Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter: Running back Devonta Freeman is a keeper. He caught the ball with his hands and showed a great burst of speed. “Devonta is a fast and quick guy,” HC Mike Smith said. “He has very good vision and he’s able to stick his foot in the ground and transition into a different direction.”
Freeman will compete with Jaquizz Rodgers for snaps behind Steven Jackson, and could graduate to a larger role if Jackson doesn't bounce back from a supbar season in 2013.