RB Tevin Coleman - San Francisco 49ers
|5-11, 206||Born: 4-16-1993||College: Indiana||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2015|
2019 Week 1 vs TB (6 / 23 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Coleman didn't do much of anything as a runner before leaving the game with an ankle injury, but he did have a 31-yard gain as a receiver. Of course, it was one of those "pick that's not a pick" plays, wherein Coleman ran free on a shallow cross because Kyle Juszczyk baited two Buccaneers defenders to run into each other. At the end of the play, Coleman did the same thing he did at the end of seemingly all of his runs, i.e., went down upon first contact.
2019 Week 5 vs CLE (16 / 97 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Coleman didn't show any signs of being adversely affected by the ankle injury that kept him out of San Francisco's prior two games. On the other hand, he was mostly untouched for the vast majority of his rushing performance, including a 19-yard touchdown run at the end of the first half, a 15-yard run early in the second quarter, and a 15-yard run midway through the third quarter.
2019 Week 6 vs LAR (18 / 45 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Coleman was the clear lead back, especially in the red zone, because Matt Breida was managing an ankle injury during game. Coleman didn't make much of the opportunity, as he almost exclusively only gained what was blocked for him. Just about the only carry on which this wasn't the case was his first quarter touchdown. On the play, safety John Johnson was unblocked off the left edge, but Coleman was able to stiffarm him to the ground and sprint for the pylon. He could have had another goal line touchdown in the second half, but he dropped a pass completely uncovered in the right flat.
2019 Week 7 vs WAS (20 / 62 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)
For the first 55 minutes of game time, Coleman had been doing what he always does: Gaining what's blocked for him, and not a yard more. But then on San Francisco's final win-cementing drive, he made a couple of individual plays that essentially ended the game. On a 9-yard run with five minutes left, he made a nice jump-cut to the inside to elude a tackler at the line of scrimmage. Coleman also converted a crucial first down on outside zone to allow San Francisco to further bleed the clock. And on the final scrimmage play of the drive, Coleman used a bounce outside and a burst of speed to escape immediate penetration into the backfield. This eventual 6-yard gain made the 49ers' field goal attempt with less than a minute left a 28-yarder instead of more like 40; which was a significant difference given the field conditions.
2019 Week 8 vs CAR (11 / 105 / 3 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)
One should never assert that a player with 118 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns had anything less than a great game. However, taking a second look at Coleman's performance reveals almost all of his production came before being touched by a defender. Coleman's first touchdown was a simple inside handoff that went 19 yards untouched. His second was on a screen pass to the left flat, where he ran 16 yards untouched. His third was on another inside handoff, which he took for 48 yards; again untouched. It wasn't until Coleman's fourth touchdown where he had to contend with potential contact because it was on the goal line. And yet, even then, he waltzed into the end zone from 1 yard out having been slightly nudged through a wide open lane. Again, Coleman had a great game. He just wasn't Jim Brown out there or anything.
2019 Week 9 vs ARI (12 / 23 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Coleman was stymied by the constant parade of eight-man boxes employed by Arizona. That said, there were a couple of opportunities to slip one tackle and produce a big gain, but Coleman couldn't do it. For instance, on consecutive runs at the end of the first quarter, Coleman was poised to be one on one with the Cardinals' single-high safety, but he went down at first contact just as the wide open running lane opened up.
2019 Week 10 vs SEA (9 / 40 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
Two-thirds of Coleman's rushing yards came on an untouched run up the middle midway through the first quarter. Otherwise, he was stymied by Seattle's constant use of eight-man boxes. Coleman's second-best play came as a receiver out of the backfield, evading a Bobby Wagner tackle to gain 16 yards that extended San Francisco's game-tying drive at the end of regulation. Unfortunately, not only did Coleman not touch the ball after that, he didn't play a single snap in overtime because of the 49ers exclusively using their four-minute offense personnel.
2019 Week 11 vs ARI (12 / 14 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
Vintage Coleman, this was. Except for one carry, he only gained what was blocked for him. Becase Arizona frequently employed eight-man boxes on running downs, that meant not a lot. In the passing game, he could have had a walk-in touchdown on a swing pass at the goal line, but Jimmy Garoppolo led him toward the goal line, whereas Coleman kept his route flat. He did have a 37-yard catch to start the second half, however. On that play, Coleman actually lined up in the slot and ran a shallow cross uncovered through Arizona's short zone. After the catch, he used his speed to run untouched down the sideline until being touched by Budda Baker. Then he went down.
