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Devonta Freeman | Running Back

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/15/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 206
College: Florida State
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According to ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini, the Falcons believe Devonta Freeman is the "right" fit in first-year OC Kyle Shanahan's scheme.
Russini suggests Freeman could be headed for a "big year." Russini makes no mention of flashy rookie Tevin Coleman, whom Atlanta drafted in the third round. Russini is a former Washington D.C.-area reporter and may have connections to Shanahan, who formerly coordinated the Redskins' offense. Most signs continue to point to a Coleman-Freeman committee in Atlanta's backfield. Jul 30 - 5:58 PM

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Devonta Freeman will open training camp as the Falcons' first-team back, ahead of third-round pick Tevin Coleman.

The linked article below discusses how Freeman believes his pass-catching ability will ultimately give him the edge on Coleman. Coleman was not a deficient receiver in college, however, and was one of the best pass-protecting backs in the 2015 draft class. Freeman also pass protected well at Florida State, but struggled mightily there as a rookie. Coleman offers a far-higher ceiling in fantasy, but we don't see Freeman fading away.
Jul 30 - 11:26 AM

ESPN’s Vaughn McClure reports Devonta Freeman "has the edge" to start over rookie Tevin Coleman.

The Falcons gave Freeman first-team reps throughout OTAs, and McClure believes Freeman's more-natural receiving ability has placed him in front for now. Freeman will enter training camp as the slight favorite to start, but will face heavy pressure from more-talented Coleman. Ultimately, this looks like a backfield committee and potential 50:50 split. If Coleman's ADP stays in the sixth round, he'll be a worthy upside flex pick with low-end RB1 upside in run-game guru Kyle Shanahan's zone scheme.
Jun 20 - 6:51 PM

Coach Dan Quinn said Devonta Freeman will be "featured in a lot of different ways," including as a receiving option.

"He’s tough," Quinn added. "He’s got great quickness. He’s a factor for sure." Quinn stopped just short of naming Freeman the starter, but it's clear he's a couple steps ahead of rookie Tevin Coleman. Coleman should still be a factor on game days, as Freeman isn't equipped to handle more than 15 touches per game.
Jun 19 - 10:36 AM

Devonta Freeman opened minicamp as the Falcons' first-string tailback.

He also opened OTAs as the starter. This is expected treatment of a veteran over a rookie, but Tevin Coleman is going to give Freeman a serious run for his money in training camp, and we'd ultimately expect Coleman to win. New Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan has been very willing to utilize RBBCs before, however. The Atlanta beat writers expect Freeman and Coleman to share time this year.
Jun 16 - 5:17 PM

Devonta Freeman opened Falcons OTAs as the first-string tailback.

Rookie Tevin Coleman ran with the twos. Freeman best projects as a role-player back, and was likely given the first-team nod out of veteran deference. In Kyle Shanahan's historically productive zone-run scheme, Coleman versus Freeman versus Antone Smith will be one of fantasy's top camp battles to watch.
May 26 - 6:01 PM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure believes Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman will see "equal reps" in a two-back system.

It is unlikely Coleman and Freeman finish the season in a perfect timeshare, but it make sense for Atlanta to let their two young backs duke it out in training camp and early in the season. As the hand-picked back of the current regime, Coleman should be seen as the favorite to win the lion's share of the work, but his questionable fit in OC Kyle Shanahan's scheme could make his transition to the NFL difficult. A more natural fit in a zone-blocking scheme, Freeman could earn a bigger role than anticipated in training camp, especially if Coleman struggles.
May 23 - 9:16 AM

Devonta Freeman is expecting the Falcons to use a multi-back system this season.

The Falcons are a great bet to improve their run game under new OC Kyle Shanahan. The question is who will be getting the carries. Expect Freeman, third-round rookie Tevin Coleman and home-run hitter Antone Smith to all be in the mix. We'd give Coleman the edge for a majority share right now based on natural talent, but exact roles will be sorted out through competition.
May 4 - 12:16 PM

When asked if Devonta Freeman was ready to become the Falcons' feature back, GM Thomas Dimitroff said, "no question."

We figured as much after Steven Jackson was handed his walking papers on Thursday. Freeman showed flashes as a rookie, producing 248 yards on the ground and another 225 through the air. Atlanta is going to be a pass-first offense as long as Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are running the show, but Freeman should still have plenty of opportunities to contribute.
Feb 27 - 10:09 AM

New coach Dan Quinn said Devonta Freeman is "tailor-made" for Falcons' scheme.

GM Thomas Dimitroff, OC Kyle Shanahan and now Quinn have all raved about undersized Freeman. "My first impression: I can feel the quickness," Quinn said. "In our outside zone scheme I thought this is tailor-made for a guy who can really explode off the edge. I love this guy's competitive spirit." Steven Jackson is likely gone, but Atlanta will add running back talent in the draft. Still, Freeman's arrow is pointing up heading into his second NFL campaign.
Feb 20 - 8:21 AM

Falcons GM Thomas believes Devonta Freeman can be the team's feature back.

Dimitroff's comments come nine days after new OC Kyle Shanahan said he "loved" Freeman as a prospect. Freeman played as small as his 5-foot-8 frame suggested as a rookie, but he checks in at over 200 pounds, and has plenty of juice. Although 2014 suggested he might be best utilized as a COP back, there's still a chance Freeman would run with bell-cow duties if given the opportunity. He's definitely a better bet for the Falcons than Steven Jackson.
Feb 19 - 3:52 PM

New OC Kyle Shanahan said he "loved" RB Devonta Freeman when evaluating him as an NFL prospect last year.

Shanahan offenses are annually effective in the run game -- it's merely a question of who will be doing the running. The in-house candidates right now are dead-legged Steven Jackson and Freeman, who looked more like a passing back than a feature runner as a rookie. But if Shanny sees it differently and installs Freeman as his horse, there will be major statistical upside here. The Falcons backfield will be one of fantasy's bigger offseason storylines.
Feb 10 - 12:18 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed six times for 13 yards in the Falcons' Week 17 loss to the Panthers, adding two catches for three yards.

It was a disappointing output in a game Steven Jackson (quad) was inactive. Jacquizz Rodgers got the start and managed 63 total yards. Freeman wraps up his rookie season with 248 yards and one touchdown on 65 carries (3.81 YPC) and a 30-225-1 receiving line. Jackson is likely to be cut in the offseason and Rodgers is a free agent. That leaves Freeman atop the depth chart. But he didn't show enough to have the job handed to him. The Falcons will surely bring in bodies to compete. They need an infusion of talent all over the roster.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 09:14:00 PM

The Atlanta Journal-Sentinel expects Jacquizz Rodgers -- not Devonta Freeman -- to handle the "bulk of the carries" in Week 17 against the Panthers.

Quizz is also expected to start. We're betting on a 60:40 or 55:45 split between Rodgers and Freeman, with Rodgers playing a bit more and handling a few more touches. Freeman offers more upside because he has more big-play ability, but in a season-long league neither would be considered more than a flex option.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 03:27:00 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed five times for 36 yards and a touchdown Week 16 against the Saints, adding 3 catches for 48 yards.

Freeman busted through a seam on the right side of the Falcons' line, made the safety miss and raced 31-yards to the house to give the Falcons a 20-7 lead in the third quarter. It was probably the most impressive run by a Falcons back this season, but the coaching staff still limited Freeman's touches even with Steven Jackson (quad) sidelined. Jacquizz Rodgers averaged 2.6 yards per carry on 11 totes. Freeman could have a decent role against the Panthers Week 17 if Jackson is forced to miss.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:14:00 PM