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Devonta Freeman | Running Back | #24

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/15/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 206
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 4 (103) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Devonta Freeman rushed 15 times for 58 yards in the Falcons' Week 7 loss to the Chargers, adding five catches for 42 additional yards.
Freeman totaled 100 yards from scrimmage, and had some impressive shimmies, but it was a mildly disappointing effort on an afternoon where Tevin Coleman missed the bulk of the second half. Either way, Freeman continues to operate as one of the league's best, most versatile backs this season. With Coleman (hamstring) looking shaky for Week 8, Freeman could be an elite RB1 against the Packers. Oct 23 - 7:59 PM

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Devonta Freeman rushed 12 times for 40 yards in the Falcons' Week 6 loss to the Seahawks, adding three receptions for 10 additional yards.

Facing an elite run defense, Freeman didn't have many lanes. The Falcons also didn't bother rushing much as they went uptempo in the second. It was a bad day for Freeman, but hardly a concerning one. The Chargers are solid against the run, as well, but Freeman should bounce back to top-15 status at home in Week 7.
Oct 16 - 8:03 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 23 times for 88 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-5 targets for 35 yards Week 5 against the Broncos.

The per-carry stats do not look great, but Freeman was effective as the Falcons attempted to pound the ball after jumping out to a big early lead. Tevin Coleman had a bigger fantasy day on the back of his 4/132/1 line through the air, but Freeman handled the majority of the work and scored his touchdown on a one-yard plunge early in the game. Freeman faces a tough test in Seattle next week, but he has earned weekly RB2 treatment.
Oct 9 - 7:16 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 13 times for 57 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 4 win over the Panthers, adding two catches for seven additional yards.

Freeman looked shot out of a cannon all afternoon, making sick cuts and seeming to move at a different speed than the defenders trying to tackle him. His touchdown was a 13-yarder where he made a nifty cut and displayed great patience before getting to the house. Nevertheless, he out-touched Tevin Coleman just 15-11, and played only a handful more snaps. With 25 percent of the season in the books, last year's RB1 overall is on pace for 1,616 yards from scrimmage and eight total touchdowns. The latter could pick up, but the former probably won't be achievable if he remains in an even timeshare.
Oct 2 - 4:49 PM

Devonta Freeman (illness) is no longer on the injury report.

He missed Thursday's practice, but participated fully on Friday and will be all systems go for Sunday's divisional clash with the Panthers.
Sep 30 - 2:26 PM

Devonta Freeman sat out Thursday's practice with an illness.

It's just a heads up. Freeman is in zero danger of missing Sunday's game against the Panthers. It's a tough matchup, and Freeman remains in a rotation with Tevin Coleman, but he has too much upside to rank outside the RB2 area of the board.
Sep 29 - 4:31 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 14 times for 152 yards and caught 5-of-5 targets for 55 yards and one touchdown in the Falcons' 45-32, Week 3 win over the Saints on Monday night.

It was about as perfect a stat line as one can have against the Saints' not-there defense. Freeman and Tevin Coleman continued to split snaps as they had the first two weeks, but Freeman ran with anger right out of the gates. On his first carry, Freeman shoved CB Sterling Moore to the ground with a violent stiff-arm, and it only got better from there. Two of Freeman's three longest career runs came Monday night, as he broke off 36- and 48-yard gains, running through gaping holes all evening. His touchdown came on a walk-in, 13-yard swing pass. Backfield mate Tevin Coleman did have three rushing scores of his own, but Freeman owners will be extremely happy with this performance. Keep firing him up as an RB2 next week vs. Carolina.
Sep 26 - 11:40 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 17 times for 93 yards in Week 2 against the Raiders.

He was frustratingly not targeted in the passing game, while Tevin Coleman finished with 14 touches including a 13-yard rushing score. As noted last week, Freeman needs to be downgraded to a mid-range to low-end RB2 going forward due to the committee with Coleman. Freeman does have a plus matchup forthcoming against the Saints on Monday Night Football in Week 3.
Sep 18 - 7:58 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Falcons still consider Devonta Freeman their starter but believe Tevin Coleman is "just as talented."

