Devonta Freeman scores, but Falcons blow another late lead

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Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

13 August, 2017

He has the chance to be one of the better defensive picks from this past year's deep draft class, and someone that was expected to be a key piece of the Dolphins' AFC East run this season.

The Falcons blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and lost.

Shortly after inking a five-year, $41.3 million extension, Freeman took the field for his Falcons team against the Miami Dolphins in their preseason opener. He earned his second straight Pro Bowl selection.

On Twitter, he noted his humble beginnings growing up in one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods. "You put that work in & stay humble, you'll be rewarded".

Freeman didn't play many snaps during the Falcons' first preseason game of the year - the opening drive was the only one for Matt Ryan and a few of the other offensive starters - and he had one carry and one reception.

He then added, "Now we just gotta go get the trophy!" With back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 2015 and 2016, Freeman became the first running back drafted by the Falcons to accomplish that feat since Jamal Anderson in 1996 and 1997. Although the rookie did not officially register a tackle in the game, he demonstrated the speed and quickness the team is looking for out of him.

Coach Dan Quinn called Freeman into his office before the start of training camp to make sure he knew how badly the team wanted to get a deal done.

"I didn't have to, but I definitely did", Quinn said.

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