Both players were delayed in their prep for this season in August with hamstring injuries, with Coleman coming back a bit earlier than Freeman. But both players looked healthy Monday, and if it was a sign of things to come the Falcons may have an improved running game after all.
Coleman finished with 80 yards on 20 carries, while Freeman had 18 yards on 10 carries. The Falcons rushed for a total of 105 yards, with Matt Ryan getting the other seven yards.
Last season the Falcons surpassed 100 rushing yards five different times, with the highest amount being 144 yards against Tampa Bay in week three. The only time one player ran for 100 or more yards last season was in game 12 when Steven Jackson had 101 yards against the Cardinals.,br>
The Falcons desperately need to improve the running game for this season. With questions remaining on the offensive line, the offense must be as balanced as possible considering the talent of the quarterback and the team’s best player, receiver Julio Jones.
Coleman will get his chance to run against the Giants this Sunday in week two. New York gave up just 80 yards on the ground to the Cowboys in their Sunday night loss, with Cowboys’ back Joseph Randle leading Dallas with 65 yards on 16 attempts.
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