The transition from college to the professional ranks is going pretty well for Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman.
Oregon’s all-time leading rusher could unseat Devontae Booker for the Broncos’ starting running back spot. Freeman performed well at rookie camp and minicamp this offseason. He credited his time in Eugene for helping him prepare for the next level.
“I think I showed durability and the ability to be there game in, game out,” Freeman said, via ESPN’s Jeff Legwold. “I think I showed at Oregon I can deliver the blow as a runner. I’m excited to compete, and we have a good environment in the running back room. I think we do want to see each other do well.”
Denver waved goodbye to C.J. Anderson this offseason, clearing the way for a new starting at running back in 2018.
The Broncos drafted Freeman in the third round (No. 71 overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft with the expectation that he would contribute right away in Denver. Freeman’s doing nothing to dispel those thoughts.
There’s still a long way to go before the Broncos solidify their depth chart. Yet, Broncos coach Vance Joseph said leaving minicamp that Freeman is “absolutely” in the running to be the team’s top ballcarrier.
Training camp and the preseason are going to go a long way in determining placement on depth chart across the board in Denver.