This time last year, Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was helping the Florida State Seminoles to an 8-0 record, eventually playing in the BCS title game. Fast forward to a 2-6 start in his 2014 rookie campaign, where although the wins haven't been as many, Freeman's production continues to improve on a week-by-week basis.
Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said Tuesday that the 22-year-old back is progressing as he expects a rookie to at the midpoint of Year 1, including his pass-protection skills.
Days away from returning to his home state of Florida to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Freeman described his rookie stats (26 carries for 103 yards, along with 20 receptions for 153 yards and one touchdown) as average, hoping for much more production in the second half of the season.
"I come out here and find little ways to get better, like working on my receiving, working on protecting the ball, hitting the holes and finishing," Freeman said. "I know that's going to come with time, but I'm working on everything, trying to get better every day. I'm never satisfied."