RB Royce Freeman - Denver Broncos
|5-11, 231||Born: 2-24-1996||College: Oregon||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2018|
2019 Week 1 vs OAK (10 / 56 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Lindsay was featured in the backfield for the Bronco's first two drives, but Freeman got in on the action later in the 1st quarter. His biggest gain of the day was a 26 yard run that he bounced off right tackle and turned up the sidelines in the 3rd quarter. Freeman caught a checkdown pass from Flacco at the end of the 1st half, picking up a few yards underneath prevent coverage. Freeman split out wide left in a bunch formation in the Oakland red zone in the 3rd quarter, catching a bubble screen that got blown up behind the line of scrimmage.
2019 Week 2 vs CHI (11 / 54 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
Freeman looked to the sharper of the two backs this week as he racked up more yards on the ground and through the air than Lindsay with a couple fewer carries. Freeman got some extended work in the passing game, drawing a career-high 7 targets. His first was a checkdown pass from Flacco early in the 1st. He split out wide left as a receiver and caught a curl route that he turned into a ten yard gain in the 2nd quarter. Freeman's longest play of the day was a 19 yard gain on a swing route during Denver's last offensive drive. Freeman didn't do anything flashy on the ground, picking up a couple of runs of 10+ yards in the 2nd and 4th quarter and finishing his day with a solid 4.9 ypc average.
2019 Week 3 vs GB (15 / 63 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 10 / 0 rec)
Freeman was featured early in the contest, but missed time later in the first half with a shoulder injury, which gave Lindsay a couple of goal line opportunities. Freeman broke a 10 yard touchdown run off right tackle in the 2nd quarter, but the play was negated by a holding penalty on WR Emmanuel Sanders. He carried no fewer than five Packers down the field for a 13 yard gain in the 3rd quarter in what looked like a rugby scrum. Freeman sniffed the end zone again in the 3rd as he bounced a red-zone carry off right tackle and took it down to Green Bay's three yard line. Freeman drew a few looks from Flacco, but was unable to do anything with them as he netted 10 yards on 4 total receptions. His longest catch was a checkdown pass late in the 4th that picked up 9 yards.
2019 Week 4 vs JAX (6 / 16 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
Freeman didn't do anything with his meager six touches on the ground, but he was the busier of the two backs in the passing game, moving around the formation to collect 6 targets to Lindsay's 1. Freeman ran a great route on a slant that picked up 15 yards and converted 3rd and long late in the 1st quarter. He lined up wide left as a receiver and caught a curl route to convert 3rd down during the two minute drill at the end of the first half. He finished the day with 50 yards total on 10 touches.
2019 Week 5 vs LAC (13 / 61 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
With Denver jumping out to an early lead this week, Freeman wasn't asked to contribute as much in the passing game, instead teaming up with Lindsay to grind the clock out with the ground game. Freeman got the first couple of goal line carries early in the 1st quarter, but couldn't punch it in and watched Lindsay take the score. Freeman picked up 6 yards on a checkdown pass from Flacco in the 1st quarter. His second reception was a swing route that was brought down behind the line of scrimmage. Lindsay finished the game with more carries, targets, receptions, and yards.
2019 Week 6 vs TEN (11 / 34 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)
Freeman mixed in pretty evenly with Lindsay as a rusher and was busy as a receiver, catching all five of his targets from a variety of formations. He took a big hit corralling his first target on a checkdown pass from Flacco. Freeman lined up wide left and caught a curl route in the 2 minute offense at the end of the 1st half. He was a half a yard shy from converting 3rd and 6 with a 3rd quarter catch out of the backfield. Freeman's biggest gain of the day was a 19 yard reception on a nifty misdirection play that faked a WR sweep and saw Freeman wide open on a swing route out of the backfield. Lindsay got all of the limited goal line work this week.
2019 Week 7 vs KC (10 / 35 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
Freeman found the end zone for the first time this season, following fullback Janovich from a power formation from the one yard line to cap the first drive of the game with a touchdown. Denver chose to go for two points following an offsides penalty during the extra point attempt, but gave the ball to Lindsay, who was stuffed on his attempt from the one yard line. Freeman broke a 14 yard run off left tackle in the 4th quarter, Denver's longest rush of the day. Freeman(10 carries) and Lindsay(11 carries) posted a nearly identical stat line on the ground, with Freeman scoring Denver's only touchdown. Freeman continues to see more looks in the passing game than Lindsay, drawing five targets to Lindsay's one as the Broncos played almost all of the contest from behind. Freeman's first look was a swing route from the backfield for 9 yards in the 1st. He made an incredibly smooth one handed snag in stride on another short out route from the backfield late in the 2nd quarter. His longest reception of the day was another short dumpoff out of the backfield that picked up 11 yards in the 4th quarter.
