Devonta Freeman looking like himself again

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Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is participating in the team’s offseason program and a full-go for training camp, coach Dan Quinn said Saturday.

“We can’t wait to get Free back,” Quinn said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He’s having such an awesome offseason. His energy, his juice, like him being around the team, you feel what he brings.

“So it’s been awesome having him as part of the offseason program again. When you get to see the team out here this spring, I think you’ll feel the energy at running back certainly with Free leading the way.”

Freeman was limited to two games last season because of knee and groin injuries. He rushed 14 times for 68 yards and caught five passes for 23 yards.

With Tevin Coleman now in San Francisco, the Falcons plan on leaning on Freeman with Ito Smith also part of the game plan. They also drafted Pittsburgh’s Qadree Ollison in the fifth round and UL Monroe’s Marcus Green in the sixth, both of whom could factor in at the position.

Freeman rushed for 3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns from 2015-17, earning back-to-back Pro Bowls with 1,000-yard seasons in 2016 and ’17.

The good news is he did not need offseason surgery on his right knee, per Ledbetter.

8 responses to “Devonta Freeman looking like himself again

  1. he is one of those guys i seem to allways end up with in fantasy, and i allways tell myself never again.

  2. When Freeman is healthy he’s one of the best all purpose backs in the league. If they can shore up that offensive line I’m certain Devonta will show out. He’s one of the best jukers in open space. Liberty city!

  3. One of the best examples of why you don’t give big-money contracts to running backs.

  4. raiderbeer34 says:
    May 11, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    “he is one of those guys i seem to always end up with in fantasy, and i always tell myself never again.”

    i had him two years ago in my fantasy league and was criticized for the pick, but he played a key role as a strong 2nd back on my championship team. i don’t know if health will allow him to be that again, but he was a strong reliable weekly producer for the falcons and for fantasy.

  5. Yeah, Ideally you don’t pay running backs big cash, but in the NFL it happens more than not. Barkley, shady McCoy, Elliot from the Cowboys and Bell from the Jet’s got paid. I’m sure there’s more I just can’t think them right now. You think Alvin Kamara isn’t going to get paid after that rookie deal expires.

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