Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com writes that the Atlanta Falcons “repeatedly have said they plan to limit Michael Turner‘s carries.”
Previous reports have mentioned that Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is prepared to implement more of a pass-heavy offense this season, which coincides with Yasinskas’ article.
Turner has seen his overall production dip in recent years and the fact that he’s 30 years old isn’t helping his chances of turning things around. The problem for Atlanta is that they’re currently without a running back that consistently carry the load at times other than Turner. Jason Snelling has been effective at times but has yet to put together a solid season and Jacquizz Rodgers, although talented, is really more of a third-down back. He could turn into a Darren Sproles-like-player, but there’s really not a lot of those in the NFL, for good reason; it’s not easy to do what Sproles does.