Prediction: Royce Freeman
Gearing up for competition in about a week and a half, the biggest question for the Broncos will be answered during training camp. Who will be the starting running back for the Denver Broncos?
Royce Freeman in my mind will be the Broncos starting tailback week one when Seattle comes to town. Here’s the reason: Freeman demonstrated for four seasons at the University of Oregon why he was the Ducks most dependable option. His durability is something that the Denver Broncos desperately have needed at the position for several years.
Freeman learned early on as a freshman at Oregon about the importance of pass protection. He stepped up on passing downs and protected Marcus Mariota. He also served as a dynamic option for the Ducks as a receiver where he thrived on running the ball and catching it out of the backfield.
Devontae Booker, in my opinion, would need to have a perfect training camp in order to become the team’s number one option. He’s demonstrated flashes of what he could be, but he hasn’t fully put it together in a season.
Freeman is the best option at running the ball, being on the field on passing situations and red zone opportunities because of his size, speed, and proven durability.
I still expect Booker and De’Angelo Henderson to play roles in the run game as well with Vance Joseph announcing the Broncos’ approach to running back by committee.
– Predominantly Orange staff writer Cody Roark