2019 Week 12 vs GB (11 / 39 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Coleman faced stacked boxes and was a victim of a couple of poor blocks, but he did show improvement in eluding tacklers on his two best runs of the game. On his touchdown, he powered through three tacklers who seemingly bottled him up at the 1-yard line. And on an 11-yard run in the second quarter, he made consecutive jump cuts to elude linebacker Kyler Fackrell to the outside and cornerback Jaire Alexander back to the inside. It should also be noted that five of Coleman's six second-half carries came with the 49ers up 30-8 midway through the fourth quarter.
2019 Week 13 vs BAL (5 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Coleman started, but several short carries ending in a tackle upon first contact led Kyle Shanahan to quickly bench him in favor of Raheem Mostert, the much hotter hand. After Mostert's number was called on five consecutive plays, Coleman briefly re-entered to give him a rest. One carry and zero yards later, he went back to the bench.
2019 Week 14 vs NO (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With game flow quickly devolving into a back-and-forth shootout, Coleman hardly played. All three of this touches came on a single, 3-and-out drive early in the third quarter.
2019 Week 15 vs ATL (4 / 40 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Coleman sprinkled in a single, untouched run for 37 yards among a holding penalty in pass protection, a target he wasn't ready for despite the playing being designe to him, as we all as a handful of other runs that went nowhere. To be fair, though, that long run did require a modicum of vision and change-of-direction at the point of attack in order to get into the secondary.
2019 Week 16 vs LAR (5 / 33 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Once again, Coleman started but saw the field less than Raheem Mostert. He gained 21 of his 33 rushing yards on two fourth quarter carries. The first was a "keeping them honest" run sprinkled in the midst of five passes. The other made Robbie Gould's game-winning field goal 9 yards closer.
2019 Week 17 vs SEA (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Coleman's last touch of the game came less than two minutes into the second half. It was a 7-yard swing pass on 3rd-and-15, so the 49ers had to punt; Coleman was never seen again. Earlier, two of his five carries gained zero or negative yardage.
2019 Week 19 vs MIN (22 / 105 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Coleman got the start with Raheem Mostert not at 100% in this game and he ran hard with a good burst at the point of attack. He was often down on first contact and running in a linear fashion without much nuance as usual, but as the game went on, the holes got bigger and Coleman almost got into the open field a few times. His role as the lead back got him two short scores and he was showing a lot of fight at the end of his runs.
2018 Week 1 vs PHI (9 / 19 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)
He earned a quick five yards up the middle to begin the second series. Coleman failed to cut back inside on a toss play once he reached the edge and was forced to the sideline for a loss of three yards on a first-down run in Eagles territory. On the next play, he earned 26 yards on a throwback screen. Coleman earned six yards late in the third quarter around left end nullified by a clipping call. Coleman scored from an I formation run with a nice cut at the second level to take the lead.
2018 Week 2 vs CAR (16 / 107 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Carolina stuffed Coleman twice on outside zone runs during the first drive but he broke free on a well-blocked toss play on third and 1, running through a Luke Kuechly grab for a first down across midfield for over 20 yards. Coleman earned 36 yards off right tackle with a great move in the crease. Coleman earned 19 yards up the middle with a nice cutback in the late third quarter. Atlanta earned a lot of good second-level and backside blocks to open Coleman to the second and third level of the defense.
2018 Week 3 vs NO (15 / 33 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 1 rec)
The Saints limited Coleman to modest gains early. His best run of the half was an eight-yard draw play with a little more than a minute left deep in their own territory in a passing-down situation. Atlanta ran the same play to him on the next play for a loss, forcing a time out. Atlanta finally got Coleman outside on a run to left end with Coleman making a nice stutter towards the cutback inside and then continued bouncing to the sideline for a gain to the Falcons' 38. Coleman scored on a short pass, ducking through a wrap at the sideline and extending the ball to the pylon early in the fourth quarter to retake the lead. He earned a second red zone pass in as many drives, getting Atlanta to the Saints' three. He was stuffed on the next play due to good penetration up the middle.
2018 Week 4 vs CIN (14 / 51 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
He began the game with a three-yard gain off right guard and then turned a third-and-one run for a first down across midfield, doing a good job picking through a big crease. He followed up that up with a six-yard gain with a backside cutback on the outside zone play. Coleman dragged across the defense on a crossing route for a first-down catch and run to reach midfield during the second drive. Coleman earned a first down on a check-down to the flat to begin the second quarter. Coleman played well but didn't earn consistent volume.
2018 Week 5 vs PIT (7 / 15 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
He earned a quick four yards on a short-yardage run on third down to open the second quarter. Coleman failed in two blitz situations during the first half that resulted in a pair of sacks. Coleman's runs did not earn significant gains beyond the line of scrimmage during the first three quarters. There was always one unblocked man making a tackle early.
