The Denver Broncos found themselves a new car for the backfield and it came via Royce Freeman, their new ‘Rolls Royce’…
C.J. Anderson’s departure left a void at running back, but also an opportunity to hand the reins to a younger generation.
Devontae Booker is a talented player the Denver Broncos were fortunate to select two years ago. De’Angelo Henderson was likely to be drafted a lot higher if he played for a bigger program than Coastal Carolina.
There is one other running back generating a buzz and is a new addition to the team this year.
Former Oregon Ducks star Royce Freeman is very underrated as an athlete compared to Anderson. There are similarities between Anderson and Freeman, but Freeman hits a gear not many think he can reach.
Freeman does bounce off tacklers like the bowling ball Anderson, but it is after that people forget what he’s capable of. Freeman arrives at the second level rather quickly for his size. His fleet of foot nature allows him to be a valuable player in the passing game. This is just another trait to be enamored by with Freeman.
Even with his weight, Freeman has athletic ability to evade defenders with jukes and sharp cuts. His wiggle is just enough that defenders need to think twice about tackling him at waist level.
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Another positive about Freeman is his pass blocking. Eating up two players before they get a chance to hit a quarterback is enough to sell anyone on protecting their main asset.
For a running back drafted in the third round, it seems Freeman is close to a complete back.
Through Freeman’s entire collegiate career he was productive. His 60 rushing touchdowns are a rare achievement in college football and he did it in four years. Freeman nearly ran for 1,000 yards every single season at Oregon.
While at Oregon he did sustain a major knee injury, but Freeman recovered and is bound to do great things in the NFL.
His significant amount of carries concern scouts, but it is not bothersome for me. Initially the Denver Broncos can ”pitch count” Freeman; however, he handles the workload distribution proving to still be durable.
The Denver Broncos have a new car in the garage and it happens to be a Rolls Royce. Freeman is primed to take a stranglehold on the position and run with this golden opportunity.