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RB Tevin Coleman - Atlanta Falcons

5-11, 206Born: 4-16-1993College: IndianaDrafted: Round 3

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Week 21: vs New England Patriots

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Falcons C Alex Mack (ankle, fibula) was limited in practice Monday, January 30, but is expected to see more work as the week progresses, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Mack's presence is key for the Atlanta offensive line, which averaged 4.6 yards per rush during the 2016 regular season, while ranking fifth in the NFL averaging 120.5 rushing yards generated per game. The attack has been less productive so far during the post-season (averaging 100 yards rushing per game at 3.4 yards per carry), but with dual threat backs like Devonta Freeman (14/45/1 rushing and five targets for 4/80/0 receiving vs. Seattle in the Divisional round; 14/42/0 rushing and five targets for 4/42/1 receiving vs. Green Bay in the Conference Championship) and Tevin Coleman (11/57/0 rushing and four targets for 3/22/1 receiving vs. Seattle; 11/29/1 rushing with three targets for 3/35/0 receiving vs. Green Bay), the total yardage generated by the running backs has been robust despite the sub-four-yards-per-carry average. Atlanta's Dynamic Duo come into the Super Bowl playing very well indeed. New England held the Texans to 23/105/0 rushing during their 16-34 win at Foxboro during the Divisional round of the playoffs, and then limited the LeVeon Bell-deprived Steelers to 20/54/1 rushing during the Conference Championships (they've averaged 79.5 rushing yards allowed per game so far in the post-season, with just one rushing score given out). New England wound up 2016 regular season ranked third in the NFL (tied with New York Giants) averaging 88.6 rushing yards allowed per game, with just six rushing scores given out all year (least rushing TDs allowed in the NFL over 16 games), and Houston didn't add to that total last weekend. The Patriots averaged a mere 10.4 fantasy points per game allowed during Weeks 15-17, also least allowed in the NFL during that time span. The Patriots are playing very tough rush defense during post-season, in line with their top-five finish during regular season. This is a tough matchup for the Atlanta running backs.

Recent Stats and Projections

17 vs NO 25 8 44 0 4 3 15 1 0 11.9
19 vs SEA 29 11 57 0 4 3 22 1 0 13.9
20 vs GB 0 11 29 1 3 3 35 0 0 12.4
21 vs NE 0 7 29 0 1 1 6 1 0 9.5
21 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 9 * * 2 * * * *
21 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 9 * * 2 * * * *
21 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 11 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 20 vs GB (11 / 29 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

The Falcons' No.2 back continues to earn a split of attempts with Freeman in the red zone. He looked good making some hard cuts against penetration on zone runs. He has been decisive and efficient with cutbacks and Ryan also finds him in the open flats as a receiver. Coleman padded the Falcons' lead with a three-yard scored in the fourth quarter.

2016 Week 19 vs SEA (11 / 57 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 1 rec)

Coleman continues to look better with each passing month. Hefs improving his setups of zone plays with cuts that hefs capable of making based on his build and not the stop-start moves or jump-cuts that he did earlier in his career. This has helped him set up big creases and earn strong gains. He bounced off a hit off left guard and worked up field for five yards to reach the 25 of Seattle during the first drive. He juggled a pitch to the right but made the first penetrating DB miss in the backfield and earned a first down for about seven yards to begin the second quarter on this long initial drive for the Falcons offense. It set up a touchdown on a slant to Julio Jones. Active in the receiving game, Coleman earned the first down with a cat6ch over the middle to get Atlanta to the 14 after a Seahawk punt pinned Atlanta inside the 1. Atlanta later upped the tempo with four minutes n the half. Three straight completions led to a touchdown to Coleman on the sail route wide open behind the defense after Ryan slid to his left from pressure. Early in the third quarter, Coleman earned a big hole inside right end on an outside zone for a 15-yard gain to get across midfield. He followed up with another up the middle for eight yards. The gains kept coming for Coleman, who out-rushed Freeman in this game thanks to some runs from passing sets and the defense cuing on Freeman for run plays. Coleman continued earning carries in the second half for gains of 6-8 yards on most of his attempts.

2016 Week 17 vs NO (8 / 44 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 1 rec)

Atlanta's second runner had a nice delay despite limited touches. After Freeman took Atlanta inside the 10 with a 35-yard pass up the right flat, Coleman leaked to an uncovered left flat and made a shoe-top catch on the run at the six. He turned up the sideline untouched for the score. HIs best gain was a 25-yard play around right end up the sideline that set up Atlanta's final score of the day, a 22-yard field goal.

