Tevin Coleman Looks Poised to Lead 49ers' Crowded Backfield in Touches

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 30: Running back Tevin Coleman #26 of the Atlanta Falcons high steps into the end zone to score in the third quarter of the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Will Vragovic/Getty Images)
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Now that Jimmy Garoppolo is healthy after tearing his ACL last season, he'll likely step right back into his role as QB1 for the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately for fantasy owners interested in the rest of San Francisco's offense, the situation in the 49ers' backfield is far less cut and dry.

San Francisco has RBs Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman all vying for touches, so it's tough to tell which back will lead the 49ers in touches by the end of 2019. However, reports from San Francisco's OTAs indicate that Coleman has actually established himself as the team's early lead back.

With McKinnon recovering from an ACL tear, and the oft-injured Breida dealing with a pectoral issue, Coleman looks poised to be the team's RB1 early on.

The 49ers signed Coleman away from the Atlanta Falcons this offseason, reuniting him with his former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Coleman was wildly productive in his last season under Shanahan in Atlanta, despite receiving limited touches.

In 2016, Coleman amassed 941 total yards and 11 total TDs on just 118 carries and 31 receptions. Coleman will lose some snaps to both McKinnon and Breida, but he'll likely receive more touches than he did in 2016.

Standing 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, Coleman is far bigger than Breida and McKinnon, which suggests the former Falcon could be the 49ers' new goal-line back as well.

With plenty of opportunity in Shanahan's dynamic scheme, Coleman could be a fantasy breakout candidate in 2019.

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