Atlanta Falcons News: Devonta Freeman carries could decrease in 2016


Will Devonta Freeman’s carries decrease this season. Who are the top 10 Atlanta Falcons newcomers? That and more in Wednesday’s Dirty Bird Daily.

Good morning, Falcons fans. We’re now just two weeks away from the start of training camp. This is easily the quietest time of the year in the world of the NFL, but there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel. Can you smell that? It’s winter. And it’s almost here.

How many days until Falcons football, you ask? And no, we’re not going to include preseason games. The regular season opener with the Buccaneers is only 60 more days away.

As you sip your coffee this fine Wednesday morning, enjoy these Falcons articles from around the internet.

Turner wants to decrease Freeman’s carries in 2016 — D. Orlando Ledbetter of

Falcons running backs coach Bobby Turner hopes to see a decrease in touches for Devonta Freeman this year, and that’s good news. Freeman emerged as a star last year, but too many carries got the better of him and he seemed to burn out down the stretch. If Tevin Coleman can form a 1-2 punch with Freeman, both will be able to stay fresh for (hopefully) the playoffs.

Ranking the Falcons’ top 10 newcomers — D. Orlando Ledbetter of

As ever, there has been plenty of turnover along the roster this offseason. Of the newcomers to Atlanta, who are the top 10? The list includes free agent signings Alex Mack and Mohamed Sanu, as well as many of the rookies selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Grading Thomas Dimitroff: 2010 free agency — Jeanna Thomas of The Falcoholic

Jeanna Thomas from The Falcoholic has taken a look back at the Falcons’ 2010 free agency class and compared it to that of the Seahawks, Browns and Giants. Interestingly, Seattle’s free agency class that year was nowhere near the level of their draft class, which was stacked with talent.

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Falcons position group reviews: Is quarterback better in 2016? — Dave Choate of The Falcoholic

Are the Falcons stronger at the quarterback position this year? As long as Matt Ryan stays healthy, it doesn’t matter who the No. 2 or No. 3 is. If Ryan misses any significant time, the Falcons are doomed regardless.