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RB Devonta Freeman - Atlanta Falcons

5-8, 206Born: 3-15-1992College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 4

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Recent Stats and Projections

3 at DET 41 21 106 1 3 3 32 0 0 19.8
4 vs BUF 49 18 58 1 2 2 20 0 0 13.8
6 vs MIA 42 9 68 0 4 2 11 0 0 7.9
7 at NE PROJ-Dodds * 15 * * 2 * * * *
7 at NE PROJ-Tremblay * 14 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Falcons | Devonta Freeman runs for 68 yards (Sun Oct 15, 05:01 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman rushed nine times for 68 yards in Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins and he added two receptions for 11 yards on four targets.

Our View: Freeman was running hot early and on his way to a huge day, but the Falcons lost their stride on offense in the second half after opening up a 17-0 lead. He's still the boom/bust RB1 against the Patriots next week that he has been all year.
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