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Devonta Freeman | Running Back

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/15/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 206
College: Florida State
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Fourth-round rookie Devonta Freeman remains the No. 4 back on the Falcons' "unofficial" Week 1 depth chart.
Freeman rushed 32 times for 134 yards (4.18 YPC) and a touchdown in the preseason, adding 11 catches for an additional 146 yards. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 1 running back. In other words, his depth-chart placement is likely ceremonial. Jacquizz Rodgers has firmly established he's a poor NFL backup, while Antone Smith is a 29-year-old (this month) change-of-pace back. Freeman is the most sensible and highest-upside handcuff for Steven Jackson. Sep 2 - 4:33 PM

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Devonta Freeman got just one series with the first-team offense during Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

With Steven Jackson (hamstring) sidelined, Jacquizz Rodgers started and Antone Smith was the primary change-of-pace back. Freeman got a few snaps with Matt Ryan, and then racked up an eight-touch, 44-yard night with the backups. The fourth-round rookie now has 20 carries for 92 yards and six catches for 101 yards this preseason, showing far more juice than any of the backs playing ahead of him. We'd expect Freeman to climb the depth chart sooner rather than later, making him worth a stash in most formats.
Aug 23 - 11:12 PM

Devonta Freeman had six carries for 29 yards in the Falcons' second preseason game Saturday night.

He added one catch for 11 yards. Freeman was the No. 3 running back though Atlanta's rotation with Steven Jackson sidelined. He saw time with the first-team offense in the second quarter, and had a better game than Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith. Freeman has now put together two impressive performances after going off for 107 total yards in Atlanta's preseason opener. It's only a matter of time before he moves ahead of both Rodgers and Smith on the depth chart.
Aug 16 - 11:22 PM

Devonta Freeman is listed as the No. 4 running back on the Falcons' most recent "unofficial" depth chart.

It's not surprising after Freeman operated as the No. 3 back in last Friday's preseason opener — ostensibly No. 4 since Steven Jackson was sitting out — but still disappointing. We still think it's just a matter of coaches motivating a rookie. The Falcons can't possibly want to turn back to Jacquizz Rodgers as their No. 2, while Antone Smith is a soon-to-be 29-year-old COP back. Freeman has some climbing to do, but should be up to the challenge.
Aug 12 - 6:54 PM

Falcons fourth-round pick Devonta Freeman was the No. 3 back through Atlanta's rotation in Friday night's preseason opener.

His depth chart slot was disappointing, albeit expected after a slow start to camp. Freeman's performance wasn't. He parlayed ten carries into 50 yards, and took a reception 57 yards to finish with 107 all-purpose despite opening the game behind Quizz Rodgers and Antone Smith. Freeman is a good bet to pass both before the season, particularly if he maintains this level of productivity. The Falcons want to see more from Freeman as a pass blocker. He'll continue to get opportunities with Steven Jackson (hamstring) out indefinitely.
Aug 8 - 10:22 PM

Falcons OC Dirk Koetter believes fourth-round RB Devonta Freeman is "coming along fine," but has been just "OK" in pass protection.

"I think that’s the biggest adjustment for a running back going from college to the NFL," Koetter said. "He had a great college career but teams try to test rookie running backs. ... There’s a learning curve. He’s on the right track." Blitz pickup is annually the biggest challenge for rookie backs, but Freeman was an able pass protector at Florida State. If he shows well in the preseason, he could have a huge Week 1 role with Steven Jackson's (hamstring) status up in the air.
Aug 7 - 2:16 PM

Fourth-round RB Devonta Freeman is listed as the Falcons' No. 4 running back on their initial depth chart.

Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith check in at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, behind Steven Jackson. It's hard to tell if it's simply the Falcons giving Rodgers the veteran edge because other rookies are sprinkled in on the first and second teams throughout the depth chart. Coaches recently called Rodgers the team's best pass protector. Freeman has a hill to climb, but should run circles around Rodgers in game action.
Aug 5 - 3:38 PM

Falcons RBs coach Gerald Brown said Devonta Freeman is "going to be a really good receiver for us."

Freeman has reportedly shown "flashes" of every-down ability so far in camp, something we're watching very closely. Steven Jackson, already over the hill and a poor candidate to make it through the season, is currently sidelined by a multi-week hamstring pull. Note that Rotoworld's NCAA prospect guru Josh Norris was especially high on Andre Ellington and Zac Stacy last year. This year, his No. 1 running back in the draft was Freeman.
Jul 31 - 9:12 AM

Coach Mike Smith said fourth-round RB Devonta Freeman needs to work on his pass protection.

