Falcons head coach Dan Quinn says the the team could use a rotation of running backs behind starter Devonta Freeman in 2019 according to atlantafalcons.com.
“It’s a position that has good talent for us,” Quinn claimed. “And now to be talented as a group, it may be a combination of those roles and featuring what those guys can do best … That’s deeper than we’ve been at that position for a while, and I’m looking forward to the unique stuff that the guys do have.”
Second-year back Ito Smith, a fourth-round pick out of Southern Miss in 2018, is the favorite for No.2 duties but he struggled mightily in that role when pressed into service in the wake of Freeman’s injury. Smith rushed for 315 yards and a paltry 3.5 ypc average plus added 152 receiving yards and four total touchdowns in 14 games behind Tevin Coleman last season. Fifth-rounder Qadree Ollison is Smith’s biggest threat but profiles as a grinder.