2016 Week 16 vs CAR (9 / 90 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)

Coleman earned two through a tight crease and lowered his pads to push at the line of scrimmage. Coleman earned a throw-back dump off to the left edge on the weak side of a two tight end set and hit the RB on a swing pass for 13-14 yards. He earned seven yards on 2nd and 16 on a delay up the middle through a nice crease at the line. He fell to the ground on a screen pass inside the 15 of Carolina when he slipped cutting downhill at the 13. He gained a yard on a short run to left end. Coleman gave up a sack on Matt Ryan early in the fourth quarter, but he caught a route up the left sideline on 3rd and 21 in a wide open space for a gain of over 30 yards. Coleman followed up with a 55-yard run up the right sideline on an outside zone play for a game-sealing TD for a 30-13 lead. Carolina's effort to tackle were criticized roundly by the TV staff and the angles were indeed back and the effort to dive and wrap was not there. He followed up with a toss up the left sideline for 15 midway through the final quarter.

2016 Week 15 vs SF (14 / 58 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Even with Devonta Freeman seeing 22 touches, there was plenty of work left for Coleman against the toothless 49ers defense. Atlanta stuck with the run to the tune of 40 running back carries and Coleman saw his strongest workload of the season. Compared to his highly efficient teammates, Coleman was held in check as more than 45 of his yards came on two first half forays into the open field. Coleman also logged a fumble in the third quarter, which Atlanta recovered, but it took the Falcons out of field goal range when the game was still relatively in doubt.

2016 Week 14 vs LA (8 / 36 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)

Like Freeman, Coleman got stuffed up the middle by Dominic Easley in the first half. One of his better gains in the first half was a run around right end that he cut downhill fir five during the fourth series of the game, getting Atlanta past midfield. His first score was a quick screen up the right flat from shotgun inside the 10 of LA. He earned good blocks in the flat for the gain. He later caught a swing pass to right end on a 3rd and 6 for a gain of 8 and then worked around left end on a run for 6 yards. His second score was a quick-hitter off right tackle to add to a 28-0 lead. Coleman stretched over the goal line on the play after making a nice cutback. It was the second good cutback run with patience from Coleman in as many weeks and he's improving as a zone runner. Terron Ward took over the running back duties at the top of the fourth quarter.

2016 Week 13 vs KC (12 / 49 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Coleman ran well today, showing some good downhill cuts on outside pitches, zone plays, and gap plays. He still struggled on his one short yardage effort, but he consistently earned 4-8 yards in other situations as the second banana to Freeman.

2016 Week 12 vs ARI (8 / 9 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)

The Cardinals limited Coleman as a receiver by showing potential blitzes at the line of scrimmage in the middle the field, forcing the running back to look for pressure before leaving the backfield. This tactic shorted the length of Coleman's routes and gave the defense more time to tackle the receiver from better angles over top. One of these plays was a quick pass that only yielded two yards. When Coleman got a wide open look in the passing game, a play-action pass to the right flat, Coleman tripped in the flat at the Arizona 7--stopping his own touchdown when no one else could have. Penetration from D.J. Swearinger inside a Julio Jones block forced Coleman to spin from contact in the backfield for a loss of five on a run and he had a few more runs of less than four yards were the first lane wasn't open. His best gains were tosses of four and eight yards and the eight-yarder was close to going for a lot more. His touchdown was a one-yard gain where he dropped low and stayed tight to his blocker to avoid D.J. Swearinger at the goal line.

2016 Week 7 vs SD (8 / 64 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Coleman gained five up the right side on one of his early runs during the second quarter. He also converted a short-yardage 3rd when approached a crease up the middle and was hit in the backfield by defensive tackle Brandon Mebane. The defender didn't have his leg under him and it allowed Coleman to back his way through the defender and push for the first down. Coleman later go Atlanta inside the Chargers' 15 with a swing pass in the right flat. He followed up later in the half with a bounce outside to the right for eight yards. Atlanta switched up the run schemes as the game progressed. The Falcons surprised the Chargers with a power and an ISO play, both types of interior runs where Coleman gets to do what he does best: hit one defined crease fast. Coelman earned a 30-yard touchdown on the power play and earned 17 more on the ISO. But Coleman left the game in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury and he could be seen walking gingerly with a limp to the locker room. He did not return. Hamstrings are difficult injuries for backs to play through, especially backs who rely as much as explosion as Coleman.

2016 Week 6 vs SEA (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Matt Ryan was wide of Coleman early in the game when the runner shifted to the right flat from his single back position. Coleman was well covered by the linebacker on the play. He was also stuffed on third down from a single back set. Seattle's linebackers held up well against Coleman in the passing game, limiting him to a moderate gain on 2nd and long on a screen pass. It was flat. Well-covered by the LB and Ryan threw it wide. Stuffed on third down and one as the single back. Coleman caught on a 2nd and long screen and limited to a seven-yard gain late in the half and led to a 3rd and 8 as time ran out.

