Freeman Likely to Remain Falcons’ Feature Running Back

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Devonta Freeman is expected to remain the starting running back for the Atlanta Falcons going forward despite the return of rookie Tevin Coleman according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.

Freeman’s own rookie year in 2014 was pretty forgettable, as was the Falcons’ entire season, and it appeared that Coleman was the starter entering the 2015 regular season with Freeman operating as the back on passing downs. Coleman fractured a couple of ribs in Week 2, however, and Freeman has since run away with the starting job. Freeman is the first back in the NFL since LaDainlian Tomlinson to score three touchdowns in consecutive games. Freeman is unlikely to see the 27 touches a game he has averaged in the past two games but should still get in 20 or so even with Coleman back in the mix.

It is now Coleman’s turn to play the change-of-pace role. Hopefully he has learned, however, from Freeman’s example to be ready for his moment in the spotlight. You never know when fate is gonna make you a star.


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