1) Tevin Coleman, RB
If there’s ever a player on the Atlanta Falcons that nobody is talking about and should be, its second-year running back Tevin Coleman. All of the spotlight is on Devonta Freeman who broke out after Coleman went down with an injury and the rest is history.
We’re taking absolutely nothing away from the magical season that Freeman had as a starter. It was without a doubt one of the best single-season performances by a Falcons’ running back in franchise history and that’s saying a lot. But don’t sleep on Coleman heading into year two because he could be gunning for his starting job back.
I’ll leave you with one argument to let you decide on for yourself. Ask yourself the following. If Coleman hadn’t of gone down with an injury in week 2, would it have been Coleman that had the terrific season and not Freeman? It’s not like the holes created by the offensive line wouldn’t have been there for Coleman so who’s to say it wouldn’t have been him headed to the pro bowl as a rookie.
And as soon as Coleman got another start against the Minnesota Vikings when Freeman was out with a concussion, he ran for 110 yards on 18 carries against a pretty good defense.
It will be very interesting to see what these two running backs do in 2016, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it’s Coleman that comes out on top this time around.