KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The prospects of Kansas City slowing down the Green Bay Packers, fresh off their blowout win over Oakland, probably feel a whole lot better after the way the Chiefs played...
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Packing 240 pounds on his 6-foot frame, Royce Freeman is four inches taller and 50 pounds heavier than Phillip Lindsay.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley has been taken off the field strapped to a stretcher after being hit in the head by teammate Johnathan Abram.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Blindsided by the Lions , running back Theo Riddick became an unexpected free agent just as training camps were opening across the NFL.
10. DENVER (6-10)
LAST SEASON: John Elway brushed aside two consecutive dreadful drafts (which netted first-rounders Paxton Lynch and Garett Bolles) and hit mother lode with Bradley Chubb,...
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Whoever replaces Vance Joseph as the Denver Broncos' fourth head coach in six seasons may not find a franchise quarterback awaiting him.
Now your fantasy skills and strategic planning are about to be truly tested. There are six teams on byes this week: the Bengals, Cardinals, Colts, Eagles, Lions and Jaguars.
You won't be setting what you feel is a fully solid lineup. That's why you have to deftly work the waiver wire at all positions.
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos reeled off big run after big run against the soft underbelly of the Kansas City Chiefs defense.
Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman ran roughshod over the Chiefs. Each scored a touchdown and Freeman eluded seven defenders and dragged a linebacker into the end zone on his 14-yard score.
DENVER (AP) — Revamping the offensive line has become an annual rite of spring in Denver.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Royce Freeman is set to become the first rookie running back to start a season opener for the Denver Broncos since Hall of Famer Terrell Davis in 1995.
"It's an honor to be mentioned with a man of that caliber, a player with that type of legacy around here," Freeman said.
Coach Vance Joseph chose the third-round pick from Oregon as his starter Monday ahead of veteran Devontae Booker and fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay, who coincidentally was handed Davis' old No. 30 jersey.
DENVER BRONCOS (5-11)
New faces: QB Case Keenum, RB Royce Freeman, RB Phillip Lindsay, WR Courtland Sutton, WR DaeSean Hamilton, RT Jared Veldheer, CB Adam "Pacman" Jones, DE Clinton McDonald, ILB Jose Jewell, OLB Bradley Chubb, ILB Alexander Johnson, CB Tramaine Brock, S Su'a Cravens, CB Isaac Yiadom, P Marquette King.
Key losses: CB Aqib Talib, QB Trevor Siemian, QB Brock Osweiler, RB C.J. Anderson, TE Virgil Green, WR Cody Latimer, OL Menelik Watson, S Jamal Carter, P Riley Dixon.
There are a host of running back battles that will continue through the second week of preseason games that will eventually be resolved by either a clear winner or some sort of committee that fantasy owners dread.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — When the Denver Broncos reported to training camp they were met by cushy new team and position meeting rooms and an expanded training room that features two cryogenic chambers and a flotation pod along with other amenities courtesy of a $9.5 million facilities face-lift that capped a five-year, $45 million renovation.
DENVER BRONCOS (5-11)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, Englewood, Colorado
LAST YEAR: Coach Vance Joseph's first year was debacle in every phase. Denver's anemic offense cycled through three QBs during soured season that included eight-game skid, franchise's longest in half-century, and featured eight double-digit losses. Exhausted defense surrendered too many points and special teams were anything but. GM John Elway thought about firing Joseph but decided to give him second chance and then bolstered roster.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway has added size, strength and seasoning to the Denver Broncos' roster after spending much of the last two drafts taking chances on players who had lighter resumes and more question marks.
All four of his picks so far — North Carolina State pass rusher Bradley Chubb, SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton (who redshirted as a freshman), Oregon running back Royce Freeman and Boston College cornerback Isaac Yiadom — spent four years in college.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — On Day 2 of the NFL draft, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway began fixing the mess on offense, selecting two big bangers in SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton in the second round and Oregon running back Royce Freeman in the third.
"Well, we got better on the offensive side, no question," Elway said Friday night after adding Sutton (6-foot-4, 218 pounds) and Freeman (6-foot, 238 pounds).
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Oregon senior running back Royce Freeman won't play in the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State on Saturday.
New Oregon coach Mario Cristobal announced the decision Thursday.
Oregon's all-time leading rusher had practiced earlier this week in Las Vegas, leading to speculation he may play.
"This is hard for him. This is not an easy decision for a guy who's invested his heart and soul in this program," Cristobal said.
Boise State (10-3, Mountain West) vs Oregon (7-5, Pac-12), Dec. 16, 3:30 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Las Vegas
Boise State: QB Brett Rypien, 2,515 yards passing, 14 TDs
Oregon: RB Royce Freeman, 1,475 yards rushing, 16 TDs
Boise State: The Broncos avenged a loss to Fresno State the week before by beating the Bulldogs 17-14 in the Mountain West title game.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Royce Freeman was asked about his career milestones after he collected a few more in the Civil War.
While running for 122 yards and two scores in Oregon's 69-10 rout of Oregon State on Saturday night, Freeman set a new Pac-12 record for career rushing touchdowns.
