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Height/Weight: 5-8/206 | Birthdate: 3/15/1992 | Birthplace: Baxley, GA, USA | Team: Atlanta | College: Florida State | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 69/20 | Average Draft Position: 81.08
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Falcons RB Devonta Freeman getting closer to 100 percent


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9/1/2015) Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury, was an active participant at practice Monday, an encouraging sign for a player who was thought to be the team's starter, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Freeman hurt his hamstring on Aug. 6 and has not played in any of the team's preseason contests. It's not clear if Freeman will play in the team's final game Thursday. 

"He ran it well today," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. "Limited reps, but it was awesome to see him."


Quinn: Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman closer to game action


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2015) Falcons coach Dan Quinn continues to take a cautious approach with running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, who have dealt with hamstring injuries since early August.

Freeman and Coleman were slated to miss 2-4 weeks, but both players returned to practice last week. Although, they were held out of the second preseason game against the Jets.

“Our running backs, both of those guys are definitely closer and are doing participation as well,” Quinn said Tuesday before practice, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They are back into the mix today at practice and we’ll take it day-by-day from there. At least they are back and getting closer.”


Falcons' Freeman, Coleman, Hester return to practice Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2015) Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (hamstring), running back Tevin Coleman (hamstring) and wide receiver Devin Hester (toe) all returned to practice Monday. All three players sat out Friday's preseason opener against the Titans.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman injured during practice


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/6/2015) Running back Devonta Freeman, who has been getting the bulk of the carries during Falcons training camp, suffered an injury Thursday and was forced to leave practice, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

According to Falcons coach Dan Quinn, Freeman suffered a hamstring injury when he was tackled hard after a run to the outside, but there was no further information on the severity of the injury. 

Freeman seemed in line to be the Falcons' No. 1 back in his second season. Last year, he had only 65 carries -- just over four per game -- for 248 yards and one touchdown.


Falcons' Devonta Freeman: No plans to 'play second' in backfield


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Falcons running back Devonta Freeman said he's preparing to be the go-to guy out of the backfield this season. 

A competition between Freeman, Antone Smith and rookie Tevin Coleman has been brewing, with a lot of analysts thinking Coleman could ultimately win the job. Freeman, who backed up Steven Jackson a year ago, is hoping not to be a reserve runner again. 

“I take a lot of pride in (being the go-to guy),” Freeman told the team's official website. "This has always been my dream. I never had a dream to come to the NFL and play second to (any) man."


Falcons RB Devonta Freeman opens OTAs as starter


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) The Falcons opened OTAs with running back Devonta Freeman getting the nod with the first team, according to ESPN.com

Freeman is entering his second year in the NFL, though there is a lot of buzz surrounding rookie draft choice Tevin Coleman out of Indiana. Though Freeman is the technical starter for now, it should be an open competition between these two and Antone Smith this August. 


Falcons' Devonta Freeman hopes to be 'the man'


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) With running back Steven Jackson no longer on the team, Falcons running back Devonta Freeman said he wants to be the lead back for the team, reports ESPN.

"Personally, I want to be the man. I want to be the guy," Freeman said. "I want to make my own name with the Atlanta Falcons. I want to go really, really far. I want to set the bar high. I just want to win a Super Bowl and maybe be the MVP one day. You just never know. I feel like I'm hungrier right now. I don't know what's gotten into me this offseason. I just feel like a whole new monster. And I ain't just talking."

Freeman added that he has high expectations for himself; all he needs is the opportunity. With Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff offering support that Freeman could be the team's full-time back, Freeman said he hopes to validate his support.

"If you're getting it from those guys, those guys are the big, top dogs. That just motivates me," Freeman said.


Dimitroff: Falcons' Devonta Freeman could be full time RB


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Falcons RB Devonta Freeman could be getting more carries in the near future. 

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff met with the media at the Indianapolis scouting combine on Thursday and said that Freeman could be a full-time back in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme. 

Freeman had only 65 carries last season--just over four per game--for 248 yards and one touchdown.


Report: RB Steven Jackson not expected back with Falcons


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/10/2015) Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan wouldn't say whether veteran Steven Jackson will be back with the Falcons, saying only that he's still evaluating the running backs, reports ESPN.com. The website does not expect the Falcons to retain Jackson, who's owed $3.75 million in 2015.

