Yahoo's NFL reporter Charles Robinson is currently traveling to training camps and just visited Denver. He tweeted out his take on the running back situation, "The Broncos are feeling really good about RB Royce Freeman right now. To the point that they are hoping to finally establish the true split-touch situation that they envisioned between Freeman and Phillip Lindsay last season. They feel like that plan is fully on track for 2019."
Royce Freeman will continue to get his shot this season and it looks like the team wants him to handle a good chunk of the lead back work. Phillip Lindsay outplayed him last season, but they like what they have in Freeman, at least as an early-down runner and he has improved this offseason according to reports.
Robinson tweeted his thoughts before the Broncos signed Theo Riddick, but Riddick isn't a threat to Freeman or Lindsay as a runner, as he'll continue his specialty as a receiver, which will likely cut into every running back's possible targets. In the end, the lack of faith in Lindsay to lead the team is a legitimate concern for him in fantasy, especially on a team that doesn't project to score many points per game.
The Broncos look like a share-the-load operation. So far in camp Phillip Lindsay, a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie last season, Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker have already taken plenty of practice snaps dispersed across the first- and second-team offenses. They already know, at least they are already preparing for the idea, their "touches" will be a moving target.
One thing that's for certain, Broncos coach Vic Fangio and offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello believe the run game should have a significant place in the Broncos' offense, even in a league that is more pass-happy than ever, the story said. Seems like a nightmare for fantasy owners. While Lindsay led the way last year, we've heard good things about Freeman during the offseason. We currently have Lindsay 24th on our RB list with Freeman at 42nd in PPR.
Lindsay had recovered from offseason wrist surgery, but was out of practice over the weekend with back soreness. As we've reported over the weeks, Freeman has looked good early on and even though Lindsay is the favorite to lead the way, Freeman could take some touches.