FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — In case anyone forgot that Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman can do more than just run the ball, both Atlanta Falcons running backs have given spectators friendly reminders throughout training camp thus far.
Whether it was Freeman beating Deion Jones down the right sideline Sunday with a double move or Coleman darting across the and securing a pass in traffic earlier in camp, quarterback Matt Ryan knows both backs have the ability to be big-play threats as receivers.
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The running back duo combined for 883 yards on 85 catches with five touchdowns last season, so their dual-threat ability is not a new revelation. But again, watching them in practice reinforces how much talent Ryan has to work with outside of All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones.
“The two guys — Tevin, Devonta — they’re so versatile for us,” Ryan said. “When you watch those guys compete this offseason, the way that they’ve practiced the start of camp, catching the football out of the backfield, it’s going to be critical for us. I think those guys are two of the most talented guys in the league and are three-down backs. They catch the ball really well for us. They run the ball in between the tackles, outside the tackles. And they pass protect for us really well. So we’re lucky to have both those guys.”
Freeman came to the Falcons with soft hands and the ability to run routes like a receiver. He had 73 receptions (for 578 yards) in 2015, second on the team behind Jones, who had 136 catches. Coleman really started…
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