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 Post subject: can Devonta carry the load?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:07 pm 
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Devonta Freeman is ready to be the workhorse, but he’s not selfish
Posted by Mike Florio on April 17, 2015, 9:01 AM EDT

As Falcons running back Devonta Freeman prepares to be the man in Atlanta, he realizes there’s a balance.

Freeman explained on Thursday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio that he wants to carry the ball as much as he can, but that he realizes other guys are working hard, too.

So what would he think if the Falcons were to use the eighth overall pick in the draft on Georgia running back Todd Gurley?

“If he can help us win, then come on Todd Gurley,” Freeman said.

Freeman also talked about the possibility that his former Florida State teammate, Jameis Winston, will be joining the NFC South as quarterback of the Buccaneers.

“Sometimes you’ve gotta spank your little brother,” Freeman said with a laugh.

So will Jameis Winston thrive at the next level?

“I think he’s gonna be the same Jameis Winston, nothing’s gonna change,” Freeman said. “He wants to be great. . . . He wants to show that he can be the league MVP.”

Freeman has said in the past he strives to be the league’s MVP. The only difference is that Winston definitely will be on the field for every snap (barring injury). Freeman will likely have to do more with fewer opportunities.

For the full Freeman interview, click below, select PFT Live, and pick hour two of the April 16 show. Freeman’s interview begins immediately.

Freeman interview:
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/radio/

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I just don't see it, he wasn't even a super workhorse at FSU and he's small. I'm thinking we draft a RB in the 3rd-7th as another compliment. I'd be pretty shocked if we went RB at 8, or if we did it later in the first due to trading down, I still think we go passrusher, but crazier things have happened.

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I don't think we should put all of our eggs in one basket, but to be fair Justin Forsett just had a big year in a similar offense. They are both similar players in terms of measurables. I wouldn't mind him having the inside track but we should definitely bring in some more competition.

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Sweet spot for Devonta is somewhere between 120 and 180 carries this year. Basically that's the same work load that Isaiah Crowell & Terrance West had last year in Cleveland under Shanahan.

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If the Falcons draft an RB at #8, I'll be calling for someone's head. Of course, there's someone on my chopping block every year, so... I guess that's not saying much. Still... RB at #8 is a bone headed move for us.


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