FLOWERY BRANCH -- At the owner’s meeting in March, Falcons coach Dan Quinn sat down with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and went over his wide-ranging plan for the upcoming offseason.
He shared his hopes and goals heading into his second season as the coach with authority over the final 53-man roster. Quinn singled out six players he wanted to see make major progress through the team’s Plan D developmental program.
With the Falcons at 6-4 and on their bye week, let’s look at how the six players – defensive end/linebacker Vic Beasley, running back Tevin Coleman, defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, cornerback Jalen Collins, wide receiver Justin Hardy and defensive back Robenson Therezie — have fared this season.
Here's a quick look at the development of running back Tevin Coleman:
After a bumpy rookie season, the Falcons wanted Coleman to improve on catching. The only concern was could he stay healthy after he battled a hamstring, broken ribs and a concussion last season?
Coleman was dazzling in the first six-plus games before suffering a hamstring injury.
He has 59 carries for 235 yards and five rushing touchdowns to go with 19 catches for 330 yards and one touchdown.
Coleman was key in the 23-16 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. He rushed six times for 31 yards and caught four passes for 132 yards and one touchdown.
He should be available down the stretch.
“We expect him to be fully participating in the Arizona week after the bye,” Quinn said.
The Falcons are 6-4 at the bye and have a major issue to figure out moving forward. The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and Noah Coslov get into that and the Falcons place amongst the NFC’s best.
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