Kansas City's Marquez Valdes Scantling signed a "three-year, $30 million contract" with only injury protections beyond Year 1 and $9 million guaranteed at signing. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Buccaneers in March of 2022.
Not playing Saturday
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Leg
August 13, 2022
Gage (leg) isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Dolphins.
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Fellow wide receivers Mike Evans (hamstring), Chris Godwin (knee) and Julio Jones also won't suit up in the Bucs' exhibition opener. With Tom Brady tending to a personal matter at the moment, Tampa Bay's offense won't trot out its primary skill-position talent until next Saturday at Tennessee, at the earliest.
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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.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
62.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.49
 
% Team Air Yards
22.0%
 
% Team Targets
17.0%
 
Avg Depth of Target
9.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
70.2%
 
Drop Rate
5.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.9
 
% Targeted On Route
23.7%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.94
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
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80257%
68849%
25818%
20415%
18413%
1239%
906%
181%
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
2018
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.
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 practicing Thursday
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Leg
August 11, 2022
Gage (leg) is not participating in Thursday's practice scrimmage against the Dolphins, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
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Limps off during scrimmage
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Leg
August 10, 2022
Gage exited Wednesday's practice scrimmage against the Dolphins with an apparent left foot or ankle issue, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
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Stellar start to camp
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
July 30, 2022
Gage enjoyed another productive day at training camp Saturday, recording at least five receptions, including two touchdowns, Brianna Dix of the team's official site reports.
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Healthy as training camp opens
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
July 27, 2022
Gage, who dealt with an unspecified injury earlier in the offseason, was able to participate in the first practice of training camp Wednesday without limitations, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
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Looks primed for key role
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
June 9, 2022
Quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday that Gage will play a "very important" role in Tampa Bay's offense, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
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