| Coleman, Tamme ruled out for Falcons -- Wed Nov 2 1:15 pm --|
Devonta Freeman locked in as RB1
|Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, defensive end Dwight Freeney and tight end Jacob Tamme were all declared out for Thursday night’s game against Tampa Bay by the team on Wednesday. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FF Today's Take: Coleman will miss his second straight game with a hamstring injury leaving Devonta Freeman and Terron Ward to handle running back duties. Freeman should handle 70 percent of the RB workload Thursday against the Bucs. Rookie Austin Hooper will start at TE.
| Tevin Coleman misses practice Wednesday -- Wed Oct 26 12:30 pm --|
|Tevin Coleman (hamstring) won't practice today. Coach Dan Quinn said he's not sure of the extent of Coleman's injury. Ran some today. (Vaughn McClure on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Falcons signed Stevan Ridley this week which is an indication that they don't expect Coleman to play against the Packers. Expect a heavy dose of Devonta Freeman against a Packers defense that's given up the fewest fantasy points to the running back position.
| Tevin Coleman expected to miss time -- Mon Oct 24 5:40 pm --|
|Dan Quinn said he'll know more about Tevin Coleman's hamstring strain in the next couple days, but the Atlanta Falcons coach sounded prepared to make a roster move in case the running back is sidelined for any period of time. Coleman played 14 snaps in Sunday's 33-30 overtime loss to the San Diego Chargers before exiting. He scored on a 30-yard burst and had 74 combined yards on nine touches. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Devonta Freeman should slide into more of a feature-back role, while Terron Ward is expected to be promoted from the practice squad. Freeman was already a top-10 fantasy back sharing touches, so the next 1-2 weeks (presumably) may allow him to push 25 touches. The bad news is Atlanta's schedule may not cooperate, as Green Bay, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia await before the Falcons' Week 11 bye.
| Tevin Coleman expected to go Week 5 -- Mon Oct 3 5:30 pm --|
RB has sickle cell trait; Falcons head to Denver
|Falcons coach Dan Quinn said team expects RB Tevin Coleman to play in Denver (sickle cell trait). (D. Orlando Ledbetter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Expect a very light workload. Former NFL safety Ryan Clark famously played in Denver back in 2007 without knowing he had sickle cell trait and ended up needing emergency surgery to remove his spleen and gall bladder. The Broncos' defense is among the best in the league again, but it has shown a slight weakness against the run. Devonta Freeman isn't likely to have a huge game, but he should be the best bet of all the Falcons to have a decent game next weekend.
|Falcons to continue RB timeshare -- Tue Sep 13 3:50 pm --|
Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman will continue to split carries
|Devonta Freeman, the starter, played 36 of 65 offensive snaps while Tevin Coleman played 32. Coleman accumulated 117 total yards on his 13 touches, while Freeman had 40 yards on his 15. The Falcons hope to fix those run-game woes this week against the Oakland Raiders. Last week, the Raiders gave up 88 rushing yards on 22 attempts to Mark Ingram and the New Orleans Saints. The Raiders were 13th in the league against the run last season, surrendering 104.9 rushing yards per game.
FF Today's Take: "We know both these guys are going to be a factor,'' Quinn said. ``We just had two running backs active [Sunday], so for the whole portion of the game, both of them have done significant things really well. We’re going to utilize them both. Looks like owners will have to get used to the fact that neither will assume a Lamar Miller-type of workhorse role going forward.
|Hot hand approach for Freeman and Coleman? -- Fri Sep 9 9:45 am --|
OC Shanahan: "Go with the guy who's hot"
|Shanahan did, however, leave open the possibility of more than just a cameo appearance for Coleman as Freeman's backup.
"Go with the guy who's hot; keep them both fresh," Shanahan said. "I don't worry about that stuff too much. I love both those backs. There's really no difference to me which one is in the game, so it's a good problem to have. Whoever's rolling with it, you stick with him. When they need a break, the other guy comes in. You try to keep them both fresh to see how it pans out at the end of the game."
FF Today's Take: Interesting quote from Shanahan although it's still likely that Devonta Freeman will be getting the first chance get the hot hand. Keep in mind, Tevin Coleman earned the starting job last pre-season but injuries cost him his seat as the lead back. The Freeman / Coleman workload will be watched closely in Week 1.