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Falcons' Devonta Freeman hopes to be 'the man'
by Sean d'Oliveira |

With running back Steven Jackson no longer on the team, Falcons running back Devonta Freeman said he wants to be the lead back for the team, reports ESPN.

"Personally, I want to be the man. I want to be the guy," Freeman said. "I want to make my own name with the Atlanta Falcons. I want to go really, really far. I want to set the bar high. I just want to win a Super Bowl and maybe be the MVP one day. You just never know. I feel like I'm hungrier right now. I don't know what's gotten into me this offseason. I just feel like a whole new monster. And I ain't just talking."

Freeman added that he has high expectations for himself; all he needs is the opportunity. With Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff offering support that Freeman could be the team's full-time back, Freeman said he hopes to validate his support.

"If you're getting it from those guys, those guys are the big, top dogs. That just motivates me," Freeman said.

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Dimitroff: Falcons' Devonta Freeman could be full time RB
by Shawn Krest |

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman could be getting more carries in the near future. 

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff met with the media at the Indianapolis scouting combine on Thursday and said that Freeman could be a full-time back in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme. 

Freeman had only 65 carries last season--just over four per game--for 248 yards and one touchdown.

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Report: RB Steven Jackson not expected back with Falcons
by Larry Hartstein |

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan wouldn't say whether veteran Steven Jackson will be back with the Falcons, saying only that he's still evaluating the running backs, reports The website does not expect the Falcons to retain Jackson, who's owed $3.75 million in 2015.

Shanahan said he loved running back Devonta Freeman coming out of college. Freeman averaged 3.8 yards per carry as a rookie but caught 30 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown. If the Falcons part ways with Jackson, who turns 32 this summer, Freeman would be in for a sizable workload.

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Falcons RBs Rodgers, Freeman carry the load in Week 17
by Igor Mello |

With Steven Jackson (quad) sidelined, Falcons running backs Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman shouldered the load in the running game Sunday against Carolina.

Rodgers took nine carries for a team-high 44 yards and turned seven targets into three receptions for 19 yards. Freeman carried the ball only six times for 13 yards. He also added two catches for 3 yards in a 34-3 defeat, eliminating Atlanta from playoff contention.

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Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quad) not practicing Wednesday
by Larry Hartstein |

Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who left the Week 16 win at New Orleans with a quad injury, was unable to practice Wednesday, reports Atlanta is preparing to host Carolina on Sunday with the NFC South title at stake.

If Jackson can't play, Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman would share the load. Rodgers received 12 touches and Freeman got eight against the Saints.

The Falcons are favored by 4 points at Vegas sportsbooks.

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YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
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