Atlanta Falcons: Five things we learned in win over Jaguars
4) Devonta Freeman is in intricate part of the Falcons’ offense
Dec 20, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) scores a touchdown in front of Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny (51) during the first quarter at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Devonta Freeman’s stats don’t jump off the table at you, but his ability to catch passes and run the ball effectively add up. Freeman is currently leading the NFL in total yards from scrimmage by running backs and added another 101 yards against the Jaguars.
Freeman rushed for 56 yards and caught seven passes for 45 yards. When the Falcons are able to involve Freeman, good things happen. Atlanta carved the Jaguars up on their first drive of the game and their possession was capped off by a Freeman 5-yard touchdown run.
Freeman was cut down on a lot of runs today, but credit the Jaguars’ defense. Coming in, the Jaguars ranked 13th in the league in rushing yards per game and did a good job of containing Freeman. However, they were not able to slow him down in the passing game whatsoever.