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Falcons ink rookie runner Tevin Coleman to four year deal

Tevin Coleman has joined the Falcons, and he represents an intriguing option at running back for the Falcons.

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Tevin Coleman has signed his rookie deal, joining the Falcons for the next four (and hopefully more) seasons.

The terms were not immediately available, but it should be a standard deal for a rookie third-rounder at his position, given the NFL's slotting system.

I'm projecting the explosive Coleman as the team's lead back, and his ability to make one cut and leave defenders in his dust will make him intriguing so long as the blocking up front is up to snuff. He has decent pass protection skills coming out of college, which will also help him get on the field in Week 1 against the Eagles. Coleman will have to fight the well-rounded Devonta Freeman and the always dangerous Antone Smith for touches, but he's the best pure runner of the group, and that should give him an early leg up.

With Coleman's signing, only Vic Beasley's contract remains. That one should be done within the next week or so, I'd wager.

An official and warm welcome to Coleman.