The Atlanta Falcons starting running back Devonta Freeman is injured yet again. He will miss Sunday’s game and continues to show an inability to stay on the field.
Devonta Freeman has at times been a great weapon for the Atlanta Falcons. This season, however, he has continually struggled and failed to show any consistency. Part of the problem is terrible playcalling and poor offensive line play.
However, it is a problem when Brian Hill is inserted as a starter and is as just as productive as your star running back. Freeman’s injury is likely the beginning of the end for Devonta in Atlanta.
The Falcons cannot afford to continue paying Freeman like a star if he can’t even stay on the field. He has only totaled 371-yards so far this season and cannot seem to stay healthy.
If he is healthy Freeman can still be a productive player he has the ability behind the right offensive line and in the correct system.
Atlanta, however, isn’t that system barring some drastic changes. It is time for Atlanta to part ways with their former star and look at adding another back in the upcoming draft.
Freeman’s contract is far higher than his current play deserves. You cannot pay top dollar for a player who is proving consistently he cannot stay on the field. Taking a running back early in the draft might not be a popular move but it is one Atlanta needs to make.
Brian Hill isn’t a viable starter, he is a decent second or third option for a contending team. If Atlanta wants to contend they are going to have to find more balance and that evidently isn’t going to be with Devonta Freeman or Brian Hill starting in the Atlanta backfield.
No doubt there will be some drastic changes at the end of this trainwreck of a season. Including moving on from former star Devonta Freeman.