2018 Week 6 vs TB (10 / 35 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 1 rec)
He earned an easy six yards off right tackle to begin Atlanta's first series from an I-formation set. Coleman earned a strong cutback on a run to right end and gained 19. Ryan targeted Coleman on a seam route against Brent Grimes in the end zone but overthrew the route. The Buccaneers stretched out Coleman late in the second quarter for a short gain. Coleman earned a combined 20 yards on a pair of pitches to each side of the field on consecutive touches in the third quarter. Coleman earned a bootleg target for a score in the middle of the quarter to hold serve and regain a two-possession lead.
2018 Week 7 vs NYG (11 / 50 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
He earned a strong crease off right tackle and accelerated through it for a 12-yard gain on the second play of the game. Two plays later, he lost a yard on a run to right end. He earned four yards up the middle with his third carry to begin the second drive from a three-tight end set. New York stuffed Coleman on a pitch to the right for a loss of a yard. He barely reached the line of scrimmage on a screen to the left flat a few plays later. Coleman earned three yards off tackle to begin the fourth series. Coleman got stretched out by the defense midway through the third quarter and only gained two yards on his first third-quarter carry. Coleman sealed the game midway through the fourth quarter nice cut in the crease back to the inside and then up the sideline for the 30-yard touchdown. With an eight-point lead, the Giants stretched Coleman to the sideline for a loss late in the game and he limped off the field after a collision with his lower leg.
2018 Week 9 vs WAS (13 / 88 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 68 / 2 rec)
He earned great blocks up the left flat on a 39-yard screen for a touchdown. He also earned a strong gain on a run to left end two series later. He pushed for four up the middle during the third series of the game and then earned a first down on the next play as the runner working the left flat from shotgun for a catch and run up the sideline. He began the second half with an eight-yard gain on a toss play to left tackle. He earned a second huge crease up the middle on the next play with a 16-yard gain on a double team and the linebacker slow to reach the gap. Coleman earned 10 yards off the left side against a walled-off front that was at a personnel disadvantage. He scored on a again on a swing pass to the right flat. Coleman earned the bulk of his yardage off the left end.
2018 Week 10 vs CLE (11 / 44 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
He earned 16 yards on a misdirection toss play to the right side that pit the receivers in the flats against the secondary. Coleman exited the field with a limp. He returned and gained six up the middle two series later, breaking a tackle at the line. He followed with a six-yard gain and a first down at the left sideline as Ryan's check-down. Coleman earned a six-yard gain up the middle after breaking a tackle to reach the Cleveland four but then got stuffed by the backside defender on the following play. Jamie Collins cut down Coleman on a run to left end early in the second half for an eight-yard loss. After a short kickoff, Coleman earned 18 around right end to reach midfield in the third quarter. Coleman dropped a check-down late in the third quarter. The ball bounced off his hands. Jabril Peppers hit Coleman high a run up the middle and knocked Coleman backwards inches shy of the goal line. Cleveland stuffed Coleman on third and goal from the one. Damarious Randall stuffed Coleman from backside pursuit for a loss on a third and goal from the one.
2018 Week 11 vs DAL (8 / 58 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
He earned a first down after a big hit over the middle on a short slant from a wide split on third and five from an empty set. Coleman bounced a run for 15 to left end on the second play of the second series. Coleman broke a tackle and made a defender miss for a one-yard gain on a shotgun toss play during the third series, getting Atlanta set up for a quarterback sneak and a first down. Coleman earned about 14 yards off right end but the left guard held on the play and nullified the run that kicked off the fourth series. Coleman earned four on a short pass to the flat with a little more than a minute left. He earned 17 yards up the left side of the line on a delay through a huge hole early in the second half. He broke a tackle in the backfield on the next play on a short pass where Matt Ryan spun free of Demarcus Lawrence's pressure. This play should have bene over but Coleman earned about 15 yards on the play. Coleman earned 10 on a toss to left end early in the fourth quarter. He earned another seven yards up the middle two plays later through a big crease to get across midfield. Coleman earned 14 with a cut back through a huge crease up the middle once again for a first down to reach Atlanta's 45 late in the game. Malik Collins cut through the line to the right edge on a shotgun run for a loss of three two plays later to set up a third and nine.
2018 Week 12 vs NO (8 / 6 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 17 / 1 rec)
The Saints repeatedly tested Coleman's patience with penetration that forced Coleman to do one of two things: cut his stride length to run more patiently and set up a cutback or move one gap over, or attempt a dramatic bounce-out. Coleman, who lacks great footwork, chose the bounce-outs repeatedly and was shut down for most of the game with short gains and losses. His best gain of the night came late in the fourth quarter on receiver throw-out on a drive where he scored on another short pass of four yards. Matt Ryan outgained Coleman on the ground by 10 yards in this game (16 to 6).
