Devonta Freeman is going to get a chance to win the starting running back job in Atlanta in 2015. At least, that’s what it looks like after Freeman opened OTAs as the first string tailback. Rookie running back Tevin Coleman worked with the second team, and though he’s firmly expected to nip at the heels of Freeman all summer, it’s absolutely worth noting that he hasn’t been handed anything just yet.
Freeman is the inferior talent, but he is entering his second season and has a leg up after putting up 473 total yards and two touchdowns last season as a rookie. While Freeman wasn’t bad as a rookie, it’s got to be fairly revealing that he couldn’t completely unseat the ineffective Steven Jackson. That’s one reason why fantasy football owners will want to track Coleman all year, although this is a position in battle we’ll want to keep tabs on, in general. It’s highly possible neither back really emerges as a reliable fantasy producer, but it sounds like Atlanta wants to get more out of it’s rushing attack. That should have them (and fantasy owners) pulling for Coleman to win the job.
While Freeman has the edge momentarily, you can find Coleman behind him in fantasy drafts and he’s without a doubt the guy to target.