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Devonta Freeman
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Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman in 2016 game
Date of birth March 15 1992 (1992-03-15) (age 27)
Place of birth Baxley, Georgia, U.S.
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 206 pounds (93 kg)
Atlanta FalconsNo. 24
Position Running back
High school Miami Gardens (FL) Miami Central, Miami, FL, U.S.
NFL Draft 2014 / Round 4 / Pick: 103 by the Atlanta Falcons
Career highlights
Notable career highlights
Pro Bowls 2: (2015, 2016)
Coaching Record / Statistics
Career player statistics (if any)
Carries     305
Rushing Yards     1,228
Rushing TDs     12
Stats at NFL.com
Team(s) as a player (if any)
Team(s) as a coach/administrator (if any)
Devonta Freeman is a running back for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. He played college football for the Florida State Seminoles and was selected in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL Draft. After playing a smaller role in 2014, Freeman took the Falcons' starting job in 2015 and has been selected to both the 2015 and 2016 Pro Bowl (to date) for his efforts.

High school careerEdit

Freeman attended Miami Central High School in West Little River, Florida.[1] He helped lead the Rockets football team to the 2010 Class 6A state championship and was named the MVP after gaining 308 yards on 36 carries, falling just 20 yards shy of a state championship game record.[2] As a senior, he ran for a Miami-Dade County leading 2,208 yards and 26 touchdowns, and also recorded 663 rushing yards and six touchdowns in the final two games of the state playoffs.[3]

Considered a 4-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated the best running back in the nation. He committed to Florida State on June 24, 2010.[4]

College careerEdit

Freeman attended and played college football for Florida State from 2011–2013.[5]

College career statisticsEdit

Rushing Receiving
Year Team Att Yards Avg Long TDs Rec Yards TDs
2011 Florida State 120 579 4.8 41 8 15 111 0
2012 Florida State 111 660 5.9 47 8 10 86 0
2013 Florida State 173 1,016 5.9 60 14 22 278 1
Career 404 2,255 5.6 60 30 47 475 1

Professional careerEdit

Freeman was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[6] He was the eighth running back selected in the draft. Template:As of, he had more yards-from-scrimmage than any of them, second overall only to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

All values from NFL Combine.[7]
Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 8 in 206 lb 4.58 s 1.59 s 4.26 s 7.11 s 31.5 in 9 ft 10 in

2014 season: Rookie yearEdit

In his rookie season in 2014, Freeman shared touches with fellow running backs Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rogers, and Antone Smith. Against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 at the Georgia Dome, Freeman had two rushes for 15 yards and two receptions for 18 yards in his NFL debut.[8] Against the Detroit Lions in Week 8, he scored his first career touchdown, a seven-yard reception from Matt Ryan in the first quarter.[9] Against the New Orleans Saints in Week 16, he scored his first career rushing touchdown, a 31-yard rush in the third quarter.[10] He appeared in all 16 games during his rookie season but started none. In his rookie season, he accumulated 248 rushing yards on 65 carries, 225 receiving yards on 30 receptions, one rushing touchdown, and two receiving touchdowns.[11]

2015 season: Breakout seasonEdit

Freeman started the 2015 season shaky. After recording just 18 rushing yards against the Philadelphia Eagles in the season opener on Monday Night Football and 25 rushing yards against the New York Giants, Freeman received his first career start on September 27, 2015 against the Dallas Cowboys. Against the Cowboys, Freeman had a breakout performance by rushing for a then career-high 141 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries.[12] The next week, he rushed for three touchdowns again to go along with 68 rushing yards against the Houston Texans.[13] In the following game against the Washington Redskins, he rushed for a career-high 153 yards to start a three-game streak of 100 yard performances from Weeks 4-7.[14] In Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts, Freeman recorded 43 yards off three carries before leaving in the first half with a concussion.[15] By the end of the season, Freeman totaled 1,634 yards-from-scrimmage (5th in the NFL), 14 all-purpose touchdowns (1st) with 1,056 rushing yards (7th)[16] and 11 rushing touchdowns (1st).[17] He also finished the 2015 season ranked third among NFL running backs in both receptions (73) and receiving yards (578) along with three receiving touchdowns.[18] Following the season, Freeman was selected to the Pro Bowl, the first of his career, and was named a Second-team All-Pro. Freeman was named one of the captains, along with Geno Atkins of the Cincinnati Bengals, for Team Irvin in the 2016 Pro Bowl.[19] He was ranked as the 50th best player in the NFL and the fifth best running back by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[20]

2016 season: Super Bowl LI appearanceEdit

File:Devonta Freeman training camp 2016.jpg

Freeman entered the 2016 season looking to advance on his successful season the year before. Freeman and Tevin Coleman would provide the Falcons with a solid running back combination in 2016. In Week 3, against the New Orleans Saints, he had 14 carries for 155 yards and five receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown.[21] The next week, against the Carolina Panthers, he scored his first rushing touchdown of the season in the 48–33 win.[22] In Week 12, against the Arizona Cardinals, he churned out 60 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in the 38–19 victory.[23] In the next game, a 29–28 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, he had another two-touchdown performance on 15 carries for 56 yards.[24] In Week 15, Freeman ran for 139 yards on 20 carries for three touchdowns in a 41-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers, and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.[25] Freeman was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl as an original selection behind Ezekiel Elliott and David Johnson, and played a huge role in the Falcons finishing with a 11–5 record and earning the #2 seed in the NFC. In the Divisional Round 36–20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Freeman had 14 carries for 45 yards and scored his first career postseason touchdown and also recorded four catches for 80 yards. In the NFC Championship 44–21 victory over the Green Bay Packers, Freeman recorded 14 carries for 42 yards and four receptions for 42 yards and scored his first career postseason receiving touchdown.[26] In Super Bowl LI, where the Falcons lost 34–28 in overtime to the New England Patriots, Freeman would have 11 carries for 75 yards, two receptions for 46 yards, and scored the first points for either team on a rushing touchdown in the second quarter.[27][28] Freeman was ranked as the 41st best player in the NFL and the sixth best running back by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[29]

