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Broncos, Briefly: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

The key for the Broncos, as they reached the quarter pole of the season, is that Keenum continues to get better starting Sunday against the New York Jets in the Meadowlands.

"I think we haven't played our best football yet, and we've had a chance to win every game,'' Keenum said. "We put ourselves in that situation. I think learning from these experiences is going to give us a lot more experience. A lot more to pull back on when the games come down to December and January when they're really big-time games. I'm excited where we're at. I'm even more excited about where we're heading."

"I'm looking forward to getting (Freeman) more touches," Joseph said. "He needs more opportunities because he is playing good football."

That's a modest description for Freeman's first four NFL games. His 219 rushing yards rank No. 15 league- wide and are third among rookies behind only teammate Phillip Lindsay (267) and the Giants' Saquon Barkley (260). Freeman's three rushing touchdowns are also tied for most among those first-year running backs. And, Freeman's 10 carries of at least 10 yards are third in the NFL behind Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott (12) and the 49ers' Matt Breida (11).

The hitch in Freeman's stellar production, as noted through Denver Post game-charting against Kansas City, is his scattered carries. Freeman hit an 18-yard gain against the Chiefs and then didn't touch the football for six more snaps. He began a third-quarter series with a 6-yard gain, but failed to record a carry the rest of the Broncos' eight-play drive. Freeman mostly watched as Denver's 10-point lead drained away in the fourth quarter.

**Case Keenum hasn't found his rhythm in Denver yet**(Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press)

"I don't care how we get into the end zone," Keenum said. "Obviously, I like throwing touchdowns. I like when those guys are running them in, too. We've got two great backs" in rookies Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay.

"They're doing a great job. But we've got a bunch of targets. Receivers, tight ends, they want to get into the end zone, too," Keenum said. "So, whatever it takes. I know the whole team is that way and whatever it takes to score more points than the other team, whether it's run or pass" is the goal. "But yeah, we'd love to get more passes going."

**Four penalties for lowering the helmet through four weeks**(Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk)

Through four weeks, there have been only four penalties called under the new rule, the NFL confirmed to PFT.

That's a huge departure from the way the officials were enforcing the rule during the first two weeks of the preseason: Over the first two weeks of the preseason, officials called the new penalty at a rate of about 1.5 flags per game. Now they're calling less than 0.1 per game.