Michael Turner bracing for slight reduction in workload
Michael Turner is in for a somewhat reduced role this season in the Atlanta Falcons offense.
He’s just not sure how much the club is going to cut into his workload.
Turner has led the NFL in rushes in two of the last four seasons and was second with 301 in 2011 but the plan is to spread things out more this season with Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“I’ll just see what happens,” Turner said. “Ten carries a game, I don’t think I’ll be that effective like that. But you know, I’m going to make the most of my opportunities like I always have.”
Turner has averaged 20.1 carries per game over the previous four seasons. That’s a lot of wear and tear and the Falcons under new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter want to diversify the attack. At the same time, they would be keeping Turner a little more fresh.
“We’ll see,” Turner said. “It always goes with the flow of the game. You can’t even say that we are going to go out here and throw the ball 50 times or run the ball 30 to 40 times. It all goes with situations. We play situational football.”
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