Denver Broncos brass are undeterred about Royce Freeman’s high usage rate in college.
The Broncos drafted Oregon’s workhorse running back in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Freeman totaled 947 carries on his way to becoming the school’s all-time leading rusher.
Freeman picked up a lot of miles with the Ducks, but Broncos general manager John Elway considers the running back’s volume of carries as a positive attribute. Elway believes Freeman’s college statistics are a testament to his durability.
“What it shows to us is he’s durable,” Elway said, per The Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala. “He played a lot so therefore he can take that. At the end of his career who knows how much that will shorten it, but it wasn’t a concern when we took him that there was too much tread.”
Elway and the Broncos have high hopes for Freeman. The Oregon product became one of the most decorated running backs in Pac-12 history registering 5,621 rushing yards in Eugene. His college career earned him an opportunity in the NFL.
In Denver, he has a chance to start at running back. The tread on Freeman’s tires isn’t a concern for the Broncos.