Denver Broncos: 2018 NFL Draft class preseason update
LANDOVER, MD – AUGUST 24: Running back Royce Freeman #37 of the Denver Broncos rushes for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter during a preseason game at FedExField on August 24, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Royce Freeman, RB
The Denver Broncos needed a running back to emerge this season.
When the Broncos drafted Royce Freeman in the third round out of Oregon, many people felt there was an opportunity for Freeman tot take the starting job in Denver.
The Denver backfield is one of the most youthful position groups on the team. Devontae Booker came into the league with an exceptional skill set. It was one that many compared to former Texans star Arian Foster.
However, Booker is turning himself into a one-trick pony as a runner. It’s downhill all the time.
Stats didn’t tell the whole story for Freeman in preseason week two. The vision and balance to see holes develop is spectacular from him. We saw it on display against the Chicago Bears.
One of the Bears’ nose tackles ran into the backfield, but Freeman adjusted to see a small hole and took advantage, scoring a touchdown.
Freeman scored 60 touchdowns in his college career and forced 51 missed tackles in 2017. He is displaying a variety of moves to rack up scores.
There was buzz that Freeman would be the starter week one when he was drafted. It seems like he is on the path toward being the Broncos’ bell cow back.