Tevin Coleman
Tevin Coleman
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
San Francisco 49ers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Second verse, same as the first. Last year, coach Kyle Shanahan brought in Jerick McKinnon, a fast, athletic back who was comfortable working in a timeshare. Shanahan did it again this offseason when he brought in Coleman - a fast, athletic back who's comfortable working in a timeshare - from his old Atlanta stomping grounds. The former Falcon earned his free-agent payday by posting career highs in rushing yards and YPC and playing 16 games for the first time in 2018. His best trait is his blistering speed in open space, and Shanahan's system was adept at getting him the ball with plenty of green in front of him. In his last season under his old/new coach, Coleman averaged an eye-popping 10.5 yards per target, a figure that ranked sixth in the entire league among all players (not just RBs). While he could be a big-play weapon again with the Niners, how many touches Coleman gets is a question. McKinnon is expected to be 100 percent healthy after a torn ACL that cost him all 2018, and Matt Breida has shown the last two years he's a good fit for the Shanahan offense as well. Even if Coleman sits atop the depth chart, it won't guarantee him a big increase in volume. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the 49ers in March of 2019.
Early favorite for touches
RBSan Francisco 49ers
May 27, 2019
Coleman was named the "clear favorite" to begin the season with the most backfield touches, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.
ANALYSIS
Maiocco cited the health issues surrounding Jerick McKinnon (returning from a serious knee injury) and Matt Breida (already nursing a torn pectoral muscle) as the main reasons for his prediction of Coleman leading in touches. The 26-year-old has proven his worth both as a runner (4.4 YPC over his career) and an adept receiver (68.7 catch percentage) through four pro seasons. The aforementioned McKinnon and Breida are currently projected to be ready for the start of the regular season -- barring any setbacks -- so touches will certainly be split between the three dynamic backs regardless of who becomes the "lead back." That said, if Maiocco's words hold true, Coleman should be treated as the highest priority of the three heading into drafts.
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How do Tevin Coleman's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
6.6%
 
Positive Run %
73.1%
 
% Yds After Contact
49.5%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.4
 
Rushing TD %
2.4%
 
Touches Per Game
12.4
 
% Snaps w/Touch
34.3%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.02
 
% Team Air Yards
0.2%
 
% Team Targets
7.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
72.7%
 
Drop Rate
6.8%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.9
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Tevin Coleman's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The 40-Yard Dash metric is from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
210 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash*
4.40 sec
 
Bench Press
22 reps
 
Hand Length
8.63 in
 
Arm Length
32.00 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
Coleman ran for a career-high 628 yards in 2017, but it's tough to rate his overall performance as a step forward. His 4.0 YPC was a career low, and his receiving numbers also took a slight tumble as new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian failed to put Coleman in a position to use his explosive speed in the open field as often as Kyle Shanahan had. Heading into his fourth NFL season, Coleman still hasn't quite established that he's capable of being a lead back, after getting mixed results last season while Devonta Freeman was sidelined. Coleman's wheels are undeniable, but he lacks the vision or elusiveness to make the best use of his straight-line speed, and despite a solid frame he doesn't run with a lot of strength or physicality, resulting in fewer broken tackles than top-tier running backs create. He did at least play in a career-high 15 games last season, mostly avoiding the minor injuries that cut into his first two NFL campaigns. With Freeman still getting most of the snaps and touches in Atlanta's backfield, Coleman is unlikely to engineer a breakout season in the final year of his rookie contract unless his teammate misses significant time.
The third-year back had a breakthrough performance in 2016, scoring 11 total touchdowns on only 149 touches as he emerged as one of the Falcons' big-play options during their Super Bowl run. Coleman's game-breaking speed in the open field his primary asset, as he still flashes the 4.44 40-yard time he recorded at the 2015 Combine, and his offseason work to become a more complete back also paid off with a big increase in his role as a pass catcher. After catching only two passes as a rookie, Coleman hauled in 31 of 40 targets and used that speed to pile up 13.6 yards per catch. Unfortunately, health issues once again kept him from playing a full schedule, as a hamstring strain cost the 24-year-old three games in the middle of the season. Despite his 6-1, 210-pound frame, Coleman isn't a particularly physical runner, and his skill set is more of a match for Devonta Freeman's than a complement, but that duplication was used very effectively by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in 2016 as he kept defenses from guessing which back would get which assignment on any particular play. Whether new coordinator Steve Sarkisian can keep that approach intact will go a long way towards determining whether Coleman can repeat, or even improve upon, last year's production.
When camps opened last summer, Coleman was viewed as the front-runner in the Atlanta backfield, with Devonta Freeman the secondary option. Coleman was the starter on opening night, but a rib injury knocked him back and Freeman wound up taking the job and running with it. Coleman didn't help his own cause with some occasional fumbling issues. This doesn't mean things can't flip in 2016. Coleman averaged a solid 4.5 per carry as a rookie and Freeman's play dipped significantly in the second half of the year. We know any starting back in a Kyle Shahahan offense can be a bundle of fun, which means at minimum, Coleman is one of the highest-upside backups in the league. Keep an eye on him.
While first-round picks Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon are no slouches, Coleman could be the most exciting back selected in this year's draft, as he can turn any touch into a touchdown. In fact, half of his 28 career rushing TDs at Indiana came on runs of 40 or more yards. While he doesn't have ideal size for a feature back at 5-11, 206, Coleman is incredibly explosive, hitting holes and getting through to the second level before the defense knows what hit it, and his 4.39 time in the 40-yard dash isn't just a track mirage. He also flashes great elusiveness, slipping tackles and changing direction without slowing, and when he does finally run out of room he isn't afraid to lower his pads and fight for extra yards. His receiving skills are also solid, but Coleman's ability to outrun everyone in college did mask some deficiencies, and his vision and patience will need some work for him to take full advantage of his gifts in the NFL. Second-year back Devonta Freeman, a similarly slippery but undersized runner, has the incumbent's advantage in a training camp battle for the top spot in the backfield, and holdover Antone Smith will also see some touches, but Coleman's game-changing speed should make it difficult to keep him off the field.
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Signing with San Francisco
RBSan Francisco 49ers
March 13, 2019
Coleman agreed Wednesday with the 49ers on a two-year, $8.5 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Likely headed elsewhere
RBAtlanta Falcons
January 29, 2019
Coleman isn't expected to re-sign with the Falcons, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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Notches touchdown in finale
RBAtlanta Falcons
December 30, 2018
Coleman ran for 45 yards and one touchdown on eight attempts, adding one reception for nine yards during Sunday's 34-32 win against Tampa Bay.
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Cleared to play Week 17
RBAtlanta Falcons
December 28, 2018
Coleman (groin) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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Expected to play
RBAtlanta Falcons
Groin
December 28, 2018
Coach Dan Quinn said Friday that Coleman (groin) will play in Sunday's game at Tampa Bay, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
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