RB Devonta Freeman - Atlanta Falcons
|5-8, 206||Born: 3-15-1992||College: Florida State||Drafted: Round 4|
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 19 vs PHI (10 / 7 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 26 / 1 rec)
Devonta Freeman struggled because of Philadelphia's strong defensive front. Atlanta tried to establish Freeman on the interior with little success, while Tevin Coleman had strong perimeter runs throughout the game. Freeman caught the second most passes with five, but he was unable to much traction. Freeman's touchdown came on a dump off pass from Ryan in the red zone where he had room underneath the defense.
2017 Week 18 vs LAR (18 / 66 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Freeman scored one of Atlanta's two touchdowns with a very strong goal line run that included a won collision and strong leg drive to push through a would-be tackler to the end zone. He was a big part of the long drive in the third quarter, including a long run that saw him bowl over a tackler and drag him for extra yardage.
2017 Week 17 vs CAR (11 / 23 / 0 rush, 11 / 9 / 85 / 1 rec)
The Falcons back scored on a 19-yard catch up the left seam after exiting the middle of the line and broke outside of a shallow crossing route working in front of him in the opposite direction. This earned Freeman a huge crease for the catch and run. Freeman made a man miss in the right flat with a great juke on safety Jairus Byrd to earn seven yards on a 2nd and 10 outlet pass with pressure reaching the pocket. He was pinned in the left flat on the next play with pressure reaching Matt Ryan off the left edge and this forced a punt to end Atlanta's second drive. He earned 26 yards on a screen as the outside twin receiver to the right side. He split the blocks of Julio Jones and a lineman up the right sideline for the gain. Freeman limped off the field midway through the second quarter on a third-down pass where he blocked a man up the middle of the line and appeared to aggravate the injury as he released on a short route to the flat. Freeman returned to run an angle route for a 10-yard gain late in the half. He broke a tackle in the backfield while working around right tackle for a three-yard gain to begin the third quarter. His best gain of the day came late in the third quarter--a five-yard run up the middle where he spun off contact. He also made a pivotal 2nd and 8 play at midfield to work back outside to create a target for a scrambling Matt Ryan for a gain of 11 on the play. Freeman ran hard and bled the Panthers for every yard he could get, but Atlanta's line could not reach the Panthers linebackers.
2017 Week 16 vs NO (11 / 36 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
He picked up a 2nd and 2 for a first down with a short gain and then took a misdirection pitch to the left up the sideline for a long gain across midfield but Jake Matthews held the inside pursuit unnecessarily and nullified the gain. New Orleans stopped Freeman on a 3rd and 2 after Taylor Gabriel gained 20 on a 2nd and 22 during the second drive. He picked up a 4th and 1 off left tackle on the next play, but the fullback Derrick Coleman moved before the ball was snapped and it nullified a second pivotal rushing play and forced Atlanta to end its second drive with a punt. Freeman delivered a face mask to Te'o on a toss right as the LB ran free to the backfield and forced the RB out of bounds on 1st and 15 and set up a 1st and 30 during the third drive. After Dion Jones intercepted a crossing route on the opening drive of the second half, Freeman fumbled a third-down run inside the Saints two after running into the back of center Alex Mack and Te'o recovered the ball. Freeman earned a strong gain up right tackle on a 3rd and 1 Wildcat play during the second drive of the third quarter with Sanu as the quarterback - Atlanta's first third-down conversion of the game. He earned another five yards two plays later on a player around left tackle and he made a strong cut downhill.
2017 Week 15 vs TB (22 / 126 / 1 rush, 7 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec)
Tampa run blitzed the correct gap to stop Freeman at the line of scrimmage for a gain of a yard on the opening play from an I formation set. That was the best defense of a run play the Buccaneers had for most of the night. Freeman and the Falcons routinely gashed Tampa with toss plays to either side of the field. Freeman found huge gaps at the line of scrimmage and no linebackers to tackle him until he was trucking safeties 9-12 yards downfield. He ran over T.J. Ward on a 22-yard gain and later did the same Chris Conte. Freeman scored on a one-yard plunge in the first quarter and a 32-yard toss play up the right flat in the fourth quarter. He had two fumbles in this game. The first was on the one-yard plunge but it was ruled that he crossed the plane. The second happened on a run up the right flat into the secondary where he tried to run over Conte a second time and lost the ball. Atlanta recovered each fumbled, even if only one was officially scored as such. His best play of the night was a critical third-down catch over the middle on a pivot route against hard contact with a little more than two minutes left after Tampa closed the lead to four points.
