Freeman rushed eight times for 28 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-19 defeat of Oakland. He failed to catch his only target.
Freeman drew the start and struggled to begin the game, gaining just two yards on three carries over the first two quarters. He was fortunate to cap off the opening drive of the second half with a 1-yard touchdown run, but Phillip Lindsay outperformed his fellow rookie on the whole and saw almost double the touches. The 22-year-old will try to be more effective Week 3 at Baltimore.
Freeman ran 15 times for 71 yards and did not catch a pass in Sunday's 27-24 win over Seattle.
Freeman was held in check for most of the game, but ripped off a couple of nice runs in the fourth quarter when the Broncos were trying to wind down the clock. Meanwhile, fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay posted the same rushing line as Freeman, but added two receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown. Devontae Booker was the odd man out in the backfield, receiving just four touches for 15 yards, so for now it looks like Freeman will start with Lindsay seeing plenty of work too. The Raiders will be next up for Freeman in Week 2.
The move is hardly a surprise as Freeman led the Broncos with 5.6 yards per carry and three touchdowns during the preseason, much of that production coming against opponents' top units. Freeman has appeared to be a find this preseason, one of his few downsides being that he might not be a three-down back for the Broncos. Fellow rookie, Phillip Lindsay, averaged 14.5 yards per catch and scored a receiving touchdown during the preseason and veteran Devontae Booker has arguably been stronger as a receiver than a runner during his career. Expect Freeman to be the guy on first and second down, with Lindsay or Booker coming in on third down and passing situations.
Freeman rushed six times for 20 yards and one touchdown during Saturday's preseason game against the Bears.
Freeman continued to split first-team work with Devontae Booker, and the rookie continued to outshine his counterpart en route to Freeman's second rushing touchdown in as many games. It'll be interesting to see how the Broncos dole out snaps during the team's third preseason game next Friday against the Redskins, when the starting offense is expected to get it's longest run of the preseason before presumably sitting out the preseason finale.
Freeman had four carries for 38 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown, in Saturday's preseason loss to Minnesota.
Devontae Booker got the first carries with the offense, but Freeman outplayed him and as Booker had just two carries for seven yards. While Freeman's touchdown came later in the game against the second-team defense, his performance will put pressure on Booker in the battle for the starting job.
|3||9/23/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|7||10/18/18||@ ARI||8:20 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/18/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|16||12/24/18||@ OAK||8:15 pm|