No matter what the position, transitioning to the NFL can be challenging for rookies. Tevin Coleman found that out first-hand, with a rough rookie season that he’d probably like to take back. Coleman showed flashes of what prompted the Falcons to draft him in the third round in 2015, but injuries and fumbles marred his first year in the league.
Despite those issues, Bucky Brooks at NFL.com believes that Coleman could have a breakout year in 2016.
One needs only look back to how the year started to see where Brooks is coming from. Coleman demonstrated power, speed and a willingness to initiate contact in the win against the Eagles in week one. At 6-foot and 210 pounds, he also has the size that is normally associated with “feature backs,” though I wouldn’t expect him to take on that role for the Falcons.
His only issue? Devonta Freeman, who had a Pro Bowl season in 2015. Freeman proved to be a well-rounded back who thrived in the zone blocking scheme Atlanta deployed. It’s more likely that the team tries to split carries between the two backs, rather than featuring either of them predominantly.
What do you think about Coleman’s chances to breakout in 2016?