Shanahan said he loved running back Devonta Freeman coming out of college. Freeman averaged 3.8 yards per carry as a rookie but caught 30 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown. If the Falcons part ways with Jackson, who turns 32 this summer, Freeman would be in for a sizable workload.


Falcons RBs Rodgers, Freeman carry the load in Week 17


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) With Steven Jackson (quad) sidelined, Falcons running backs Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman shouldered the load in the running game Sunday against Carolina.

Rodgers took nine carries for a team-high 44 yards and turned seven targets into three receptions for 19 yards. Freeman carried the ball only six times for 13 yards. He also added two catches for 3 yards in a 34-3 defeat, eliminating Atlanta from playoff contention.


Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quad) not practicing Wednesday


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/24/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who left the Week 16 win at New Orleans with a quad injury, was unable to practice Wednesday, reports ESPN.com. Atlanta is preparing to host Carolina on Sunday with the NFC South title at stake.

If Jackson can't play, Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman would share the load. Rodgers received 12 touches and Freeman got eight against the Saints.

The Falcons are favored by 4 points at Vegas sportsbooks.


You don't want Falcons RB, whoever it is


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/21/2014) Though Steven Jackson's status for Week 17 against Carolina isn't known just yet, the fact his quadriceps injury almost immediately ruled him out for the second half of Week 16 at New Orleans is hardly reason for optimism. So then, Fantasy owners should be preparing for the possibility he misses the season's final week.

That is, if any who are still playing now are actually relying on him, which is unlikely. He's scored a touchdown in only one of his last four games and has run for more than 60 yards only twice all season. At this point, it's not even all that clear that the Falcons would miss him. His replacements, Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman, were both more productive than him against the Saints, especially Freeman, who broke off a 31-yard touchdown run in the the third quarter and also had 48 receiving yards.

Of course, you'd like Freeman to be the first choice to replace Jackson, but considering Rodgers got more touches, that's far from certain. When Rodgers has gotten an increased workload in the past, he's done little with it, and he's averaging just 3.5 yards per carry again this year.

So if Jackson plays in Week 17, you probably wouldn't want to use him in Fantasy, and if he doesn't, an anticipated timeshare likely ruins whomever the Falcons choose to replace him. If you play in such a deep league that the replacement would matter regardless, Freeman is probably the best choice since he's more explosive, but it's not an exciting prospect.


Devonta Freeman, Jacquizz Rodgers fill in for Steven Jackson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) With Steven Jackson sidelined with a quad injury, Falcons running back Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers each chipped on the ground during Sunday's 30-14 victory over the Saints in Week 16.

Freeman stepped up with a 31-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter. He registered 84 yards of total offense, with 36 yards and a score on six carries and three receptions for 48 yards. Rodgers took 11 handoffs for 29 yards and came down with one grab for 3 yards.

Atlanta will host Carolina in Week 16.


Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quad) downgraded to out Week 16


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Falcons running back Steven Jackson was downgraded from questionable to out for the remainder of the game, per the team's official website.

Jackson departed in the second quarter with a quad injury and was escorted back to the locker room for further evaluation. He finished the game with four carries for 9 yards and one catch for 14 yards. Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman will shoulder the load the rest of the way.


Handful of Falcons chip in during loss to Steelers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Featured back Steven Jackson was the most procuctive on a short list of minor contributors for the Falcons against Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Jackson finished with just 46 yards on 11 carries and added one catch for 11 yards.

Also chipping in was running back Devonta Freeman, who managed 21 yards on four attempts and nine yards on one reception. Fellow back Jacquizz Rodgers added three yards on two carries and 12 yards on one catch while tight end Levine Toilolo caught a pass for four yards.


Falcons get offensive contributions on MNF


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/9/2014) The Falcons got a bunch of contributions in their 43-37 loss at Green Bay. Running back Jacquizz Rodgers ran three times for 20 yards and caught a 14-yard pass. Wideout Harry Douglas caught two of three targets for 11 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown.

Rookie running back Devonta Freeman caught two passes for 10 yards, and receiver Eric Weems had a 5-yard touchdown reception. Fullback Patrick DiMarco had a 9-yard grab.