2016 Week 5 vs DEN (6 / 31 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 132 / 1 rec)

Thanks to great game planning from offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons repeatedly found ways to match Tevin Coleman in the slot against an inside linebacker for big plays. Ryan found Tevin Coleman on a third-down crossing route from the slot for a 48-yard gain on the first drive. He later found Coleman for an easy score of 19 yards after splitting the back from the shotgun to the inside trips side of the formation on the linebacker and hit the wide open Coleman at the five. Later, Ryan found Coleman up the right sideline on a fade from slot right against a Broncos linebacker for a 49-yard play. Coleman had some decent efforts as a runner in this game, including a 7-yard gain off right end thanks to a great block by fullback Patrick DiMarco on a penetrating linebacker. Coleman got stuffed on 3rd and short when Von Miller pushed the right tackle into the backfield and forced the blocker into Coleman. Coleman remains a fine option but watch for defenses to begin covering him with a safety or nickel corner. When Denver used a defensive back to cover Coleman on a third down crossing route during the second quarter, the back was stopped at the catch point thanks to the defender's quickness matching up better with the speedy back.

2016 Week 4 vs CAR (8 / 19 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)

Once again, Kyle Shanahan found ways to get Coleman involved as a receiver and it would have been more productive if Atlanta didn't have an easy matchup against cornerback Berne Benwikere that they exploited all day with three different receivers. Coleman's best play was a play-action pass where he released from the middle to the right flat and gained 11. He had another 11-yard gain two plays later, but center Alex Mack held on the play. After the pick-six of Ryan, Coleman was stuffed up the middle twice with unimaginative runs for three yards total. His first good run came on an outside zone for six yards up the left side through a nice crease he could accelerate through. He later dropped a pass over the middle on a low throw while taking a hit by a linebacker. Coleman showed decent pad level for a first down at the top of the fourth quarter on a short-yardage run, which is one of the better short yardage runs I've seen from him all season. If he continues doing this, he could make a legit play for more work as an every-down runner but he'll need to show this for another 3-4 games before his fans have reason for excitement.

2016 Week 3 vs NO (12 / 42 / 3 rush, 3 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)

Coleman scored three touchdowns tonight and two of them came on a pair of two-yard runs through large creases that allowed the back to hit the hole hard and get his pads under any resistance. His third score was a bounce to the left end from the Saints' six and he could have walked the ball in. Coleman earned 47 of his 89 yard from scrimmage as receiver and it included a 4th and 1 play fake to him form the I formation that followed with Coleman leaking to the flat for a touch pass of 34 yards. He also caught a swing pass off a play fake to Devonta Freeman--both passes were new wrinkles for Coleman as a receiver. The only place Coleman struggled was up the middle from a traditional run alignment where he got stuffed on a 3rd and 2 because his pad level was too high against James Laurinitis. He had a brief injury scare on fourth-down run to the right side when he got wrapped at the ankles and got up limping to the sideline. It happened in the first half and he returned without issue.

2016 Week 2 vs OAK (12 / 46 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Coleman had another good day in his role as a running back that Atlanta wants to get into open space. He began with a delay up the middle for six yards on the first drive through a nice crease. But when penetration up the middle force Coleman to make a quick move, he chose the wrong direction and was held to no gain on the second drive. When presented with another good crease up right guard, he gained six yards and showed off his momentum-based power to drive into the defender with a good finish. He later gained six up the right side and nearly broke it longer if not for the LB hanging onto the back's ankle. Atlanta then used a heavy dosage of Coleman in the red zone late in the half after a long punt return put the offense inside the Raiders' 10. The offense fed Coleman the ball to the right side for four; he gained three more to the three on a run to left end but he couldn't punch it in. The Raiders Reggie Nelson sniffed out the WR screen to Coleman that the Falcons used against the Buccaneers but Atlanta delivered an excellent counterpunch when it recognized a linebacker on Coleman and split the runner to the slot and let him run a slant, earning a 24-yard gain. Atlanta tried this again later with a 3rd and 6 slant in the red zone in a tie game in the fourth quarter but the Raiders' linebacker timed his hit on Coleman and the ball ricocheted into the air. Fortunately, Justin Hardy caught the rebound for the go-ahead score. Coleman than put the game out of reach with a 13-yard run up the right guard, dragging the safety to the goal line for the score.

2016 Week 1 vs TB (8 / 22 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 95 / 0 rec)

Of Coleman's first four touches, three of them were perimeter plays. His best play was a 47-yard swing pass to the right flat. Ryan threw the ball behind Coleman and the second-year tight end made an excellent back shoulder adjustment on the move to snare the ball and take it up the right sideline. Coleman's outside plays were exciting and he came close to breaking his second touch to the right side, but he was not effective inside. When he earned more than a few yards up the middle in this game, he was given the ball on "long" down and distance situations that meant a four-yard gain wasn't a significant output. He gained 21 yards on a play fake and catch on a route to the flat. Then they put him outside as a receiver and ran the screen for another first down for 16 yards.


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