Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has been out since Week 1 due to a knee injury he suffered during their season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but says that he is more than ready to return in Week 5.
“I’m in-tune with my body and myself, so I know when I can be me,” Freeman said, according to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. “Just getting back out there when I’m comfortable enough. I think right now, I’m comfortable enough to get out there. I feel good. I feel explosive. I’m ready to run.”
Freeman is a big part of the Falcons’ offense and has been sorely missed as the team has stumbled to a 1-3 start heading into their tilt against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I feel good,” Freeman said. “I feel real good, excited, about being out here. Coming out doing something I love to do is always a good time. I’m just excited to be out here.”
Falcons Sign Kasey Redfern
Redfern will take the pace of Matt Wile, who struggled during the game against the Houston Texans, with a number of kickoffs landing out of bounds.
The Falcons are currently 1-4 on the season.
Falcons Not Currently Considering Coaching Change
“No. … This staff has performed before. My hope is they can fix what needs to be fixed and start winning some games,” Blank said, per the report.
The Falcons dropped to 1-4 following their loss at the hands of the Houston Texans on Sunday, and look like a shell of the team that went to the Super Bowl only a few years ago.
The Falcons have seen a complete drop from their defense, and their offense has fallen off considerable since Kyle Shanahan left to become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
Falcons Closing in On Extension for Julio Jones
Per the report, Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank said that the team is “very, very close” to an extension with Jones.
In preparation for the potential extension with Jones, the Falcons restructured the contracts of left tackle Jake Matthews and safety Ricardo Allen, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo.
The moves created an additional $5 million in cap space for the Falcons.
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