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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Atlanta Falcons caught a bad break last year when Devonta Freeman went on injured reserve with a groin problem.
Freeman only ended up playing in two games in 2018 and that was so tough for this team to overcome. Yeah Tevin Coleman eliminated some of the issues the Falcons had running the ball but there‘s a reason Freeman has always been the ace. It’s because he’s so much better as the lead back and the results prove that. Freeman has 30 career rushing touchdowns and Coleman only has 18. So the running game is way more effective when Atlanta is handing the rock off to number 24 and he’s just an exciting ball carrier to watch. You’ll notice right away that Freeman is a shorter player but he has a low center of gravity. Therefore it’s hard to get a solid hit on him and then there’s his agility. Whether it’s juking, spinning, or changing directions it seems like this guy has a variety of ways to break defenders down. Those are plays that this offense lacked for most of this past season and they should be much more balanced with their workhorse back in the fold. Why go with an air raid approach when Dirk Koetter can call runs and let Freeman work his magic on the ground? It’s safer to go that route and then Matt Ryan will have those playaction plays to work off of. That seems like the best course of action down in Georgia.
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Devonta Freeman’s return will be everything the Atlanta Falcons hoped for.