Tevin Coleman
Tevin Coleman
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Atlanta Falcons
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $3.22 million contract with the Falcons in May of 2015.
Contained in loss to Saints
RBAtlanta Falcons
September 23, 2018
Coleman rushed for 33 yards on 15 carries, adding two catches for 14 yards and a receiving touchdown as the Falcons lost to the Saints 43-37 on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Coleman has historically performed very well in games with Devonta Freeman out of the lineup, as he averaged 4.9 yards per carry in four such appearances coming into Sunday's game. However, the Saints' rush defense clamped down, holding Coleman to just 2.2 yards per carry while containing Atlanta to 48 rushing yards as a team. It remains to be seen if Devonta Freeman (knee) will be healthy enough to return to the lineup in Week 4 against Cincinnati, but if not, Coleman will be receiving the bulk of the workload against a Bengals rush defense that Carolina carved up for 230 rushing yards and two scores in Week 3.
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Depth Chart Status
Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    77
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
353
0
2017
425
0
2018
77
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   6' 1"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   210 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.40 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Cone Drill:   0.00 sec
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Arm Length:   32.00 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   8.63 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   0 in
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Broad Jump:   0 in
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Bench Press:   22 reps
GOOD
Atlanta Falcons Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
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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Primed for another start
RBAtlanta Falcons
September 21, 2018
Coleman's backfield mate Devonta Freeman (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints, William McFadden of the Falcons' official website reports.
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Totals 125 scrimmage yards versus Panthers
RBAtlanta Falcons
September 16, 2018
Coleman carried 16 times for 107 yards and added 18 yards while catching all four of his targets during Sunday's 31-24 win over the Panthers.
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Will get starting nod Sunday
RBAtlanta Falcons
September 14, 2018
Coleman will step in as the Falcons' lead back and Ito Smith as the No. 2 option with Devonta Freeman (knee) inactive for Sunday's game against Carolina, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports.
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Could handle lead role Week 2
RBAtlanta Falcons
September 13, 2018
The Falcons are preparing for Sunday's game against the Panthers as though Coleman will serve as the team's lead back, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "We highly regard [Coleman]," head coach Dan Quinn said. "We've been down this road before, if it gets to that where [Devonta Freeman can't play], Tevin can certainly handle [the load]."
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Tallies Atlanta's lone touchdown
RBAtlanta Falcons
September 7, 2018
Coleman rushed for 19 yards and a touchdown on nine attempts, adding one reception for 26 yards during the Falcons' 18-12 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday.
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