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Atlanta Falcons RBs Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman are ready to battle it out

Fact: Tevin Coleman can sing the Star Spangled Banner backwards

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Atlanta Falcons running backs Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman are teammates. They are both talented skill players - give either man a capable offensive line and the production will come. Assuming Coleman can jump right in and contribute, the Falcons will have a formidable duo anchoring their backfield. Throw in a rehabbed Antone Smith and there may come a time in the not so distant future where the Falcons' running back corps is described as "elite."

It's an exciting time for the Falcons' backfield. But don't think that these guys are going to do each other any favors. They're going to battle it out with that quintessential running back swagger. Credit to Andrew Hirsh at the Mothership for breaking down this upcoming position battle.

"Whoever is the starting back, they don't have to work," [Coleman] said. "I'm coming in and working right away."

Meanwhile, fellow RB Devonta Freeman ... went "full-throttle" during his offseason regimen and didn't take any days off [and] doesn't plan on giving up his spot on the first-team offense.

"I take a lot of pride in (being the go-to guy)," Freeman said. "This has always been my dream. I never had a dream to come to the NFL and play second to (any) man."

Drama, folks. Drama.

This can only end well. Frankly there are few things that motivate elite athletes better than competition. Your thoughts?