Last season, Devonta Freeman followed up his dominant 2015 campaign by finishing sixth among RBs with 1079 yards and 11 touchdowns while adding 54 receptions for 462 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. He has cemented his place as an elite RB in the NFL and is being drafted as one with a current ADP of 11 overall and RB6. Not many are questioning the loss of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to the 49ers. The Falcons offense that made a run to the Super Bowl last season had little turnover. The Falcons have brought in new offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian, and the team is taking a “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” mentality.
But the question remains, what would happen if Devonta Freeman was to suffer a season ending injury?
Tevin Coleman, WR – Tevin Coleman’s touches have increased in each of his first two seasons from 89 in 2015 to 149 touches in 2016. While that number is a fraction of Devonta Freeman’s 281 touches in 2016, there would be a significant opportunity if he should be called upon to carry the load. Coleman has only played one game in which Freeman did not dress, 2015 Week 12 vs. the Minnesota Vikings. In that game Coleman had 18 rushes for 110 yards. If Freeman is lost for the season, Coleman’s status will vault up to a mid RB1. The Falcons offense will continue to produce, and Coleman will be given an opportunity to shine.