RB - NYJ
New York Jets RB Tevin Coleman is rumored to have an edge over the team's other running backs heading into training camp, per Jets' beat writer Rich Cimini.
Coleman's familiarity with the zone-running scheme that he prospered under during the 49ers' Super Bowl run in 2019 has afforded him the opportunity to start the 2021 season as the Jets' RB1. He also has the best straightaway speed according to NFL Next Gen Stats, a skillset that fits well within the horizontal and one-cut zone run-blocking scheme ran in New York. Jets' head coach Robert Saleh, who was the DC in San Francisco during Coleman's tenure, told reporters that "When he gets the ball in his hand and makes that one cut...it's like he's shot out of a cannon." Coleman will be in a running back by committee (RBBC) system with rookie Michael Carter standing out as the other notable candidate to gain touches as the season progresses. Coleman is a great value if these rumors prove to be true, as his current ECR in half-PPR at RB54 allows him to be a late-round flier that could produce early and then be used in trade packages to gain even more assets in redraft leagues.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that Tevin Coleman and the Jets have agreed to a deal.
Coleman only appeared in eight game for the 49ers in 2020. He rushed for 53 yards on 28 attempts and zero touchdowns. This move certainly helps the fantasy stock of Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson. Coleman will join a backfield of Ty Johnson, Josh Adams, and La'Mical Perine. The Jets will most likely add another RB in the draft so Coleman will most likely handle the backup role.
Connor Hughes of The Athletic sees free agent running back Tevin Coleman as an intriguing fit for the New York Jets.
The Jets have had a fairly strong free agency with the additions of Corey Davis, Jarrad Davis, and Carl Lawson, but the significant void at running back has yet to be filled. Coleman, who has ties to Robert Saleh from their two years together in San Francisco, could serve as a valuable member of New York's backfield alongside La'Mical Perine, who posted just 295 yards and two touchdowns as the No. 2 behind Frank Gore last season. With Gore being a free agent and Perine not ready to fulfill starting duties, a veteran like Coleman could serve as a reliable bridge in the backfield. He battled injuries in 2020 but had a solid 2019, posting 724 yards and seven touchdowns in San Francisco's committee approach. He posted at least 900 yards in each of the three years prior with Atlanta, including 1,076 yards in 2018.
Tevin Coleman rushed two times for three yards and caught one pass for one yard during the 49ers 20-12 victory over the Cardinals in Week 16.
With Raheem Mostert (ankle) shutdown for the season, the 49ers turned completely to Jeff Wilson Jr. (23 touches, 204 yards, one touchdown) instead of the committee approach. Coleman has lost all fantasy value that he had heading into the season and he's not even worth a bench spot at this point outside of an injury to Wilson. Next up for Coleman and the 49ers are the Seahawks in Week 17.
Tevin Coleman rushed three times for 11 yards during the 49ers' 33-41 loss to the Cowboys in Week 15.
Coleman has been nonexistent in this offense since returning from injury a couple weeks ago and only got some run because Raheem Mostert (ankle) left early. Jeff Wilson Jr. will likely lead this backfield if Mostert is forced to miss Week 16 and though Coleman may have a small role, he is not a recommended fantasy option.
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