Struggles in pass protection is perhaps the biggest reason why rookie running backs see their playing time limited more often than they would like. Falcons rookie running back Devonta Freeman apparently doesn't see what the trouble is.
"Blocking is easy," Freeman told the team's official website. "It was demanded at Florida State when I was playing football under (head coach) Jimbo Fisher. It was always demanded. If you couldn't block, you couldn't play ...."
With his pass pro under control, only Jacquizz Rodgers stands in the way of Freeman becoming the Falcons' No. 2 RB right away. He should serve as the change-of-pace back to Steven Jackson this year, but his future is very, very bright. Despite his short stature, the team believes Freeman can be a true feature RB.