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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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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

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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

Devonta Freeman rushed 14 times for 47 yards and caught 10-of-11 targets for 56 yards Week 13 against the Bucs.

Freeman struggled to find running room following his one-game absence, but he was consistently open underneath as the Bucs almost invited the Falcons to dink-and-dunk down the field. Freeman did not create and big plays and had just one opportunity inside the 10, but he still had a solid day and paid off his PPR owners in a big way. Despite a tough matchup next week against Carolina, Freeman will remain a high-end RB1.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 05:36:00 PM

Devonta Freeman (concussion) is active for Week 13 against the Bucs.

There was never any real question about his status this week. Freeman will slot right back in as a top-five play, and Tevin Coleman should find his way back to the bench. Atlanta declared K Matt Bryant, TE Tony Moeaki, CB Phillip Adams, S Charles Godfrey, RB Terron Ward, OT Bryce Harris and DE Malliciah Goodman inactive for Week 13 against Tampa Bay. With Bryant down, Shayne Graham will continue to handle the kicking duties.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 11:33:00 AM

Devonta Freeman (concussion) is probable for Week 13 against the Buccaneers.

He's practiced in full the last two days. Freeman rolled to 131 yards on 27 touches when these teams met back in Week 8. He'll be a top-five option at running back this week.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 03:28:00 PM

Devonta Freeman (concussion) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

We already knew Freeman was returning this week, but this guarantees it. Locked into monstrous workloads for a team with a struggling quarterback, Freeman immediately reassumes high-end RB1 status.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 04:19:00 PM

Devonta Freeman (concussion) practiced again on Thursday.

Freeman was limited Wednesday. He is fully expected to play this week against Tampa Bay. Despite a tough matchup, Freeman can safely be reinserted into lineups as a high-end RB1.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 01:17:00 PM

Devonta Freeman (concussion) has been cleared to play Week 13 against the Bucs.

As expected. Freeman was concussed Week 11 and missed last week's game against the Vikings. Tevin Coleman played decently well in his absence, piling up 110 yards on 18 carries, but he also dropped a couple passes and lost a fumble at the end of a long run. Freeman should step right back in as the No. 1 running back and dominate touches with Matt Ryan struggling badly.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 12:22:00 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Monday Devonta Freeman (concussion) is expected back this week.

He said the same thing after Sunday's game. "We anticipate getting Free back," Quinn said. "He was able to participate in all of the meetings and do all of the stuff today. We’re heading into the week anticipating full action with him." Freeman is coming back to a tough matchup against the Bucs, but he will be a high-end RB1.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 10:36:00 AM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after Sunday's loss to Minnesota that he expects Devonta Freeman (concussion) back "fully" for Week 13.

Quinn did acknowledge that this expectation is assuming Freeman suffers no setbacks. Freeman worked out with the rest of Atlanta's inactive players before Sunday's game, while spot starter Tevin Coleman lost a fumble and dropped two passes against the Vikings. Freeman should return to his every-down, workhorse role when the Falcons take on the Buccaneers in Week 13.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 06:06:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Ryan
2Matt Schaub
3Sean Renfree
4Matt Simms
RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3Terron Ward
4Gus Johnson
5Brandon Wilds
GLB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
FB1Patrick DiMarco
WR11Julio Jones
2Justin Hardy
3Nick Williams
4Aldrick Robinson
5Jordan Leslie
WR21Mohamed Sanu
2Devin Hester
3Eric Weems
4Devin Fuller
5C.J. Goodwin
WR31Justin Hardy
TE1Jacob Tamme
2Levine Toilolo
3Austin Hooper
4D.J. Tialavea
5Joshua Perkins
LT1Jake Matthews
2Tom Compton
LG1Andy Levitre
2Wes Schweitzer
3Collin Rahrig
C1Alex Mack
2Mike Person
3Jake Reed
RG1Chris Chester
2Ben Garland
3Shahbaz Ahmed
RT1Ryan Schraeder
2Bryce Harris
3Laurence Gibson
K1Matt Bryant
2Nick Rose