2018 Week 13 vs BAL (6 / 8 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
He earned two yards on a quick shotgun run up left guard after an eight-yard completion on a slant versus a blitz on the play before to open the game. C.J. Mosely stuffed Coleman on a toss right for a loss of two near midfield after a series of successful plays to open the game, setting up a third and three. Coleman earned a first down on second and three on a run to right end a few plays later. Ryan overshot a wide-open Tevin Coleman on a wheel route up the left sideline inside the Baltimore five. Michael Pierce stuffed Coleman up the middle on a fourth and one to end the third series. Coleman and the left side of his line generated a small push for two yards to begin Atlanta's fourth series. Baltimore's defense opened the second half with a stuff of Coleman for a two-yard loss. Coleman fumbled after catching a short pass at the end of the third quarter but recovered it.
2018 Week 14 vs GB (10 / 45 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -4 / 0 rec)
He bounced a play to the left side on a cutback for seven yards, earning more in his first two carries than he did last week. Coleman earned the first down with a four-yard run off right guard. The Packers' best lineman Kenny Clark got rolled up on the play and helped off the field, leading to a 13-yard gain run through Clark's spot where Coleman didn't touch anyone until he reached the second level of the defense. Coleman earned eight yards up the middle with a nice cut to the right flat midway through during Atlanta's first drive of the second half.
2018 Week 15 vs ARI (11 / 145 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He was stuffed for no gain off left tackle to begin the second series. He got knocked out of the way by Hasaan Reddick on third down, giving up a sack that ended the series. Coleman took a toss to right end 65 yards to the Arizona 7, stiff-arming a safety in the open field to begin Atlanta's third drive. He earned eight around right end on another toss two series later. On the next play, Chandler Jones stuffed Coleman on an attempt off left guard, setting up a third and six. Ryan was well behind Coleman later in the drive on a slant that forced a 33-yard field goal. He was wrapped early on a downhill cut on second and three for a gain of two. Atlanta tried another toss to begin the second half and Arizona cut him off for a loss of one. Coleman scored on a 43-yard run late in the third quarter, breaking two bad tackle attempts. He made a nice jump cut to the middle of the crease to set up his foray into the open field. Coleman then took the ball 44 yards up the middle for another touchdown to begin the fourth quarter, but Russell Gage committed an illegal block in the back in the secondary.
2018 Week 16 vs CAR (10 / 51 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He earned seven yards on a toss to left end from a heavy set. He ran into his own man and was limited to two yards to begin the next series. He followed up with six yards into a nice crease off left guard. Coleman earned 20 yards on a nice cut downhill of the center in the middle of the third quarter. Brian Hill earned more carries as Atlanta preserved a fourth-quarter lead despite a numbe of Falcons three-and-outs.
2018 Week 17 vs TB (8 / 45 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
He played with a groin injury that hampered him this week during practice. He was slated to play only half the snaps, ceding the rest to Brian Hill. He was stuffed for a two-yard loss on a delay from shotgun. Two plays later, Coleman took a first-down carry around right end for five yards. He earned two yards to the left end to begin the second drive. Coleman earned 11 yards up the right flat late in the half. He gained two a few plays later near the two-minute warning off right guard. He earned a first down up right tackle for about six yards on a second and short to begin the second half. Coleman broke two tackles off the right side for a 23-yard touchdown run to take the lead with 44 seconds left in the third quarter. Good cut downhill by Coleman to take it back inside.
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.
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 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 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 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 7 vs NE (6 / 16 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Falcons' second back ran hard, but he didn't break any big plays. He earned four yards as the single set back with Ryan under center to lead off the second offensive series. Trey Flowers stuffed Coleman at the line of scrimmage two plays later. Coleman then got cut down by Malcolm Butler for no gain on a run working to right guard from the 19. He dropped a wide-open slant split wide right at midfield late in the half. He looked down field before securing the ball. Coleman earned six up the middle during the first series of the third quarter. Coleman is not earning touches with the creative pre-snap setups that got him into space like he saw last year.
2017 Week 8 vs NYJ (14 / 82 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
The third-year back was his typical boom-bust self in an offense that still hasn't found a ways to exploit his mismatch potential like Kyle Shanahan did as the Atlanta offensive coordinator last year. Coleman had several short gains as he rammed into the line on zone plays. However, he began to press and cut back on some runs in the second half for smaller gains. This led to a 54-yard cutback on a run designed to work behind his fullback to left tackle only to stop, hop, and cut to the backside tackle through a huge lane. He shook the lone safety at the other end of the crease, slid outside the pursuit of a linebacker and safety, and took the play up the right sideline to the Jets' 10. He followed up with another five-yard cutback from right guard to the middle, and essentially sealed the game. Atlanta let Coleman seal the game as the runner during its final drive as the ball carrier with the lead in hand.
