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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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ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure said RB Devonta Freeman (hamstring) is unlikely to play in the third preseason game Saturday.
Freeman returned to practice last week, so it is a bit concerning he is not healthy enough to play. Rookie Tevin Coleman (hamstring) is expected to play. He could put distance between himself and Freeman in the running back competition with a strong showing. Aug 29 - 12:10 PM
Source: ESPN

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn said RBs Devonta Freeman (hamstring) and Tevin Coleman (hamstring) are "getting close" to returning.

Both players returned to practice this week, but they were held out of the second preseason game. Barring any setbacks, both should get carries during the regular season dress rehearsal. With not much time left to separate themselves, Freeman and Coleman look poised to open the season as a running back by committee.
Aug 22 - 8:26 AM

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (hamstring) rejoined practice on Monday.

Freeman has been sidelined since August 6. Tevin Coleman (hamstring) also returned to practice, but both players will likely be limited. Freeman and Coleman seem destined for a full-blown running back committee to open the season.
Aug 17 - 10:21 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports "the belief" is that Devonta Freeman's hamstring injury isn't serious, but that he could be sidelined for "a bit."

We're not dealing with an Arian Foster-type situation, but Freeman sounds more week to week than day to day. The same is apparently true of Tevin Coleman (hamstring), leaving Antone Smith as the lead dog in Kyle Shanahan's backfield for the time being.
Aug 6 - 3:00 PM

Devonta Freeman left Thursday's practice with a hamstring injury.

Typically we wait until a player has missed three days of training camp before doing a blurb, but Freeman was reportedly being "consoled" by teammate Roddy White. He appears poised to miss at least a week. "You could see how disappointed that he was not to be able to finish today," coach Dan Quinn said. "Hopefully, we can get him back out there soon." Tevin Coleman, Freeman's competition for No. 1 duties, is also sidelined with a hamstring issue. The injuries create a window for Antone Smith to impress the new coaching staff.
Aug 6 - 1:32 PM

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution believes Devonta Freeman has the "upper hand" in the Falcons' running back competition, "right now."

Falcons beat writers unanimously consider Freeman the early favorite over Tevin Coleman, but this one is going to go down to the wire. The fact that Coleman handled first-team reps at Saturday's practice suggests the Falcons will seriously consider starting him. Still, this backfield seems headed for a committee, perhaps with Antone Smith also involved, and behind a weak offensive line. It could be a frustrating fantasy situation unless Coleman or Freeman clearly pulls away.
Aug 1 - 8:48 PM

According to ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini, the Falcons believe Devonta Freeman is the "right" fit in first-year OC Kyle Shanahan's scheme.

Russini suggests Freeman could be headed for a "big year." Russini makes no mention of flashy rookie Tevin Coleman, whom Atlanta drafted in the third round. Russini is a former Washington D.C.-area reporter and may have connections to Shanahan, who formerly coordinated the Redskins' offense. Most signs continue to point to a Coleman-Freeman committee in Atlanta's backfield.
Jul 30 - 5:58 PM

Devonta Freeman will open training camp as the Falcons' first-team back, ahead of third-round pick Tevin Coleman.

The linked article below discusses how Freeman believes his pass-catching ability will ultimately give him the edge on Coleman. Coleman was not a deficient receiver in college, however, and was one of the best pass-protecting backs in the 2015 draft class. Freeman also pass protected well at Florida State, but struggled mightily there as a rookie. Coleman offers a far-higher ceiling in fantasy, but we don't see Freeman fading away.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 30 - 11:26 AM

ESPN’s Vaughn McClure reports Devonta Freeman "has the edge" to start over rookie Tevin Coleman.

The Falcons gave Freeman first-team reps throughout OTAs, and McClure believes Freeman's more-natural receiving ability has placed him in front for now. Freeman will enter training camp as the slight favorite to start, but will face heavy pressure from more-talented Coleman. Ultimately, this looks like a backfield committee and potential 50:50 split. If Coleman's ADP stays in the sixth round, he'll be a worthy upside flex pick with low-end RB1 upside in run-game guru Kyle Shanahan's zone scheme.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 6:51 PM

Coach Dan Quinn said Devonta Freeman will be "featured in a lot of different ways," including as a receiving option.

"He’s tough," Quinn added. "He’s got great quickness. He’s a factor for sure." Quinn stopped just short of naming Freeman the starter, but it's clear he's a couple steps ahead of rookie Tevin Coleman. Coleman should still be a factor on game days, as Freeman isn't equipped to handle more than 15 touches per game.
Jun 19 - 10:36 AM

Devonta Freeman opened minicamp as the Falcons' first-string tailback.

He also opened OTAs as the starter. This is expected treatment of a veteran over a rookie, but Tevin Coleman is going to give Freeman a serious run for his money in training camp, and we'd ultimately expect Coleman to win. New Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan has been very willing to utilize RBBCs before, however. The Atlanta beat writers expect Freeman and Coleman to share time this year.
Jun 16 - 5:17 PM

Devonta Freeman opened Falcons OTAs as the first-string tailback.

Rookie Tevin Coleman ran with the twos. Freeman best projects as a role-player back, and was likely given the first-team nod out of veteran deference. In Kyle Shanahan's historically productive zone-run scheme, Coleman versus Freeman versus Antone Smith will be one of fantasy's top camp battles to watch.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 6:01 PM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure believes Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman will see "equal reps" in a two-back system.

It is unlikely Coleman and Freeman finish the season in a perfect timeshare, but it make sense for Atlanta to let their two young backs duke it out in training camp and early in the season. As the hand-picked back of the current regime, Coleman should be seen as the favorite to win the lion's share of the work, but his questionable fit in OC Kyle Shanahan's scheme could make his transition to the NFL difficult. A more natural fit in a zone-blocking scheme, Freeman could earn a bigger role than anticipated in training camp, especially if Coleman struggles.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 9:16 AM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 12:16 PM

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Ryan
2Rex Grossman
3T.J. Yates
4Sean Renfree
RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3Antone Smith
4Terron Ward
5Jerome Smith
GLB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
FB1Patrick DiMarco
2Collin Mooney
WR11Julio Jones
2Devin Hester
3Justin Hardy
4Carlton Mitchell
5Marquez Clark
WR21Roddy White
2Leonard Hankerson
3Eric Weems
4Bernard Reedy
5Nick Williams
WR31Leonard Hankerson
TE1Jacob Tamme
2Tony Moeaki
3Levine Toilolo
4Mickey Shuler
5D.J. Tialavea
K1Matt Bryant