“Personally, I want to be the man. I want to be the guy,” Rookie Devonta Freeman said a while back. “I want to make my own name with the Atlanta Falcons. I want to go really, really far. I want to set the bar high. I just want to win a Super Bowl and maybe be the MVP one day. You just never know. I feel like I’m hungrier right now. I don’t know what’s gotten into me this offseason. I just feel like a whole new monster. And I ain’t just talking.”
Devonta Freeman had a promising rookie season. He was better over time, and learning behind veteran RB Steven Jackson certainly gave him an advantage over many rookie RB’s in the NFL. But even with Freeman, there were some serious running back questions heading into the off-season. Steven Jackson is now gone, who will replace him? Can the Falcons have a successful running game with just Freeman?
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Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn made sure that help arrived.
First, the electrifying Antone Smith was re-signed to a new contract. As one of the most explosive players in the NFL, the assurance of a home-run hitter was in the roster before the draft began. Nice.
Then in the draft, Dimitroff pulled the trigger on Tevin Coleman, a powerful RB that was considered as a Heisman candidate.
Coleman and Smith both bring assurance. Freeman now has a back to share the rock with half the time in Coleman, and Smith will complement them both with a breather here and there.
The running game will be strong in 2015.