2017 Week 9 vs CAR (5 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 19 / 1 rec)
The Falcons' reserve did little until late in the game. He earned two off right tackle from deep in the Falcons' own territory and showed good pad level to get under the defense when he finished. However, penetration up the middle forced a quick cutback for one yard on the next play. This penetration stifled Coleman on most of his carries throughout the game, resulting in short gains. Coleman dropped a late fourth-quart throw but finished he drive with a WR screen split wide right, gaining 19 thanks to a Taylor Gabriel block on Thomas Davis. This put the Falcons within three of the Panthers.
2017 Week 10 vs DAL (20 / 83 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
When Coleman had to deal with penetration in the backfield, he failed. Anthony Hitchens forced Coleman to jump cut into an occupied crease on 2nd and short, forcing a one-yard loss and a 3rd and 3 during the second possession. Penetration from David Irving through right guard stuffed Coleman on 1st and 10 at the Atlanta 47 and forced Coleman to run into his lineman and the defender while trying to spin inside of them. He lost four. However, when Coleman earned a downhill runway behind a full back or as a single back, Coleman put Dallas on its heels and opened the play-action passing game for Atlanta. He made a nice cut inside the safety on a 1st and 10 run off right tackle from the 13 of Atlanta, stumbling past the defender for a gain five. While it was the type of run that Freeman would have made without stumbling and probably gained more, it was the type of play that Coleman couldn't have made three years ago because of his footwork. Later, Coleman took a toss play to the right end and dipped inside a lead block in the flat for a gain of 20 up the right sideline before he was pulled down by the earhole, and dropped at the boundary. This tackle incurred a face mask penalty and got Atlanta across midfield. He then lost a yard on a run up the middle where Irving once gain beat the right guard with penetration into the backfield. When Atlanta reached the end zone, Coleman tried to leap over the top on a 1st and goal run from the Dallas two. He scored a play later on a violent run up the gut behind Dontari Poe and pushed through with good second effort. This score put Atlanta ahead late in the first half. To begin the second half, Coleman earned 17 yards when Dallas' two linebackers in nickel took the same gap and left open a huge crease. Coleman had several strong gains in the second half, including runs of 15 and 18 yards on outside zone runs.
2017 Week 11 vs SEA (20 / 43 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
He took a toss to the left and did a good job of ducking under a wrap for a five-yard gain on a 2nd and 10 during the opening drive of the game. A few plays later, he took a 2nd and 3 run off right tackle for two yards. After the defensive pass interference penalty, Coleman cut inside the Seahawks' penetration and backed his way through the line for a one-yard plunge to cap the opening drive of the game. Coleman earned three up the middle on 2nd and goal from the 5 during the second offensive drive. Later, Sheldon Richardson sniffed out a misdirection toss and stuffed Coleman for a five-yard loss. Nazair Jones then stuffed Coleman to begin Atlanta's following drive with a first-down loss of two. After a short gain on 1st and 15, he was stuffed again for a four-loss. None of these plays were Coleman's fault, but avoiding backfield penetration is not the strength of his game. On the play after the four-yard loss, he bounced off a glancing blow on a middle screen for the first down near midfield. Coleman later dropped a screen pass on 3rd and 11 with 1:11 in the half. He began the second half with a big crease up the right side for a first down and a gain of nearly 10. Coleman bounced a play to right end for five yards on 2nd and 10 with less than a minute left in the third quarter. Coleman earned a first down up right guard through another good hole in the fourth quarter. However on the next play, Michael Bennett stuffed Coleman in the backfield for a loss of two before Coleman could finish his second step past the exchange point. Later in the drive, Coleman spun off the middle of the line to the right side on a 3rd and goal run from the five to get within inches of the goal line with less than five minutes left. Coleman hit left tackle with a decisive run for six yards after Seattle closed the lead to three points. However he was tripped up in the backfield by the safety coming down the line just before the two-minute warning, leading to a third-and-short and Atlanta took a sack that led to a punt.
2017 Week 12 vs TB (19 / 97 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He earned five yards on the opening offensive drive for Atlanta on a good cut downhill on a stretch play inside left guard. He followed up several plays later with a three-yard gain off the left side of the line. He had a crease but made a second cut that took him into a pursuing defender. Coleman stiff-armed his way around two defenders to earn the edge round the left side of the line for a first down but Taylor Gabriel was holding in the flat and the play was called back. Coleman took a toss play around left end for 20 to lead off the second series. Austin Hooper did a good job setting the edge with his block in the backfield. Coleman took a toss left for five yards during a drive in the middle of the second quarter. He gained seven on a draw play from shotgun to begin a late-half drive. He led off the second half with a five-yard gain off right guard on the second play of the Falcons' opening drive. Kwon Alexander finally found a lane to cut underneath the offensive line to drop Coleman for a four-yard loss on a pitch left on the next play. He earned a crease up left guard for a nine-yard gain to set up a 3rd and 1 run. He kept his pads low on the next run up the middle to earn a three-yard score. Alexander followed up with a second good play on a toss left to force a 3rd and 8 in the fourth quarter after Tampa cut the lead to a touchdown. Coleman earned eight tough yards with a strong push through contact on a 2nd and 9 run up the middle to force a Tampa Bay time out. Coleman put the game away after the two-minute warning with a great bounce outside to right end.
