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Devonta Freeman

Devonta Freeman

Running Back #24
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Ht / Wt:5'8" / 206 lb.
College:Florida State
Age:28
Born:March 15, 1992
Drafted:2014 / Rd. 4 (103)
Draft Team:ATL

Devonta Freeman: Getting interest from three teams

The Eagles have reached out to Freeman, who also has interest from the Seahawks and Jets, ESPN.com's Tim McManus reports.

Analysis: NFL Network's Michael Silver reports the Seahawks have offered Freeman a one-year, $4 million contract, though it isn't clear how the deal breaks down in terms of guarantees and incentives. Meanwhile the Eagles are considering Freeman, Carlos Hyde and LeSean McCoy, hoping to add a veteran to join Miles Sanders and Boston Scott in the backfield. The 28-year-old Freeman was cut by Atlanta in mid-March.

May 22, 2020 6:46 AM EST

Devonta Freeman: Cut by Falcons

The Falcons are releasing Freeman on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The team also will release top cornerback Desmond Trufant, potentially freeing up more than $17 million in 2020 cap space if both players are designated as post-June 1 cuts. Freeman made it through just two seasons of a five-year, $41.25 million extension, struggling with injuries in 2018 (14 missed games) and disappointing play in 2019 (3.6 yards per carry). The 28-year-old should find a decent market in free agency, but he won't necessarily be handed another starting job. Meanwhile, the Falcons enter the offseason with Ito Smith (neck/concussion), Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison leading their backfield depth chart.

March 16, 2020 7:00 AM EST

Devonta Freeman: Potential offseason cut?

Freeman is facing an uncertain future with the Falcons, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Freeman is expected to retain the starting job if he stays with the team, but there's no guarantee he survives the offseason as the Falcons try to navigate their difficult cap situation. The veteran running back is entering the third season of a five-year, $41.25 million extension, with no guarantees remaining on his contract. Freeman's release would clear out just $3.5 million in 2020 cap space (per overthecap.com), but the number could jump as high as $6.5 million if he's designated as a post-June 1 cut.

February 11, 2020 7:18 AM EST

Devonta Freeman: Rushing inefficiency reduces value

Freeman ran for 58 yards on 18 carries and hauled in two of four targets for 15 receiving yards during Sunday's 28-22 win against Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Dating back to the start of the 2018 campaign, Freeman has produced nowhere near the rushing totals he established over his first three years as Atlanta's starting running back. In 16 appearances over the past two seasons, Freeman has averaged just 3.9 yards per carry with two total rushing scores, while his per-season averages between 2015 and 2017 were 4.4 yards per attempt and 9.7 rushing touchdowns per season. Though his rushing efficiency took a significant dip in 2019, Freeman's receiving output was the third greatest of his career (410 yards) and his four receiving scores established a new personal best. Under contract through 2022, Freeman remains the unquestioned No. 1 back in Atlanta's RB rotation heading into the offseason.

December 29, 2019 2:56 PM EST

Devonta Freeman: Chalks up two first-quarter TDs

Freeman ran for 53 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and caught nine of 11 targets for 74 yards and a receiving touchdown during Sunday's 24-12 win against the Jaguars.

Analysis: It was a heroic performance by Freeman for those who started the 27-year-old back in fantasy playoff matchups, as he got off to a blazing-hot start by chalking up two TDs, three receptions and 24 scrimmage yards within the first 5:32 of regulation. Freeman has been a high-floor contributor by virtue of his pass-catching acumen, as he has multiple receptions in every single one of his appearances this season, as well as an average of 30.4 receiving yards per contest. A Week 17 matchup against the Buccaneers is less than favorable for Freeman's outlook, however, as Tampa Bay stands as the No. 1 rush defense in the NFL and has allowed just one receiving TD to an opposing RB all year.

December 22, 2019 2:04 PM EST

Devonta Freeman: Held in check by 49ers

Freeman logged 39 rushing yards on 12 carries and caught two of three targets for 16 receiving yards during Sunday's 29-22 win against San Francisco.

