49ers news: Kyle Shanahan considering using Tevin Coleman in short-yardage situations
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49ers coach Kyle Shanahan considering using Tevin Coleman in short-yardage situations

Tevin Coleman, 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers made a big addition to their budding offense this offseason, signing former Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman.

Coleman is coming off of an impressive 2018 campaign in which he rushed for 800 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 4.8 yards per carry. In addition, he hauled in 32 receptions for 276 yards and five scores.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan loves Coleman’s style and is envisioning potentially using the 6-foot-1, 210-pound back in short-yardage situations heading into next season.

“Tevin runs hard and he’s physical,” said Shanahan, according to Matt Barrows of The Athletic. “Tevin plays like a big back to me. And I don’t even know his exact weight compared to everyone else in the league. I think he’s like 215 (pounds), but Tevin runs hard, he gets downhill and he is not at all, he just doesn’t run like a small back.”

Coleman, who played his collegiate football at the University of Indiana, was originally selected by the Falcons in the third round (73rd pick overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

He had a quiet rookie campaign, finishing with 392 yards and a touchdown on 87 carries, but the following year, he developed a much larger role within Atlanta’s offense, totaling 520 yards and eight scores on the ground while catching 31 passes for 421 yards and three touchdowns.

Then, in 2017, the 25-year-old registered 628 yards while reaching the end zone five times as a rusher, also snaring 27 balls for 299 yards and three scores.

The 49ers won just four games this past season and have not made the playoffs since the 2013-14 campaign, but things seem to be looking up in the Bay.