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Falcons coach Dan Quinn says Devonta Freeman will be ready by training camp

Devonta Freeman, Dan Quinn, Falcons

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman played in just two games this past season due to knee and groin injuries, the latter of which resulted in surgery.

But now, Freeman is fully recovered and ready to go, and Falcons head coach Dan Quinn says that Freeman will be ready by training camp, per James Parks of 247 Sports.

“We can’t wait to get Free back,” Quinn said. “He’s having such an awesome offseason. His energy, his juice, like him being around the team, you feel what he brings.”

Freeman, who played his collegiate football at Florida State, was originally selected by Atlanta in the fourth round (103rd pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

He had a quiet rookie campaign, but the following year, Freeman broke out, racking up 1,056 yards and a league-leading 11 touchdowns on the ground while also hauling in 73 receptions for 578 yards and three scores.

Freeman then replicated that output in 2016, totaling 1,079 yards as a rusher while once again pacing the NFL with 11 rushing scores. He also caught 54 passes for 462 yards while reaching the end zone twice.

The 27-year-old was then a bit of a disappointment in 2017 before barely playing in 2018, but Quinn says that Freeman’s presence alone is generating a lot of excitement.

“It’s been awesome having him as part of the offseason program,” said Quinn. “When you get to see the team out here this spring, I think you’ll feel the energy at running back certainly with Free leading the way.”

The Falcons are hoping to have a much better year overall, as they won just six games this past season.