|ADP:||Round: 10, Pick: 3|
|Team:||New York Giants|
|Ht / Wt:||5'8" / 206 lb.|
|Born:||March 15, 1992|
|Drafted:||2014 / Rd. 4 (103)|
Freeman (ankle) was spotted working out on a side field during the Giants' practice session Tuesday, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: After losing last Thursday to the Eagles in Week 7, the Giants are beginning their Week 8 prep on Tuesday to the longer turnaround between games. Since the Giants won't play again until Monday versus Tampa Bay, the team will release its first Week 8 injury report Thursday, at which point it will be known where Freeman stands in his recovery from the ankle injury he picked up against Philadelphia. If Freeman is unable to get healthy in time for the matchup with the Buccaneers, Wayne Gallman would likely serve as the Giants' top ballcarrier, while Dion Lewis would take on more work on passing downs.
Freeman didn't return to Thursday's 22-21 loss to the Eagles after exiting in the third quarter with an ankle injury, Tom Canavan of the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Before departing, Freeman played only 12 snaps, carrying three times for eight yards while failing to haul in his lone target. Wayne Gallman stepped in after Freeman's early exit and was New York's most productive back on the night, finishing with 34 yards and a score on 10 carries to go with five receptions for 20 yards on five targets. The Giants won't hold a formal practice again until next Thursday, at which time more information on the severity of Freeman's injury will become available. He'll have 11 days to heal up in advance of a Monday night matchup with the Buccaneers in Week 8.
Freeman (ankle) is questionable to return to Thursday's contest against the Eagles, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports.
Analysis: Freeman exited Thursday's contest late in the third quarter. He only had three carries for eight yards prior to leaving the field, in addition to one target (which he failed to secure). Wayne Gallman and Dion Lewis will handle the Giants' backfield work as long as Freeman remains sidelined.
Freeman rushed 18 times for 61 yards and brought in one of two targets for minus-4 yards in the Giants' 20-19 win over the Washington Football Team on Sunday.
Analysis: Freeman saw his most extensive rushing volume yet as a member of the Giants, although it didn't net much against a tough WFT front seven. The veteran back has boosted his carry total after each contest thus far, although his pass-catching role remains relatively modest. Freeman's upside is limited behind a New York offensive line that's had difficulty opening up running lanes, and he'll have another formidable challenge on his hands in the form of the Eagles in a Week 7 Thursday night contest.
Freeman carried the ball 17 times for 60 yards and a touchdown and caught two of three targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 37-34 loss to the Cowboys.
Analysis: It was the former Falcon's best performance yet with his new team, and Freeman's four-yard TD run in the fourth quarter gave the Giants their last lead of the game at 34-31. Wayne Gallman and Dion Lewis combined for only five carries (all by Gallman) and four catches (two each), so it's clear Freeman has already locked down the lead role in the offense. He'll look to deliver solid numbers again in Week 6 against Washington.
Freeman carried the ball 11 times for 33 yards and caught all four of his targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 17-9 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: He led the Giants in carries in his second game for the team, but he wasn't able to produce much yardage on the ground. Freeman has had a sluggish start to his Giants tenure, but he gets the most favorable matchup possible in Week 5 against a Cowboys defense that just got torn apart for 307 rushing yards and three TDs by a Browns ground game that was without Nick Chubb (knee) for most of the afternoon.
Freeman is expected to serve as the Giants' starting running back Sunday against the Rams, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: While Freeman made his Giants debut in the team's Week 3 loss to the 49ers, Wayne Gallman technically drew the start, but he saw only one more touch (four carries, two receptions) than Freeman (five carries for 10 yards). Now that he's had more time to get familiar with the Giants' playbook, Freeman will likely poach some carries from Gallman, but Dion Lewis -- who led the three backs with a 38 percent offensive snap share Week 3 -- remains in line to work as the Giants' top passing-down option. Unless Freeman is able to cut into Lewis' passing-game role in future weeks, his fantasy upside in PPR leagues will likely be limited.
Coach Joe Judge said Freeman's role should increase, though the Giants still want to use a three-man rotation at running back, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Freeman led the team with five carries in Sunday's 36-9 loss to the 49ers, but he didn't draw any targets and played fewer snaps (29 percent) than both Dion Lewis (38 percent) and Wayne Gallman (35 percent). While it sounds like the split will shift more toward Freeman as he improves his knowledge of the playbook, he still appears to be part of a committee in a struggling offense, hardly the ideal situation for fantasy production. His Week 4 opponent has allowed 4.8 YPC this year, but Freeman may not have much change to take advantage, as the Giants are massive underdogs in a road game against the 2-1 Rams.
Freeman rushed five times for 10 yards in the Giants' 36-9 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.
Analysis: The new arrival did pace the Giants backfield in carries and drew even with quarterback Daniel Jones for the team lead in that category, but that didn't amount too much overall on an afternoon where game script quickly turned away from the ground attack. Freeman should have an opportunity for a bigger role in a Week 4 road matchup against the Rams after getting an opportunity further immerse himself in the playbook and go through a full practice week.
