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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:06:07 -0800
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is likely to step into a bigger backfield role with RB Antone Smith (leg) out for the rest of the season. RB Steven Jackson remains the starter, however.
Fantasy Tip: Freeman is the most explosive runner on Atlanta's roster with Smith suffering a season-ending injury. That makes Freeman worth a waiver-wire acquisition for depth. Against the Cleveland Browns in Week 12, Freeman is an intriguing flex play.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:07:16 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman had 12 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown and five catches for 45 yards during the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.
Fantasy Tip: Steven Jackson is expected to play in Week 1, but if his hamstring injury flares up, Freeman could be in line for a major role. Freeman is better equipped to run between the tackles the fellow back Jacquizz Rodgers, and he can also catch the ball out of the backfield. As injury prone as Jackson has been recently, Freeman could be worth a late-round flier.
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:43:04 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.
Fantasy Tip: Jackson has missed several practices because of the injury, and his status for the regular season is uncertain at this point. Devonta Freeman could receive more playing time because of Jackson's injury. Jackson will enter the season as the starter if healthy, but Freeman will get carries during the season. Both Jackson and Freeman could be weekly flex options in some leagues.
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:10:12 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (undisclosed) didn't have any protective gear on his body after practice Monday, Aug. 11, and initial reports are that the heat forced him to exit early.
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:54:27 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (undisclosed) left practice early Monday, Aug. 11, after suffering an undisclosed injury.
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:19:01 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (undisclosed) left practice with trainers Monday, Aug. 11.
Fantasy Tip: Freeman was turning into a nice sleeper with Steven Jackson's fragility, especially in PPR scoring leagues. Hopefully it's nothing serious.
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:01:05 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman has been performing well during training camp but has to improve his pass protection, according to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. "I think that's the biggest adjustment for a running back going from college to the NFL," Koetter said. "He had a great college career but teams try to test rookie running backs. They've got those big outside linebackers. There's a lot of protections, there's a lot of calls. There's a learning curve. He's on the right track."
Fantasy Tip: We'll remind you that Freeman is a rookie, so this shouldn't come as a surprise. With Steven Jackson already banged up (surprise, surprise), Freeman could see valuable repetitions this preseason, but he must show good pass-blocking skills if he's to be trusted in the regular season should S-Jax go down. For fantasy drafts this fall, Freeman is purely a late-round flier as a handcuff to Jackson.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:16:11 -0700
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) injured his hamstring Monday, July 28, which is why he wasn't practicing Tuesday, July 29. Head coach Mike Smith said Jackson will be ready for the team's first game.
Fantasy Tip: This is not what you want to see from an aging running back entering his age-31 season. Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman could have heavy workloads if S-Jax continues to be bugged by nagging injuries all year long.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:46:12 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will begin his NFL career by trying to replace RB Jason Snelling (retired) as a do-all backup. Snelling played tailback, fullback and even returned kickoffs last year. Freeman's first task is to learn the system and then find a spot to carve out a role behind trusted veteran RBs Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith.
Fantasy Tip: Freeman is a trendy fantasy pick because of Jackson's durability issues, but he probably won't be anything more than one piece of a tandem approach if the Falcons need to replace S-Jax for any lengthy period of time. Temper your expectations.
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:35:52 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will be groomed into the team's three-down back of the future, and he might battle RB Steven Jackson for playing time this year if he continues to look good. The battle for the third running back will be between RBs Antone Smith and Jacquizz Rodgers.
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:28:36 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson, who is entering his age-31 season and likely only has one good season left in him, could find himself with less playing time if he is slowed by nagging injuries in 2014. Until then, though, Jackson is considered the team's starter.
Fantasy Tip: Jackson dealt with some nagging injuries last year, and by the end of the season, he looked just plain old and lacked explosiveness at the line. Don't be surprised to see Devonta Freeman handle more of the work as the season progresses, with S-Jax handling goal-line duties. If you own Jackson, Freeman is a necessary handcuff.
Thu, 22 May 2014 16:56:50 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with fourth-round draft choice RB Devonta Freeman. Terms of the contract were not disclosed but all contracts signed by draft picks are four-year deals, according to NFL rules.
Sun, 11 May 2014 17:35:10 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is expected to push for playing time behind RB Steven Jackson.
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:47:02 -0700
Florida State RB Devonta Freeman will with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, April 17, according to a league source.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:37:54 -0700
The Miami Dolphins are scheduled to visit with Florida State RB Devonta Freeman Friday, April 11.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:34:40 -0700
The New England Patriots have visited with Florida State RB Devonta Freeman.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:34:15 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons have visited with Florida State RB Devonta Freeman.
Sun, 23 Feb 2014 13:54:57 -0800
Florida State RB Devonta Freeman ran an official time of 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash Sunday, Feb. 23.
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:46:35 -0800
Western Kentucky RB Antonio Andrews, Kent State RB Dri Archer, Notre Dame RB George Atkinson III, Colorado State RB Kapri Bibbs, LSU RB Alfred Blue, Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey, UNLV RB Tom Cornett, Alabama State RB Isaiah Crowell, Sam Houston State RB Timothy Flanders, Toledo RB David Fluellen, Florida State RB Devonta Freeman, Stanford RB Tyler Gaffney, Arizona State RB Marion Grice, LSU RB Jeremy Hill, Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde, UCF RB Storm Johnson, Missouri RB Henry Josey, Auburn RB Tre Mason, Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon, San Diego State RB Adam Muema, Mississippi State RB LaDarius Perkins, USC RB Silas Redd, Washington RB Bishop Sankey, Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk, West Virginia RB Charles Sims, Syracuse RB Jerome Smith, Coastal Carolina RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, Oregon RB De'Anthony Thomas, Towson RB Terrance West, Wisconsin RB James White, Florida State RB James Wilder Jr., Boston College RB Andre Williams and Oklahoma RB Damien Williams have been invited to the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.