Falcons HC Dan Quinn confirmed that his team will continue to deploy a committee backfield. "We know both these guys are going to be a factor,'' Quinn said of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. "We’re going to utilize them both. Both of them are going to be a really big factor in what we’re doing." Freeman out-snapped Coleman just 36 to 32 in the opener and finished with just 2 more touches (15 to 13). Coleman was much more effective, totaling 117 yards vs. Freeman's 40. This remains a fluid situation, with Coleman capable of earning an even bigger role if he continues to outplay his backfield mate.
Falcons RBs coach Bobby Turner told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he wants to lessen the workload for RB Devonta Freeman in 2016. “Free had a good year, but I’m expecting even a better year," Turner said. "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 more involved and that also keeps Free fresher.” This echoes what we've heard out of Atlanta a few other times already this offseason, but it's the most specific mention we've seen about having Freeman touch the ball less. It makes sense after Freeman averaged only 3.1 yards per carry over the final 7 games last season. Neither back is particularly big, each checking in at 210 pounds or less, so splitting the work certainly makes sense for Atlanta's offense. Just how much of the split goes Coleman's way could significantly impact fantasy values, though. The situation adds a little risk to Freeman at his Round 2 ADP while making Coleman an attractive value at his Round 10 ADP.
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) is probable for Sunday’s game against the Bucs after practicing all week without a setback. He should return to a workhorse role. Freeman piled up 131 total yards on 27 touches vs. Tampa Bay earlier this year.
Falcons HC Dan Quinn confirmed that RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) is on track to return for Sunday's game against the Bucs. “We anticipate getting Free back,” Quinn said. “He was able to participate in all of the meetings and do all of the stuff today. We’re heading into the week anticipating full action with him.” RB Tevin Coleman played well in spurts against Minnesota last week, but he lost a fumble and dropped 2 passes. Freeman should return as the clear lead back and will be a good bet for 20+ touches.