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Falcons rookie RB Tevin Coleman saw first-team reps in practice Saturday.

Devonta Freeman worked with the ones on Friday, but Coleman got his chance today. This will be a battle throughout training camp and perhaps into the early part of the season. Regardless of who "wins," both players figure to have a role this year.
Aug 1 - 12:48 PM

Third-round pick Tevin Coleman opened Falcons camp rotating with the second-team offense along with Antone Smith.

Devonta Freeman is working with the ones. Coleman has the pass-protection chops and big-play running ability to put heat on Freeman and perhaps even swipe his starting job by the end of August. With teams not yet going all out in pads, this battle figures to rage on throughout all four preseason games.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 3:05 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

Contract-year WR Julio Jones says his agent is engaged in long-term talks with the Falcons.

It's not known how far along the sides are. ESPN's Vaughn McClure reported earlier this month that there was a "general sense" a deal could get done by the start of camp, but it didn't happen. Week 1 is the new artificial deadline.
Jul 30 - 2:09 PM

Falcons OT Lamar Holmes (foot) remains on crutches.

He's beginning camp on the PUP list. One of the league's least-effective tackles the past few seasons, Holmes is fighting for swing duties behind LT Jake Matthews and RT Tyler Polumbus. His roster spot is far from assured.
Jul 30 - 1:58 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

Roddy White had his knee drained prior to June minicamp and expects the knee to be drained again during the 2015 season.

Knee drainings are generally routine, non-surgical procedures, but may be concerning for White coming off back-to-back injury-plagued seasons. White actually hinted doctors told him to have surgery, but he is going to play through the knee "irritation" instead. "It's not a concern to me because it's just like a little irritation," said White. "My cartilage in my knee is not smooth. It's kind of rippled. You can elect to have surgery, but I just decided not to because I'm not a surgery guy. I just don't want to do it." White turns 34 this November.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 5:29 PM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure believes TE Jacob Tamme can come in and be a "real threat" on offense as a pass catcher.

If the season were to start today, McClure envisions Tamme as the pass-catching tight end and Tony Moeaki as the in-line block-first tight end, leaving Levine Toilolo as the No. 3. With Roddy White's decline and OC Kyle Shanahan's fondness for the tight end, Tamme could emerge as a red-zone threat.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 10:57 AM

The Falcons' coaches reportedly "really like" Leonard Hankerson.

Hankerson has prototypical size (6'2/211) and speed (4.43), and showed big in the offseason program. Perhaps most importantly, he was brought in by new OC Kyle Shanahan, who clearly liked what he saw from Hankerson during their time together in Washington. With Roddy White falling off the career cliff and turning 34 in November, beat writer Vaughn McClure says White needs a strong and healthy training camp to avoid getting pushed by Hankerson. "White should maintain his starting role, but Leonard Hankerson could see more time on the field when it's all said and done," wrote McClure.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 9:49 AM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure says there's a "general sense around the team" that a Julio Jones extension could be done by the start of training camp.

The two sides had not been talking as of last week. But Wednesday's two mega-deals for Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas have set the market, giving the Falcons parameters for a deal. Julio, who is averaging 7.2 catches for 108.6 yards over his last 20 games, will be asking for something very similar to the five-year, $70 million those two got. He is scheduled to make $10.176 million this year, the final season of his contract.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 16 - 8:41 AM

A league source told ESPN's Vaughn McClure the Falcons have had no extension talks with contract-year WR Julio Jones.

Jones is owed $10.176 million this season. The Falcons could let him play out the final year of his deal, then franchise tag Jones next winter if they don't want to commit major guaranteed money to a player with his history of foot problems. Like A.J. Green, Julio isn't causing a stir about his contract situation. "I'm not going to hold out for anything," Jones said last month. "My teammates need me. I'm being selfish if I'm not here and doing what I need to do." Beat writer Vaughn McClure is still optimistic the Falcons and Jones will hammer out an extension prior to Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 13 - 4:52 PM

Rookie Falcons RE Vic Beasley believes he can be an every-down player.

Most projections have Beasley operating as a situational pass rusher as a rookie. "I think I'm an every-down player," Beasley said. "I think that's just motivation for me to go out there and prove that I can be an every-down player." A freak athlete, Beasley certainly has the upside to develop into an every-down asset, but that's unlikely to be the "Leo" rusher's role as a first-year player.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 25 - 6:21 PM

Falcons TE Tony Moeaki will enter training camp healthy.

It's more surprising when Moeaki is actually intact than when he's sidelined. The talented athlete has dealt with elbow, hand, leg, concussion, ACL, shoulder and hamstring issues in his career, resulting in him bouncing around the fringe of rosters. Still only 28, Moeaki will try to stay healthy and beat out favorite Jacob Tamme for pass-catching tight end duties in August.
Jun 25 - 9:32 AM

Tevin Coleman will enter training camp behind Devonta Freeman on the depth chart.

Freeman held serve during OTAs and minicamp, getting the first rep with the starters as the incumbent. It doesn't mean he'll hold the job through training camp. The Falcons continue to talk up Freeman's pass-game skill set, but have left the early-down work open to competition. Coleman's ceiling as an explosive, home-run hitter is far higher -- and he was hand-picked by run-game guru Kyle Shanahan. Ultimately, a committee to open the season appears likely.
Jun 23 - 9:15 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


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