Royce Freeman, RB (HOU)

Just one touch

Freeman rushed once for three yards in Sunday's 34-28 overtime loss against the Vikings.

Freeman played nearly a third of Carolina's offensive snaps but was only given the ball once. Conversely, rookie Chuba Hubbard finished with 16 rushes for 61 yards and a touchdown, and hauled in a four-yard pass as well. Although star tailback Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) being on IR should keep Freeman in the gameday backfield rotation, it's clear that his usage will pale in comparison to Hubbard's, who has been trusted with a starter's workload the past couple weeks.

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