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Atlanta Falcons

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Falcons' Devonta Freeman: No plans to 'play second' in backfield
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman said he's preparing to be the go-to guy out of the backfield this season. 

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."

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Falcons RB Devonta Freeman opens OTAs as starter
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

The Falcons opened OTAs with running back Devonta Freeman getting the nod with the first team, according to ESPN.com

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. 

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

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 | CBSSports.com

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 | CBSSports.com

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 ESPN.com. 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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YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2014Atlanta Falcons1632.010000.0000
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
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