"He’s got great vision, he’s got great stop-and-start ability," Smith said. "The big thing that he needs to work on is the ability to work in pass protection because we ask our backs to do a lot." Freeman showed well in pass protection at Florida State, but this is the NFL. Once he gets it down, Freeman should start eating into Steven Jackson's workload on passing downs and could potentially take over lead-back duties in 2015. He's drawn some Shane Vereen comps.
Jun 4 - 4:41 PM

Falcons signed fourth-round RB Devonta Freeman to a four-year contract.

Freeman is already turning heads in Atlanta, reportedly showing off soft hands and playmaking ability during the Falcons' rookie minicamp. Those skills along with his blocking ability should allow Freeman to contribute early as the pass-catching back in OC Dirk Koetter's pass-heavy scheme. A change of pace back is not all Freeman will be limited to, though. Despite his smallish size, Freeman possesses lead-back upside and could unseat the quickly diminishing Steven Jackson as early as this season. He is an excellent value pick in both re-draft and Dynasty formats.
May 22 - 8:41 PM

After watching the Falcons' three-day rookie minicamp, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls RB Devonta Freeman "a keeper."

Freeman reportedly "caught the ball with his hands and showed a great burst of speed." The Florida State product is off to a fine start as he battles for reps behind a rapidly declining Steven Jackson, who will turn 31 in July. Freeman, who projects to get another boost once he shows off his pass-protection chops with the pads on, will be a value pick in both re-draft and Dynasty formats.

Falcons fourth-round pick Devonta Freeman is Rotoworld's No. 4-ranked Dynasty rookie running back.

Rotoworld's Evan Silva has Freeman behind only Bishop Sankey (Titans), Carlos Hyde (49ers), and Terrance West (Browns). Deeming him a "Shane Vereen-type talent," Silva believes Freeman is a perfect fit for Falcons OC Dirk Koetter's offense, as a pro-ready pass blocker and smooth receiver. GM Thomas Dimitroff recently suggested Atlanta sees Freeman as a future "lead back." Silva's full Dynasty Rookie Rankings are accessible at the link below.
May 13 - 8:35 PM

Falcons coach Mike Smith and GM Thomas Dimitroff confirmed that they see feature back potential in Devonta Freeman.

"I think if you look at his size, the first thing that comes to your mind is he may be a change-of-pace back. That is not the case," Smith said. Freeman, 5'8/206, brings excellent pass protection chops and an underrated inside running resume to Atlanta. He's going to get reps directly behind Steven Jackson this year and has an excellent chance to be a No. 1 runner by 2015. "He has the ability to tote the rock as a lead back," Dimitroff said.
May 12 - 12:40 PM

Falcons selected Florida State RB Devonta Freeman with the No. 103 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Freeman (5-foot-8, 206) was a timeshare back throughout his college career, rushing 404 times for 2,255 yards (5.58 YPC) and 30 touchdowns across three seasons. He added 47 receptions and is an impressive pass blocker on film. Freeman ran 4.58 at the Combine with a 9-foot-10 broad jump. A decisive, one-cut mover who runs better inside than his size indicates, Freeman projects as an NFL platoon back with a chance to develop into the lead part of a committee. On tape, he reminds of Shane Vereen or a bigger Darren Sproles. Freeman should prove to be an upgrade on Jacquizz Rodgers and could develop into the top dog in Atlanta before long. Steven Jackson is entering his age-31 season.
May 10 - 12:14 PM

Florida State RB Devonta Freeman clocked unofficial forty times of 4.50 and 4.53 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Freeman isn't a burner at 5'8/206, but has quality tape with impressive acceleration. He's also this year's second best pass-protecting back, behind only West Virginia's Charles Sims. It's why we believe Freeman has a chance to play early in his NFL career, even if he's a mid-round pick. Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris has pegged Freeman as this year's version of Andre Ellington.
Feb 23 - 3:31 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matt Ryan
2T.J. Yates
3Sean Renfree
RB1Steven Jackson
2Jacquizz Rodgers
3Antone Smith
4Devonta Freeman
GLB1Steven Jackson
2Jacquizz Rodgers
3RB1Steven Jackson
2Jacquizz Rodgers
FB1Patrick DiMarco
WR11Julio Jones
2Devin Hester
3Courtney Roby
4Drew Davis
WR21Roddy White
2Harry Douglas
3Eric Weems
4Bernard Reedy
WR31Harry Douglas
TE1Levine Toilolo
2Bear Pascoe
K1Matt Bryant