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This is not the way Tevin Coleman hoped to pad his resume entering possible free agency.Coleman had an excellent opportunity to show he can be a lead running back when Atlanta Falcons starter Devonta Freeman was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 16. Coleman had been productive in a shared role with Freeman the last three years Baltimore Ravens Womens T-Shirt , but his chance to shine as the clear-cut starter hasn't worked out as planned.The Falcons' running game has flopped. Atlanta ranks last in the NFL in rushing entering Sunday's game at the Green Bay Packers.The blame can't rest only on Coleman and rookie backup Ito Smith. In recent weeks there has been no room to run behind a makeshift offensive line. It's a big reason the Falcons (4-Cool have lost four straight games .Instead of seizing the job and increasing his value on the free-agent market, Coleman has hit a wall. He has 14 carries for 14 yards in the last two games.Coleman said Wednesday he's not concerned about the possible financial hit to his free-agent outlook."I'm really not thinking about that right now," Coleman said. "I'm just thinking about playing my game."Smith had more carries than Coleman in last week's 26-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens , though neither back was effective.Smith had seven carries for 22 yards. Coleman ran for only eight yards on a season-low six carries."That wasn't by design at all," said coach Dan Quinn of Coleman's reduced role.The Falcons ran only five plays in the third quarter against the Ravens' top-ranked defense. Coleman had three carries on Atlanta's opening possession and only three more the remainder of the game.Coleman lost yardage on three of his six carries."It's definitely been frustrating but we've just got to keep on working, keep coming out here and practicing hard and getting the right looks we need to get," Coleman said.When the running game isn't working, Matt Ryan's play-action passing game also suffers. Ryan's 131 yards passing against the Ravens set a career low for a full game.Clearly, it's crucial for Coleman and the Falcons to revive their running attack."It sets up everything," guard Ben Garland said Wednesday. "We have to run the ball better so we're allowed to run the ball more and have more play-pass. It sets up the rest of our offenseThe Falcons face difficult offseason decisions at running back.Freeman signed a five-year, $41.25 million extension before the 2017 season, making him one of the NFL's highest paid running backs. He has played in only two games this season due to knee, foot and groin injuries. Freeman and Coleman each missed time with concussions in 2017.Coleman, in his fourth season, ran for 107 yards in a Week 2 win over Carolina . He has only one other game with at least 60 yards. Overall, he has 514 yards rushing with two touchdowns.Season-ending injuries to starting guards Andy Levitre and Brandon Fusco have hurt ground game, especially in the last few weeks."Really over the last four games is where we felt like we hit a wall," Quinn said.Quinn is trying every option on the patchwork line. Zane Beadles started over Garland at right guard against the Ravens. On Wednesday, Ty Sambrailo took snaps ahead of starting right tackle Ryan Schraeder. Quinn has not said if Beadles will make another start or he will make a change at right tackle.Breaking the season into four-game quarters, Quinn is looking at Sunday's game as the start of the team's fourth quarter and another chance to find the missing running game."We're going to keep digging hard," he said. "You know how important it is to us and the team. We're not backing off even though the results over the last third quarter have not been what we want. We're starting fresh for us in this fourth quarter ... going after it as hard as we can in every way."The Ravens are attempting to salvage early-round busts with training camp experiments Heading into training camp, the Baltimore Ravens have several early round selections whose careers have not panned out the way many were expecting. Most notably, 2015 first-round pick Breshad Perriman, 2016 second-round pick Kamalei Correa and 2016 third-round pick Bronson Kaufusi. With each of the aforementioned players on the roster bubble, the Ravens are attempting to utilize them in different ways to revive their careers in Baltimore. WR Breshad PerrimanPerriman’s career started off poorly as he suffered a knee injury on the first day of training camp, which ultimately ended his rookie season before it ever started. He did not make an appearance in the preseason or regular season that year.The following season, Perriman suffered another minor setback before training camp, but he was able to return to the field before the regular season. He appeared in all 16 games and recorded 33 receptions for 499 yards and three touchdowns. This was an encouraging sign from Perriman as many thought he was taking the next step in his development as a starting wide receiver. He did struggle at times as he had five drops on 66 targets and a catch rate of 50%, per Fox Sports. Perriman’s most memorable momentwas his 53-yard touchdown reception against the Miami Dolphins. This was one of the few times in his entire career that he showcased the reason why Baltimore drafted him: his speed. He was able to take a short pass and turn into a long touchdown as he merely outran several defenders.Entering the 2017 season, Perriman was one of, if not the most hyped up player on the Ravens roster. There was talk of him potentially becoming the No. 1 receiver over Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin, but that was far from the case. He struggled to catch the football consistently, which led to him being a healthy scratch for four games. He missed a total of five games in 2017 as he suffered a concussion against the Chicago Bears in week six. His final stat line was 10 receptions for 77 yards, including four drops on 35 