The man who could revamp the Atlanta Falcons’ ground game has officially signed with the team. Third round draft choice Tevin Coleman signed to a four-year deal.
We are yet to find out the exact terms of the deal, but we do know it is a four-year contract.
Coleman’s arrival is an exciting one for the Falcons, after achieving a lot during his time in Indiana. Jay Adams of AtlantaFalcons.com writes:
"“Coleman, 5-11, 210 pounds, played in 33 games at Indiana and logged 3,219 yards on 452 carries. He averaged 7.1 yards per carry and 97.5 yards per game while totaling 28 touchdowns. Coleman had a breakout season in 2014, becoming the 18th player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to reach 2,000 rushing yards in a single season. His 2,036 yards last season rank 15th in FBS annals and he is the third player in Big Ten history to accomplish that feat behind Melvin Gordon and Larry Johnson. Coleman averaged 169.7 rushing yards per game and ranked second in the nation with 11 100-yard games.”"
The hard work starts now though for Coleman, who will be expected to lead the rushing attack in 2015 ahead of Devonta Freeman.
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Coleman is an explosive, violent runner and will add a spark to the Falcons’ backfield. Possibly his most exciting trait is his ability to turn a short gain into a huge touchdown.
Once he hits top speed, which doesn’t take long, he is tough to bring down and causes nightmares for defensive backs. If he can translate this into the NFL, he will be a dangerous threat in the Atlanta offense.
New head coach Dan Quinn will be hoping he has his star back like he had in Seattle with Marshawn Lynch. Perhaps a little unfair to compare him to Lynch, but he can certainly become a major piece to the offensive puzzle.
The only draftee yet to sign his deal is first round pick Vic Beasley, but don’t worry, we can expect that to go through soon.