ESPN’s Michael Clay Says Falcons Have The Fourth Best Running Back Group

Falcons running back numbers were down in almost every category in 2017. However, you cannot deny that Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are arguably the NFL’s running back best duo.

ESPN writer Michael Clay seems to think there are 3 teams with better backfields.

Here are those teams. But first take a look at his expectations for the Falcons 2018 season. Click here to see the article

Top three backs: Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Ito Smith

Projected unit stats: 384 carries, 1,600 yards, 13 TDs; 86 receptions, 767 yards, 4 TDs

Outlook: If this experiment was instead focused on backfield duos, you’d be hard-pressed to rank Atlanta outside the top two. Since teaming up in 2015, Freeman and Coleman have combined for 1,049 carries for 4,540 yards and 43 touchdowns to go with 223 catches for 2,091 yards and 12 scores. That works out to an outstanding 4.3 YPC and 9.4 YPR. Freeman, who signed a contract extension last August, will continue to lead the Atlanta backfield, but Coleman, who’s entering a contract year, will mix in with 10 to 12 touches per game.

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Where would you rank the Falcons running back group?

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