2017 Week 13 vs MIN (8 / 22 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
He got open on an in-cut on 3rd and 12 during the first drive and earned 10 up the middle during the first drive just past mid-field. Atlanta converted to Coleman from the shotgun a shallow route against Anthony Barr to the opposite flat for more than 15 yards and a first down. Coleman got open against Terrance Newman up the left sideline during the same drive, but Ryan overshot him by five yards. He earned six yards on a 2nd and 10 stretch to the right side. Coleman earned six to left end to lead off the fourth series of the half. He earned another six yards off right tackle two plays later. He consistently executed a patient first cut at the right moment. He couldn't outrun the good angle by Everson Griffith on a misdirection toss to the left, forcing a third down during the first Atlanta drive of the half. Eric Kendricks prevented Coleman from controlling a target in the middle of the shallow zone in the fourth quarter.
2017 Week 14 vs NO (9 / 32 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He fought hard through a wrap to his waist on a run around left end at the Saints' 15 during the first drive, finishing with a gain of 6. He earned six inside left tackle on a strong cut downhill from an inside handoff from shotgun on a 2nd and 10 play during Atlanta's second drive. He earned four from another shotgun run late in the half. He followed up two plays later with a run up the middle from a single back set on 3rd and 1 and Atlanta called a time out with 0:50 left in the half.
2017 Week 16 vs NO (6 / 12 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 40 / 1 rec)
Manti Te'o penetrated the A gap at the snap and met Coleman in the backfield after his exchange with Ryan to force a 3rd and 12 during Atlanta's first drive. Te'o got outside the Falcons offensive line to stop Coleman off right end for a one-yard loss to begin the third series at the end of the first quarter. He worked around right end and cut downhill for a few yards but wrapped from behind byt the pursuit two plays later. Atlanta once again forced Coleman wider than he wanted to go for a short loss on a toss play to the left during the second drive of the second half. He found a crease for 15 yards from an I-formation run inside the left tackle in the middle of the third quarter. He was stuffed on the following play for no gain.
2017 Week 17 vs CAR (11 / 23 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
The Panthers stuffed Coleman for small gains on his first two touches. He earned a first down on a swing pass working outside a slant route that occupied the outside linebacker on Atlanta's third, third-down of the initial series in the game. Coleman's reception took Atlanta to its 19 and set up a pass to Devonta Freeman for the touchdown. He took a toss around right end on 2nd and 4 during the second drive for a 5-yard gain around Luke Kuechley. He gained 10 yards on two runs up the middle to begin the fourth drive, including a strong cutback in the crease to the backside of the formation. This was the best pair of plays he had for the rest of the game. After that, Coleman was stuffed again on a run to right end during the first possession of the third quarter. He stumbled to the sideline for three yards after penetration forced him wide on a toss play late in the third quarter. Then he was stuffed again on the next play for a loss of five. He was stuffed up the middle on 2nd and 10 from the Carolina 21 to end the third quarter. Freeman was a bigger factor in the fourth quarter.
2017 Week 18 vs LAR (14 / 40 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Coleman had only modest gains to start, but he contributed a third and long conversion later on with a rare broken tackle. Coleman also set a goal to go situation with strong play in the third quarter and helped fuel a field goal drive with effective running.
