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(May 23, 2015 9:16 AM EDT)

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure believes Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman will see "equal reps" in a two-back system.

It is unlikely Coleman and Freeman finish the season in a perfect timeshare, but it make sense for Atlanta to let their two young backs duke it out in training camp and early in the season. As the hand-picked back of the current regime, Coleman should be seen as the favorite to win the lion's share of the work, but his questionable fit in OC Kyle Shanahan's scheme could make his transition to the NFL difficult. A more natural fit in a zone-blocking scheme, Freeman could earn a bigger role than anticipated in training camp, especially if Coleman struggles.

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I hope this isn't a double thread, I never even try to post news anymore because there's almost always somebody who beats me to it.

Anyway I consider this small news, I think the snap count regarding the rbs is one of the bigger stories on this team. At the very least, it looks like they are going to have a fair competition for the starting role. Another question that this doesn't answer tho, is whether or not they are looking to give one back the "lion's share" of snaps during the regular season. These backs aren't exactly the prototype for a Shanahan led run game, so perhaps he actually would consider splitting the snaps. I don't know, I just know that in the past Shanahan prefers to have "his guy" and to let his guy get momentum feeding him carry after carry.

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Why would they draft him if he is a questionable fit, and how does that make him a sure bet for the lions share of the carries as the hand picked option?

1-Coleman

2-Freeman

3-A. Smith

4-J. Smith

Coleman does seem likely to start and be the feature back we have sorely missed. Freeman should also get plenty of carries as many teams run two backs. Antone is a great Ster and should get some change of pace moments. We ran three guys last year. Jerome could be replaced after final cuts and be a PSer again. #4 should be inactive every week unless injury sidelines one of the top 3 and they are inactive. There will be a lot of good name available at RB after final cuts. I would like Dominique Brown from TB who ha 5 good RB's same for NYJ's.

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+1 pass blocking is the decider.
If Freeman can refine his pass blocking, (which I think he will) he would easily be considered one of the more well rounded backs in the league in my small opinion. Honestly I don't think his blocking was as bad as many seem to think. It wasn't as good as Rodgers', but it wasn't horrible considering he was a rookie either.
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If Freeman can refine his pass blocking, (which I think he will) he would easily be considered one of the more well rounded backs in the league in my small opinion. Honestly I don't think his blocking was as bad as many seem to think. It wasn't as good as Rodgers', but it wasn't horrible considering he was a rookie either.

Bad enough to warrant less reps last year and enough that if Tevin Coleman is a good pass blocker as heralded...DF has competition. Coleman is a scheme fit...VM has gotten lazy.

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I saw that and still disagree that Coleman is a "questionable" fit for Shanahan's schemes........

Exactly. Dubious statement is dubious. Watching Coleman's vids, the guy looks to be as natural a fit in a ZBS cut it up and go scheme as any back I've ever seen.

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uhm your reason for him having trouble with fumbles?

This is why:

The biggest concern about Coleman is his small (8 5/8 inches) hand size, which could lead to a greater risk of ball security issues. Coleman fumbled once every 67.5 carries last year; the NFL's average for running backs in 2014 was one fumble every 112.4 attempts.
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