Fox's Jay Glazer said on their pregame show that Freeman will get about 30 percent of the Giants' offensive snaps in Week 3.
Analysis: Our expectations for this week were pretty modest, and this confirms that. It looks as if there will be a three-headed monster at running back this week, with Wayne Gallman and Dion Lewis also receiving significant workloads.
Freeman is listed as active Sunday against the 49ers, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The Giants are facing life without Saquon Barkley due to his Week 2 ACL tear, but it's unclear exactly how the backfield will be pieced together in his absence. The team brought in Freeman to bolster the group after putting up at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage in four of his six seasons with the Falcons. That said, he's been a member of the Giants for less than a week, meaning incumbents Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman seem like better bets to see high-leverage situations. On a positive note, though, Freeman should get a chance to mix into the offense at some point Sunday.
Freeman signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Giants on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Freeman is expected to join the Giants at practice Wednesday. Schefter relayed that Freeman's agent Drew Rosenhaus said the running back was offered more money elsewhere but felt his best opportunity was with the Giants. Although this could start off as a committee between Freeman, Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman, Rosenhaus' comments signal that Freeman's role should be locked in starting Week 3 versus the 49ers. With the Falcons in 2019, Freeman registered 1,066 total yards and six touchdowns over 14 games.
The Giants are expected to sign Freeman, pending COVID-19 testing, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Freeman waited patiently for a deal this offseason and visited with multiple teams, and following news that Saquon Barkley tore his ACL, the Giants turned out to be the best fit. It remains to be seen whether Freeman will be the clear No. 1 running back right away or if the Giants run a committee backfield with Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman, but Freeman should eventually be the starter nonetheless. Over 14 games with the Falcons last year, the 28-year-old Freeman posted 1,066 total yards and six touchdowns. The deal with the Giants will become official once he passes the COVID-19 protocols.
Freeman is slated to visit the Giants on Tuesday, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.
Analysis: In advance of the meeting, Freeman went through COVID testing Monday and will have a point of contact test Tuesday before he'll work out for the team. If he indeed inks a deal with the Giants, it'll be interesting to see if he's an immediate replacement for Saquon Barkley (torn ACL), or instead will split reps with incumbent running backs Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman. In any case, Freeman has the strongest resume of the three and the best case for early down reps in the long run.
Freeman will visit the Giants this week, potentially signing as a replacement for Saquon Barkley (knee), Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Barkley is believed to have suffered an ACL tear, leaving the Giants with only Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman in the backfield. Freeman could have a role as soon as Week 3 if he signs with the team, though he might need to be eased into action. He previously was expected to visit with the division-rival Eagles this week.
Freeman is expected to visit the Eagles next week, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: A variety of free-agent running backs were linked to the Eagles during the offseason. One of them was Freeman. Due to an early season hamstring injury to starting RB Miles Sanders, it appears the team is looking into contingencies in the event another issue impacts the backfield. Freeman has a track record as a do-it-all back, reaching 1,000 yards from scrimmage in four of the previous five seasons. As such, he could be an intriguing add with the hope that a decent role is imminent.
Freeman said Tuesday that he prefers to wait at least one week before signing with a team, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Freeman told Anderson that he's currently choosing between four teams, with the veteran indicating that he still wants to evaluate his options before identifying the organization that's most willing to give him the opportunity to compete for reps within his position group. The 28-year-old has been on the open market since March after the Falcons released him following a 2019 campaign in which he compiled 1,066 total yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in 14 games.
Freeman, who visited the Jaguars this weekend, was not signed by the team, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: It's possible that he could end up coming to terms with Jacksonville at a later date, but unless that happens, Freeman will continue to be one of the first names mentioned any time an NFL team's backfield needs an obvious boost. With that in mind, a full slate of games after an unusual offseason with no preseason contests seems like a context that could produce more Week 1 injuries and aches and pains than we'd normally see.
Freeman is slated to visit the Jaguars, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: With Leonard Fournette no longer on the team and Ryquell Armstead currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list, this could be a good fit for Freeman, who's been waiting for the right time to sign a deal for 2020. The Jaguars' available backfield options at the moment are Chris Thompson, Devine Ozigbo and James Robinson.
Freeman's new agent Drew Rosenhaus said Tuesday that he aims to have the running back signed to a new team before training camp, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Freeman terminated his relationship with a previous agent earlier this month, but he's now joined forces with a well-known representative around the league in the form of Rosenhaus. "We want to work out a deal in the immediate future, and we are open to any team," Rosenhaus said. "He's healthy. He's in shape, and I'm on a mission to have him give a team a lift in late July." The 28-year-old hasn't put together a full 16-game campaign since 2016, and last year he dropped below the four yards per carry mark (3.6) for the first time in his career. Back in May, Freeman reportedly turned down a contract with Seattle similar to the one-year, $4 million deal the team gave Carlos Hyde.
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