"I think it means that I'm kind of old now," said the normally stoic senior, who lingered on the field with fans after his final game at Autzen Stadium.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Royce Freeman set a Pac-12 record for career rushing touchdowns with his second touchdown Saturday against Oregon State.
The senior running back ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the opening quarter, then added a 13-yard scoring run before halftime, bringing his career total to 60.
He broke Ken Simonton's conference mark of 59 set at Oregon State between 1998-01.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Ducks obviously missed Justin Herbert.
Oregon's starting quarterback returned after a five-game absence and helped lead the team to a 48-28 victory over Arizona on Saturday night. Royce Freeman ran for four touchdowns in the win, which made Ducks (6-5, 3-4) bowl eligible in coach Willie Taggart's first year as head coach.
Shortly after he was hired by the Ducks last year, Oregon coach Willie Taggart traveled to Imperial, California, to convince running back Royce Freeman to stay in Eugene for his senior season.
It was no casual detour on Taggart's holiday break. Imperial is about a two hour's drive east of San Diego.
"When I was getting ready to leave, he walked me out to the car and said, 'Coach, I'm coming back,' and I screamed like a cheerleader 'Yeeaaahhhh!'" Taggart said.
Oregon (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) at No. 12 Washington (7-1, 4-1, CFP No. 12), Saturday, 10 p.m. (FS1)
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is out "for a while" because of a fractured collarbone, coach Willie Taggart said Monday.
Taggart also said at his weekly news conference that junior linebacker Kaulana Apelu is out for the season with an ankle fracture.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The adversity came at the Oregon Ducks fast.
Quarterback Justin Herbert, running back Royce Freeman and receiver Dillon Mitchell were all injured in the first half of Oregon's 45-24 victory over California on Saturday night. Backup QB Taylor Alie was knocked out of the game in the final quarter.
"I've never been a part of that many," first-year Ducks coach Willie Taggart said. "Whew, that was crazy."
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon running back Royce Freeman, quarterback Justin Herbert and receiver Dillon Mitchell all left in the first half against California on Saturday night.
Freeman headed for the locker room accompanied by a trainer with more than eight minutes to go in the first quarter. The exact nature of the injury was unclear, but it appeared to be a shoulder.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The NFL scouts came to see Josh Allen face a Power Five team. Instead of boosting his draft stock, the big Wyoming quarterback took a beating from Oregon.
Royce Freeman ran for three touchdowns in the first half and the Ducks roughed up Allen in a 49-13 victory over the Cowboys on Saturday night.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Maligned last season, Oregon's defense thwarted Nebraska's comeback.
The Huskers were down 42-14 at the half but rallied with three unanswered touchdowns. Then Tanner Lee was intercepted on what would be Nebraska's final drive of the game, and the Ducks held on for a 42-35 victory on Saturday.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Willie Taggart era at Oregon got off to a fast start with Tony Brooks-James' 100-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff against Southern Utah.
Fitting for a team that's (still) known for speed.
Royce Freeman ran for 150 yards and four touchdowns and the Ducks routed the Thunderbirds 77-21 on Saturday for Taggart's debut as Oregon's head coach. It was the most points for the Ducks in a single game since 1916.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert had what was essentially a two-pronged approach to the offseason: Become stronger and become a leader.
Herbert put on muscle, prompting Ducks first-year coach Willie Taggart to joke that the sophomore signal-caller kept strutting around shirtless. Herbert worked on the leadership part, too, as a counselor at the Manning camp in Louisiana.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — After the trials of last season, Oregon running back Royce Freeman appears to have emerged with two things: a college degree and a brighter outlook.
The senior, who opted to stay with the Ducks rather than enter the NFL draft this spring, heads into the season with 936 career rushing yards to go to reach LaMichael James' Oregon record of 5,082.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — There is much talk about a culture change at Oregon, and it seems as if the players are taking it to heart.
Quarterback Justin Herbert was thrown into the starter's role last season as a shy freshman. He's since put 15 pounds on his lanky 6-foot-6 frame and new coach Willie Taggart joked that he's been strutting around without a shirt on.
Then there's running back Royce Freeman, already a physical force, who Taggart said has changed both his attitude and his approach.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Justin Herbert threw for 327 yards and found Darren Carrington for three touchdowns in Oregon's first Spring Game under new coach Willie Taggart on Saturday.
The vibe around the annual event was totally different than in past years: Instead of building on previous successes, the Ducks are — almost — starting fresh.
There are a few familiar faces, notably Carrington and running back Royce Freeman, but it is clear the Ducks are now Taggart's team.
PHOENIX (AP) — A look at football players in the Pac-12 this spring who are poised to have standout seasons beginning this fall:
Oregon running back Royce Freeman says he'll return to the Ducks for his senior year.
Freeman, who was hampered by injuries this season, announced his decision through the school Wednesday. Left tackle Tyrell Crosby, sidelined for the season's last nine games with a foot injury, went on social media to say he would also return for his senior season.