Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman has a big year ahead of him. He’s entering the final year of his rookie contract, and at stake is his future earning potential. Coleman is the father of twin sons now, so that next contract has a slightly different significance all of a sudden. Given the huge contract the Falcons handed Devonta Freeman before last season, the writing may be on the wall for Coleman. (Although general manager Thomas Dimitroff has continually insisted the Falcons could viably keep both Coleman and Freeman in Atlanta.)
The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter got Coleman to open up recently. Give his article about Coleman’s offseason and plans going forward a read, if you have a moment. Here’s an interesting tidbit:
“They want to use me more,” Coleman said. “Line me up out wide and stuff like that. It’s going to be pretty cool.” [...] Falcons coach Dan Quinn is expecting big things from Coleman. “We’ve tried really to get (really) involved with our running backs in the passing game as well,” Quinn said.
The Falcons stand to benefit from getting Coleman more involved, whether he’s in their plans beyond 2018 or not. Put simply, if he continues to play at a high level, everyone benefits: the Falcons produce on offense, Coleman draws interest headed into free agency, and our pets’ heads don’t fall off. All will be well in the world.