Tevin Coleman named Atlanta Falcons starting running back


Ladies and gentleman, we have a winner. For the time being at least, rookie running back Tevin Coleman sits atop the depth chart after leapfrogging Devonta Freeman. This was the most notable change on the Falcons’ latest depth chart on the team’s official website.

"Rookie running back Tevin Coleman will get the start the on Monday as he has jumped in front of Devonta Freeman on the depth chart. Both Freeman and Coleman injured their hamstrings during XFINITY Training Camp and Coleman was able to return to the field and participate in the final two preseason games. Although Freeman has been practicing with the team, he was unable to take any game snaps."

This is hardly surprising news. Freeman was forced to miss the entire preseason with a hamstring injury while Coleman was able to suit up in the final two contests. He struggled against Miami with no help from the offensive line, but bounced back well against Baltimore, rushing eight times for 56 yards. Whether Freeman will be able to earn his way back to the top is yet to be seen, but for now the Falcons are putting faith in their third round draft pick back in May.

Another story to follow is the Falcons’ reported interest in former Broncos running back Montee Ball. If Ball is brought to Atlanta, where would he slot in on the depth chart?

One of the biggest battles from the offseason is over, at least for the time being. What are your thoughts on the decision to name Coleman the starter?

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