Devonta Freeman returns to form, a 'multiplier'

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Devonta Freeman is entering his sixth season with the Falcons and is coming off a season that was anything but fun. But perhaps no one is having more of it right now than the running back from Miami, Florida.

After missing 16 games over the last two seasons, Freeman looks energized being back out on the practice fields. Freeman is running with authority, making strong cuts and catching passes out of the backfield – all with hard-to-miss energy.

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Dan Quinn has frequently referred to Freeman as a "multiplier," meaning his presence carries over to the rest of the team and boosts the team's energy and enthusiasm. The first words out of the mouths of teammates and coaches are energy, juice, contagious, excitement and fun – all things the Falcons could have certainly used last year as they finished 7-9 and missed the postseason for the first time in three seasons.

When Freeman is healthy and playing, the Falcons are a different team. As I wrote back in May, if Freeman can stay on the field for 16 games, he makes them instant contenders.

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