Atlanta Falcons: Training camp battles on offense

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Running back

Jun 17, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs the ball during minicamp at Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The running back position will be one of the most intriguing battles to watch for at training camp. Rookie Tevin Coleman and second year back Devonta Freeman will be in a battle for first-team reps heading into the regular season. As of right now, the position is wide open.

Freeman had some nice runs in 2014 as a rookie, and proved to the team that he can catch the ball and make plays in space. However, Freeman stands at just 5-8, 180 pounds and might struggle with a heavy work load. New offensive coordinator has implemented a zone blocking scheme for the offensive line which will require a running back who can withstand a punishing game both physically and mentally.

Coleman on the other hand is bigger than Freeman and seems to be tailor-made for the zone blocking scheme. Coleman has the ability to make one cut and take off. His lateral speed is off the chats and could be a very good rookie for the Falcons. Regardless of who wins the job, you can expect both men to see a lot of playing time in 2015.

Other running backs on the roster include Antone Smith, Jerome Smith and Terron Ward.