Tevin Coleman: 'I'm going to come in there and I'm going to get a starting spot'

Published May. 4, 2015 12:20 a.m. ET

If there's one thing we can say about the Atlanta Falcon's third-round draft pick Tevin Coleman, it's that he's definitely not short on confidence.

According to Vaughn McClure from ESPN, Coleman fully expects to land in Atlanta and take over the starting running back role. "I'm going to come in there and I'm going to get a starting spot," Coleman told ESPN via conference call on Friday. "That's what I'm going to do. Whoever is the starting back, they don't have to work. I'm coming in and working right away."

Welcome to the league Mr. Coleman. Unfortunately, he's got a man in front of him by the name of Devonta Freeman, who will also be all-in for that starting gig. Freeman, who's heading into his second year in the NFL, will compete with Coleman and Antone Smith to fill the void left by the departure of Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers.

As for Freeman's response to what Coleman had to say? McClure had the breakdown of that one as well. 

"Hey, I've got that same mentality," Freeman said. "If you're that type of competitive player, if you're that type of dog, you've got to come in and compete. You just have to be ready to compete and go all out all four quarters and every single practice every single day. My mentality is, I love that dog mentality. You just have to go out there and show it. Time will tell."

Here's to one heck of a running back competition on the horizon in Atlanta.

(h/t ESPN)