Falcons will continue with committee approach in backfield
Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said the team will continue to use both running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.
"We know both these guys are going to be a factor," Quinn said. "We’re going to utilize them both." The two backs were in an almost even timeshare Week 1, with Freeman and Coleman seeing about the same amount of snaps and touches. Coleman proved to be more effective with his work, turning 13 touches into 117 yards. Freeman logged 40 yards on 15 looks. Coleman also saw two more targets, but Freeman got the work in the red zone. Coleman has standalone value as a flex option, while Freeman appears to be a RB2 heading into Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders.
They were neck and neck in terms of Rushing Net Expected Points (NEP) per attempt, with Coleman averaging -0.31 NEP and Freeman coming in at -0.32. However, in the air, Coleman earned 1.23 Reception NEP per target, currently sixth-best among all running backs to record at least one catch. Freeman finished with 0.16 Reception NEP per target.
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