The Falcons’ running back corps might be a little bigger this season. According to CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco, who is out at minicamp this week, Tevin Coleman is 10 to 15 pounds heavier than he was last year.
Coleman suffered an ankle injury during Super Bowl LI, but it’s all healed up and he didn’t require surgery. It’s likely that Coleman is trying to add some quality weight.
His fellow running back Devonta Freeman is, also. Freeman told reporters during the team’s offseason training program that he’s was trying to come back this season “bigger, faster and stronger.”
“And also my eating … trying to change that,” Freeman said. “And just working. I feel like I haven’t even hit my prime yet. I’m a young running back in the league. I can get so much better.”
Freeman said he’d cut out the late-night meals and unhealthy snacks, but had actually gained weight.
“Actually, I gained weight, but It’s all muscle, so it’s good,” Freeman said.
I’m expecting that Coleman’s additional weight is the same thing. Dan Quinn brought in a new team nutritionist this offseason to help players be at their best, and adding some good weight has been a theme, between Freeman and also second-year linebacker Deion Jones.
Coleman and Freeman are already arguably the best running back tandem in the league. If they’re both bigger and stronger without compromising speed, that’s a good thing for the Falcons and not great for opposing defenses.