Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has been ruled out of their Monday Night Football game against the Seattle Seahawks with a concussion. Freeman has been very good for the Falcons this season, but thankfully for the team, Freeman’s partner in the run game, Tevin Coleman, is probably the best “backup” in the NFL.
It will be very interesting to see how Coleman plays in the absence of Freeman. Coleman has always played second fiddle to Freeman, and has not been the lead guy since he entered the NFL. The game will be played in Seattle, and the crowd will be crazy. That is another thing Coleman is going to have to deal with as the lead back, as he will have to understand each play call while dealing with the loud Seattle crowd.
What exactly should we expect from Tevin Coleman? This season, Coleman has produced an average of 4.8 yards per rushing attempt, and 11.9 yards per reception. These are stellar averages, but it is unrealistic to assume that he will keep up this kind of production. Coleman has not been “the guy” this season, so he will have to adjust to a full-time workload. Seattle also has one of the top defenses in the league, despite some of the injuries their team has sustained. There is no doubt that Coleman will not live up to the averages he has produced so far this season, however he could easily pick up 100 total yards based on volume. I will pencil in Coleman for 73 rushing yards on 23 attempts, 52 receiving yards on six catches, and a touchdown. This is obviously a great stat line that any running back would be happy with, Coleman just will not meet the averages he has put up this year.
Hopefully, Coleman can come out and show that he is capable of being a starting running back in the NFL. With a big showing tomorrow, his value could increase significantly.