Devonta Freeman

Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #24
Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #24
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Devonta Freeman News

TD salvages low-volume outing

Freeman rushed four times for 14 yards and a touchdown while catching all three of his targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Freeman's one-yard touchdown run tied the score at 10 just after the two-minute warning in the first half. With Latavius Murray (ankle) inactive, Freeman split carries with Ty'Son Williams (34 yards on four touches) and the ineffective Le'Veon Bell (four yards on six touches), but quarterback Lamar Jackson comfortably led the Ravens rushing attack with 12 carries for 88 yards. Freeman should continue to work as part of Baltimore's running back committee after the team's Week 8 bye.

Oct 24, 2021 1:45 PM EST

Projected Week 7 starter

Freeman is expected to serve as the Ravens' starting running back Sunday against the Bengals after Latavius Murray (ankle) was ruled out for the Week 7 contest, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Analysis: Freeman is poised to become the third different starting running back this season for the snakebitten Baltimore backfield, following Murray and Ty'Son Williams, the latter of whom has since tumbled down the depth chart. After Murray exited in the third quarter of last week's win over the Chargers, Freeman stepped up to produce 53 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, though he couldn't corral either of his targets. Le'Veon Bell also saw a decent amount of involvement, as he played 21 snaps in total and carried eight times for 18 yards and a touchdown. A backfield timeshare could be in the forecast Week 7, but Freeman probably profiles as the best fantasy option among him, Bell and Williams.

Oct 22, 2021 4:06 PM EST

Leading rusher with Murray hurt

Freeman rushed nine times for 53 yards and a touchdown but failed to catch either of his targets in Sunday's 34-6 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Freeman led the Ravens in rushing yards, topping Lamar Jackson by two. All three of Freeman, Le'Veon Bell and Latavius Murray got into the end zone, but Murray was later forced out of the game due to an ankle injury. If Murray can't go against the Bengals next week, Freeman -- whose touchdown came from nine yards out in the fourth quarter -- would likely split the backfield workload with Bell, though rookie Ty'Son Williams could also rejoin the mix.

Oct 17, 2021 2:20 PM EST

Quiet in limited role

Freeman had one carry for one yard and caught three of four targets for 34 yards in Monday's 31-25 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Freeman continues to be a non-factor in the Ravens running game, but he did get involved in the passing game for the first time this season. It appears that Latavius Murray is the favorite to lead the backfield, with Freeman and Ty'Son Williams mixing in behind him. In Week 5, it was actually Lamar Jackson who attempted a team-high 14 rushing attempts. It doesn't appear that Freeman will serve as anything more than a backup who will spell Murray from time to time. Fantasy managers would be wise to avoid the 29-year-old running back.

Oct 13, 2021 3:18 AM EST

Playing time on downswing

Freeman had a four-yard carry Sunday against the Broncos.

Analysis: Baltimore made Ty'Son Williams a healthy scratch Sunday but that did not lead to an increased role for Freeman as Le'Veon Bell saw more playing time after being activated off the practice squad. Freeman has seen his snap counts drop from 10 to eight to six in his three active games with the Ravens. It does not appear that Freeman will be ticketed for more than a reserve role in the Baltimore backfield at this stage.

Oct 4, 2021 2:49 PM EST

Could be healthy scratch

Freeman could be a healthy scratch ahead of Sunday's contest against the Broncos after the team called up Le'Veon Bell from the practice squad, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It's unlikely the Ravens choose to have four running backs active so Freeman, who largely represents the same skills as a pass catcher and runner as Bell, seems like the obvious choice to sit out especially after playing just nine offensive snaps in Week 3. It's worth pointing out Ty'Son Williams, who struggled mightily in Sunday's win against the Lions, could also be a candidate for the de-facto demotion, especially considering the less-than-complimentary quotes from offensive coordinator Greg Roman after the aforementioned game, but such a situation would still not elevate the former Falcon into fantasy relevance given his limited playing time.

