Devontae Booker
Devontae Booker
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Denver Broncos
2018 Fantasy Outlook
For the second straight season, Booker failed to do much with his opportunities, falling short of 4.0 YPC and finding the end zone once in 13 games. Even with C.J. Anderson heading out the door this offseason, the 2016 fourth-round pick isn't guaranteed a lead role in the Denver backfield, or even a significant increase in touches. Coming out of Utah, his patience, burst and pass-catching skills seemed to make Booker a great fit for the Broncos offense, but those traits haven't been evident in the NFL. With Bill Musgrave taking over as offensive coordinator from Mike McCoy (who took over from Rick Dennison), Booker will need to adapt to his third scheme in three years. He's had trouble staying healthy, dealing with a preseason knee injury as a rookie and then wrist surgery, which delayed the start of his 2017 campaign, but even when he's been on the field he's had trouble making an impact. Denver used a third-round pick on Royce Freeman in the 2018 draft, and last year's preseason darling De'Angelo Henderson remains, so Booker needs to hit the ground running to lock down a major role. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $2.72 million contract with the Broncos in May of 2016.
Records three touches
RBDenver Broncos
September 18, 2018
Booker rushed for 17 yards on three carries during Denver's 20-19 win over Oakland.
ANALYSIS
Head coach Vance Joseph has repeatedly preached that the depth chart doesn't matter at running back and that the team will ride the hot hand. Booker managed to record more snaps than rookie starter Royce Freeman (22 to 16) on Sunday. That's what passes as good news for Booker. Freeman still ended up with five more touches than Booker, and more importantly, undrafted phenom Phillip Lindsay ended the game with a stable-leading 28 snaps on his way to his second consecutive 100-yard game. No matter what the depth chart or snap count says, Booker is a distant third in line among Broncos backs.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    41
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    18
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
497
0
2017
291
131
2018
41
18
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   5' 11"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   219 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.56 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Cone Drill:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Arm Length:   31.67 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   8.68 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   0 in
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Broad Jump:   0 in
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Bench Press:   22 reps
GOOD
Denver Broncos Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Booker had an opportunity to claim the starting job in Denver last year after C.J. Anderson injured his knee in Week 7, but instead the rookie flopped in the lead role, failing to top 3.3 YPC for seven straight games after Anderson went down. Much of the blame can be laid on an offensive line that struggled to open holes and on a passing game that gave defenses plenty of incentive to stack the box, but Booker himself displayed little of the vision, patience or burst that he flashed in college. The Broncos brought back Mike McCoy to take over as offensive coordinator and re-made their O-line in the offseason, which offers the hope of a more productive running game. On the other hand, the team also re-made its backfield as Jamaal Charles will join a healthy Anderson in a fierce competition for touches that might leave little room for Booker. Further muddying the picture, Booker had surgery on his wrist in late July, with the recovery timetable estimated at 6-8 weeks. He's said to be targeting a Week 3 return, but even if that happens, he'll have missed an opportunity to prove himself in training camp and the preseason. It's unclear if he'll be involved in the offense once he's available.
Booker is a decisive, inside grinder who looks like a good fit for Gary Kubiak's one-cut running game. His hands could go either way — he's shown the ability to be a factor in the passing game, but he also had fumbling problems in college. Booker is also old for an NFL rookie — he turned 24 in late May — and his initial progress was held back by a springtime knee injury. He's expected to be fine by summer camp, however, and he's more of a threat to C.J. Anderson than Ronnie Hillman is.
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Limited to 15 yards
RBDenver Broncos
September 11, 2018
Booker ran for four yards on two attempts and nabbed two passes for 11 yards during Sunday's 27-24 win over Seattle.
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In line to work behind Freeman
RBDenver Broncos
September 3, 2018
Booker's teammate, Royce Freeman, is slated to be listed as the Broncos' No. 1 running back on the team's initial depth chart, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
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Looks like top backfield pass catcher
RBDenver Broncos
August 29, 2018
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph suggested Tuesday that whie Booker could be on the field for the team's first play in the Week 1 contest against Seahawks, it wouldn't necessarily mean that he claimed the starting running-back gig over Royce Freeman, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.
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Outplayed by Freeman again
RBDenver Broncos
August 24, 2018
Booker took three carries for nine yards in Friday's preseason game against Washington.
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Outplayed by Freeman
RBDenver Broncos
August 18, 2018
Booker rushed four times for 17 yards during Saturday's preseason game against the Bears.
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