They'll all play the Steelers in Week 15.


Falcons' Devonta Freeman, Jacquizz Rodgers do little Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Falcons backup runners Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers didn't do much Week 13 against the Cardinals. 

Freeman picked up eight carries, gaining 26 yards. He also hauled in one pass for 4 yards. Rodgers had four carries, but gained just 7 yards. He was more involved in the passing game, hauling in three balls for 18 yards. 

Both players will look for more Week 14 against the Packers. 


Steven Jackson, Devonta Freeman held in check Week 11


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Falcons running backs Steven Jackson and Devonta Freeman were both held in check, as the compiled 69 rushing yards in Sunday's 19-17 victory over the Panthers in Week 11.

Jackson was the primary back and was limited to six carries for 18 yards on the ground in the first half. He finished the game with 41 yards on 17 carries. He caught two of three targets for 6 yards.

Freeman rushed for 28 yards on six attempts. He was not targeted in the passing game.

The Falcons will face the Browns in Week 12.


Falcons get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/9/2014) The Falcons got several offensive contributions in their Week 10 win at Tampa Bay. Among them, running back Devonta Freeman ran three times for 16 yards and caught one pass for minus-2 yards. Running back Jacquizz Rodgers had a 1-yard rush and caught two passes for 11 yards.

Wideout Devin Hester caught a 5-yard pass. They'll all visit the Panthers in Week 11.


Falcons RB Devonta Freeman scores first career TD in London


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Falcons running back Devonta Freeman came down with his first career touchdown in Sunday's defeat to the Lions in London.

Freeman caught a shot pass and took it 7 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive of the game. It was his only catch of the afternoon. Freeman took three handoffs for 5 yards in a 22-21 Week 8 defeat. He has 103 yards on the ground through eight games.

The Falcons are on a bye Week 9 before returning Week 10 at Tampa Bay.


Falcons don't get much production from RBs in Week 7 loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) The Falcons didn't get a lot of production from their running backs during a 29-7 loss Week 7 at Baltimore.

Starter Steven Jackson led the way with 22 rushing yards on eight carries. Devonta Freeman was second with 20 rushing yards on two carries, Antone Smith was third on the team with 10 rushing yards on three carries and Jacquizz Rodgers added 9 rushing yards on two carries.

Freeman was the most-active running back in the passing game, totaling five catches for 17 yards. Jackson and Rodgers each had one catch for 3 yards, while Smith had two catches for minus-1 yard.

The Falcons are back in action Week 8 vs. Detroit.


Falcons' Devonta Freeman gets most of his yards on final drive


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Falcons running back Devonta Freeman finished with a team-high 38 rushing yards on four carries during a 30-20 loss Week 5 at N.Y. Giants. He added five catches for 44 yards.

Freeman did most of his damage on the team's final drive of the game during mop-up duty. He had 34 rushing yards on two carries and 23 receiving yards on two catches on the final drive.

The Falcons are back in action Week 6 vs. Chicago.


Falcons backup runners do little


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The Falcons backup running backs did little Week 4 against the Vikings.

Devonta Freeman ran the ball twice for just 8 yards. Freeman also hauled in two passes for 12 yards. Jacquizz Rodgers had one carry, picking up 2 yards. Rodgers caught four passes for 35 yards. 

Both players will take on the Giants Week 5. 


Devonta Freeman gets 11 carries Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Falcons running back Devonta Freeman got 11 carries Thursday against the Buccaneers. 

Freeman got most of his work after Steven Jackson was taken out of the game. Freeman did little to distinguish himself, though the Bucs defense was basically selling out against the run. Freeman gained just 12 yards on his 11 carries. He caught one pass for 7 yards. 

Freeman will take on the Vikings Week 4. 


Antone Smith, Devonta Freeman hardly factor


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) While all four Falcons running backs got a chance to shine Week 1 against New Orleans, only starter Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers got any carries Week 2 at Cincinnati. Both Antone Smith and Devonta Freeman saw some time on the field, but strictly as pass-catchers. Each was targeted four times, with Smith catching two passes for 19 yards and Freeman catching two for 22.

Both will look to make more of an impact Thursday night against the Buccaneers.