2017 Week 19 vs PHI (10 / 79 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Tevin Coleman had the same number of carries as Freeman (10), and was far more effective (79 to 7 rushing yards). Coleman's usage came on the perimeter, where he was able to outflank Philadelphia's defense multiple times. His long carry was a 21-yard misdirection toss play. Coleman's rushing was the most effective portion of Atlanta's offense, but they continued to rotate Coleman with Freeman throughout the game. Early success to perimeter.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2015 Week 1 vs PHI (20 / 80 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was a good debut for Coleman, who alternated series with Devonta Freeman. Coleman showcased his speed and intensity at the point of contact in the outside zone scheme. Early on, Coleman earned good blocks to seal the edge so he could have a long enough runway to get up to speed and finish strong. What he did in this game that wasn't notable in his college film--and often critiqued--was make some decent changes of direction against backfield penetration. He didn't earn large gains from the three attempts where the defense altered these plays, but on two of them he earned positive yards. He had a couple of runs that he bounced outside too early, but most of his 20 carries were well-timed with his line and well-blocked. The two valid criticisms Coleman earned in this game were a difficulty staying upright after a hard cut to avoid a defender near the line of scrimmage. He repeatedly had to dive for yardage rather than keep his feet and this often limited Coleman to gains of 1-3 yards rather than 3-5 yards. If he can somehow fix this issue, he could become a much more efficient player. Pass protection also needs more work. Atlanta routinely subbed Teron Ward for Coleman on passing downs during the series where Coleman was in the game. He whiffed on a corner blitz that resulted in a sack in the second half. His best run was a 20-yard gain on a third-down draw against five defenders in the box in the third quarter. His toughest run was a 14-yard gain off left guard where he had a long enough runway to get downhill with speed, run through a defensive lineman's wrap and continue untouched until he bounced off a hit about 5-7 yards downfield. A holding call nullified the play.
2015 Week 2 vs NYG (9 / 32 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Tevin Coleman got knocked out of this game late in the first half, unfortunately for his fantasy owners, but was at least able to score a touchdown before leaving. Coleman was given a lot of outside runs on pitches and stretches with moderate success but it was clear he was the primary ball carrier for Atlanta. The Falcons blocked well up front and Coleman showed good vision picking the correct hole to dive into but the Giants were able swarm the young running back quickly after. Coleman displayed excellent patience on the goal line for the Falcons. Coleman got terrific run blocking from his line up front and walked into the endzone untouched as the Giants defensive front fell apart on the left side. Coleman enjoyed a few more successful runs up the middle and the Falcons rushing attack looked to be improving as the game went on. Unfortunately he was knocked out prematurely in this game before the second half and was unable to return. Freeman took over as the lead back and Coleman owners will need to follow his injury schedule and pick up Freeman if possible.
2015 Week 5 vs WAS (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The rookie was used as a receiver during the first two series with Devonta Freeman in the backfield, but not targeted. Coleman is not yet trusted on third down and when Freeman wasn't on the field in these situations, Terron Ward got the draw. Coleman had two carries during the first quarter and he fell down on both carries. The first time, he reached the corner on his first carry, but slipped to the ground during his cut, earning only two yards. Coleman then tripped over the heels of his blocker after cutting inside a block at the edge of the hole and the runner could only fall forward to the line of scrimmage. At this point, Atlanta kept Coleman on the bench and the rookie was frustrated standing on the sideline. Coleman should earn more chances to carry the ball--and the first-quarter touches indicate that Atlanta hoped Coleman would start hot enough to keep using him. At the same time, expect Coleman to earn only another week or two of opportunities. If he can't get back into the flow, the feature role will remain Freeman's.
2015 Week 6 vs NO (4 / 40 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Coleman continues to show his great athletic ability, but it's sandwiched between his lack of conceptual skill as an NFL zone runner and rookie mistakes. Atlanta is trying to ease Coleman into the rotation with gap plays where he can follow a pulling lineman into one specific gap. This narrows the decision-making to one area and in theory, should allow Coleman to hit creases without setting up blocks and slowing down, which has never been his strengths. Coleman earned early success on this style of blocking, hitting a wide-open crease on 2nd and 10 on a gap play from shotgun for 18 yards. The pulling tackle got all the way to the secondary before encountering a defender to block. Coleman also displayed his burst for four yards off the right side and then a longer gain to the right side where he had earned at least 25 yards before LB Dannelle Ellerbe punched the ball loose while he was hit over top by Brandon Browner. Atlanta is showing flexibility by crafting scheme to personnel, which is encouraging for Coleman if Freeman gets hurt.
2015 Week 7 vs TEN (3 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The rookie got caught in the backfield on his first carry, a shotgun run with an east-west trajectory. The next target was a screen pass that a Titans' lineman batted in the air and intercepted to end the drive. After a two-yard gain to the right edge where he was patient enough to stay the course with his blocks, Coleman's final run was a 10-yard gain through a huge opening up the middle of the defense. He remains a boom-bust option based on Freeman's health and whether he can bust one run wide open with his limited opportunities.
2015 Week 8 vs TB (3 / 11 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
The rookie had some nice opportunities in this game and he earned positive yards, but didn't make the most of his attempts. Atlanta ran a backside pitch with the line working left and tossing the ball to the right to Coleman where he earned a one-on-one in the wide-side flat against a cornerback. He gained seven yards, but he failed to beat the corner back head-up with any movement and the RB got stood up shy of the first down marker and with a lot of open field ahead. Then pulled down backwards a yard shy of the marker for a gain of two on a pitch to the right side. He gained 10 yards on a swing pass to the left flat on 1st and 20. He also earned two yards up left guard on a run front shotgun, but was wrapped and pulled backwards from the first down marker. Freeman is a the more patient, shifty, creative runner, but if Coleman is forced into action, Atlanta will alter its ground game enough to exploit Coleman's straight-line speed.
