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Freeman said his size is an advantage as he avoided tacklers to become Florida State's first 1,000 yard rusher since Warrick Dunn, another former Falcons back, in 1996.
NOTES: The team announced the signings of five draft picks: LB Prince Shembo, CB Ricardo Allen, LB Marquis Spruill, LB Yawin Smallwood and LB Tyler Starr. Shembo was a fourth round pick, Allen and Spruill were fifth round selections, and Smallwood and Starr were taken in the seventh round. . Mike Smith said he doesn't expect WR Julio Jones (foot surgery) and LB Sean Weatherspoon (knee) to participate in offseason activities or next month's full team minicamp. The goal is to have both ready for training camp. S Zeke Motta (neck surgery) also isn't ready for on field team drills.
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Freeman gets first taste as Falcon RB
Smith said Freeman showed he has the skills to be a lead back in the three day rookie minicamp that ended Sunday.
Coach Mike Smith says the 5 foot 8, 208 pound Freeman may look like a change of pace back, but has the strength to run inside.
100 carries in any of his three seasons.
FLOWERY BRANCH Fourth round selection Devonta Freeman said he felt like the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft when he saw the chance awaiting him with the Atlanta Falcons.
"At first I was kind of like, 'Man, I wish I could get the ball every play,'" Freeman said. "Now it all makes sense. Coach had a plan for me. I'm a running back. The less attempts, the better for me."
That "if" from the coach is a big point for Freeman. He knows he must earn the trust of quarterback Matt Ryan.
The Falcons' options at running back also include Antone Smith and former Syracuse star Jerome Smith, who signed as an undrafted rookie.
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Freeman ran for 1,016 yards in 2013 despite sharing carries with Karlos Williams and James Wilder Jr. He didn't like Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher's three RB system until he realized the plan, which kept his legs fresh, also made him more attractive to NFL teams.
"I can make guys miss in small areas, small creases," Freeman said. "For my size, I feel like I'm physical. I can have a good impact. Nike Air Presto Mens Running Shoes I run downhill more than I do outside. I feel I can stick it in there in short yardage, in third and inches and stuff like that to get the good yard."
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"We've got to find out what Devonta can do," Smith said. "To me, if he can step up and be a good pass protector, he's got the chance to be a three down back."
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"Coming into the draft, I wanted to go second, third round," he added, "but God had better plans for me. I feel like this plan is going to work out the best, better than guys that got picked ahead of me."
The former Florida State running back said his path to immediate playing time and a chance to be Atlanta's future starter make him believe he landed with the right team.
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