Running back injuries are a concern

Do the Falcons need to go sign another running back?

The Falcons are in trouble at running back. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, who were battling for the starting running back position, are both out with hamstring injuries.

Some reports have the pair out for two weeks. Head coach Dan Quinn is holding out hope both can participate in drills this coming week, but that sounds optimistic.

Antone Smith, who has shown glimpses of brilliance at the position the last couple of years, did well Friday night in the scrimmage at Buford High School. He is returning from a broken leg from last season, but so far the results have been positive.

Friday the Falcons signed Michael Ford, who had played some on special teams with the Bears the last two seasons. He played at LSU in college.

Terron Ward, an undrafted free agent, has done very well in camp. But the Falcons desperately need Freeman and Coleman back to get reps in the new offense. The running game has been such a problem the last few years, with Steven Jackson failing to adequately replace Michael Turner as the team’s best back.

Would the team reach out to Chris Johnson, or even Ray Rice? Well, it’s unlikely, unless the injuries to Freeman and Coleman linger, which happens occasionally with hamstring injuries. But the Falcons have not shown interest thus far in bringing in any veteran back, particularly those who have off-the-field baggage.

Atlanta’s offense needs several things to improve this season. It needs consistency on the offensive line, and having most of the players staying healthy on the line of scrimmage would help. Production from the tight end position would help, as it’s been a dead spot since the retirement of Tony Gonzalez. And there is little doubt it needs more production from the running back position.

So they need Freeman and Coleman back as soon as possible. The team will watch the injuries to both closely this week.


The Falcons are in trouble at running back. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, who were battling for the starting running back position, are both out with hamstring injuries.

Some reports have the pair out for two weeks. Head coach Dan Quinn is holding out hope both can participate in drills this coming week, but that sounds optimistic.

Antone Smith, who has shown glimpses of brilliance at the position the last couple of years, did well Friday night in the scrimmage at Buford High School. He is returning from a broken leg from last season, but so far the results have been positive.

Friday the Falcons signed Michael Ford, who had played some on special teams with the Bears the last two seasons. He played at LSU in college.

Terron Ward, an undrafted free agent, has done very well in camp. But the Falcons desperately need Freeman and Coleman back to get reps in the new offense. The running game has been such a problem the last few years, with Steven Jackson failing to adequately replace Michael Turner as the team’s best back.

Would the team reach out to Chris Johnson, or even Ray Rice? Well, it’s unlikely, unless the injuries to Freeman and Coleman linger, which happens occasionally with hamstring injuries. But the Falcons have not shown interest thus far in bringing in any veteran back, particularly those who have off-the-field baggage.

Atlanta’s offense needs several things to improve this season. It needs consistency on the offensive line, and having most of the players staying healthy on the line of scrimmage would help. Production from the tight end position would help, as it’s been a dead spot since the retirement of Tony Gonzalez. And there is little doubt it needs more production from the running back position.

So they need Freeman and Coleman back as soon as possible. The team will watch the injuries to both closely this week.


The Falcons are in trouble at running back. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, who were battling for the starting running back position, are both out with hamstring injuries.

Some reports have the pair out for two weeks. Head coach Dan Quinn is holding out hope both can participate in drills this coming week, but that sounds optimistic.

Antone Smith, who has shown glimpses of brilliance at the position the last couple of years, did well Friday night in the scrimmage at Buford High School. He is returning from a broken leg from last season, but so far the results have been positive.

Friday the Falcons signed Michael Ford, who had played some on special teams with the Bears the last two seasons. He played at LSU in college.

Terron Ward, an undrafted free agent, has done very well in camp. But the Falcons desperately need Freeman and Coleman back to get reps in the new offense. The running game has been such a problem the last few years, with Steven Jackson failing to adequately replace Michael Turner as the team’s best back.

Would the team reach out to Chris Johnson, or even Ray Rice? Well, it’s unlikely, unless the injuries to Freeman and Coleman linger, which happens occasionally with hamstring injuries. But the Falcons have not shown interest thus far in bringing in any veteran back, particularly those who have off-the-field baggage.

Atlanta’s offense needs several things to improve this season. It needs consistency on the offensive line, and having most of the players staying healthy on the line of scrimmage would help. Production from the tight end position would help, as it’s been a dead spot since the retirement of Tony Gonzalez. And there is little doubt it needs more production from the running back position.

So they need Freeman and Coleman back as soon as possible. The team will watch the injuries to both closely this week.


The Falcons are in trouble at running back. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, who were battling for the starting running back position, are both out with hamstring injuries.

Some reports have the pair out for two weeks. Head coach Dan Quinn is holding out hope both can participate in drills this coming week, but that sounds optimistic.

Antone Smith, who has shown glimpses of brilliance at the position the last couple of years, did well Friday night in the scrimmage at Buford High School. He is returning from a broken leg from last season, but so far the results have been positive.

Friday the Falcons signed Michael Ford, who had played some on special teams with the Bears the last two seasons. He played at LSU in college.

Terron Ward, an undrafted free agent, has done very well in camp. But the Falcons desperately need Freeman and Coleman back to get reps in the new offense. The running game has been such a problem the last few years, with Steven Jackson failing to adequately replace Michael Turner as the team’s best back.

Would the team reach out to Chris Johnson, or even Ray Rice? Well, it’s unlikely, unless the injuries to Freeman and Coleman linger, which happens occasionally with hamstring injuries. But the Falcons have not shown interest thus far in bringing in any veteran back, particularly those who have off-the-field baggage.

Atlanta’s offense needs several things to improve this season. It needs consistency on the offensive line, and having most of the players staying healthy on the line of scrimmage would help. Production from the tight end position would help, as it’s been a dead spot since the retirement of Tony Gonzalez. And there is little doubt it needs more production from the running back position.

So they need Freeman and Coleman back as soon as possible. The team will watch the injuries to both closely this week.





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