The rookie from Indiana is already getting a look with the first team offense, which is no surprise. Expect Coleman and second-year running back Devonta Freeman to get plenty of snaps with the first team this month.
But Coleman is not holding back. He wants to win the job.
"It's something I aim for," he said Friday. "Me and Devonta are battling. We're fighting and competing and we're making each other better."
It's unlikely Freeman has an edge on Coleman, despite his jump by one year of playing in the NFL. With a new coaching staff, everyone is trying to learn the plays at the same time. Coleman did admit that is one thing he's working on - learning the playbook.
"It's definitely still a learning process," Coleman said. "There are a lot of players to learn and a lot of things to get through."
The Falcons have been installing a new offensive line system - the zone blocking scheme, which should allow the running backs to take advantage of the holes created by the line of scrimmage. Coleman said it's not much different than what his Indiana team did on offense in college.
"Just moving the linebackers and stretching the play more and moving the linebackers so you can get that open cut," Coleman said. "You're definitely going to have to read it. Once you see that hole open up, that's when you have to take it."
Coleman might have the edge in the competition over Freeman, only because Freeman failed to convince anyone in his limited playing time last year that he was capable of being an every down back. But it will be one of the best competitions to watch in training camp.
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