Royce Freeman
Royce Freeman
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Denver Broncos
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $3.94 million contract with the Broncos in July of 2018.
Gains 76 yards in win
RBDenver Broncos
October 13, 2019
Freeman caught all five of his targets for 42 yards and added 34 yards on 11 carries during Sunday's 16-0 win over the Titans.
ANALYSIS
Freeman's biggest contribution came midway through the third quarter when, facing second and long, the Oregon product caught a swing pass and took it 18 yards upfield to help set up the only touchdown of the game. Freeman fans undoubtedly would like the sophomore back snap his season-long scoreless streak, but despite their body types indicating otherwise, Phillip Lindsay actually has served as the primary goal-line back for Denver while Freeman has been more effective in the passing game. In addition to being a strong blocker, Freeman has caught at least four passes in four of his last five games and his receiving yards actually helped him edge Lindsay in total yardage Sunday. Look for that dynamic to continue Thursday against Kansas City.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Royce Freeman's 2019 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 %
15.2%
 
Positive Run %
89.4%
 
% Yds After Contact
54.2%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.3
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
14.5
 
% Snaps w/Touch
40.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
3.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.09
 
% Team Air Yards
1.6%
 
% Team Targets
13.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.8 Yds
 
Catch Rate
80.8%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.3
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Chiefs pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Thursday, Oct 17th at 8:20PM
Overall QB Rating Against
78.4
 
Cornerbacks
83.6
 
Safeties
63.0
 
Linebackers
83.7
 
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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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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.
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Piles up 67 scrimmage yards
RBDenver Broncos
October 6, 2019
Freeman carried 13 times for 61 yards and caught both of his targets for an additional seven yards during Sunday's 20-13 win over the Chargers.
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Picks up 50 yards
RBDenver Broncos
September 30, 2019
Freeman ran for 16 yards on six carries and added 34 yards on four catches during Sunday's 26-24 loss to Jacksonville.
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Cleared to play this week
RBDenver Broncos
September 27, 2019
Freeman (shoulder) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
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Limited again at practice
RBDenver Broncos
Shoulder
September 26, 2019
Freeman (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant at Thursday's practice, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
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Limited by shoulder issue
RBDenver Broncos
Shoulder
September 25, 2019
Freeman (shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
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