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Monday, August 20, 2018, 10:07am
Through Denver's two preseason games, Royce Freeman is the team's leading rusher, with 58 yards in limited duty. He also has the team's only two rushing touchdowns of the preseason.
He has shown vision, power and speed, but on two separate occasions in recent days, Broncos coach Vance Joseph finished a sentence about Freeman with “but we’ll see how he does in protections."
“I know that, too," Freeman said. “ ... It’s all technique, and I feel like it's just repetitions, repetitions. You can always polish things up. You can always be a little bit better at something. I feel like maybe you don’t get it right on the first time, but you keep doing it and doing it. It’s a big thing."
Related players: Devontae Booker
As Case Keenum put it in the story, the back is often the last line of defense, so any RB needs to be able to pass protect to remain on the field. It sounds like Freeman is picking things up according to another quote from Keenum in the story. We certainly see Freeman having the fantasy edge over Booker but it seems like Booker will get his share of work this season as well. We rank Freeman as our No. 29 RB.
Posted by Scot Berggren
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:48pm
Now that C.J. Anderson is no longer with the team, Devontae Booker has the most NFL experience of the Broncos ball-carriers. In 29 career games, he has totaled over 900 yards on the ground and recorded 61 receptions. During his rookie campaign, Booker posted at least 17 rushing attempts five times, running for over 75 yards on three of those occasions. He has good command of the offense and is a decent pass protector, qualities that will help him in pursuit of the starting nod.
Denver drafted Royce Freeman in the third round and he is likely the franchise’s future RB. After running for over 600 yards and four TDs during his rookie season, Booker rushed for just 299 yards and one score last year. In 2017, he carried the ball more than nine times only twice and has averaged just 3.6 yards per carry in his career.
2018 Bottom Line
It will be a competitive battle during the preseason between Booker and Freeman. While Booker may get the nod to start the season as the No. 1 back, look for a running back by committee approach until the rookie is ready to take over full time. Booker is likely only worth a late-round draft pick for depth after your known starting RBs have been solidified.
2018 Strength of Schedule - DEN
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2017 Game Stats
|Per game||6.08||23.00||0.08||0.08||3.78||2.31||21.15||0||2.92||9.17||4.72||7.03||22.38/69.92||31.66% |