2017 seasonEdit

On August 9, 2017, Freeman signed a five-year, $41.25 million contract extension with the Falcons to become the highest paid running back in the NFL.[30] In Week 1, against the Chicago Bears, he was limited to 37 rushing yards on 12 carries but had a touchdown in the 23–17 victory.[31] In Week 2, in the 34–23 victory over the Green Bay Packers, he had 84 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the first game in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.[32] Freeman's first touchdown was the first ever touchdown in the history of the new stadium. In Week 3, against the Detroit Lions, he recorded 106 rushing yards and a touchdown.[33] Though splitting carries with Tevin Coleman, he scored five rushing touchdowns in the first four games to lead the NFL.[34] In Week 4, against the Buffalo Bills, he had 58 rushing yards and a touchdown for his fourth straight game with at least one in 2017.[35] Over the next six games, Freeman did not record a touchdown. That streak ended on Thursday Night Football in Week 14 against the New Orleans Saints. In the 20–17 victory, he had 24 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown.[36] In the next game, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he had 22 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown in the 24–21 victory on Monday Night Football.[37] In the regular season finale against the Carolina Panthers, he had 23 rushing yards, 85 receiving yards, and a receiving touchdown in the 22–10 victory.[38] The Atlanta Falcons finished with a 10–6 record and made the playoffs.[39] Overall, Freeman finished with 865 rushing yards, seven rushing touchdowns, 36 receptions, 317 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown in the 2017 season.[40] In the Wild Card Round, against the Los Angeles Rams, he had 66 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the 26–13 victory.[41] in the Divisional Round, he had a receiving touchdown in the 15–10 loss.[42] The touchdown marked Freeman's fifth consecutive postseason game with a touchdown.[43]


ReferencesEdit

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  2. Nawrocki, Nolan. Devonta Freeman Combine Profile. NFL. Retrieved on 25 June 2017.
  3. Kaplan, Emily. "Devonta Freeman Has the Grit to Take on the World", Sports Illustrated. (en) 
  4. Running Back Devonta Freeman Commits To Florida State.
  5. Devonta Freeman College Stats (in en).
  6. Atlanta picks Devonta Freeman.
  7. Devonta Freeman Draft Profile. NFL.com. Retrieved on 6 August 2017.
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  10. Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints - December 21st, 2014. Pro Football Reference. Retrieved on 2 July 2017.
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  12. Falcons vs. Cowboys - Game Recap - September 27, 2015 - ESPN.
  13. Houston Texans at Atlanta Falcons - October 4th, 2015 (in en).
  14. Devonta Freeman keeps showing up for Falcons.
  15. McClure, Vaughn (2015-11-22). Devonta Freeman suffers concussion vs. Colts (in en-US).
  16. National Football League Stats - by Player Position - NFL.com.
  17. Devonta Freeman.
  18. Devonta Freeman Advanced Stats and Metrics Profile. PlayerProfiler.com.
  19. RB Freeman Named 2016 Pro Bowl Captain (January 22, 2016).
  20. 'Top 100 Players of 2016': No. 50 Devonta Freeman.
  21. Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints - September 26th, 2016 (in en).
  22. Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons - October 2nd, 2016 (in en).
  23. Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons - November 27th, 2016 (in en).
  24. Kansas City Chiefs at Atlanta Falcons - December 4th, 2016 (in en).
  25. Lewis, Edward (December 21, 2016). Devonta Freeman, Moore among NFL Players of Week.
  26. NFL announces 2017 Pro Bowl rosters (December 20, 2016).
  27. Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved on 6 August 2017.
  28. Falcons' historic collapse leads to Patriots' fifth Super Bowl win. NFL. Retrieved on August 6, 2017.
  29. Top 100 Players of 2017': No. 41 Devonta Freeman. NFL.com. Retrieved on 6 August 2017.
  30. Silver, Michael (August 9, 2017). Devonta Freeman, Falcons agree on five-year contract extension.
  31. Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears - September 10th, 2017. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved on 13 October 2017.
  32. Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons - September 17th, 2017. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved on 13 October 2017.
  33. Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions - September 24th, 2017. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved on 13 October 2017.
  34. Devonta Freeman Career Game Log (in en).
  35. Buffalo Bills at Atlanta Falcons - October 1st, 2017. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved on 13 October 2017.
  36. New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons - December 7th, 2017 (in en).
  37. "Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - December 18th, 2017". (en) 
  38. Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons - December 31st, 2017 (in en).
  39. 2017 Atlanta Falcons Statistics & Players (in en).
  40. Devonta Freeman 2017 Game Log (in en).
  41. Wild Card - Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams - January 6th, 2018 (in en).
  42. Divisional Round - Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles - January 13th, 2018 (in en).
  43. Devonta Freeman Playoffs Game Log (in en).

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