If Devonta Freeman plays out his new contract, he will almost certainly wind up leading the Falcons in every significant rushing category. He’s somewhat ridiculously already eighth in yards and attempts, and his big touchdown run against the Buccaneers put him in even more rarefied company. He’s now tied for fifth all-time on the franchise’s rushing touchdowns list, with 30 to his name.
The two men he’s tied with are franchise legends in their own rights. William Andrews might be the best back Atlanta ever had, though injury ultimately derailed his career, while Warrick Dunn put together a great career in a very compact timeframe in the early 2000s. You can make the argument that Freeman is a more fearsome, physical runner than either of them, and while he may not be on the same ground as Andrews just yet, he’s headed there in a hurry.
With Tevin Coleman recovering from a concussion and Freeman almost single-handedly carrying the Falcons’ offense through that game last night, there’s little question he’s due for a massive workload against the Saints this coming Sunday. That’ll help him move up this list—T.J. Duckett has 31, and Jamal Anderson 34—but more importantly, it’ll also help the Falcons try to push their way back into the postseason.
Congratulations to Devonta Freeman for being awesome.