2015 Week 9 vs SF (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Coleman earned one carry and it was a short gain designed to go outside. The 49ers set the edge and forced Coleman to cut down hill, lower the pads, and take what was there. It was a minimal gain of less than four yards. Other than this attempt, Coleman was used as a receiver, but not targeted.
2015 Week 11 vs IND (17 / 48 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The best gain for Coleman came on a 9-yard gain where he nearly kept his balance spinning off a hit in the second level that would have earn him 15 yards if the officials missed the runner's knee touching the ground. Most of Coleman's carries when for no more than three yards and he could not earn the meaningful gains on short-yardage runs to keep Atlanta from third-down situations. Atlanta didn't have the confidence in Coleman to use him on third down, often using shotgun in these short-yardage situations and, on at least one play, sending Coleman from the backfield to a receiver spot. Two of the play action fakes to Coleman were so unconvincing that the Colts successfully blitzed the quarterback with its linebackers who were assigned to respect the threat of the run. Coleman's at his best when Atlanta opens holes for him to hit immediately and without need to alter his stride, slow his pace, or stop-start. He doesn't make these adjustments often enough and he gains minimal yardage ramming into the line of scrimmage with as much momentum he can generate without a hole ahead. When he could generate momentum, he bounced off hits for gains of more than four yards or went untouched for gains closer to 10 yards. These were few and far between. He fumbled the ball on a short-yardage play at the end of the third quarter trying to ram into a closed crease without any sense of patience.
2015 Week 12 vs MIN (18 / 110 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
As mentioned here all year, Coleman's running style isn't as suited for the NFL zone blocking game as his college experience may appear on paper. Atlanta has recognized this enough to change some of the plays it uses for Coleman. The outside runs to take advantage of Coleman's speed are still there, but the inside runs are more gap-oriented plays or simpler cutback runs where the design asks Coleman to make a fast cutback so he's getting downhill fast rather than picking and sliding through creases to earn yardage like Devonta Freeman or more skilled zone runners. Although Coleman still failed to convert all but one short-yardage run, because he lacks the creativity and the functional pad level to drive through contact that must come into play to win these situations, the rookie had more gains of significance up the middle than he had since the Saints game. Those short-yardage runs are holding him back. He dropped his pads and head too far over his hips on a short-yardage run from a three-tight end set that sent him to the ground too early. He also failed to convert in the red area an Terron Ward earned more looks in this range of the field later in the game. What should have been Coleman's two best plays of the game were both foiled by Vikings' outside linebacker Anthony Barr. The first was a huge opening on an outside run to the right sideline where Coleman earned excellent blocking to hit the crease without any hesitation for a 45-yard gain. But Barr ended the gain with a well-timed, well-placed punch inside Coleman's elbow to pop the ball loose for the Vikings to recover. The second play was a deep wheel route up the right sideline on the first play of a late-fourth quarter drive where Matt Ryan put the ball where Coleman could reach over his head in stride to make the catch, but Barr swiped at Coleman's hands and forced the runner to lose concentration and drop the target. He also dropped a red zone pass in the right flat during the fourth quarter. With Devonta Freeman running around before the game, look for Coleman return to relative anonymity next week as an occasional change of pace with an athlete's chance of hitting a long gain on any carry.
2015 Week 13 vs TB (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
The best play of the day for Coleman was a timely recovery of a strip sack of Matt Ryan at the two-minute warning in the second quarter in the red zone. He had two quality runs in this game and one of them was a 10-yard gain during hurry-up mode in the fourth quarter. The other two came in the red area late in the first half. The first was a five-yard gain where he spun off a hit at the left edge. The next carry was a two-yard loss when he was run down by the backside pursuit.
2015 Week 14 vs CAR (3 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Coleman was stuffed for a loss of nearly two on an end around during the first drive where Roman Harper ran Coleman down. By the time he earned more opportunities, Atlanta was in the midst of a blow-out.
2015 Week 15 vs JAX (4 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Coleman earn some nice holes in relief of Freeman, including a nine-yard gain in the mid-second where he made a nice dip inside-out near the edge for the first down. The next pay he earned a huge crease off the left side for four yards. Earlier in the game, Coleman earned three yards and a first down off the left side with a tougher runner, hitting the hole hard. The Falcons running woes are a product of an unbalanced offensive unit that can't consistently threaten defenses with more than the run or Julio Jones. Until this changes, Coleman's production will appear similar to Freeman's if he earns more playing time.