A competition between Freeman, Antone Smith and rookie Tevin Coleman has been brewing, with a lot of analysts thinking Coleman could ultimately win the job. Freeman, who backed up Steven Jackson a year ago, is hoping not to be a reserve runner again.
“I take a lot of pride in (being the go-to guy),” Freeman told the team's official website. "This has always been my dream. I never had a dream to come to the NFL and play second to (any) man."
Freeman is entering his second year in the NFL, though there is a lot of buzz surrounding rookie draft choice Tevin Coleman out of Indiana. Though Freeman is the technical starter for now, it should be an open competition between these two and Antone Smith this August.
With running back Steven Jackson no longer on the team,
"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.
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.
Shanahan said he loved running back
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