Denver Broncos: Royce Freeman vs. Devontae Booker
The Denver Broncos offense was pretty bad last season, as they trotted out guys like Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch, and Trevor Siemian as their starting quarterback. This offseason, the team fixed the quarterback position for the time being, bringing in Case Keenum from the Minnesota Vikings to lead the ship in 2018.
The running back position in 2017 was led by C.J. Anderson, who rushed for over 1,000 yards despite the lack of a passing attack to take some pressure off the run game. Anderson is gone this season, after heading to Carolina, and the team will now have to find a new workhorse behind Keenum.
Devontae Booker has played well at times for the Broncos, but has never carried it enough to know whether he could be a legitimate No. 1. During the 2018 NFL Draft, the Broncos selected Oregon running back Royce Freeman, and he could wind up wrestling the starting job from Booker this preseason.
Freeman was an absolute beast during his time with the Ducks, being an explosive running back for the team since his Freshman season. He has the ability to not only run through the tackles, but also beat you on the outside, so he could very well be the main man in Denver by the time Week 1 rolls around.
This is going to be a great battle to watch because with Keenum a solid player under center, and some great wideouts, a good running game is all this team is missing on offense. Freeman has shown he can carry the load in the past, but that was college, so he will have to earn his stripes at the NFL level.