Player Spotlight: Telvin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers
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Coming off one of his best years in 2019, Tevin Coleman is looking to bolster the 49ers’ offense and help them make another title run.
Coleman was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He exploded in his junior year at Indiana University, rushing for 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns on 270 carries. Though Indiana isn’t known for having a strong football program, Coleman stood out thanks to his rare combination of power and shiftiness in the open field.
He performed well in Atlanta as the team’s number two running back behind Devonta Freeman. Coleman eclipsed 500 rushing yards in three of his four years there and racked up 800 yards and four touchdowns in his fourth season with the Falcons. Following the 2018-19 season, the 49ers inked Coleman to a two-year, $10 million deal.
In San Francisco, Coleman joined a crowded backfield that already had solid running backs like Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert, and Jerick McKinnon. However, McKinnon experienced a setback from his still-lingering 2018 ACL surgery in training camp and ended up sitting out the 2019 season.
Coleman, Mostert, and Breida led the 49ers’ dominant rushing attack, compiling 1,939 total yards and 15 touchdowns. Mostert asserted himself as the team’s lead back thanks to a strong second half, finishing with 772 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 5.6 yards per carry. But Coleman made his presence known as well, accumulating 544 yards and six touchdowns during his first season with the team. In fact, Coleman would actually start 11 games, the most of any running back on the 49ers.
San Francisco had one of their best seasons in a long time, finishing with a 13-3 record and winning the NFC West Division. They ranked second in points scored and eighth in points allowed at the end of the regular season. San Francisco won its first eight games and defeated tough opponents throughout the season such as the Packers, Saints, Seahawks, and Vikings.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo made his case as one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, starting all 16 games and totaling 3,978 yards and 27 touchdowns against 13 interceptions in his first full season as a starter. Tight end George Kittle also had a career year, catching 85 passes for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns. Defenders such as Fred Warner, Richard Sherman, DeForest Buckner, and Nick Bosa anchored one of the toughest defenses in the NFL.
San Francisco handled their first two postseason opponents easily, taking down the Vikings 27-10 in the Divisional Round and dismantling the Packers 37-20 in the NFC Championship. The Super Bowl pitted the 49ers against the Kansas City Chiefs, led by Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill. The 49ers gained a lead early in the game, but eventually succumbed to the Chiefs’ fast-paced offense and lost 31-20.
San Francisco lost Matt Breida, but they’re set to bring back most of their roster from the Super Bowl. Coleman and the rest of the 49ers’ offense will have an opportunity to get their revenge this season.