2017 Week 14 vs NO (24 / 91 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He earned eight cutting inside a fullback lead through a huge crease on the Falcons' opening drive. Two plays later , and two Saints penalties later, he gained another five up the middle from a single back, two-tight end set, making a strong press to the left guard and cutting back to the right guard. He was stuffed on a toss to left end that he tried to cut back inside on the following play. He earned eight untouched outside left end on a toss near midfield during Atlanta's third drive, picking up a good block from Justin Hardy. New Orleans stuffed Freeman on 1st and goal at the 1 on a run up the middle. Freeman followed Coleman on 3rd and goal from 1 for walk-in score off the left side. The team turned back to Freeman to get them deep into Saints territory early in the second half, but Matt Ryan threw an interception to kill the drive. Freeman slowed down as the game went on, and the team used Tevin Coleman more in the fourth quarter, including on the drive that yielded the game-winning field goal.
2017 Week 13 vs MIN (12 / 74 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
He bounced off his own lineman on a run towards left guard and tried to work to the outside, but he was dropped by a defensive tackle for no gain on the second play of the series. Minnesota stuffed Freeman again with penetration in the backfield for a two-yard loss four plays later. He made a nice head fake in the backfield to set up penetration at the right edge to earn five yards off right tackle on a 1st and 20 later in this first drive. Two plays later on 3rd and 8, Freeman found a huge hole inside the right guard and up the right flat with a strong bounce out for a long gain and a first down. However, center Alex Mack committed a holding penalty. Freeman had another strong run up the right side but another holding penalty nullified the play. He earned 12 on a 3rd and 17 draw from shotgun to set up an opening drive field goal attempt. Atlanta ran power to the right side for a strong gain across midfield for a first down during the third series. Freeman earned another first down up the middle but this time, the Vikings were called for a penalty on the second play of the second half. Freeman earned four with a tough run through contact on a first-down run later in the drive. Freeman ran hard up for a first down in the middle of the fourth quarter and then earned seven on a check-down and made two defenders miss for most of the gain. Freeman earned another strong crease on a pitch to the left side on the following play.
2017 Week 10 vs DAL (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Anthony Hitchens delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit on Freeman during his second carry of the game and he was clearly woozy as he slowly climbed to his feet. It was the last we saw of Freeman. He left the field with 6:26 in the first quarter and did not return.
2017 Week 9 vs CAR (11 / 46 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Freeman had a strong, slashing gain of six yards off right tackle on his first touch of the game. He had a five-yard gain called back due to a hold by West Schweitzer, who has struggled as the replacement starter. Freeman routinely earned strong gains with cutbacks or yards after contact, but Atlanta's game script changed with Carolina taking the lead in the middle of the game and controlling the ball with its own ground attack in the third quarter. Freeman took a big shot from Kurt Coleman late in the game on an outlet pass that forced him to leave the field. Watch for a potential rib injury or possible aggravation of his shoulder injury. He looked okay after the initial sting of the hit and getting helped off, so it may be nothing more than Freeman getting the wind knocked out of him.
2017 Week 8 vs NYJ (12 / 41 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
The Falcons' starter didn't have any huge plays, but he consistently found cut back lanes or nice-sized creases with his first reads throughout the day. He routinely set up short-yardage situations and converted third downs. Despite Tevin Coleman's big plays, Freeman was the more consistent option in terms of positive gains.
2017 Week 7 vs NE (12 / 72 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
As we've seen all season, Freeman ran well, routinely earning cutback attempts and yards after the catch as an outlet receiver both over the middle and split wide from the formation. Freeman had multiple runs of 8-10 yards during this game and nearly broke several of them for more. His biggest gain was a run off right guard for 22 yards, and it was one of 3 runs where he broke through a wrap from a defensive lineman or linebacker at the line of scrimmage. Several of his largest gains came during Atlanta's final two drives during the fourth quarter with the game in hand and the Patriots to let Atlanta bleed the clock with the ground game.
