FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Get ready to see more of Tevin Coleman in the Falcons' offense in 2018.
Over the past two seasons, Coleman has become one of Atlanta's most versatile weapons on offense with his ability to not only make plays running the ball, but catching the ball as well.
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And according to Coleman, he's about to get even more touches in the upcoming season.
"They are just going to use me more ... lining up out wide and stuff," Coleman said of his expectations for this year. "It's going to be pretty fun."
Coleman saw more carries last season under offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. He rushed for 628 yards on 156 carries, 38 more carries than he saw in 2016. He was also used as a pass-catcher often, recording 27 catches for 299 yards.
That number is could increase in 2018 with the emphasis head coach Dan Quinn said they will be putting on using Coleman and Devonta Freeman more in various ways. Coleman and Freeman combined for 2,109 yards of total offense for the Falcons in 2017.
"Now, we want to make sure we are really featuring him and Devonta in as many ways as we can," Quinn said. "Splitting them outside, leaving them in the backfield, the amount of catches and touches that we can get for those guys, we know how explosive they are."
Coleman is the Falcons' homerun hitter with the ability to make one cut and break loose for explosive plays.
That mentality won't change for Coleman. As he enters his fourth season, the running back knows exactly what it takes to continue to improve.
"For me, I just want to stay consistent in everything I do," Coleman said. "Keep doing what I'm doing."
One of the biggest areas Coleman's game saw improvement in last season was his pass protection, Quinn said following practice on Wednesday. Coleman and Freeman are a big part of the Falcons' offense and it appears they'll continue to be even more so in 2018.