Atlanta Falcons hope to ride Devonta Freeman all the way to Miami
There are is no doubt that when Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is healthy, he is among the most versatile and better producing running backs in the National Football League.
During Freeman’s first several years in the league with the Atlanta Falcons, he was in the top three of yards gained and yet, because of the weapons at Matt Ryan’s disposal, he was not used nearly as much as he should have been. As good as Freeman has been, there are still moments that haunt the sixth-year player out of Florida State and a couple of them were at the worst possible time.
The week leading up to Super Bowl LI, Freeman’s agent (and Uncle Luke Campbell’s wife) Kristin Campbell made a statement about Freeman wanting to be the highest paid running back only for him to come out a few days later and miss a block that would go a long way in determining the outcome of Super Bowl LI.
In the two seasons since he was selected to his first and only pro-bowl, Freeman has missed a total of 16 games due to various injuries. Some have written Freeman completely off while others are still holding out hope that the Devonta Freeman we saw in 2014, 2015 and 2016 can still re-appear.
The great news is that Devonta, as well as Dan Quinn, have declared that he is 100 percent and will be a full participant during Falcons training camp. One should obviously conclude that the Falcons will limit him in certain aspects to make sure that he stays as healthy as possible but having Devonta Freeman healthy makes a huge difference in the potency of this offense.
Despite all the potential depth at running back with the emergence of Ito Smith, third year back Brian Hill and drafting a player with the skill that Qadree Ollison brings, Freeman is still the alpha among those in the running back group and will be great to see him play at a 100 percent in 2019.