Atlanta Falcons: Four players who need to improve against Titans
Sep 20, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (26) runs by New York Giants outside linebacker Mark Herzlich (94) and New York Giants middle linebacker Uani
Rookie running back Tevin Coleman began the season as the starter ahead of Devonta Freeman, and he made a good first impression, rushing 20 times for 80 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles. It didn’t blow anybody away, but it was a strong first outing in the NFL.
A week later in New York, Coleman had nine carries for 32 yards and his first NFL touchdown, but was injured shortly after with a fractured rib. He was forced out for the rest of the game and missed the next two, and when he returned he had been demoted to No. 2 behind the red hot Freeman.
With Freeman dominating against Washington, Coleman was reduced to just two carries. But head coach Dan Quinn expressed is desire to get him the ball more often. Against New Orleans last week, Coleman looked good on his four carries, piling on 40 yards and showcasing his speed. But it was a costly fumble deep in Saints territory that effectively ended his night.
Coleman has impressed in bursts, and granted the opportunities have been limited since his injury. When he gets a chance, he needs to make an impact and ensure he takes care of the football. The rookie has a ton of potential, and now is the time to see it.
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