Mike Boone

Mike Boone

26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Denver Broncos
2021 Fantasy Outlook
An undrafted free agent out of the University of Cincinnati in 2018, Boone saw little work in the Vikings' backfield until the tail end of 2019, when he erupted for 232 rushing yards and three touchdowns the final three weeks. He didn't get a similar opportunity last year though, and left for what he hoped would be greener pastures in Denver over the offseason. The explosive athleticism Boone flashed in the predraft process has rarely turned into production on the football field, and he's mainly had to content himself with carving out a role on special teams in the NFL. And despite getting some guaranteed money on his new contract, Boone may again find himself relegated to special teams, after the Broncos drafted Javonte Williams in the second round to join Melvin Gordon in the backfield. A quad injury could force Boone to miss time early on this season, but when healthy, he profiles as the Broncos' No. 3 back, likely needing an injury ahead of him in order to see more than a few touches per game. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $2.6 million contract with the Broncos in March of 2021.
On track to play
RBDenver Broncos
October 16, 2021
Boone (quadriceps) was activated off injured reserve Saturday and is expected to play Sunday against the Raiders, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
ANALYSIS
It'll be interesting to see how much playing time Boone syphons away from Melvin Gordon (hip) and Javonte Williams given the duo has operated in a 55-45 split to date. Signed this offseason as a change-of-pace option, Boone figures to be more of a reserve depth piece unless one of the aforementioned players suffers an injury.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Mike Boone
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Boone operated as Minnesota's No. 3 running back for most of 2019, but he started the final two regular-season games with Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison sidelined. Boone had solid production for the season with 49 rushes for 273 yards and three touchdowns despite playing only 82 offensive snaps. The 2018 UDFA has performed well in his limited opportunities, but he'll likely remain in a reserve role for 2020 with Cook and Mattison again heading the backfield.
Boone posted a relatively obscure rookie season despite Dalvin Cook missing five games as the rookie saw action in just seven contests, totaling 11 carries for 47 yards mostly in mop-up duty. An absurdly productive Cincinnati pro day (4.44 40, 42-inch vertical, 139-inch broad jump) acts as an irresistibly tantalizing carrot for a team that doesn't exactly have a sturdy depth chart at running back - with injury-prone Dalvin Cook manning the top position and 2019 third-round pick Alexander Mattison potentially factoring in as a goal line back. Boone figures to compete with Lions castoff Ameer Abdullah and last year's undrafted free agent Roc Thomas for the No. 3 role.
Boone was dynamite his first two years at Cincinnati, torching Bearcats opponents for 1,399 yards (6.8 YPC) and 18 touchdowns in his first 20 games. Unfortunately, his production fell off a cliff in his final two seasons, totaling just 851 yards (4.0 YPC) and six touchdowns in 19 games while struggling to stay healthy. Foot and ankle troubles plagued him consistently over that stretch. You can't just wave away durability concerns, especially when complemented by inadequate production, but Boone's trajectory reminds somewhat of Elijah McGuire's. McGuire was off to a blazing fast start at Louisiana-Lafayette before chronic foot issues weighed him down, but he had better luck with the Jets last year. Aside from his promising early-career production, Boone's strongest selling point is his athletic testing. He lit up Cincinnati's pro day with a 4.44 40-yard dash, 42-inch vertical, 139-inch broad jump, and 6.95-second three-cone, and that broad jump especially is a remarkable figure. Dalvin Cook has a long history of injury troubles and Latavius Murray isn't known for his durability, either, so keep an eye on both Boone and Roc Thomas this preseason to see if one claims that RB3 role in Minnesota.
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Could play Sunday
RBDenver Broncos
Quadriceps
October 13, 2021
Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday that Boone (quadriceps) is "ready to go," suggesting the running back could be activated from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the Raiders, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
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Not returning Week 5
RBDenver Broncos
Quadriceps
October 10, 2021
The Broncos didn't activate Boone (quadriceps) from injured reserve Saturday, making him ineligible to play Sunday against the Steelers, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
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Close to returning
RBDenver Broncos
Quadriceps
October 8, 2021
Head coach Vic Fangio said Thursday that Boone (quadriceps) is close to making his return to the field, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
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Not available Week 4
RBDenver Broncos
Quadriceps
October 2, 2021
Boone (quadriceps) was not activated off injured reserve and therefore will not be available Sunday against the Ravens, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
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Could play Sunday
RBDenver Broncos
Quadriceps
October 1, 2021
Boone (quadriceps) has the possibility to suit up Sunday, but coach Vic Fangio noted that the team "may wait another week on him," Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
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