Devonta Freeman Says He Wants to Be ‘Disrespectful’ When it Comes to Running in 2017

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman wants to establish himself as less of a defender-friendly running back in 2017, Conor Orr of NFL.com reports.

“Little things like breaking arm tackles,” Freeman told reporters Tuesday when talking about what he needs to improve on. “Running through — I feel like I could get better helping our offensive linemen out. They bust their butts. They don’t get to rotate. The only time they get a break is if we score a touchdown and the defense goes on the field.

“But if we have an 18-play drive, they’re on the field the whole game. Helping those guys out by giving them a blow by breaking a big tackle – last year I left some runs out there. Open field, continue to make guys miss. Punishing guys.

“I just want to be real disrespectful this year when it comes to football.”


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