ESPN shares full predictions for Falcons running back Devonta Freeman in 2019
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman played in just two games this past season due to knee and groin issues, the latter of which required surgery, but now, Freeman is ready to assume his role as the Falcons’ featured running back.
But just what should we expect from Freeman in 2019?
Well, ESPN does not think Freeman will have a huge year, but instead has him posting similar numbers to his 2017 campaign, as they are projecting him to rush for 862 yards and six touchdowns while averaging 4.2 yards per carry. In addition, they have Freeman hauling in 50 receptions for 437 yards and a couple of scores.
Back in 2017, Freeman’s last full season, he finished with 865 yards and seven scores on the ground, registering 4.4 yards per attempt. He also caught 36 passes for 317 yards while reaching the end zone once.
The 27-year-old, 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 very quiet rookie year, rushing for just 248 yards, but he broke out during his second season, totaling 1,056 yards and a league-leading 11 touchdowns as a rusher. Plus, Freeman snared 73 balls for 578 yards and three scores.
The Baxley, Ga. native then posted similar numbers in 2016, racking up 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground while recording 54 catches for 462 yards and a pair of scores.
The Falcons are coming off of a 2018 campaign in which they won just seven games and missed the playoffs for the first time in three years.