Here's How RB Royce Freeman is Letting the Broncos Down

Erick Trickel

Phillip Lindsay is having a great season for the Denver Broncos, but besides him, the running back position has been lackluster. The position is similar to Denver's wide receiver position — a room with a great top option, but the depth is letting the team down.

Royce Freeman, a 2018 third-round pick, had some hype entering the season, but he hasn’t managed to live up to it. He is averaging an acceptable 4.0 yards per carry, but needless to say, the Broncos needed more from him this season.

For the Broncos offense to really click and work, the team needs more from their depth weapons on offense, especially running back. This offense works best when there is a capable one-two punch from the running back position.

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Lindsay is holding up his end of that bargain, averaging 4.7 yards per carry on 164 rushing attempts as the primary back. He's also added 31 catches for 183 yards. That is a great punch, but there just isn’t a combo to go with it.

If Freeman were to step his game up and be used earlier in games/series to wear down defenses, Lindsay could come in and carry to load to wind down the clock and win games. That was the plan when entering the season, but with Freeman not holding up his end of the bargain, things had to change.

Going into next year, the Broncos can’t ignore the running back position. They need more from their depth and they can’t count on Freeman as they did this past year. 

This doesn’t mean Denver should give up on him, but they need competition for him instead of making him the unquestioned backup to Lindsay. Check out the video above for the full story on Freeman. 

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Comments (8)
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My biggest gripe with Freeman is his explosiveness, or lack there of, through the hole. I often times see a hole or crease open up during his run and by the time he hits it it is closing or has closed. I don’t know if it’s an indecisiveness thing or just a lack of explosiveness. But for a guy who doesn’t have the best ability at making defenders miss at the second level, he really needs to be able to plant and get up field much quicker.


There are have been a number of one yard plays they elected not to use him on...I was wondering why? I'm no expert but he seems to dance around a bit and not hit the hole strong? We need a beast to go with Lindsay not a ballerina...