One source told Rapsheet, "We know it's a fantasy nightmare." You can say that again. The Falcons took a committee approach in Week 1 and there's nothing to suggest that will change anytime soon. Freeman might see slightly more carries and is probably first in line for goal-line work, but Coleman is going to have an important role as well and appears to have the edge in passing-game usage. Freeman is a back-end RB2 while Coleman is in the flex conversation. Owners who invested an early-round pick on Freeman have to be regretting their decision.
Sep 18 - 10:01 AM

Devonta Freeman (quad) was a full participant at Thursday's practice.

Freeman was limited at Wednesday's session. His full participation on Thursday should erase any lingering doubt about his status for Week 2. With Tevin Coleman emerging as a real threat to his workload, Freeman will be right on the RB2/3 cutoff for Sunday's game in Oakland.
Sep 15 - 1:19 PM

Devonta Freeman (quad) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

He should be fine for Week 2 but it's something to keep an eye on. Freeman was the Falcons' workhorse last year but worked in a committee with Tevin Coleman in last week's opener. With Coleman cutting into his workload, Freeman will be a back-end RB2 against Oakland in Week 2.
Sep 14 - 4:50 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the team will continue to use both Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

"We know both these guys are going to be a factor," Quinn said. "We’re going to utilize them both." Freeman and Coleman were stuck in an almost even timeshare Week 1, with both players playing around the same number of snaps and getting almost the same number of touches. Coleman was more effective with his work, turning 13 touches into 117 yards as opposed to 40 yards on 15 looks for Freeman. The real surprise came in the passing game, where Coleman saw two more targets, but Freeman still dominated the red-zone work. With this type of split likely to continue, Freeman is no better than an RB2 and Coleman has standalone FLEX value moving forward.
Source: ESPN
Sep 13 - 10:43 AM

Devonta Freeman managed 20 yards on 11 carries and caught 4-of-4 targets for 20 yards in the Falcons' Week 1 loss to Tampa Bay.

He only narrowly out-snapped Tevin Coleman 36 to 32, and Coleman logged 13 touches compared to Freeman's 15. Most concerningly, Coleman out-gained Freeman 117 to 40 on a lesser workload and was highly active and effective in the passing game, where Coleman turned five targets into 95 yards including several chunk-play checkdown receptions. Freeman needs to be downgraded to a mid-range to low-end RB2 for the time being. The Falcons visit Oakland next.
Sep 11 - 5:36 PM

Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan said the team will "go with the guy who's hot" at running back this season.

"Whoever's rolling with it, you stick with him," said Shanahan. "When they need a break, the other guy comes in. You try to keep them both fresh to see how it pans out at the end of the game." While ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure said he still considers Freeman the "workhorse," Shanahan's words suggest otherwise. Coleman lost the starting job to Freeman after suffering a rib injury last season but now he's back and ready to cut into Freeman's workload. With Coleman nipping at his heels, Freeman projects as more of an RB2 going forward.
Sep 9 - 10:29 AM

Devonta Freeman rushed five times for eight yards in Thursday's preseason game, catching 2-of-3 targets for 10 yards.

Freeman out-touched Tevin Coleman 7-4, but the duo played the same number of first half snaps (15). Freeman is going to be the lead back, but both the Falcons' actions and words have made it clear they envision a big role for Coleman. Freeman is just a lower-end RB1 coming off last year's breakout campaign. He finishes the preseason with 14 carries for 59 yards (4.21 YPC) and tonight's two grabs.
Aug 25 - 10:09 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matt Ryan
2Matt Schaub
RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
GLB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
FB1Patrick DiMarco
WR11Julio Jones
2Justin Hardy
3Taylor Gabriel
WR21Mohamed Sanu
2Aldrick Robinson
3Eric Weems
WR31Justin Hardy
TE1Jacob Tamme
2Levine Toilolo
3Austin Hooper
4Joshua Perkins
LT1Jake Matthews
2Tom Compton
LG1Andy Levitre
2Wes Schweitzer
C1Alex Mack
2Mike Person
RG1Chris Chester
2Ben Garland
RT1Ryan Schraeder
K1Matt Bryant