Analysis: Those fantasy GMs with vested interest in Freeman have been benefited by his Week 14 rushing touchdown and ability to make consistent contributions as a pass catcher, but neither category was present Week 15 against the 49ers. Freeman was held under 3.9 yards per carry for the fifth time in his past sixth appearances, while his two catches tied a season low. Though he has garnered double-digit carries in all but two appearances thus far in 2019, Freeman possesses just one rushing TD heading into a Week 16 matchup against the Jaguars' bottom-three rush defense.

December 15, 2019 7:47 PM EST

Devonta Freeman: Cleared to play

Freeman (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game at San Francisco, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Freeman was held out of practice Wednesday but made it back as a limited participant Thursday. With no indication the knee injury is significant, he should be fine to handle his regular workload against a banged-up 49ers defense. Freeman played 66 and 65 percent of snaps the past two weeks, with exactly 17 carries and four catches in both games.

December 13, 2019 2:33 PM EST

Devonta Freeman: Returns to practice

Freeman (knee) returned to practice Thursday as a limited participant, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The return to practice, even in a limited capacity, puts Freeman on track to play in Sunday's game at San Francisco. The matchups is far from optimal, but Freeman at least appears to have a steady workload, coming off back-to-back games with exactly 17 carries and four receptions.

December 12, 2019 1:13 PM EST

Devonta Freeman: Nursing knee injury

Freeman was a non-participant in Wednesday's practice due to a knee injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Freeman appears to have picked up a knee injury during Week 14's win over the Panthers, during which he managed a bounce-back performance on the ground while carrying the ball 17 times for 84 yards and recording his first rushing touchdown of the season. The severity of the veteran running back's knee issue remains undisclosed, and he'll likely need to increase his level of practice activity Thursday and/or Friday for any chance of suiting up in San Francisco on Sunday.

December 11, 2019 1:31 PM EST

Devonta Freeman: Not on field Wednesday

Freeman (undisclosed) wasn't present at practice Wednesday, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Freeman sat out Weeks 11 and 12 due to a sprained foot but has reclaimed his usual workload over the last two games, earning 21 touches in both occasions. Overall, he racked up 158 yards from scrimmage and one TD during that stretch. The reason for Freeman's absence is unclear, but it'll be revealed when the Falcons post their first Week 15 injury report later Wednesday.

December 11, 2019 11:40 AM EST

Devonta Freeman: Efficient rusher during Week 14 win

Freeman ran for 84 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, and caught all four of his targets for 10 receiving yards during Sunday's 40-20 win against the Panthers.

Analysis: The 27-year-old back entered Week 14 amidst an anemic stretch as a rusher, managing fewer than 3.9 yards per carry in six of his past seven outings coming into Sunday, and 3.4 yards per rush overall on the season. A matchup against Carolina's porous rush defense provided a breakout opportunity for Freeman, and he took full advantage by gaining six-plus yards on better than a third of his carries, while logging his first rushing TD of 2019 on a 13-yard scamper during Atlanta's opening offensive drive of the second half. The approaching Week 15 matchup is challenging to dissect, with Freeman taking on a 49ers defense that ranks bottom 10 in the NFL with 4.7 yards per rush. Though San Francisco's front seven has proven susceptible to opposing ground attacks, it's very likely that the 4-9 Falcons will have to throw with high frequency in the second half against a 49ers team that owns eight multi-possession victories thus far this season.

December 8, 2019 2:28 PM EST

Devonta Freeman: Struggles on ground persist

Freeman ran for 51 yards on 17 carries and caught four of five targets for 13 receiving yards during Thursday's 26-18 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: The two-time Pro Bowl back has been anemic as a rusher thus far in 2019, now standing at 3.4 yards per carry on the season after another struggling effort Thanksgiving night against New Orleans' top-five rush defense. Receiving production has salvaged fantasy utility for Freeman to some extent, but he's only eclipsed 40 rushing yards twice all year running behind a banged-up Falcons offensive line. Freeman is now afforded nine days to rehabilitate from a sprained foot that kept him limited during Monday's practice session, before Atlanta takes on Carolina's 27th-ranked defense Dec. 8.