2017 Week 6 vs MIA (9 / 68 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Freeman followed his fullback off right tackle on a 2nd and 5 and the hole closed up fast enough that he tried to reverse field but lost three with Miami swarming to the ball on the second play of the opening drive. He earned 10 yards up the middle on the opening carry of the second drive through a big hole against nickel. He lost three off tackle two plays later. The Miami defense swarmed to the ball and stopped Freeman for no gain on a screen pass to the left flat on 3rd and 11, forcing Atlanta's first punt of the game in the second quarter. He earned a 44-yard run on a toss left through a huge canyon of a crease thanks to blocks in the second level. Two plays later, he got inside the nine of Miami off left end for nine yards. Freeman earned a slant to reach midfield with 0:20 left in the half. After Miami dominated the third quarter and Atlanta rotated to Tevin Coleman during the fourth quarter, Freeman got stuffed on the few opportunities he had up the middle. Later, Freeman dropped a 1st and 10, screen pass at the two-minute warning.
2017 Week 4 vs BUF (18 / 58 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
The Falcons starter ran hard and made timely plays, including runs to beat penetration into the backfield. He earned a well-blocked run to left end for the first down and a gain of at least 10 yards to begin the game. He followed up with a spin away from Lorenzo Alexander in the backfield for a 2nd and 2 run up the left sideline for a first down, reaching the 50. Freeman later earned nine off guard to begin the fourth series and followed up with a first down on a short run up the middle. Later in the half, Freeman was stuffed for a two-yard loss thanks to penetration into the backfield on a toss play to the middle of the line, forcing a 3rd and 12. He gave Atlanta the lead with a one-year plunge at the end of the first half to give. His best run was a hard-charging attempt up the middle for 16 yards, breaking three wraps with 11:00 left, getting Atlanta inside the Buffalo 35. He also earned a screen pass to get Atlanta in the red zone with 1:05 left.
2017 Week 3 vs DET (21 / 106 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
The Falcons runner converted a 3rd and 16 with an angle route up the right seam into tight coverage at the Lions two, taking a huge hit as he made the reception. He was stuffed on the next play for a loss of two on a well-defended trap play. Freeman made three defenders miss for a 12-yard gain on 2nd and 10 on a run to the left edge at the end of the first quarter. With Jarrad Davis out, the Lions missed his pursuit on Freeman's cutback runs, including a nine-yard gain on outside zone to lead off Atlanta's third series early in the second quarter. Later in the drive, Freeman earned huge creases up the middle thanks to his success on the edge, earning two strong gains from the 15 to the Detroit 1 and an easy score on the following play. Freeman earned at least 15 yards up the middle with less than a minute left but a holding call nullified the play and pushed Atlanta from scoring position to just outside the 40. Two plays later, Freeman cut the yardage deficit to 3rd and 7 after a nice gain up the left sideline on a quick pass to the boundary. Freeman had three strong gains on the left side of the line to respond to the Lions tying up the game late in the third quarter for a trio of first downs, including a two physical finishes to end the quarter.
2017 Week 2 vs GB (19 / 84 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
His second run of the game was a fine cutback to the left flat where he split two defenders for eight yards. This got Atlanta near midfield. Two plays later, Freeman gained another five yards and two plays after that, he worked the right flat on a wide route behind two blockers for 7 yards and a first down inside the 10 of Green Bay. This target came on a route where Freeman and Tevin Coleman began the play in the backfield. Two plays later, Freeman took the toss play to the right end for a one-yard plunge. Freeman scored again on a run outside Sambrallo for a two-yard play behind its tight trips set of Austin Hooper, Mohamed Sanu, and Justin Hardy. With a 31-10 lead by the middle of the third quarter, Freeman bled the clock with good cutback running as a ball carrier and a short-range pass receiver during the third and fourth quarter.
2017 Week 1 vs CHI (12 / 37 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
He gained six on the first offensive touch of the game on a toss right to a wide open perimeter. Great bounce out on a short draw from shotgun on the third down for the first down. Picked up a good 3rd and 1 with a nice cut back outside penetration up the middle for a first down. Bounce left for the five-yard score with 4:30 in the half. Good read and bounce. Strung out ot the left early in the third quarter. Another good stop-start cut inside for a five-yard gain. Freeman wasn't as involved in the passing game as Coleman and this was close to an even split in touches.
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