Freeman went from 95 touches as a rookie in 2014 to 338 last season as the Falcons’ go-to back. It should have come as no surprise, then, that his production tailed off quite a bit during the season’s second half. However, before he slogged to the finish line with his underachieving Falcons, Freeman wrestled the starting gig away from rookie Tevin Coleman by demonstrating an every-down skillset. He caught 73 passes, rushed for upwards of 1,000 yards and even tied for the league lead with 11 touchdowns. If backs like Bell, Charles and Martin set the standard for backs who can handle any role, Freeman is atop the second tier.

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