Oct 2, 2021 2:12 PM EST

Minimal role against Detroit

Freeman had three carries for eight yards on nine offensive snaps Sunday against the Lions.

Analysis: Tracking Freeman's role was important this week as this was his second game with his new club. The Ravens still stuck with Ty'Son Williams and Latavius Murray as their primary ball carriers despite Freeman being somewhat acclimated in the offense. Freeman drew fewer snaps than he did in his debut and was bottled up to 2.7 YPC. Look for Freeman to continue on in a minimal role provided Williams and Murray are healthy. The Ravens take on the Broncos in Week 4.

Sep 27, 2021 2:08 PM EST

Big gain in Baltimore debut

Freeman had two carries for 31 yards Sunday against the Chiefs.

Analysis: The highlight of Freeman's Baltimore debut came on a 31-yard rush where he broke free in the open field for a big gain. Freeman had one other carry on the night -- a two-yard loss -- while Baltimore leaned on Lamar Jackson, Ty'Son Williams and Latavius Murray in the backfield. Freeman could become more involved as he gets acclimated to the offense, but he will be running at the third spot on the depth chart for the time being.

Sep 21, 2021 10:51 AM EST

Bumped up to Baltimore roster

The Ravens plan to sign Freeman off their practice squad Thursday, the running back's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Analysis: Despite being a member of Baltimore's practice squad for less than a week, Freeman will get added to the 53-man active roster ahead of Le'Veon Bell, who joined the practice squad three days prior to Freeman. A two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Falcons, the 29-year-old Freeman has been trending down since being limited to two games in 2018 due to groin surgery. He averaged a career-low 3.2 yards per carry in five games with the Giants in 2020 and couldn't win a depth role with the Saints during the preseason, but the running back-needy Ravens will look to see if he has anything left in the tank. Ty'Son Williams and Latavius Murray are both presumably ahead of Freeman in the pecking order for carries, but Freeman could end up being a factor on passing downs after Williams struggled in pass protection in his NFL debut Week 1 versus the Raiders.

Sep 16, 2021 6:20 AM EST

Added to Baltimore's practice squad

Freeman has been added to the Ravens' practice squad.

Analysis: With J.K. Dobbins (knee), Gus Edwards (knee) and Justice Hill (Achilles) all having suffered season-ending injuries, the Ravens have quickly been adding depth to bolster a backfield that now rosters Ty'Son Williams, Latavius Murray and Trenton Cannon, with Freeman and/or Le'Veon Bell candidates to be elevated from the team's practice squad in advance of Week 1 action. Given the timing of all the running back personnel turnover, Williams figures to handle a key role Monday night against the Raiders, while Murray could soon thereafter emerge as a potential lead option. With that in mind, both Freeman and Bell profile as speculative roster adds, but are probably worth a look for those looking to secure depth at the position.

Sep 10, 2021 9:10 AM EST

Set to join Ravens' practice squad

The Ravens plan to add Freeman to their practice squad, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: This news comes in the wake of Gus Edwards suffering a potential season-ending knee injury in Thursday's practice. In the wake of Baltimore's latest major backfield injury, Ty'Son Williams profiles as the team's top healthy rushing option, with Trenton Cannon also on hand and veteran Le'Veon Bell a candidate to be summoned from the team's practice squad, which is also reportedly the expected outcome for Freeman.

Sep 9, 2021 2:00 PM EST

Works out for Ravens

Freeman was one of three running backs who worked out for the Ravens on Monday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The same applies to Le'Veon Bell and Elijah Holyfield, which makes sense in the wake of a report that Justice Hill has suffered a season-ending Achilles' injury. For now, Gus Edwards and Ty'Son Williams are Baltimore's top healthy running backs, but adding depth at the position is apparently in the cards in short order. If Freeman ends up signing with the team, he'd be in a position to earn complementary work behind Edwards once he's familiar with the team's offense.

