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RB Tevin Coleman - Atlanta Falcons

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

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Week 7: at New England Patriots

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FBG says: Good matchup. Leading the way in the Falcons' successful running attack is Devonta Freeman, who's enjoying a great bounce-back from his 2016 semi-disappointment. Running behind a road-grading offensive line ranked third by Footballguys OL expert Matt Bitoni, Freeman is averaging 4.47 yards per rush. He's been outstanding in short yardage: on 17 attempts with 1 or 2 yards needed for a first down or touchdown, Freeman has converted 13 times, tied for the league's sixth-best rate among 29 qualifiers. Freeman's volume may waver a bit, but his roles as lead back, finisher, and scorer in this potent offense are secure. Coleman is dynamite when he sees the ball, racking up a career-high 5.61 average as the ultimate change-of-pace weapon. Their opponents tend to struggle for volume when the Patriots jump to early leads, but whatever workloads they get are typically quite productive. They're allowing a rough 4.74 yards per rush, as well as the third-most PPR points overall - to opposing running backs. Poor linebacker play has been the main culprit, as most of their struggles have come off the tackles and edges, such as when Kareem Hunt (17 carries for 148 yards and 1 touchdown) worked them over thoroughly in Week 1. Still, due to their typical game script, they've allowed just the 13th-most ground yards to running backs altogether. We can expect efficiency and even dynamism against the Patriots, but not necessarily fantasy fireworks.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at DET 28 6 46 0 5 3 43 0 0 8.9
4 vs BUF 27 9 79 0 6 4 65 0 0 13.4
6 vs MIA 18 9 32 1 1 1 4 0 0 9.6
7 at NE PROJ-Dodds * 8 * * 4 * * * *
7 at NE PROJ-Tremblay * 9 * * 2 * * * *
7 at NE PROJ-Bloom * 9 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs MIA (9 / 32 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Coleman ran into his own guard on his first carry up the middle and had to bounce off it to earn a few yards off the left side during the opening drive. Two plays later, he took a toss to left end, but lost a yard when Lawrence Timmons and Xavien Howard pulled him out of bounds before he could turn the corner on a 3rd and 1 in Miami territory. This led to a 51-yard field goal by Matt Bryant. Coleman worked around left end and was fast enough to avoid penetration from the edge for four yards and past midfield. He earned a short pass on an angle route for four yards after a false start penalty to setup a 2nd and 11 on the third series. Coleman scored on the second of two consecutive runs from the Miami 9 after a combined 53 yards from Devonta Freeman. The score came from a shotgun trips play. After Miami got within three, Coleman took a toss play left for a strong gain and a first down near midfield. William Hayes stuffed Coleman on a sweep to the right for a loss that set up a 3rd and 16 with 7:22 left in a tie game.

2017 Week 4 vs BUF (9 / 79 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 65 / 0 rec)

Lorenzo Alexander covered Coleman at the left sideline but Coleman dropped the ball trying to turn up the boundary before he secured the target on a 2nd and 6 near midfield in Bills territory. He had difficulty working free of Alexander on the next play, and it forced Ryan to take a hit while throwing the ball away against pressure and forced a punt. In the next series, defensive penetration forced Coleman to change direction in the backfield and he was dropped for a loss of two late in the first quarter. He found a cutback off the backside guard for six yards on the following play. He then picked up an A-gap blitz by Alexander on third down to set up a first down conversion on a short out to Julio Jones, but he had to leave the field with a shoulder injury because of bad technique. He returned in the next series for a four-yard gain on a toss to left end to midfield. The toss play and runs behind fullback were his most effective plays. He earned a toss right on the next play behind the FB and earned 29 yards Coleman later caught a wheel route up the left sideline with a diving effort. Just before the two-minute warning, he gashed Buffalo on a draw play just before the two-minute warning that nearly broke free for a long gain. In the second half, Coleman earned a long gain up the left sideline on a toss, but CB E.J. Gaines nearly foiled the 28-yard run by stripping the ball. Jake Matthews was on the spot to recover and Coleman got Atlanta inside the 20 with a pass over the middle a few plays later.

2017 Week 3 vs DET (6 / 46 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)

He gained two on his first touch; a fullback lead to right tackle where he hit the crease hard but was dropped after contact for no more than a yard. He earned a good matchup with a safety covered up by the tight end's seam route but the safety made up ground and tackled the runner shy of the first down, leading to a 3rd and 2 after a 13-yard gain. Coleman got loose off the right end up the sideline for a 14-yard gain up the right sideline behind a good Jones block at the boundary later in the same drive. Coleman took a hitch to right end up the sideline for a strong gain but offsetting penalties nullified the 25-yard run to the 13 of Detroit midway through the second quarter. He earned a nine-yard gain late in the half on a delay late in the half where he bounced off his own man deep into the crease and redirected to open ground for about half of those yards. Good stiff-arm up the right flat at the LOS to work up the sideline after breaking the tackle on a check-down a couple of plays later for 27 yards. Coleman was stuffed late in the third quarter on a play up the middle for a three-yard loss. He put a great move on a defender at the edge of a toss to the left for a strong gain that really highlighted the improvement he's made with his footwork. He followed up with an ISO to the left side for a nine-yard gain to set up a quitting-hitting dive play on 3rd and 1 for Freeman, who broke the play into the secondary inside the 20 of Detroit.

2017 Week 2 vs GB (6 / 42 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 1 rec)

He began as a decoy for a wide route to Freeman on the first series and later re-entered the game for three yards up the middle on a second-and-goal draw play. Coleman began the second series in the backfield and went the wrong way towards the exchange point with Matt Ryan on a pistol run to left guard. Ryan couldn't make the exchange and had to throw the ball away. Penetration from the defense stuffed Coleman in the backfield for a short loss during the third series, which set up a 3rd and 12. Midway through the second quarter, Coleman earned 35 yards with a patient run against 10 men in the box, bouncing to right end after Clay Matthews overplayed his backside. Coleman later scored on a three-yard rub route initiated at the goal line by Austin Hooper at the end of the first half. This put Atlanta up by 17. Coleman was stuffed again on a 2nd and short pass in the left flat late in the third quarter and on the next play, missed a linebacker blitz up the middle that led to a 53-yard field goal, putting Atlanta ahead, 34-10.

2017 Week 1 vs CHI (8 / 16 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)

Coleman went head over heels on a short run up the middle and slipped on a short pass in the let flat on a second and seven after that. He was stuffed on 3rd and 1 on a run inside against good penetration at the 29 of Chicago to set up a Matt Ryan 48-yard FG. Coleman was then targeted on a throw-out to the left flat but the pass was thrown inaccurately due to penetration in the backfield and Coleman had to pounce on the throw thrown behind him. He caught a flat pass on 1st down for 8 yards. Coleman cut back and was stuffed for third down on 2nd and short because head and pads come down too early. Forced a 3rd and 1. Later a run to left end foiled by holding call to Jake Matthews that would have gone for about 5-6 yards. Followed up with a pull through the wrap at the LOS for seven yards to set up 2nd and 13 manageable. Well covered by Leonard Floyd in the right flat and broken up in the third quarter. Broke a Kyle Fuller tackle on a crossing route circling form the backfield to get inside the 25 for his fourth catch. A bigger gain was lost when he slipped on a cut downhill on 2nd down and it seemed to happen for Freeman on the same side of the field although twice for Coleman.


Latest News

Falcons | Tevin Coleman gets into end zone (Sun Oct 15, 05:01 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman rushed nine times for 32 yards and a touchdown in Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins and he added one catch for four yards on his only target.

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