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Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Date of Birth:  02/24/1996
Age:  26
Height  6'0"
Weight:   229
College:  Oregon
Drafted:  2018 | Round 3 | Pick 71
Depth Chart:  3rd string

Royce Freeman | Texans RB


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Royce Freeman | Texans RB

The Texans are re-signing Royce Freeman.

Freeman is back after playing in seven games for Houston last season. The former third-round pick of the Broncos will look to win a sizable role in a backfield and on a team that'll be pushing competition.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

The Texans claimed Royce Freeman.

Freeman will help make up for the Texans trading away Mark Ingram a couple of weeks ago. The Oregon product is someone to watch in deeper leagues in particular.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

The Panthers have waived Royce Freeman.

Carolina is set with Chuba Hubbard as the No. 2 running back with Christian McCaffrey now healthy, so Freeman will now his waivers. Even if he's not claimed, the former third-round pick should be able to land with a new team soon, and Tennessee comes to mind as possible depth behind Adrian Peterson.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

The Panthers claimed Royce Freeman.

Freeman could be as high as the team’s No. 2 running back behind Christian McCaffrey, and the news is a definite knock on the handcuff appeal of Chuba Hubbard. In the event that McCaffrey misses time, Carolina may go with more of a committee.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

The Broncos are cutting Royce Freeman.

Freeman made the Broncos roster, but the team is now moving on to create roster space. Freeman has played well through three seasons with the Broncos, and there are some potential landing spots where the former third-round pick could provide some fantasy value in 2021. Denver is very deep at running back with Melvin Gordon, Javonte Williams, and Mike Boone.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman (shoulder) as returned for the Broncos.

Freeman appears to be fine, as he didn't miss much time while being evaluated for his shoulder injury. He's back in there in the second quarter.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman (shoulder) is questionable to return for the Broncos.

Freeman is headed to the locker room. We’ll update you when more information becomes available on the second-year back’s status.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

NFL Network's James Palmer believes Royce Freeman will be the lead runner for Denver in 2019.

Palmer, who spends a lot of time covering the Broncos for NFL Network, said he anticipates Freeman's carries will increase this season while Phillip Lindsay's workload decreases to around 150 carries. Last season, Freeman had 130 rushing attempts (for 521 yards at 4.0 yards per carry) in 14 games compared to Lindsay's 192 attempts (for 1,037 yards at an exceptional 5.4 yards per carry in 15 games, but Freeman battled a high-ankle sprain that clearly limited his effectiveness. For a team that is going to want to run the ball, it sounds like Freeman might be in the 200-250-carry range this season, which could lead to strong RB2 value and potentially more fantasy value than Lindsay in their second campaign.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman gets 25 touches against the Chargers.

Freeman carried 17 times for 60 yards and caught eight passes for 43 yards in the Broncos' Week 17 loss. It was nice to see the former Oregon workhorse get a heavy workload to close out the season, and the rookie running back's first regular season ends with 130 carries for 521 yards and five touchdowns along with 14 receptions for 72 yards. The third-round pick played well, but he was overshadowed by an excellent year from undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay. Don't be surprised if Freeman works his way into the starter by the beginning of next season, but Lindsay is the obvious favorite right now. It'll be interesting to see the new coaching staff and head coach of the Broncos, and the new regime could quickly indicate how they plan on using their running backs in 2019.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman rushed seven times for 21 yards in Monday night's loss to the Raiders.

Freeman failed to get going as Oakland played stout run defense on Christmas Eve, and he didn't catch his lone target in the passing game. Denver's third-round pick will look to end his rookie campaign on a high note when they take on the Chargers next week, but he won't be a recommended fantasy option unless Phillip Lindsay (hand) sits.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman gets five touches in Week 15.

Freeman carried four times for seven yards and caught one pass for one yard in the Broncos' loss to the Browns. The rookie running back wasn't alone in his subpar performance, as fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay (14 carries, 24 yards) also had no room to run. Freeman faces the Raiders next on Christmas Eve, and he probably needs a touchdown to deliver fantasy value in championship weeks.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman gets six carries in Week 14.

Freeman gained 36 yards on his six attempts, including a long of 23 yards, against the Niners. The third-round rookie ran the ball better than teammate Phillip Lindsay overall, but Lindsay got the ball into the end zone. Freeman is difficult to trust in fantasy lineups this Saturday night against Cleveland.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman gets 12 carries in Week 13.

Freeman gained 48 yards on his 12 attempts against the Bengals, but he also lost a fumble. Meanwhile, fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay (19 carries for 157 yards and two touchdowns) continues to run exceptionally well for Denver, making Freeman a risky FLEX option as the No. 2 option in the backfield.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman gets six carries against the Steelers.

