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Report: Broncos expected to name Royce Freeman the starting running back

Great news! The Denver Broncos are expected to name rookie running back Royce Freeman the starter heading into Week 1.

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According to The Denver Posts Ryan O’Halloran, the Denver Broncos are expected to name rookie Royce Freeman the starting running back later today.

The Broncos are going to release their week one depth chart later today and the rookie Freeman is expected to be listed first. This shouldn’t be a real shock considering he has looked like the starter throughout the preseason. This is what the Broncos expected from him when they selected him in the third round of the 2018 draft as well. So he is living up to expectations and could be on the verge of a breakout season.

Freeman is coming off an impressive preseason where we saw him rip off two long touchdown runs and total 3 rushing touchdowns in 3 games. Look for the rookie to be a solid contributor to the offense moving forward.

This means veteran Devontae Booker will move to second on the depth chart and fill the third-down/pass-catching back role. A role he fits well and should excel at it. Behind him will be another rookie. That rookie being the explosive Phillip Lindsay. Look for him to come in on passing downs and be a weapon in space. Don’t sleep on Lindsay’s running ability either.

The Broncos are going to need their running game to complement quarterback Case Keenum this year so these three backs are very important to the team’s success. I have high for this unit and I believe they will be a key contributing factor in this offenses resurgence.