|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.
|ATL still talking up bigger role for Coleman -- Thu Jul 28 4:30 pm --|
Team eyeing more touches in tandem with Devonta Freeman
|Now in his second NFL training camp, RB Tevin Coleman said he feels a greater sense of comfort right now than he did last summer. The Falcons want to get him more carries in 2016 and feature him more in the passing game, which they did Thursday, sending him on a variety of routes during 11-on-11 drills.
“They’re finding more ways to get the backs out there and get them the ball,” Coleman said. (atlantafalcons.com)|
FF Today's Take: Hardly a week has gone by this offseason without some outlet reporting Atlanta's desire to get the ball into Coleman's hands more often. While a 50-50 split remains unlikely, a 60-40 timeshare is possible with Devonta Freeman on the higher end. If the Falcons use that as their guideline, Freeman will have a difficult time living up to his second-round ADP. Conversely, Coleman is looking more and more like a steal at his ninth-round ADP.
|Falcons looking at RB timeshare -- Tue Jul 26 12:12 pm --|
Dan Quinn: Reps for both Freeman and Coleman "best for the team"
|Vaughn McClure (@vxmcclure23) on Twitter: "Dan Quinn said what's best for the team is using Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman in unison, although Freeman definitely can handle full load" (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Expect about a 60-40 split, with Freeman getting most of the work to start. Coleman was very highly touted in spring training before an early season injury vaulted Freeman into the fantasy stratosphere in 2015.
|Timeshare coming for Freeman and Coleman? -- Mon Jul 11 1:30 pm --|
Falcons RB coach discusses reducing Freeman's carries
|“It’s about growth,” Turner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Free had a good year, but I’m expecting even a better year. Well, you’re saying, how can it be better? It can be even better with less carries or less catches because I’d obviously like to get Tevin (Coleman) more involved and that also keeps Free fresher.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)|
FF Today's Take: Injuries and ball security are the two areas running backs coach Bobby Turner pointed out as issues with Tevin Coleman's subpar rookie season. The organization has given hints this off-season that Coleman and last year's fantasy RB darling Devonta Freeman may form more of a committee this season if the two can remain healthy. Freeman is likely overvalued at this early point in the drafting season.