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|Falcons' rookie RB Coleman to start Saturday -- Fri Aug 28 6:20 pm --|
First NFL game action for the first-year back
|Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said Thursday that rookie RB Tevin Coleman is expected to make his preseason debut on Saturday at Miami. Coleman, like teammate Devonta Freeman, has been battling a hamstring injury all month. Freeman's status for Saturday is unclear. The injury situation has stalled what was expected to be an interesting position battle. But if Coleman has a good game this weekend, it could go a long way toward making him the Falcons' feature back, with Freeman playing a change-of-pace role. (Fox Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Coleman, 22, currently has the upper hand on the starting job in Atlanta. The Falcons ranked 24th in rushing last season, and there's hope that Coleman will help improve upon the 93.6 rushing yards they averaged last year.
| Freeman, Coleman back at Falcons' practice -- Mon Aug 17 3:50 pm --|
Young RBs recovering from hamstring injuries
|Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, who are both recovering from hamstring injuries, returned to the individual portion of practice and were in full pads on Monday. Freeman and Coleman also did some extra running with the trainer.
The Falcons are aiming to have them back for the third exhibition game on Aug. 29 at Miami, which is their regular season dress rehearsal. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)|
FF Today's Take: Along with Antone Smith, the Falcons' top three backs have all been sidelined by or currently dealing with hamstring injuries. It is becoming increasingly likely Atlanta will split carries between Freeman and Coleman to begin the season, which would make both players low-end RB3s at best behind an offensive line that figures to struggle opening running lanes. Smith could fall behind Terron Ward on the depth chart if he is unable to recover quickly.
| Devonta Freeman injures hamstring -- Thu Aug 6 6:20 pm --|
Joins rookie Tevin Coleman on sidelines; likely sidelined for "a bit"
|Falcons RB Devonta Freeman, who’s been receiving most of the plays with the first-team offense in training camp, suffered a hamstring injury in practice on Thursday. Freeman was running outside and was taken to the ground hard. He did not return to the action.
The Falcons worked on their two-minute offense with Terron Ward, an undrafted rookie from Oregon State, as the running back with the first-team offense. Running back Tevin Coleman is also out with a hamstring strain. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)|
FF Today's Take: As a result of both players' hamstring injuries, we are unlikely to get any kind of clarity on the backfield situation in Atlanta before the end of the month - if even then. As such, it is starting to look more and more as if the Falcons will open the season splitting snaps between the two and might even mix in Antone Smith from time to time.
| Tevin Coleman sits with hamstring strain -- Wed Aug 5 1:10 pm --|
Rookie in camp battle with Freeman for starting RB job
|Rookie running back Tevin Coleman did not practice on Wednesday. Coleman was out with a hamstring strain. Coleman is competing with second-year back Devonta Freeman to win to the starting slot. Coleman has received reps with the first-team offense.
(Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FF Today's Take: The injury isn't considered serious at this time but it might keep the rookie running back out of practice for a few days. Freeman currently sits atop the running back depth chart but both backs are expected to see action once the regular season begins.