2019 Week 8 vs IND (12 / 40 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Freeman carried the ball 12 times to Lindsay's 14 had a slower day than usual in the passing game with only two looks. His longest carry of the day was a 10 yard plunge right through the middle of the defense late in the 1st quarter. Freeman answered the call on a goal line carry in the 3rd quarter, converting the score from the 4 yard line after Courtland Sutton drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone. Freeman had a bad drop on a slant route that he ran from the left slot position in the 3rd quarter.
2019 Week 9 vs CLE (5 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Freeman posted a dud with just 15 yards on 5 carries. Denver did not run a lot of offensive plays in this one, and Phillip Lindsay got most of the work in the backfield. Freeman lost a yard on his lone target in the passing game.
2019 Week 11 vs MIN (8 / 31 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Freeman started mixing in with Lindsay on Denver's third offensive drive of the game. Lindsay saw more work as he out-touched Freeman 18-9. Freeman was stuffed on a goal line carry from the 1 yard line late in the 1st quarter. Fullback Janovich vultured the score on the next play. Freeman's biggest play of the day was his lone target in the passing game, a wheel route out of the backfield late in the 4th quarter that picked up 14 yards on 3rd and 13.
2019 Week 12 vs BUF (2 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Freeman has been relegated to a clear number two role behind Lindsay. He only saw two carries on the day. He broke a 13 yard run off right tackle in the 3rd and caught both his targets in the passing game. Freeman's first catch was a short dumpoff that was snuffed out near the line of scrimmage. He had a little more room to work with on his second reception out of the backfield, picking up 7 yards.
2019 Week 13 vs LAC (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 13 / 0 rec)
Freeman continued to play a slow second fiddle to Phillip Lindsay. He received just 5 carries to Lindsay's 17, but did draw one more target(4) than Lindsay. Neither back was able to do anything with their catches despite securing all of their targets. Devontae Booker stole a few passing down snaps as well.
2019 Week 14 vs HOU (8 / 24 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 1 rec)
Freeman received just half the carries that Lindsay did, but he scored on a nifty misdirection play at the end of the 2nd quarter. A WR motioned to join him in the backfield and then faked the handoff while Freeman leaked across the formation, leaving him wide open for an easy TD pass from Lock.
2018 Week 1 vs SEA (15 / 71 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Freeman got the start, but wound up nearly splitting time with Phillip Lindsay. He and Lindsay interestingly posted nearly the exact same stat line in the rushing game, with both backs tallying 71 yards on 15 carries(Freeman's longest run was 17, Lindsay's 14). Freeman fumbled a carry in the 1st quarter but managed to recover the ball himself. Freeman was deployed to grind out the clock and had a couple of impressive runs right up the middle late in the 4th quarter, moving a pile of defenders downfield as he churned out tough yards. Freeman was not targeted in the passing game, with Devontae Booker working some passing downs and Phillip Lindsay scoring a nice receiving touchdown.
2018 Week 2 vs OAK (8 / 28 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Freeman got the start and the first carry for the Broncos, but he was quickly relieved by Phillip Lindsay, who proceeded to steal the show. Freeman did dominate the goal line work. His biggest gain was a 14 yard carry on a pitch to the left of the formation in the 3rd quarter. Freeman punched a touchdown in from the 1 yard line in the 3rd quarter, following fullback Janovich right up the middle in a goal line set. Freeman nearly scored a second touchdown with 7 minutes left in the 4th quarter, but he was knocked backwards while attempting to dive over the pile into the end zone. Freeman was out-touched 15-8 by Phillip Lindsay.
2018 Week 3 vs BAL (13 / 53 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
The Broncos blocked a Ravens punt in the Baltimore red zone on the opening drive of the game. Denver recovered at the Baltimore 6 yard line, and Freeman got the call on the next play, punching it in right up the middle from a single back set for a touchdown. Freeman's longest carry was a 16 yard tote that he bounced off right tackle in the 1st quarter, stiff-arming a couple of defenders in the process. Freeman had a couple of impressive runs right up the middle of the offense, but there were also several plays that he was dropped in the backfield for a loss. Lindsay should be back in the rotation next week. Freeman caught his first and only target of the season so far for a 5 yard gain on a checkdown pass.
