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Oct 4, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs after a catch in the second quarter of their game against the Houston Texans at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 48-21. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Devonta Freeman Could Make a Pro Bowl

The way that Devonta Freeman has played in his first two games as a starter for the Atlanta Falcons is transforming their offensive attack. Freeman has 252 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground in four games. Keep in mind that most of his ground game production has come in the last two games (44 carries for 209 yards and 6 rushing touchdowns).

The ongoing competition in the Atlanta Falcons’ backfield between Freeman and rookie Tevin Coleman has brought out the best in the unit. Freeman is a great receiver out of the backfield with another 196 yards through the air. Should he keep this up, he could make the short list of all-purpose backs in the NFL and possibly earn a Pro Bowl nod.

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Often times, a running back will take over the league without any advanced sign (Jamal Anderson, Terrell Davis, Maurice Jones-Drew, Michael Turner, etc.). Freeman is looking like the breakout RB star in the NFL through the first quarter of the 2015 season.

In four games, Devonta has already eclipsed his career high on the ground for the Atlanta Falcons (2014: 248 rushing yards). Even with the return of Tevin Coleman and a handful of plays designed for UDFA Terron Ward, I still think Freeman could rush for over 1,000 yards this season. I can’t even begin to think what his touchdown total for 2015 might look like at this point. He’s playing at a Pro Bowl level.

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