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Rookie Tevin Coleman is listed as No. 1 on the Atlanta Falcons’ depth chart this week and will start the opener on Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Coleman, a 2015 third-round draft pick out of Indiana, gets the nod over Devonta Freeman, coach Dan Quinn confirmed Tuesday through the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Freeman was slowed by a hamstring injury throughout the preseason and the second-year running back did not see any action in exhibition games. He said the hamstring is still bothering him while making some cuts.

“It’s just day-by-day preparation; getting out there at practice and pushing myself to the limit,” Freeman said. “It’s just being comfortable, but I’m progressing every day. Some days, I feel like I can go out there and do it well, like I’m at 90 percent. And you’ve got some plays where I’m kind of favoring it on the cut.”

Coleman also was bothered by a hamstring injury in the pressason. He rushed for 58 yards on 12 carries in the Falcons’ final two preseason games.

“It’s going to be something special, me and Devonta,” Coleman said. “When we get healthy and we get back, we’re going to be dangerous out there. I’m just going to be excited working out there and competing every day with Devonta making me better and me making Devonta better. We’re just going to go out there and do what we do.”


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