2018 Week 4 vs KC (8 / 67 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Freeman showcased some strong running as the Broncos O-line blasted big holes for the running backs. His balance was outstanding as he consistently bounced carries outside, shedding tacklers and turning the corner on the defense for extra yardage. Freeman broke a couple of tackles at the line of scrimmage and bounced a run off right tackle for an 18 yard gain on his first carry, his longest run of the day. Freeman scored on an impressive 14 yard run in the 2nd quarter. He took the pitch off right tackle and waited patiently for his lane to open up, breaking a couple of tackles at the second level before crossing the pylon. Lindsay out-touched Freeman 14-8, but both running backs looked strong in their rotation. Freeman was not targeted in the passing game this week.
2018 Week 5 vs NYJ (5 / 31 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Freeman was the first back on the field for the Broncos, but was out-touched 15-8 by Lindsay. Both backs were featured in split backfields on several plays. Freeman's most impressive run was a 24 yard gain off right tackle in the 4th quarter. Though Freeman and Lindsay both drew 4 targets, Freeman's were all check downs at the end of Keenum's reads while Lindsay seemed to be one of the first options on passing plays that were designed to get the ball to him. Freeman caught a check down pass out of the backfield on Denver's first offensive snap of the game. Keenum checked it down to him again in the 3rd quarter for a short gain, and again in the 4th around the 11 minute mark.
2018 Week 6 vs LAR (9 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Freeman got the "start" and received the most carries but was completely ineffective on the ground in week 6. He finished with just 22 yards on his 9 totes. Freeman caught one target for a short gain, but the play was called back for an offensive holding penalty. Phillip Lindsay picked up extended work in the passing game, and Devontae Booker continues to siphon off touches during the 2 minute offense.
2018 Week 7 vs ARI (13 / 37 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Freeman mixed in behind Lindsay, scoring on a one yard plunge at the end of the 1st half. Courtland Sutton drew a pass interference penalty that set the Broncos up on the Arizona 1 yard line, and Freeman carried the ball right up the middle on the next play the score. Freeman was injured shortly after and left the game with what has been diagnosed as a high ankle sprain. Phillip Lindsay took over in his absence.
2018 Week 11 vs LAC (7 / 23 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Freeman returned to action after missing time with a high ankle injury. He worked ahead of Devontae Booker as the backup to starter Phillip Lindsay. Freeman couldn't get much going on his 7 carries, but he did punch in a touchdown in the 3rd quarter after Von Miller returned an interception to the Chargers' red zone. Freeman caught a swing route from the backfield in the 2nd quarter and was pushed out of bounds for a 7 yard gain.
2018 Week 12 vs PIT (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Freeman took a backseat as Lindsay dominated snaps and touches. Freeman didn't do much with his 6 carries, rushing for a long of 5 yards. Freeman watched Lindsay punch in a goal line touchdown from the 2 yard line in the 4th quarter. He had an 8 yard reception in the Steelers red zone that was negated by an illegal block in the back in the 1st half.
2018 Week 13 vs CIN (12 / 48 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Freeman logged 12 carries behind Phillip Lindsay, who embarrassed the Bengals with his 157 yards 19 carries. Freeman was fairly successful, but did lose a fumble. He entered the game later in the 1st quarter with a tough run right up the middle of the defense. Freeman got hung up on his feet fighting for extra yards and had the ball ripped out of his hands on a 3rd quarter carry, with the Bengals recovering the ball. Freeman was not targeted in the passing game.
2018 Week 14 vs SF (6 / 36 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Freeman logged 6 carries behind Lindsay's 14. He picked up most of his yards on a 23 yard carry that he broke off of right tackle in the 4th quarter, finishing the run with a mean stiff arm. Freeman could not secure his only target of the day.
2018 Week 15 vs CLE (4 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Freeman was used sparingly, and couldn't muster much on his few touches. He got a carry from the 3 yard line but was stuffed at the line of scrimmage in the 1st quarter. Freeman caught one pass for one yard.
2018 Week 16 vs OAK (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Despite Lindsay leaving the game in the 3rd quarter, Freeman only managed 7 carries for minimal yardage. Devontae Booker worked into the running back rotation earlier, moving around the formation to different positions on passing downs. Freeman should see plenty of early-down work next week with Lindsay officially out. Freeman couldn't secure a poorly thrown screen pass from Keenum late in the 4th, his only target.
2018 Week 17 vs LAC (17 / 60 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 43 / 0 rec)
The Broncos took a long look at Freeman as a lead back with Phillip Lindsay missing the final week due to a wrist injury. Freeman looked strong on his 17 carries, but couldn't break any runs longer than 9 yards. Freeman drew a team-high 10 targets in the passing game as Keenum checked it down to him constantly throughout the contest. He split out wide left in an empty backfield set and caught a short curl route on his first target of the day. Freeman missed a backwards pass from Keenum behind the line of scrimmage in the 2nd quarter, which San Diego scooped up and returned for a touchdown.