Denver Broncos: Rookie performance grades vs. Raiders
Royce Freeman, RB
As I stated in my ‘players who need to improve‘ piece, I think we haven’t even scratched the surface of what Freeman is capable of doing for the Denver Broncos’ offense.
He was given just eight carries in this game, which isn’t entirely shocking considering the Broncos were playing from behind nearly the entire game. This week, he didn’t really have the opportunity to ‘close’ the game as he did against Seattle, but Freeman still had some nice plays.
He made the most of the chances he was given but averaged less than four yards per carry because of the team’s need for some short-yardage work.
Freeman picked up three first downs and a touchdown among his eight carries, the first touchdown of his NFL career (regular season).
Freeman will see games with 20 plus carries this season I’m guessing, and the fact that he was so efficient with his eight carries is encouraging moving forward.