Jump to content

Freeman Has "active Practice"; Looks Good In Return


JayOzOne
 Share

Recommended Posts

Devonta Freeman Injury: Updates on Falcons RB's Hamstring and Return

By Scott Polacek on August 21, 2015

USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has been nursing a hamstring injury suffered on Aug. 6. He returned to practice on Monday after missing all three of the team's preseason games.

"Its not clear if the Falcons will try to get him some action in the final exhibition game against the Ravens at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Georgia Dome," said D. Orlando Ledbetter of MyAJC.com. "They may elected to just sit Freeman and have him ready for the season-opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, Sept. 14 at the Georgia Dome."

Quinn Comments on Freeman's Recovery

Tuesday, Sept. 1

"That was encouraging for us, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said about Freeman's "most active day" at practice, per Ledbetter. Quinn continued:

To see him go and move. Well take it to the next step (on Tuesday.)

He caught it well out of the backfield. He ran it well today. Limited reps, but it was awesome to see him.

He is a guy who has juice. When you feel somebody on the field, hes got that kind of explosion and ability. It was great to have him out there.

The team has been wise to take a cautious approach to Freeman's recovery with the regular season on the horizon.

Last season, Freeman was second on the team behind Steven Jackson, with 248 rushing yards, but Jackson is no longer on the roster. Whats more, Freeman proved to be a security blanket for quarterback Matt Ryan out of the backfield last year and tallied 225 receiving yards and a touchdown catch.

Freemans rookie campaign production didnt come as a surprise because he notched 1,016 rushing yards, 278 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns in his final season at Florida State.

Charles Odum of the Athens Banner-Herald pointed out the importance many, including Quinn, put on Freeman before the 2015 season:

Freeman opened training camp as the favorite to start. Freeman has impressed first-year coach Dan Quinn, who seems to have a new compliment for the running back every day. Even when talking about the new injury, Quinn had more praise for Freeman.

"Hopefully it's a quick turnaround and he can get back," Quinn said. "He's such a passionate competitor. You could see how disappointed he was not to be able to finish the day. He is an absolute competitor and just every day he brings it. He stands for a lot of stuff I love about our team, his attitude, intensity and toughness and wanting to compete. All those are traits we look for and he brings them every day."

Should Freeman wind up missing significant time down the road, the Falcons offense must find other ways to move the ball. Fortunately for fans, we are talking about the team that finished fifth in the league in passing yards last season behind Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White, so the Falcons will likely rely even more on the aerial attack without one of the main backfield weapons.

As for the running backs, Atlanta has some depth with rookie Tevin Coleman (who notched 2,036 rushing yards last year for the Indiana Hoosiers) and veteran Antone Smith. However, Coleman has also been nursing a hamstring injury of late.

The rookie is an explosive playmaker who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball because of his speed and overall quickness, and Smith is a proven ball-carrier who will pick up critical yardage and move the chains.

Still, if Atlanta hopes to finish better than 24th in the league in rushing yards this season (its 2014 rank), it needs Freeman on the field.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...