Freeman gained 17 yards on his six attempts in the Broncos' Week 12 win. Meanwhile, Phillip Lindsay had 14 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown, with the score coming at the goal line. So Lindsay clearly remains the Denver running back to insert into fantasy lineups right now.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman scores in win over the Chargers.

Freeman rushed seven times for 23 yards, including a three-yard touchdown in the second half. He also added a seven-yard reception on his only target. Denver's third-round pick has taken a clear backseat to undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay, which is a concern for not only his rest-of-season outlook, but also his dynasty prospects. Freeman will remain a touchdown-dependent FLEX option for Week 12 against the Steelers.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman (ankle) was officially up to a full participant in today's practice.

Freeman is set to return this Sunday against the Chargers after missing the last two games. The bye week probably did good for the rookie running back, who will be in the FLEX mix for Week 11. However, he's more of a low-end option with a low floor in his first game back in the lineup.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman (ankle) is inactive against the Texans.

Freeman is headed in the right direction after being listed as questionable for today’s game, but he’s not quite ready to get back on the field. The Broncos have a bye in Week 10, so the rookie running back should be ready to go after the bye.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 9.

Freeman was able to get in a limited practice today after missing the last two days of practice, so he's making progress. The rookie running back is probably a true questionable call, and the Broncos don't play until the second slate of games on Sunday. Fantasy owners planning on inserting Freeman into Week 9 fantasy lineups should have a backup plan from the later games in case Freeman is inactive.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman (ankle) remains out of practice.

Freeman might be ruled out tomorrow ahead of the weekend if he doesn’t practice in at least a limited capacity. He’s on the doubtful side of things right now.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman (ankle) officially did not practice today.

This is only Wednesday, so we'll have to check in on the rookie running back's practice status the next two days, but this isn't a great start to the week. Freeman is apparently dealing with a high-ankle sprain, which typically takes weeks to heal.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 8.

Freeman didn't practice this week, so this isn't a surprise. However, there were conflicting reports and discussion about the exact severity of the rookie running back's injury, and it looks like it might be the high-ankle sprain that was initially reported. Anyway, this will be Freeman's first career game missed, and Phillip Lindsay should be in line for a heavy workload against the Chiefs. Devontae Booker also might be more snaps and opportunities as a runner with Freeman out. We'll see if Freeman is able to play next week ahead of Denver's Week 10 bye week.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman (ankle) did not practice today.

This is the first official practice of the week for the Broncos, so it's not a huge deal that Freeman didn't practice. Tomorrow's practice status will likely be more telling. For what it's worth Freeman was called "day-to-day" last week, which indicates he should be ready to go this Sunday against the Chiefs.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman suffered a high-ankle sprain in last night's win.

It's reportedly a high-ankle sprain for the rookie running back, which means this could be a multi-week injury. Perhaps more information will become available soon, but we might not know anything about Freeman's Week 8 status until the first practice of next week on Wednesday. Fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay would become a solid RB2 if Freeman misses time.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman scores in Broncos' win.

Freeman punched in a goal-line score in Denver's 45-10 rout at Arizona, carrying 13 times for 37 yards and one touchdown overall. Phillip Lindsay (14 carries, 90 yards, touchdown) received about the same amount of work, but he again delivered more yards per attempt than Freeman, which is preventing the third-rounder from becoming more of a workhorse this season. Consider Freeman a FLEX option in Week 8 against a Chiefs team he scored against a few weeks ago.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman handles nine carries in loss to the Rams.

Freeman rushed nine times for a team-high 22 yards in a 23-20 defeat at home. The rookie didn't have much running room on his limited touches, but Denver had a prime opportunity to attack the weak spot of LA's defense in a cold-weather game, and they instead decided to air it out 40+ times. Freeman gets the league-worst run defense of the Cardinals on Thursday night, but it will be difficult to trust that the Broncos will feed him. Consider the power back a decent FLEX option.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman gets five carries in Week 5.

Freeman gained 31 yards on his five carries and added three receptions for 16 yards against the Jets. There was talk of wanting to get Freeman more involved as a runner, but that obviously didn't happen, and Phillip Lindsay (12 carries, three receptions) nearly doubled his touches. Freeman is just a weaker FLEX option for Week 6 in a tough matchup against the Rams.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Broncos head coach Vance Joseph says Royce Freeman "needs more opportunities."

Freeman received just one carry in the fourth quarter of Monday night's loss to the Chiefs, and it sounds like that will change if the Broncos get a lead on Sunday against the Jets. Through four games, Freeman has just 44 carries and has not exceeding 15 attempts in a game despite averaging 5.0 yards per carry. Don't be surprised if the former Oregon star gets a heavy workload in Week 5, making him a stronger RB2/FLEX option in fantasy lineups.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman impresses in Monday Night Football debut.

