As the Falcons prepare for their preseason opener against Denver in Thursday night's Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, there is no leader in the competition to be Devonta Freeman's backup. Several contenders have flashed different strengths in training camp, creating the possibility of a deeper rotation than in recent years.
"Today I would say it would be a different kind of shared role," Quinn said after Monday's practice.
"I'm not discouraged by any of them at all. I'm more encouraged," Quinn said, adding: "There hasn't been a separation" in the competition.
Second-year back Ito Smith ran for 315 yards and four touchdowns before a season-ending knee injury last year. He would seem to be the favorite. Quinn mentioned Hill's improvement and said Barner's versatility is suited for "third-down stuff."
ATL RB Brian Hill - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 at Tampa Bay Bucs
Brian Hill rushed eight times for 115 yards in the Falcons’ Week 16 win over the Panthers. With Tevin Coleman leaving the game early due to a groin injury, Hill capitalized on his opportunities. He did lose a second-half fumble and missed his lone target in the passing game but was otherwise excellent as Atlanta won its second game in a row. With Coleman not practicing this week, Hill could be the workhorse for Sunday when the Falcons visit the Bucs. Ranked as our RB45 for now, Hill will be ranked higher if Coleman can’t go and will be an inexpensive DFS option for Week 17.