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July 6, 2021 05:36 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Could be done in Denver
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman is on the roster bubble after Denver added running backs Javonte Williams and Mike Boone in the offseason,'s Jeff Legwold reports.

Williams was a second-round draft pick, and Boone signed a two-year contract that includes $2.6 million guaranteed. Even if the latter move was more about special teams than offense, it gives Boone a level of security that Freeman doesn't have. Freeman has averaged only 4.0 yards per carry and 5.9 yards per catch in 46 games for the Broncos, failing to meet expectations after coming off the board 71st overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. If Freeman does make the team, it might just be as a third-down specialist behind Williams and Melvin Gordon.

January 15, 2021 12:32 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Declines in rough 2020 campaign
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman ran for 170 yards on 35 carries and added 81 yards on 12 catches during the 2020 season.

Freeman's workload took a hit following the Broncos' acquisition of Melvin Gordon. Though he averaged 4.9 yards per carry, a full yard above his career average, Freeman seldom garnered many touches with Gordon serving as the bell cow more often than not and Phillip Lindsay also a factor in the 11 games he played.  With the exception of Week 13's game against the Saints, in which Freeman took snaps at wildcat quarterback, the 2018 third-rounder never topped 35 yards and didn't log more than nine touches in any contest. Freeman may still offer value as a third-down back, but depending on what the Broncos do in the offseason, his role is far from guaranteed heading into 2021.

January 5, 2021 08:56 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Picks up three touches
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman ran for 21 yards on two carries and added a one-yard catch during Sunday's 32-31 loss to Las Vegas.

Freeman set up the Broncos' first touchdown late in the first quarter, rumbling for 20 yards to bring Denver into Las Vegas territory. Still, perhaps still bothered by a nagging hip, he garnered just two touches to Melvin Gordon's 30. The third-year back often was lost in the shuffle this season as Gordon took Freeman's role as the passing-game back. Absent a shake-up in the offseason, a similar role likely awaits Freeman in 2021.

December 28, 2020 10:32 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Garners four touches in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman caught both of his targets for seven yards and had two carries for 16 yards during Sunday's 19-16 loss at the Chargers.

Freeman had an opportunity to be RB2 behind Melvin Gordon on Sunday after Phillip Lindsay (hip) went on injured reserve. It didn't work out that way as Freeman still was visibly bothered by his own hip, leaving four touches for rookie LeVante Bellamy. Freeman will have another opportunity to enjoy an uptick in touches in the season finale against the Raiders on Sunday. He totaled 26 yards on four touches in Week 10's loss in Las Vegas.

December 27, 2020 02:48 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Ready to play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

The 24-year-old was considered questionable with the hip issue but is good to go Sunday. Freeman will serve as the backup to Melvin Gordon with Phillip Lindsay (hip/knee) on injured reserve.

December 25, 2020 04:36 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Questionable for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman (hip) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

The 24-year-old picked up the hip injury during last week's loss to the Bills, but he'll have a chance to take the field Sunday. Freeman would be in line for an increased workload behind starter Melvin Gordon if available to play this weekend, since Phillip Lindsay (hip/knee) has already been ruled out.

December 24, 2020 09:56 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Practice status improves
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman (hip) was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Freeman sustained a hip injury Saturday during a blowout loss to the Bills, and he was subsequently tagged a DNP for Denver's opening practice session of the week Wednesday. If capable of overcoming the issue to make an appearance Week 16, Freeman would remain without a missed game since the start of last season. Should Freeman be activated against the Chargers and Phillip Lindsay (hip/knee) ruled out, the Oregon product would be in line for an uptick in carries behind Melvin Gordon.

December 23, 2020 04:24 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Misses Wednesday's practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman (hip) isn't practicing Wednesday, Jeff Legwold of reports.

With fellow running back Phillip Lindsay also missing practice Wednesday due to a hip injury, Melvin Gordon is the only Denver running back taking part in the session. If neither Freeman nor Lindsay gain clearance for Sunday's game against the Chargers, the team will likely opt to promote LeVante Bellamy from the practice squad to serve as Gordon's top backup.

December 20, 2020 10:20 AM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Injures hip Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman (hip) is questionable to return to Saturday's game against the Bills, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.

Freeman was only handling a reserve role with both Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay active Saturday, so his potential absence won't have a huge impact on Denver's offense. However, the Broncos only have three running backs active Saturday, and the team will be a bit short on depth if Freeman can't return.

December 8, 2020 07:44 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Takes back seat against Chiefs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman did not register a carry or a target over four offensive snaps during Sunday's 22-16 loss to Kansas City.

Phillip Lindsay suited up for Sunday Night Football after coping with a knee issue throughout the practice week, diminishing any potential offensive role for Freeman. The Oregon product is averaging a career-best 4.3 yards per carry this season, but he remains without a touchdown after producing nine combined TDs over his first two years in the league. Freeman also reached at least 130 rush attempts during both 2018 and 2019, and he's on pace to finish far below that mark with just 30 carries over 12 appearances this year.

November 29, 2020 09:16 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Team's leading rusher Week 12
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman registered 50 rushing yards on eight carries during Sunday's 31-3 loss to New Orleans.

With quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel all unavailable because of COVID-19 concerns, Freeman entered Sunday's contest as the Broncos' No. 2 QB behind Kendall Hinton. Freeman was not asked to throw a pass during the game, though he did line up in the wildcat formation on a handful of occasions. His eight rush attempts versus New Orleans tied a season high, and he could remain the team's No. 2 running back Week 13 against Kansas City after Phillip Lindsay suffered a knee injury during Sunday's loss.

November 29, 2020 12:12 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: May see some QB work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman could play at quarterback in Sunday's game against the Saints following news that every Broncos QB is in COVID-19 protocol, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Freeman is the Broncos' emergency quarterback. The Broncos are also expected to elevate Kendall Hinton from the practice squad. Hinton played some quarterback in college before switching to wide receiver at the start of his junior year at Wake Forest. The Broncos will need to get creative under center, and perhaps Freeman will take snaps in a wildcat formation. He could see a bump in usage as a result, although it's tough to get a grasp on how things will ultimately shake out for the Broncos.

November 24, 2020 04:36 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: No touches in Sunday's win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman didn't record a touch in Sunday's 20-13 win over the Dolphins.

Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay operated as a true tandem, as Gordon logged 84 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries while Lindsay registered 82 yards on 16 carries. Freeman was left out as a result, playing just four snaps on offense. The workload will be divvied up in a similar manner as long as both Gordon and Lindsay are available moving forward.

November 17, 2020 08:28 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Tallies 26 yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman ran for 11 yards on two carries and added two catches on two targets for 15 yards during Sunday's loss in Las Vegas.

Box scores can be deceiving. On the surface, Freeman garnered as many touches Sunday as Phillip Lindsay and produced 24 more yards. In reality, three of Freeman's touches came during Denver's final drive of the game in a blowout loss. The third-year back remains a solid option in the passing game both as a blocker and receiver, a necessity given Lindsay's struggles in both areas. Sunday was not the beginning of a shift toward more Freeman in Denver's offense, however. Expect his work to be limited primarily to third downs Sunday against Miami, as his ability to pick up blitzes should be useful against an aggressive Dolphins defense.

November 10, 2020 08:08 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: One offensive snap against Falcons
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman did not garner a single rush attempt or target during Sunday's 34-27 loss to the Falcons, fielding one offensive snap and 22 special-teams snaps.

The third-year back has gone without an offensive touch in consecutive outings, after collecting 14 combined carries and four receptions over three outings between Weeks 4 and 7. With Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay posing a formidable duo atop Denver's backfield, Freeman's offensive role figures to remain relatively remote in closely contested games. Freeman will slot in as the Broncos' third-string running back heading into a Week 10 matchup against the division rival Raiders.

November 4, 2020 10:28 AM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: No role with healthy RB room
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman garnered no offensive snaps during Sunday's 31-30 win against the Chargers.

The Oregon product got involved with 19 snaps as a member of the special-teams group, but he did not have any offensive role as Phillip Lindsay made his return from a concussion. Freeman had garnered at least one carry in all six of his appearances entering Week 8, but Lindsay (six rushes) and Melvin Gordon (eight) split the RB workload for Denver in a pass-heavy game script. The Broncos will face an Atlanta defense in Week 9 that just surrendered 147 rushing yards and one rushing score to Carolina on Thursday Night Football.

October 28, 2020 01:04 AM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Posts 17 scrimmage yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman registered 12 rushing yards on three carries, adding a five-yard reception during Sunday's 43-16 loss to Kansas City.

Freeman fielded 18 offensive snaps in Week 7, as Phillip Lindsay was forced to exit late in the second quarter because of a concussion. If Lindsay were forced to sit out Sunday's upcoming matchup against the Chargers' 14th-ranked rush defense, Freeman would once again be inserted into the No. 2 RB role as a complement to Melvin Gordon. Freeman garnered nine offensive touches Week 6 against the Patriots as Gordon sat out with a case of strep throat, meaning he could be in line for a similar workload against Los Angeles if Lindsay is unable to clear concussion protocol.

October 20, 2020 10:08 AM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Picks up 30 yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman ran for 26 yards on eight carries and added a four-yard catch during Sunday's 18-12 win over New England.

With Melvin Gordon out (illness), Freeman held onto the No. 2 RB job despite Phillip Lindsay's return to the fold and saw a season-high nine touches. He wasn't able to do much with them, however. Freeman is a solid pass protector and receiver, but he should return to the sideline Sunday against Kansas City assuming Gordon's health improves.

October 2, 2020 08:24 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Gains 12 yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman ran for six yards on three carries and added two catches for six yards during Thursday's 37-28 win over the Jets.

Despite an offensive explosion -- by Denver's standards -- Freeman was not heavily featured as RB2. Melvin Gordon racked up 25 touches. Freeman remains a solid pass protector and receiver, but it's hard to see his role expanding in the near future as Phillip Lindsay (toe) may be ready for Week 5's matchup against New England.

September 29, 2020 09:44 AM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Gains 35 yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman caught both of his targets for 31 yards and ran for four yards on two carries during Sunday's 28-10 loss to Tampa Bay.

Freeman helped convert a third-and-long early in the third quarter with a big 28-yard catch-and-run, Denver's longest play of the game. He otherwise played a small supporting role in a Denver rush offense that could not kick into gear after falling behind early. His value heading into Thursday's matchup against the Jets rush defense depends on two things. First, the health of Phillip Lindsay (toe). Second, whether Brett Rypien, Jeff Driskel or even Blake Bortles can pass well enough to keep the Broncos' offense balanced and on schedule.

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