Royce Freeman
Royce Freeman
22-Year-Old Running BackRB
Denver Broncos
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The leading rusher in Oregon history, Freeman was snapped up by the Broncos in the third round and could get a chance right away to step into the lead role in the backfield after C.J. Anderson was released. At 6-0, 229, Freeman is a physical runner who flashed impressive vision and acceleration in college before running a surprisingly fast 4.54 40-yard dash at the combine. That skill set should slot him in as the Broncos' top short-yardage option, and he also demonstrated the building blocks to become a capable receiver and blocker once he's been coached up in those areas. He didn't show great speed or elusiveness, however, and his big college workload and penchant for contact could make it tough for him to stay healthy as a pro. Freeman's far from a sure thing, but the lack of established talent around him - Devontae Booker and De'Angelo Henderson are the competition in Denver's backfield - does present a favorable path to productivity. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $3.94 million contract with the Broncos in July of 2018.
Solid in supporting role in 2018
RBDenver Broncos
January 2, 2019
Freeman rushed 130 times for 521 yards and five touchdowns and added 72 yards on 14 receptions over 14 games this season.
ANALYSIS
Freeman entered 2018 as the Broncos' presumptive starting running back but quickly lost those duties to fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay. While Lindsay proved to be the more effective runner of the two, Freeman still showed flashes of promise during an otherwise ugly season for Denver. He punctuated his campaign on a good note in Week 17 against the Chargers while Lindsay was out following wrist surgery, amassing 103 total yards on 25 touches. Though he'll likely slot in as the No. 2 option on the depth chart to begin 2019, Freeman should be a high-upside replacement option in the event Lindsay misses time.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Royce Freeman's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by the number of times he touched the ball.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
16.0%
 
Positive Run %
80.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
69.3%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.8
 
Rushing TD %
3.8%
 
Touches Per Game
10.3
 
% Snaps w/Touch
46.8%
 
Air Yards Per Game
1.2
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.06
 
% Team Air Yards
0.4%
 
% Team Targets
3.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.9 Yds
 
Catch Rate
70.0%
 
Drop Rate
15.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.2
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Royce Freeman's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
229 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.16 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.90 sec
 
Vertical Jump
34.0 in
 
Broad Jump
118 in
 
Bench Press
17 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
32.00 in
 
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Tops 100 total yards in loss
RBDenver Broncos
December 30, 2018
Freeman rushed 17 times for 60 yards and caught eight of 10 targets for 43 more yards in Sunday's 23-9 loss to the Chargers.
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Designated as lead back
RBDenver Broncos
December 27, 2018
Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave confirmed that Freeman will serve as the Broncos' lead back Sunday against the Chargers, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.
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Likely top back in Week 17
RBDenver Broncos
December 25, 2018
Freeman is expected to work as the Broncos' lead rusher out of the backfield Sunday against the Chargers with Phillip Lindsay (wrist) set to miss the contest, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
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Seven carries in loss
RBDenver Broncos
December 24, 2018
Freeman rushed seven times for 21 yards and couldn't corral his lone target in Monday night's 27-14 loss to Oakland.
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Manages eight scrimmage yards
RBDenver Broncos
December 18, 2018
Freeman posted four carries for seven yards and hauled in his only target for one yard during Saturday's 17-16 loss to the Broncos.
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