targets and a catch rate of 28.6%, per Fox Sports.With his back against the wall, the Ravens are trying to utilize Perriman in different ways to boost his roster stock.In the early portion of camp Baltimore Ravens Hats , he has been taking reps as a gunner on special teams, which is a position he has not played in the NFL. “Well, as we all know, there are only so many guys active on Sunday. And, with our current roster construction, Breshad [Perriman] is going to have a different role,” Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg said, via the team’s official website. “There’s only 46 active players, so when Breshad is up on Sunday, he’s going to help us in other ways.”As for his role as a receiver, Perriman faces an uphill battle to make an impact. With Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead and Chris Moore locked in to be the team’s top four receivers, snaps may be few and far between for Perriman. Despite his inconsistent start to training camp, Jordan Lasley is expected to have a role in the offense as is Jaleel Scott, who has been impressive in the first few practices. Not to mention Tim White has been turning heads with his strong play, which could push Perriman on the wrong side of the roster bubble. LB Kamalei CorreaCorrea’s struggles in Baltimore have been a mystery. The former second-round pick was a defensive end at Boise State, but the Ravens immediately switched him to an inside linebacker. Despite intriguing measurables and solid athleticism, Correa has not panned out.He is seemingly not the same player he was in college, and he lacks the instincts to play the inside linebacker position. In two seasons, Correa has only made four starts. He has been a solid special teams contributor, but he has yet to make a sack in the NFL. His most memorable moment came during his rookie season in week seven against the Jets. This was a remarkable play by Correa that was likely forgotten as Timmy Jernigan recovered the fumble, then fumbled the ball back to the Jets. Correa not only pushed the defender into Matt Forte, but also had the awareness to punch the football out. The Ravens are beginning to give him snaps at outside linebacker, which many believe is his natural position, including himself. “His natural position probably is on the edge, ‘Sam,’ ‘Rush,’ coming off the edge, and he believes that,” Harbaugh said during OTAs. “It’s funny, I talked to him earlier in the week and said ‘versatility is also your friend.’ If you can play every linebacker position for us that would be a big edge.”The Ravens currently have a logjam at the outside linebacker position with Terrell Suggs, Matthew Judon, Za’Darius Smith, Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams. Snaps for Correa at that spot seem rather unlikely, barring injuries. At inside linebacker Baltimore Ravens Womens Hoodie , he could also be on the outside looking in. C.J. Mosley is the leader of Baltimore’s defense, but starting alongside him is still up in the air. Patrick Onwuasor, who beat out Correa last year, is returning in addition to Albert McClellan and Kenny Young. The Ravens also have intriguing UDFA options with Alvin Jones and Myles Humphrey. Correa’s roster chances slightly increased as Bam Bradley will likely start the season on the PUP list. Correa will also be fighting an uphill battle, but the Ravens are giving him snaps at outside linebacker, which should only increase his roster stock.DE Bronson KaufusiKaufusi’s NFL career has been far from ideal. He suffered a season-ending ankle injury during training camp in 2016. He was expected to compete for a starting spot at the five-tech position in his second season, but he lost that position battle. Not only did he not win the starting job, but he rarely was active on gameday. Kaufusi was only active for three games last season, in which he recorded five combined tackles. Kaufusi played 32 defensive snaps and 14 special teams snaps in 2017. Even with Brent Urban suffering an injury early in the season, Kaufusi failed to take advantage. Willie Henry saw a considerable increase in snaps, while Kaufusi struggled.Kaufusi’s most memorable moment came in week one of the preseason against the Washington Redskins, where he sacked quarterback Nate Sudfeld.The Ravens showed a blitz initially, and they rushed five. Kaufusi performed a quick rip move and had an open lane to record the sack. As a former basketball player, he is an athletic defensive lineman with ideal size. Kaufusi’s issue is not lack of size, but rather his inability to develop into an NFL-caliber player. His skill set is still raw, and he has yet to showcase multiple moves at the line of scrimmage. Another highlight from Kaufusi came in week three of the preseason against the Buffalo Bills. Kaufusi was unable to get to the quarterback as his pass-rush attempt was stonewalled, but he had the awareness to jump up and swat the pass attempt. His size and length are enticing, but again, he has yet to bring it all together.It has also been reported that Kaufusi has been taking snaps at outside linebacker, which would allow him to utilize his athleticism in a different way.“The big thing out there is he’s on air, and he’s on space where he can get off quickly. Like most of the time in our three-four packager, our base defense, he’s basically playing on a tackle on space,” defensive line coach Joe Cullen said via the team’s official website. “It gives him an opportunity to use his athleticism more than being inside. In other positions, he will be an end.”With Brandon Williams, Michael Pierce, Willie Henry, Brent Urban, Chris Wormley, and Carl Davis all roster-locks, there may only be two spots left on the defensive line. That competition will likely come down to Patrick Ricard, seventh-round pick Zach Sieler and Kaufusi. Although it should be noted that Ricard is a near-lock, which makes the competition for the final spot if there is one, a must-watch during the preseason.
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