Sep 6, 2021 2:30 PM EST

Released by Saints

The Saints released Freeman on Tuesday, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Freeman signed in late July and never had much shot at a roster spot without an injury occurring in front of him. The bigger question in New Orleans is how things shake out between Latavius Murray and Tony Jones, both competing for backup work behind Alvin Kamara. There have been rumors Murray will be released, but the Saints could also just keep both him and Jones. Meanwhile, Freeman could attract interest from a desperate team at some point this season, but it's also possible he's taken his last carry in the NFL.

Aug 31, 2021 7:29 AM EST

Totals 32 yards

Freeman rushed seven times for 18 yards while catching both of his targets for 14 yards during Monday's 23-21 preseason victory over Jacksonville.

Analysis: After totaling 10 yards on nine touches in the preseason opener, Freeman found more success Monday, but the 29-year-old still hasn't shown much to get excited about. Meanwhile, second-year running back Tony Jones has rushed for 106 yards on 12 carries while catching six of eight targets for 42 receiving yards through two preseason games. It's possible the Saints could carry four running backs into the regular season, but Freeman seems far from a lock to make the final roster.

Aug 24, 2021 8:16 AM EST

Signed by Saints

Freeman signed a contract with the Saints on Saturday, Adam Schefter of reports.

Analysis: Freeman came in for a visit Saturday and the Saints were evidently impressed with what they saw, as they wasted little time in getting the veteran running back signed. If Freeman sticks with the Saints, they'll likely use him in tandem with Latavius Murray to spell superstar starter Alvin Kamara.

Jul 31, 2021 2:11 PM EST

Joining Bills practice squad

Freeman (ankle) is signing with the Buffalo practice squad, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With Zack Moss (ankle) out for the rest of the playoffs, Buffalo has only T.J. Yeldon and 32-year-old Taiwan Jones as backfield options behind Devin Singletary on the active roster. This signing suggests Freeman has recovered from the ankle injury that prevented him from playing for the Giants after Week 7, though he won't necessarily be promoted to the active roster during Buffalo's playoff run. Yeldon is still the best bet to work behind Singletary this Saturday against the Ravens.

Jan 12, 2021 6:48 AM EST

Parts ways with Giants

The Giants cut Freeman (ankle) from injured reserve Thursday, Jordan Raanan of reports.

Analysis: The Giants signed Freeman to replace Saquon Barkley (torn ACL) back in September, and he appeared in five games (four starts) with the team before landing on IR due to an ankle issue and paving the way for Wayne Gallman to claim the top role. In his five appearances, Freeman carried the ball 54 times for 172 yards (3.2 YPC) and a touchdown while also catching seven of 10 targets for 58 yards. Once he's fully healthy, the 28-year-old veteran will be free to search for a chance elsewhere in the league, though he'll very likely have to settle for a backup role.

Jan 7, 2021 3:45 PM EST

Looks comfortable in practice

Freeman (ankle) looked good at Friday's practice and appears close to a return, Jordan Raanan of reports.

Analysis: The Giants designated Freeman to return from IR earlier Friday, so he could be aiming to play in Sunday's game against Cleveland. It in't clear what kind of role Freeman will have once he's cleared to play, as Wayne Gallman has done solid work in the Giants' backfield for the past month and a half.

Dec 18, 2020 10:09 AM EST

Returning to practice

Freeman (ankle) was Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site from injured reserve Friday.

Analysis: The 28-year-old was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday and can now be back on the practice field a day later. It's unclear if Freeman will have enough practice reps to be activated for Sunday's game against the Browns, but he could still be an option for the final two games of the season, even if he can't play this weekend.

Dec 18, 2020 8:06 AM EST

Comes off COVID-19 list

The Giants reinstated Freeman (ankle) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Though Freeman has cleared all COVID-19-related protocols, he remains on injured reserve and has yet to be designated for a return. Until that happens, Freeman won't be able to practice with the team, and given the time he's already missed with the ankle injury, it appears safe to rule him out for a return Sunday against the Browns. Instead, Freeman will likely attempt to increase his activity over the next several days with the hope of making it back to action for either of the Giants' final two regular-season contests.

Dec 17, 2020 2:13 PM EST

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