Tevin Coleman hasn’t been the most prominent part of the Falcons offense yet this year, but to be fair, he wasn’t early in the 2016 season either. What he has been, by and large, is very good. The team would prefer to have him on the field whenever they can, even if they’re not quite utilizing him at the same clip they did a year ago just yet.
That may or may not happen against the Jets. Coleman and Deion Jones were both listed as limited on Wednesday’s injury report, and while limited is a heck of a lot better than the dreaded DNP, it leaves a sliver of doubt about their availability Sunday against the Jets.
It’s unfortunate because Coleman’s usage could spark this offense in a major way. He will always take somewhat of a backseat to a healthy Devonta Freeman on the ground, which is fair and just considering how good Free is. He’s a dangerous receiver when he’s split out wide, however, and he can be a problem catching the ball out of the backfield if he has room to operate. I fully expect him to become more integrated into the offense as time goes on, and he could be a problem against a Jets team that will be looking to crush Matt Ryan early and often.
I have fewer concerns with Deion Jones, who was also on the injury report a week ago, but both wear watching. As the Falcons try to get back above .500 and put an ugly three game stretch behind them, they’ll need two of their fastest, most dynamic players working.