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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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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
Source: ESPN.com

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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.
Source: NFL.com
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

Devonta Freeman rushed eight times for 26 yards and caught one pass for four yards in Sunday's Week 13 win over the Cardinals.

Despite some Sunday morning speculation that Freeman's role would be expanded in this one, Steven Jackson (18 touches) remained featured and Jacquizz Rodgers (seven touches) was also heavily involved. Freeman isn't going to be freed until next season.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 07:19:00 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed five times for seven yards in Atlanta's Week 12 loss to the Browns.

He was held without a catch in the passing game. Freeman has exceeded 10 touches one time all season. Even with Antone Smith (leg) lost for the year, Freeman is not on the re-draft radar.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 05:25:00 PM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects Devonta Freeman to see more touches in the wake of Antone Smith's season-ending broken leg.

Smith broke his leg last week. Freeman saw six carries -- his second-highest total of the season -- against the Panthers. He's the clear No. 2 to Steven Jackson, but Jackson has pulled ahead as the top dog in Atlanta's backfield. Smith wasn't getting more than 2-4 touches per game before his injury anyway. Don't expect a drastic uptick in Freeman's workload. There's no standalone appeal.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 09:16:00 AM

Devonta Freeman rushed for 28 yards on six carries in Atlanta's Week 11 win over Carolina.

Freeman has pulled ahead as the clear No. 2 back to Steven Jackson, but Jackson is still dominating the touches in the Falcons' backfield. Freeman won't come into fantasy relevance unless Jackson goes down.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 05:20:00 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed for 16 yards on three carries in the Falcons' Week 10 win over the Bucs.

Freeman added one catch for minus-two yards. He, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Antone Smith continue to split the limited touches behind starter Steven Jackson. Freeman is well off the re-draft radar unless Jackson goes down with an injury.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 05:11:00 PM

Devonta Freeman carried three times for five yards and caught a seven-yard touchdown pass against the Lions Week 8.

Freeman capped of an impressive opening drive with a seven-yard touchdown catch, but did not see the ball very often after that as Steven Jackson dominated the running back touches. Freeman could see an expanded workload if Antone Smith (neck) is forced to miss any time, but he is not worth rostering in redraft formats. Through eight games Freeman is on pace for 512 total yards and two touchdowns.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 01:34:00 PM

Devonta Freeman managed 20 yards on two carries and caught five passes for 17 yards in the Falcons' Week 7 loss to Baltimore.

Freeman continues to play ahead of Antone Smith, presumably because the Falcons have a fourth-round pick invested in Freeman and nothing invested in Smith. As a rotational back in a four-way committee that also involves Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers, Freeman offers no value in re-draft leagues.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 05:39:00 PM