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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
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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

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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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

The Falcons want to reduce Devonta Freeman's workload, and want Freeman and Tevin Coleman "competing."

Freeman touched the ball 337 times last season, and seemed to run out of gas down the stretch. "It’s about growth," RBs coach Bobby Turner said. "Free had a good year, but I’m expecting even a better year. ... It can be even better with less carries or less catches because I’d obviously like to get Tevin more involved and that also keeps Free fresher." Coleman was one of the league's better change-of-pace backs last season, and was ticketed for a bigger role before a rib injury sidelined him as Freeman exploded. "We want them competing," Turner said. "They are very similar. ... When it comes down to it, the one difference is the flat out long speed of Tevin Coleman." Freeman should still be drafted as a low-end RB1, but has no shot at matching last year's RB1 overall finish.
Jul 11 - 2:07 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 24 times for 81 yards in the Falcons' Week 17 loss to the Saints, adding two catches for 18 yards and a touchdown.

With the 99-yard day, Freeman finishes his breakout sophomore campaign with 1,639 yards from scrimmage and 14 total touchdowns. He went for 1,061 on the ground. Freeman absolutely dominated in Weeks 3-7, but cooled off thereafter, remaining a fantasy RB1 on the back of workload instead of production. He ended up averaging just 4.01 yards per carry. Freeman is versatile with above-average quicks, but may not have shown enough to run away with bell-cow status in the Falcons' backfield for 2016. Tevin Coleman's home run ability is still worthy of a role. Freeman will begin as a fantasy RB1, but will be a strong candidate to be overdrafted.
Jan 3 - 5:44 PM

Devonta Freeman (knee) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Freeman's status isn't in doubt. Although his real-life effectiveness has waned, Freeman has continued to produce as a high-end RB1.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 05:22:00 PM

Devonta Freeman (knee) was limited in Wednesday’s practice.

Beat reporters haven’t expressed concern over Freeman’s status. Freeman has a must-start Week 17 matchup with the Saints.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 06:45:00 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 22 times for 73 yards and a touchdown and caught three of five targets for 17 yards in the Falcons' Week 16 win over the Panthers.

Freeman didn’t break off many big runs—his longest gain went for just 14 yards—but he kept the chains moving and more importantly, he kept Cam Newton off the field. Freeman strolled into the end zone for a four-yard touchdown in the second quarter. 53 of his yards came in the second half as Freeman and the Falcons did their best to manipulate the clock. Freeman is once again the NFL leader in rushing touchdowns. He’s 19 yards shy of his first 1,000-yard season. Freeman should hit that mark next week against the Saints.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 05:12:00 PM

Devonta Freeman carried the ball 25 times for 56 yards and a touchdown and caught 7-of-10 targets for 45 yards Week 15 against the Jaguars.

Freeman had just one carry in the first quarter – which happened to be a five-yard score – but he came alive in the second, rushing for 44 yards on nine carries. He found the sledding much tougher in the second half on his way to rushing for under 3.4 YPC for the third game in a row, but the Falcons remained committed to getting him the ball both in the air and on the ground. His touchdown was a five-yard toss around the right side where he just got the ball inside the pylon. It was Freeman’s first rushing touchdown since Week 6. Freeman was completely shut down by the Panthers last week, but his consistent usage will keep him on the RB1 map next week at home against Carolina.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 04:54:00 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 12 times for 40 yards in the Falcons' Week 14 loss to the Panthers, adding three receptions for 22 additional yards.

He also lost a fumble and committed a drop. Freeman was the lone Falcons player to show any spark in Carolina, but it got extinguished rather early. Freeman is the Falcons' best means of moving the ball, but has a tough Week 15 matchup in the Jaguars' underrated run defense. He'll be a mid-range to low-end RB1 for that one.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 06:00:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
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
3Joshua Perkins
LT1Jake Matthews
2Tom Compton
LG1Andy Levitre
2Wes Schweitzer
C1Alex Mack
2Mike Person
RG1Chris Chester
2Ben Garland
RT1Ryan Schraeder
K1Matt Bryant