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Freeman touched the ball twice against the Dolphins, but he made them count in a big way

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Devonta Freeman received a contract extension on Wednesday and on Thursday night against the Dolphins, he put an exclamation mark on it.

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.

But the latter came on fourth-and-1 play that was good for 15 yards – and a touchdown. Ryan, who was a perfect 3-for-3 passing, connected with Freeman on a bootleg pass. You can watch it here:

Freeman said the play-call was an aggressive one and noted “that’s what we want to do all year.” He also said having his number called in those kinds of situations means a lot to him.

“We’ve got guys on our team who our coaches trust – you know, put the ball in certain guys’ hands in crunch-time situations,” Freeman said. “We’ve got to make it happen. It means a lot to the players and myself when the coach comes to you on fourth-and-1, Atlanta Falcons Jerseys depending on you to catch the ball or convert or whatever it is – just get the first down.”

Freeman celebrated his score in the end zone, but he and the Falcons weren’t the only ones enjoying it. Freeman grew up in Miami and said he had about 70 kids from his local youth program at the game, along with two dozen friends and relatives.

”It’s always fun to come back to Miami,” he said. The Dolphins held on to win, 23-20, in what was the preseason opener for both clubs.

On the day before, the two-time Pro Bowler and the Falcons agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension worth a reported $41.25 million. A fourth-round draft pick out of Florida State in 2014, Freeman was scheduled to make $1.79 million this season, the Cheap Jerseys final year of his rookie contract.

After the Dolphins game, Falcons coach Dan Quinn talked about Freeman’s score and what it means to have his running back secured with a new deal.

“He thought he was going to score on one of the runs, and I think (Ndamukong) Suh had a pretty good hold of him, but he thought he had a chance for it, so we were going to see what kind of celebration was going to come from it,” Quinn said. “We’re really thrilled for (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and his guys to get this deal done, knowing what a significant factor he is for us. He’s one of the guys who are really important on this team, and I think the organization showed that commitment back.”

In three Cheap nfl Jerseys seasons with the Falcons, Freeman has rushed for 2,383 yards and 23 touchdowns. He’s also proven to be a receiving threat coming out of the backfield, catching 157 passes for 1,265 and six scores. In 2016, Freeman topped 100 yards from scrimmage in seven games and led the Falcons with 1,541 yards from scrimmage.

Freeman’s 3,175 total yards over the past two seasons ranks second in the NFL, behind his teammate, Julio Jones. 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.

Freeman, who joins the Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell and the Bills’ LeSean McCoy as the only three running backs to finish with top-25 grades from Pro Football Focus in both rushing and receiving over the last two seasons, was asked after the game what separates him from some of the elite backs currently playing in the NFL.

“First, I just think that every running back in the NFL is good, they’re great,” Freeman said. “It’s hard for me to say this running back is Customized Jerseys better than this running back, he’s the No. 1 running back because all of us are good. We all do things that may look better than the other ones. People have their opinions, ‘I think he’s the best, I think he’s the best back’ or I think I’m the best running back. You know I just feel like we all do things differently – that’s why we’re in the league, that’s why we’re starters, and stuff like that.”

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LeSean McCoy took a swing pass and raced up field, leaving defenders in the dust and fans marveling at what they had just seen.

It was just one play in the first practice of training camp, but the message was clear: the Buffalo Bills’ running back hasn’t lost a step at age 29.

“I feel good,” McCoy said after the Bills wrapped up their second practice of training camp Friday at St. John Fisher College. “I feel the same. I feel young. I feel about 25. Making the same runs, same cuts that feel good. I feel explosive. That’s my game — being explosive, quick. So when that kind of turns, and that leaves, then I’ll be in trouble, but for now I feel fine. I can Buffalo Bills Jerseys keep doing this until I’m about 33 man.”

As he’s aged, McCoy has learned that the “small things” he might have overlooked when he came into the league are now critical to his longevity.

“The diet, getting sleep — all the small things that you don’t think about as a young player, now you’re older and you have to worry about,” he said. “All the different maintenance that I’m doing with my body that I’ve never done until probably like last year. That makes a difference.

“I think the biggest thing is just diet and also my weight. When I was younger I could control my weight a lot easier. If I’m heavy, bad offseason, Cheap Jerseys coming into training camp I could lose it fast. But now I have to really manage it the whole entire offseason, just watching what I eat, limit the drinks and the long nights.”

What started off as a usual post-practice press conference turned into an interesting talk about McCoy’s future. Asked how he arrived on 33 as the age he’d like to reach in his career, McCoy said his original plan was to play 10 years in the NFL, which he’ll hit in 2018 at age 30.

“But that’s easy,” he said. “I’m gonna have a big year this year. I’m gonna win some games, so that’s easy, 30, you know, 10 years.”

McCoy leads the league in rushing since entering the NFL in 2009 as a second-round draft pick, with 8,954 yards. If the first two practices of camp are any indication, McCoy will add to that career total in a big way in 2017.

“You chase success,” he said. “One thing what drives me since my whole career is always being kind of overlooked; since coming into the NFL with the draft, then actually being a player that became elite, still have to show it and prove it. Nowadays how it works is the young guys coming up that have a couple of good years, or a good year or two, they pump them, they praise them.

“The older guys that put a lot of work in they don’t get as much credit. You look at Frank Gore, a guy that’s been putting up numbers, so Cheap nfl Jerseys much success and he kind of gets overlooked, he’s in the top 10 in rushing. A guy like me, I know about him because I watched him, the growth each year, producing getting better and better. Younger guys are like, ‘Frank, he’s down, he’s not the same, he’s older.’ So it’s always those types of things that make you drive.”

There is another motivating factor for McCoy that Bills fans are all too familiar with. He has never won a postseason game.

“I’ve been to the playoffs but haven’t won a playoff game,” he said. “You just look for different things to improve on and get better; the chase, I call it chasing. I’m chasing a ring. I’m chasing different yardage. I’m chasing playoff wins. You just try to find things that motivate you working out, and motivate yourself.”

Retirement talk from McCoy might sound crazy given that he’s coming off back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons and looks as good as ever, but it’s not unheard of in the NFL for a player to walk away sooner than expected. That’s exactly what happened with Barry Sanders, who is one of the players he looks up to.

“I’m a big fan of Barry Sanders and I respect him a lot,” McCoy said. “He’s a guy that a lot of people talk about. He retired early and fans would have loved to see him, like myself, play three or four more years. I just want to finish my career the right way – some winning and some successful years.

“I look at a lot of players that left the game, I’m sure they think about if they should have stayed. I love this game. I’ve been playing this game all my life. It’s brought me a lot. I have fun with it. We have a good team here. A good coach in Sean and the guys around him, so I’m very positive about this year. Looking forward to it.”

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massive impact on the Bills’ success in 2017. Don’t expect the team to take it easy on him, either. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison made that clear.

“I’m not going to monitor anything, I’m going to let Sean take care of that – both Shone Gipson, Sean McDermott, I’m going to let them take care of that, and I’m going to coach all of the guys out there,” he said. “We’re going to make the plays, and we’re going to give him the ball. … I’m trying to move the offense, and certainly he’s one of our playmakers on offense.”

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