Atlanta Falcons: Three reasons why offense will dominate in 2016
Developing young talent
The Falcons may only have five draft picks this year, but it’s the picks of the past two years that should excite fans.
We all saw what Devonta Freeman could do in 2015. In case you missed it, he lit up defenses to the tune of 1,639 all-purpose yards and 14 touchdowns. He hit a number of explosive runs that broke down defenses. Entering his third year, we can expect another step forward for Freeman.
Fellow running back Tevin Coleman — selected in the third round of last year’s draft — has a ton of potential also. It wasn’t the rookie year Coleman hoped for after a solid debut of 80 yards from 20 carries against Philadelphia. His Week 2 injury opened the door for Freeman, and the rookie’s season was plagued with fumbles. But his potential as a change-of-pace back with blazing speed is exciting and he could become a great complement to Freeman in the backfield.
Wideout Justin Hardy will be in year two, also. His role grew as the season went on and he flashed plenty of potential. With Jones and Sanu primarily working the boundaries, Hardy will find a home in the slot to form a strong trio at the position.
The Falcons have plenty of young, talented players at the skill positions.
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