November 28, 2019 9:12 PM EST

Devonta Freeman: Ready to face Saints

Coach Dan Quinn said Freeman (foot) looks great and will be ready for Thursday's game against the Saints, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Listed as a limited practice participant Monday and a full participant Tuesday, the 27-year-old running back is set to reclaim his lead role. Freeman suffered the foot injury during a Nov. 10 matchup with the same Saints team he'll face Thursday, finishing with 10 carries for 38 yards and three catches for an additional 10 yards in that contest. The Saints have done a number on opposing RBs all season, allowing a league-low 680 rushing yards and the fourth-fewest fantasy points (13.5 per game). Brian Hill will slide back to a reserve role Thursday evening.

November 27, 2019 10:19 AM EST

Devonta Freeman: Practices without limitations

Freeman (foot) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: This is Freeman's first full-speed practice since suffering a foot sprain Nov. 10, and he's on track to suit up Thursday against the Saints. Brian Hill was unproductive in Freeman's stead with 1.8 yards per carry, while rookie Qadree Ollison wasn't much better with a 2.6 mark. Thus, barring a "pitch count" for Freeman, he should lead Atlanta's backfield against a strong Saints run defense.

November 26, 2019 1:27 PM EST

Devonta Freeman: On practice field Tuesday

Freeman (foot) participated in the part of Tuesday's practice open to the media, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Freeman was listed as 'limited' on the Falcons' estimated injury report Monday, so it'll be interesting to see if he maintains that activity level or elevates to full participant. In any case, he's putting himself into a position to return from a two-game absence.

November 26, 2019 11:18 AM EST

Devonta Freeman: Expected to go through walk-through

Coach Dan Quinn said Monday that he expects Freeman (foot) to take part in the team's walk-through practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After Sunday's 35-22 loss to the Buccaneers, the Falcons will face a quick turnaround for Week 13, taking on the Saints in a Thanksgiving Day game. For that reason, the Falcons aren't likely to hold any rigorous practice sessions, which will make it difficult to gauge Freeman's health ahead of Thursday's game even if he ends up being listed as a limited participant on what will likely be three estimated reports this week. The fact that Atlanta hasn't officially ruled Freeman out for Week 13 at least gives him a shot at returning from a two-game absence.

November 25, 2019 8:14 AM EST

Devonta Freeman: Out at least one more week

Freeman (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Still unable to practice, Freeman will miss a second straight game and won't necessarily be back for Week 13. Brian Hill led the Atlanta backfield with 15 carries and 60 percent of snaps in last week's win over Carolina, but Qadree Ollison and Kenjon Barner also got some playing time.

November 22, 2019 9:48 AM EST

Devonta Freeman: Not spotted Friday

Freeman (foot) was not spotted at Friday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Freeman has not practiced all week, which does not bode well for his chances of playing in Week 12. The Falcons will reveal whether or not Freeman has any chance to take the field when they release their final injury report of the week.

November 22, 2019 8:14 AM EST

Devonta Freeman: No practice Thursday

Freeman (foot) didn't practice Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Freeman has made negligible progress through a sprained foot, putting him in danger of missing a second game in a row. Friday's injury report may provide the final word on Freeman's availability, but the Falcons could be forced to roll with Brian Hill, Kenjon Barner and Qadree Ollison out of the backfield Sunday versus the Bucs.

November 21, 2019 1:48 PM EST

Devonta Freeman: Not practicing Thursday

Freeman (foot) wasn't practicing in the part of Thursday's session open to the media, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Freeman appears to be kicking off Week 12 prep with back-to-back DNPs, which won't be known until the Falcons post Thursday's injury report. Coach Dan Quinn told McClure on Monday that Freeman may be able to practice Thursday or Friday, so the running back is running out of time to prove the health of his sprained foot.

November 21, 2019 11:23 AM EST

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