Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday, coach Dan Quinn said he has "high hopes" for Freeman, last year's fourth-round draft pick.
"My first impression: I can feel the quickness," Quinn said of Freeman. "In our outside zone scheme I thought this is tailor-made for a guy who can really explode off the edge. I love this guy's competitive spirit."
Quinn's high praise came just minutes after general manager Thomas Dimitroff expressed confidence that the smallish Freeman can handle the featured back role in Kyle Shanahan's offense.
Freeman caught our eye last summer as a mid-round back capable of breaking more tackles and making more plays than the more highly touted Bishop Sankey of the Titans. He finished his rookie season tops among all Falcons running backs with 30 receptions for 225 yards while adding 65 rushes for 248 yards.
That leaves Freeman as the favorite to open 2015 as the starter even if Dimitroff adds a between-the-tackles complement in free agency or the draft.