So is it going to be Tevin Coleman or Devonta Freeman? The Atlanta Falcons still don’t have someone their 100% sure of to be their starting running back.
Coleman, a third round pick out of Indiana, had a good training camp when he was healthy, but did suffer from a hamstring problem. His performance in the final preseason game should help him with 56 yards on 8 carries against the Baltimore Ravens.
What about Freeman? He was also sidelined at times with a hamstring issue. He headed into the preseason as the premier running back for the team, but it’s not like he’s done a lot in the past to show he’s good enough to hold on to the position: He averaged just 3.8 yards per carry last season, which was another disappointing year for the Falcons.
It won’t be surprising to see the Falcons kick things off with a mixture of both. Coleman is considered to be the workhorse of the two, someone with more of a chance to become a three-down back. Freeman is the small, quicker one, and we might see the Falcons going with the committee approach early on, before it becomes a bit clearer who is actually more suited for more responsibility.