Steven Jackson, RB

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Falcons Beat: RB Devonta Freeman is 'clearly ahead' in RB competition

Friday, June 19, 2015, 3:02pm

Atlanta Journal Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is clearly ahead at running back. Freeman is the leader in the clubhouse to earn the No. 1 running back spot over rookie Tevin Coleman. His head is probably spinning with all of the new information to go along with the mild groin strain that kept him out of the final day of minicamp.

“I knew Devonta had terrific hands, but I probably didn’t appreciate the good route-running ability coming out of Florida State and the development he made with (former running backs coach) Gerald (Brown) and the guys here last year," said head coach Dan Quinn. "He can really run routes.”

Quinn stopped just short of declaring a winner in the position battle.

“He’s going to be a guy we’re going to feature in a lot of different ways,” Quinn said. “He’s tough. He’s got great quickness….He’s a factor for sure.”

Fantasy Impact:

With Steven Jackson out of the way, GM Thomas Dimitroff said that there was “no question” that Freeman is ready to be the feature back in Atlanta, though the team threw cold water on that notion by drafting Tevin Coleman. Freeman wasn't terribly impressive in his rookie season (248 yards rushing, 3.8 YPC), but he was active and effective in the passing game (30 catches for 225 yards), so we’re expecting he’ll be PPR-relevant as part of a timeshare.

Scouting Report

Week 17: Jackson vs. Panthers
Steven Jackson rushed for just nine yards on four carries while catching one pass for 14 yards in the Falcons' Week 16 win over the Saints. After suffering a thigh injury in the second quarter, Jackson left the game and didn't return in the second half. He also didn't practice this week and on Wednesday the Falcons signed running back Jerome Smith off their practice squad, indicating that Jackson is unlikely to play on Sunday. Avoid the veteran RB in Week 17 as he'll probably be inactive.

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