Devonta Freeman plays with his heart on the sleeve, and you can tell. The way he runs, the way he talks, Freeman is always ready to give it his all. 2017 was another good season for him, and he could’ve been better than what he was.
Freeman has evolved into one of the best running backs in the league. He has the quickness and evasive moves to throw off defenders trying to get in his way. If his moves don’t work, he’ll just try to run over you which is dangerous for him, but he just tries to get the job done. He had 865 yards and scored 7 touchdowns in 2017.
Like Colman, Freeman is also dangerous lining up as a receiver. Their speed is unmatched for any linebacker, which is a big problem for defenses. Lining them up as receivers also opens up the offense to other skill players on the field.
Freeman missed multiple games last season due to concussions. His run style is very hard hitting, and it cost him some games. Of course, the Falcons had a reliable back in Tevin Coleman, but Freeman has a different dynamic. Freeman is better coming out of the backfield than Coleman, and his moves always can get the offense more yards. With the new helmet rule, Freeman is going to have to watch out how he runs, because a fine may come for him the next day.
To show how strong Freeman is, he played through the 2017 season with MCL and PCL sprains. You really couldn’t tell because it looked like he was fine the way he was playing, but that just shows that he doesn’t make excuses. Freeman should be fully healthy coming into this season, and seeing a more patient and shifty back is what we will probably see.
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