Royce Freeman
Royce Freeman
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Denver Broncos
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Freeman saw an offensive snap in all but one game last year, but only mustered 35 carries, almost 100 fewer than he logged in each of his previous two seasons with Denver. The 2018 third-rounder was already slipping down the team's depth chart, but to make things worse, the Broncos traded up to take Javonte Williams 35th overall in the 2021 draft and signed Mike Boone to a two-year deal this offseason. As a result, Freeman isn't a lock to secure a spot on the team's 53-man roster. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $3.94 million contract with the Broncos in July of 2018.
Could be done in Denver
RBDenver Broncos
July 6, 2021
Freeman is on the roster bubble after Denver added running backs Javonte Williams and Mike Boone in the offseason, ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold reports.
ANALYSIS
Williams was a second-round draft pick, and Boone signed a two-year contract that includes $2.6 million guaranteed. Even if the latter move was more about special teams than offense, it gives Boone a level of security that Freeman doesn't have. Freeman has averaged only 4.0 yards per carry and 5.9 yards per catch in 46 games for the Broncos, failing to meet expectations after coming off the board 71st overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. If Freeman does make the team, it might just be as a third-down specialist behind Williams and Melvin Gordon.
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How do Royce Freeman's 2020 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 rush attempts.
  • 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 %
8.6%
 
Positive Run %
94.3%
 
% Yds After Contact
51.8%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.5
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
2.9
 
% Snaps w/Touch
24.5%
 
Air Yards Per Game
1.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.11
 
% Team Air Yards
0.4%
 
% Team Targets
2.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
1.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
92.3%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.3
 
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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
238 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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
Freeman's second season in the NFL was something of a mixed bag last year. The 2018 third-round pick remained stuck behind Phillip Lindsay on the depth chart and saw his production on the ground stagnate, but Freeman showed improvement as a receiver out of the backfield and saw a significant spike in targets as a result. His best games came when Joe Flacco was under center, however, and he didn't garner as many looks from Drew Lock the final five weeks of the season once the youngster took over at quarterback. Freeman's ability to handle passing downs could keep him involved in a limited capacity, but the offseason addition of Melvin Gordon leaves the 24-year-old a distant third in the battle for touches. Freeman needs an injury ahead of him to regain a large role in the offense.
When Denver picked him in the third round of the 2018 draft and C.J. Anderson was subsequently released, Freeman seemed poised to step right in as the new lead back. Then Phillip Lindsay happened, and the more highly touted rookie was forced to settle for scraps throughout the year. Freeman possesses the size NFL teams look for at 6-0, 229, and his combination of burst and straight-line speed gives him the potential to crash into the second level and hit for a big play, but he got few chances to showcase those skills working behind the more dynamic Lindsay. Freeman did at least impress in short-yardage situations (he got five carries inside the 5-yard line and turned three into TDs) and given the trouble Lindsay had staying healthy late in the year, Freeman should see an increased workload if only to save his fellow second-year RB some wear and tear. Should a major breakdown for the 190-pound Lindsay push his teammate into a starting role, Freeman could become the focal point of a Broncos offense trying to find its identity after adding Joe Flacco and 2019 second-round pick Drew Lock in the offseason to compete at quarterback.
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.
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Declines in rough 2020 campaign
RBDenver Broncos
January 14, 2021
Freeman ran for 170 yards on 35 carries and added 81 yards on 12 catches during the 2020 season.
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Picks up three touches
RBDenver Broncos
January 4, 2021
Freeman ran for 21 yards on two carries and added a one-yard catch during Sunday's 32-31 loss to Las Vegas.
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Garners four touches in loss
RBDenver Broncos
December 28, 2020
Freeman caught both of his targets for seven yards and had two carries for 16 yards during Sunday's 19-16 loss at the Chargers.
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Ready to play Sunday
RBDenver Broncos
December 27, 2020
Freeman (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
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Questionable for Sunday
RBDenver Broncos
Hip
December 25, 2020
Freeman (hip) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
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