2015 Position Review: Running Back

Stats of Note: Devonta Freeman was one of seven running backs in the NFL to surpass 1,000 rushing yards this season (1,056). The second-year running back forced 36 missed tackles this season — the seventh most by a running back in the NFL this season — according to Pro Football Focus.

Tevin Coleman produced Atlanta's longest run of the season in Week 12 against Minnesota, when he broke off for a 46-yard run. The Indiana product finished the game with 110 yards on 18 carries, marking the first 100-yard rushing performance of his professional career.

Terron Ward, an UDFA out of Oregon State, recorded 29 carries for 95 yards and one rushing touchdown. Ward was also used in the Falcons' passing game, as he finished the season with nine catches for 73 yards.

Patrick DiMarco performed at a Pro Bowl caliber level all season. The fullback was a huge part of the success of Atlanta's run game that allowed OC Kyle Shanahan to implement a balanced attack. DiMarco played the third most snaps (371) of any fullback in the NFL this season.

How the Falcons Rank: Freeman finished seventh in rushing yards (1,056), tied for first in rushing touchdowns (11), third in receptions by a running back (73) and tied for first in total touchdowns (14).

Standout Player: Freeman. The Pro Bowler had a breakout year that caught the attention of many. He led the Falcons in rushing attempts (265), rushing yards (1,056) and total touchdowns (14). Potential Draft Target: Illinois RB Josh Ferguson. The need for a running back is minimal, but Ferguson is a projected third or fourth round talent who is strong in both the run game and pass game. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry for 708 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and also recorded 38 receptions for 280 yards and two scores.


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