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Atlanta Falcons’ running back Devonta Freeman proving his worth – SportsUntapped.com
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Added October 13th, 2015 by Ian

Atlanta Falcons’ running back Devonta Freeman proving his worth
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Running back Devonta Freeman of the Atlanta Falcons is taking the NFL by storm so far in the 2015 season. The 23-year-old fourth-round draft pick out of Florida State has set a couple of league records already after five weeks of action and the native of Baxley, Georgia has also helped the Falcons to get off to a perfect 5-0 record early in the season.

In week four, Freeman set a modern-day NFL record by becoming the first player to score three touchdowns in his each of first two league starts. The second-year player is also the first player in nine years to score three touchdowns in two consecutive contests. The last person to achieve the feat was LaDainian Tomlinson back in 2006. Freeman added another touchdown in week five and now has eight on the season to currently lead the league.

Freeman didn’t earn a starting spot at the beginning of the season since he suffered an injury in training camp and wasn’t able to play in the preseason. He was healthy when the 2015 campaign kicked off, but lost his spot to rookie Tevin Coleman. However, when Coleman was injured Freeman was given the chance to show what he’s made of. Since then, he’s averaged over two touchdowns and 120 yards per outing.

Freeman might have nine touchdowns to his name this season, but one of his scores was overturned on October 12th because of the NFL’s odd reception rules. Freeman ran over the goal line while in control of the ball, but then fumbled it and the touchdown was called back. This didn’t deter the young man though as he ran for a legitimate touchdown just two plays later to give his team the lead.

Freeman also seems to be getting better every game as he caught three passes during his first game of the season and has increased that number by one each week. He finished the week five game with seven receptions and now has 25 on the season. He’s also averaging 48 yards in the air per game. Freeman was originally drafted in 2014 with the 103rd selection and was the ninth running back taken in the draft. Just one of the eight backs who were chosen ahead of Freeman has more touchdowns in his career than Freeman has scored since September 27th.

Perhaps Florida State fans aren’t surprised at Freemans’ dominant play of late though since he became the school’s first running back to reach the 1,000 yard plateau since Warrick Dunn did it. Freeman is proof that you don’t have to be big to succeed in professional sports since he stands just 5-feet-8-inches tall. It’ll be interesting to see if he can keep up his fine play over the last 11 weeks of the NFL season.

 
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