Coleman does well against Baltimore

Tevin Coleman finally showed fans why the Falcons drafted him with a solid outing Thursday night.

Tevin Coleman has been behind a bit. The hamstring injury he suffered early in training camp hampered his schedule in his attempt to win the starting running back job.

With Devonta Freeman still out with his hamstring injury, Coleman took advantage of the extra carries with a solid outing Thursday in the Falcons last exhibition game of the preseason.

Coleman had 56 yards on eight carries. His starting quarterback, Matt Ryan, was on the field for the first handoff to Coleman and then retired for the evening.

With their still being a question about Freeman's availability for the season opener on September 14, Coleman is now in the driver's seat to be the starter at running back. The Falcons likely wanted that scenario to play out when they drafted Coleman out of Indiana in the third round last spring.

Antone Smith is the other running back for Atlanta, but he has also been dealing with a hamstring injury since week one of the preseason.

Terron Ward, fighting for a job on the roster, led Atlanta with 69 yards on 18 carries Thursday. Jerome Smith had two yards on three carries.


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