Freeman rushed eight times for 67 yards and a score in a 27-23 loss to the Chiefs. The touchdown was a 14-yard run in the first half, but Freeman didn't get close to enough work in a game that Denver was leading for the most part, including by double-digits in the fourth quarter. Still, the third-round pick showed great power and balance in Week 4, and at the quarter mark of the season, he is on pace for 876 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Consider Freeman a solid RB2/FLEX option in Week 5 against the Jets.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman scores in Broncos' loss.

Freeman carried 13 times for 53 yards and a touchdown along with one reception for five yards in the Week 3 loss. The score was an early six-yarder to start the game for Denver, but they couldn't get much going after the first quarter. Phillip Lindsay was actually ejected from the game for throwing a punch, but no further discipline (suspension-wise, at least) is expected for the undrafted rookie. Expect Freeman, Lindsay, and Devontae Booker to split the backfield work in Week 4.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman scores in Broncos’ win.

Freeman carried eight times for 28 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders, but overall Phillip Lindsay (14 carries for 107 yards) played better. There’s some concern with Lindsay taking a sizable chunk of the workload, but Freeman is the preferred goal-line option for the Broncos, and he’s likely to eventually work his way into the clear lead back role. He might be more of a FLEX option with a difficult matchup against Baltimore next week.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Royce Freeman gets 15 carries in rookie debut.

The third-round pick from Oregon ran well against the Seahawks, gaining 71 rushing yards on his 15 attempts. However, undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay got hot and worked his way into 15 carries and two receptions (including a touchdown) of his own, which meant less work for Freeman. Meanwhile, Devontae Booker takes a lot of passing-down work from Freeman already. Freeman isn't in much danger of not being Denver's leading ball-carrier this season, though, and he remains a solid option in fantasy lineups for Week 2.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

The Broncos are listing Royce Freeman as their starting running back, according to Ryan O'Halloran of the Denver Post.

The official depth chart is due out later today, and the third-round rookie will open the season in the top spot. Denver has maintained that they would be using a committee approach in the backfield, but Freeman is a good bet to handle the bulk of the carries after an impressive preseason. Third-year back Devontae Booker is going to take some snaps, particularly on third downs and passing situations, but Freeman is clearly the back to own in fantasy leagues to start the year.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Terrell Davis says the Broncos are "thrilled" with rookie running back Royce Freeman.

Davis is of course a Hall of Fame running back that played for the Broncos, so he has connections with the franchise, including with Broncos GM John Elway. Davis said on NFL Total Access that he's "talked to people in Denver and they're just thrilled by what they see in camp and what they saw in minicamp from Royce Freeman. They think he's going to be the starting running back." Denver has expressed desire to use a committee backfield with Devontae Booker, De'Angelo Henderson, and Freeman, but that doesn't mean one guy won't emerge and run away with the job. Preseason games might determine how the workload is split for the Broncos in 2018, but Freeman at least has a chance to immediately emerge as the lead guy.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

Broncos head coach Vance Joseph says Royce Freeman "absolutely" has a chance to be the team's lead back this season.

After the Broncos selected Freeman early in the third round (71st overall) of this year's draft, it's not surprising that he's seen as a guy that could immediately take over the backfield as a rookie. When the team drafted Freeman, Broncos GM John Elway said "he's a banger that we haven't had for a while." ESPN's Jeff Legwold believes that Freeman "made it fairly clearly that he's going to push Devontae Booker to be at the top of the running back depth chart" throughout the offseason. Freeman was a workhorse for Oregon during his four years there, rushing for 5,621 yards and 60 touchdowns on 947 carries. Elway seems to see him as a potential workhorse in the NFL, and the head coach seems to feel the same way. Devontae Booker shouldn't be counted out, but there's a chance Freeman gets the majority of the carries for Denver in 2018. It's a key situation to watch throughout the summer.

Royce Freeman | Texans RB

The Broncos have selected Oregon running back Royce Freeman with the No. 71 pick (third round) in the 2018 NFL Draft.

In college at Oregon, Freeman was extremely productive and is the school's all-time leader in rushing yards (5,621) and rushing touchdowns (60). Early in his career with the Ducks, Freeman was a legitimate Heisman candidate and was seen as a potential future first-round pick. However, as Oregon declined as a college football power, Freeman was out of the spotlight a bit on a relatively below average team. Still, he has all-around ability as someone that can both run with power and catch the ball out of the backfield, and Denver is a good landing spot for him after the team cut C.J. Anderson a few weeks ago. It's possible Freeman competes with Devontae Booker and potentially De'Angelo Henderson for the starting running back job in Denver; and if the rookie Freeman winds up being the starter, he could be one of those under-the-radar running backs that make a big impact in year one.