Coleman tallied 45 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-23 win over the Packers. Although he did most of the damage on the ground, Coleman's touchdown came on a three-yard reception. He averaged seven yards per carry in the NFC championship game rematch, but those numbers were a little inflated by a 35-yard scamper. Devonta Freeman will still get the majority of work at tailback, but Coleman has plenty of value in Atlanta's offense.
Coleman rushed eight times for 16 yards and caught four of six targets for an additional 42 yards in Sunday's 23-17 win over the Bears. Coleman struggled mightily on the ground, but he finished second on the team in targets and was quite effective as a receiver. Devonta Freeman received 14 touches of his own, including a five-yard touchdown scamper, and he appears set to maintain the edge in usage he enjoyed a season ago. There are still touches to be had for Coleman, who will look to make more of an impact as a runner next week against the Packers.
Coleman logged three rushes for 19 yards and hauled in his only target for 14 yards in Saturday's 24-14 loss to the Cardinals. Coleman looked to be in fine form during his relatively brief time on the field, turning in what was easily his best effort of the preseason after seeing only three carries over the first two exhibitions. The third-year back seems to be at full health following his ankle injury in the Super Bowl, and he once again figures in for a solid role in the offense as a complement to bellcow back Devonta Freeman.
Head coach Dan Quinn did not mention Coleman (ankle) when discussing players with injury restrictions at the Falcons' voluntary offseason program, Matt Winkeljohn of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "There's a couple guys ... (who) are going to be limited as far as the offseason goes. They're all participating in some fashion," Quinn explained. "Tru, Claiborne and Shelby are all participating in some fashion with workouts and rehab. Offensively, Julio Jones would be the one in that spot." Coleman's ankle injury in the Super Bowl appeared somewhat serious, but he didn't need surgery and there's been nothing to suggest it's a long-term concern. Quinn's comments support the notion that the 24-year-old running back is back to full health for the start of the Falcons' offseason program. Coleman will reprise his role as a valued complement to Devonta Freeman, who hopes to secure an extension prior to the start of the final season of his rookie contract. As a key part of the high-powered Atlanta offense even when Freeman is healthy, Coleman may be the most valuable No. 2 running back in the league.
Coleman isn't expected to require offseason surgery on his left ankle, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Head coach Dan Quinn said as much Tuesday, all but clarifying the severity of the injury sustained by Coleman in Super Bowl LI. No matter, Coleman will likely focus on rehab in the coming weeks and perhaps months with the aim of working in tandem with Devonta Freeman out of the Falcons' backfield once again.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/23||@New England Patriots||32||32.00|
|8||10/29||@New York Jets||31||28.00|
|12||11/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||7.00|
|14||12/08||New Orleans Saints||28||26.00|
|15||12/19||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||7.00|
|16||12/24||@New Orleans Saints||28||26.00|
|3 Year Avg||102||456||4||16||218||2||102|