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Matt Ryan has had no shortage of targets to throw to during his NFL career. From the likes of Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez, to Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, he has always had playmakers on the receiving end of his passes.
This year, Jones has been in and out of the lineup, which has led to the emergence of yet another potential target in Russell Gage.
Gage has had a somewhat inconsistent season, but Ryan does still seem to have faith in targeting him when he needs to. In Week 1, he had nine receptions for 114 yards on 12 targets. Then, from Week 2 to Week 12, he had 36 receptions for 357 yards and one score. Not bad, but his usage decreased. Partially due to Jones being in the lineup.
From Week 13 to 15, Gage went for 14 receptions for 201 yards and two scores. He even threw for a touchdown in that time.
Ryan has started leaning on Gage a bit more again, and even if Jones plays, he is still worth an add and start in Week 17 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In Week 15, Gage had a solid game against the Buccaneers when he saw 10 balls thrown his way and he hauled five of those in for 68 yards and a touchdown. Overall, Tampa has had a difficult time defending opposing receivers.
Gage probably borders that boom or bust range, which means he is a gamble. Although, that gamble should be worth it in Week 17.