One of the most interesting decisions the Atlanta Falcons will have to make this season will be who will start at running back for this team in 2020? Does Devonta Freeman have anything left in the tank or is it time to move on?
The Atlanta Falcons run attack in 2019 was yet again a disappointment it was bland and often non-existent. Devonta Freeman finished the year with 656-rushing yards and managed to find the end-zone only twice.
Even those stats don’t fully illustrate how ineffective Freeman was for the Falcons in 2019. Still it is tempting to give Freeman one more shot at the starting job. It was only two years ago that Freeman was still a top running back in the League.
He is still on the right side of thirty and has been injured for much of the last three seasons. Not to mention the fact that the offensive line has been in tatters for the majority of the last three seasons.
While these are all valid excuses they are all excuses nonetheless Freeman hasn’t performed up to his contract and seems to be a likely cut this off-season.
If Atlanta decides to keep Freeman it wouldn’t be a shock to see the running back bounce back into form. He still has the ability when healthy. Staying healthy, however, has been close to impossible for Freeman.
The wiser decision for Atlanta would be to take the cap hit and move on from Freeman. Start fresh with a committee of young and veteran running backs like most successful running teams in the League have begun to do.
It makes sense simply due to the wear and tear of the position. Keeping multiple running options on your roster who can catch the ball out of the backfield would be a far better fit for the Falcons then Devonta Freeman is at this point in his career. It will certainly be an entertaining off-season as the Falcons continue to attempt to find a running game.