If both are unable to go in Week 4, Freeman will be backed up by a combo of Hill and Ollison it looks like. Freeman played in 90% of the offensive snaps for the Falcons against the Colts in Week 3 and did have his most productive fantasy game of the season with a 16-88-0 line, while adding three catches for seven yards.
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."