The Atlanta Falcons should bring in this former running back in week 4
By Nick Halden
After Damien Williams was ruled out for the next four games it was clear the Atlanta Falcons needed help at running back. Rookie Tyler Allgeier struggled in his first chance at making an impact showing little ability to put together an explosive run averaging only 3.0-yards per carry in his debut. While the Falcons should continue to give the rookie carries and allow him to develop the team should be searching for depth options in trades of free agency.
One potential option could be a reunion with a familiar face in veteran running back Devonta Freeman. After injuries derailed his career with the Falcons, Freeman bounced around the league before getting a chance with an injury-ravaged Ravens team last season.
While Freeman didn’t put up close to the numbers he did in his early seasons with Atlanta the veteran had a positive impact on the Baltimore offense. The Falcons bringing in Freeman at this point in his career as the third option behind Patterson and Allgeier would be a great move and give the team much-needed depth.
Williams is going to be on the shelf for some time and Arthur Smith has made it clear the team wants to limit Patterson’s touches and help keep the utility player healthy and fresh late into the season. Freeman helps the Falcons do just that and adds a role player with a real chance to contribute this season.
Freeman would also be a resource that perhaps could help rookie Tyler Allgeier as the current Atlanta roster lacks a running back who has had Freeman’s level of success. While it may not have been a Hall-of-Fame-worthy career Freeman put together solid numbers and stuck around the league longer than many expected. Ending his career with Atlanta as a depth option behind Patterson would be a great move for both sides.