Royce Freeman could be Denver Broncos QB vs. New Orleans Saints

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It is the year 2020 and absolutely nothing is surprising anymore.

If you had Denver Broncos third-string running back Royce Freeman as a starting quarterback on your 2020 bingo card, you're in luck.  

Yes, you read that correctly.

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Mike Klis of 9News reported the news on Saturday after Denver’s quarterback room was deemed “high risk” of COVID-19 and contact tracing. That includes Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel. 

30 minutes later, Adam Schefter reported that no rostered quarterback will take the field on Sunday for the Broncos:

So, yes, the wildcat option is looking more and more likely at this point.

Lucky for the Broncos, when they selected Freeman with the No. 71 pick overall (third round) in the 2014 NFL Draft, they not only drafted a running back, but one with throwing experience.

Well, sort of.

As a freshman, Freeman threw one pass to then-quarterback Marcus Mariota at Oregon. It was a 26-yard touchdown pass against the Arizona Wildcats on October 8, 2014.

Freeeman found him in stride and Mariota did the rest. A perfect passer rating.

It sounds like Freeman will have to channel his inner quarterback as an emergency option for the Broncos.

But, Freeman won't be the only potential option for Denver. And this one may be more viable.

Regardless, the Broncos are in a unique situation-- and not in a good way.

The Saints-Broncos game will kickoff at 1:05 PM (PT) on Sunday in Denver, Colorado.