RB Devontae Booker - Denver Broncos
|5-11, 219||Born: 5-27-1992||College: Utah||Drafted: Round 4|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 17 vs OAK (14 / 57 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 52 / 1 rec)
Booker and Forsett saw a pretty even split in snaps, with Forsett receiving more carries(22 to Booker's 14). Forsett racked up more yards, but Booker was the back to find the end zone, mixing into the rotation early and rushing for an 11 yard touchdown in the 1st quarter. Booker doubled down with a 43 yard touchdown reception in the 2nd quarter on a halfback screen. Booker showed great vision as he cut through traffic and dodged several tacklers on his way to the end zone. Booker tacked on one more reception for a gain of 9 yards in the 2nd quarter. He finished with 57 yards rushing and 52 yards receiving to go with his two scores.
2016 Week 16 vs KC (5 / 27 / 0 rush, 10 / 6 / 44 / 0 rec)
Booker picked up 10 yards on his first carry of the game, one play after taking a screen pass 16 yards down the field.He finished the day as the Broncos' leading rusher, doing more with his 5 carries(27 yards) than Forsett did with his 5 carries(11 yards). Booker was featured heavily in the passing game, leading the Broncos with 10 total targets. His 44 yards receiving were also the most by any Bronco in week 16. Booker caught his first target in the 1st quarter, a screen pass out of the backfield that he turned into a 16 yard gain. Siemian targeted him on the same play later in the same drive, but sailed the pass high. Booker caught another dumpoff for a 3 yard gain to start the 2nd quarter out. The Broncos went back to the well again with the same halfback screen to Booker in the 2nd quarter on 3rd and 19, picking up only 10 yards. Booker ran the same play yet again later in the 2nd for his biggest gain of the day, a 21 yard catch and run. The Broncos tried to set Booker up on a halfback screen that was blown up by a savvy KC linebacker late in the 4th quarter. He lost a 4th quarter fumble that was punched loose as he was being tackled.
2016 Week 15 vs NE (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Booker continued to share a portion of the Broncos backfield, but conceded more snaps and touches to Justin Forsett than last week. Booker entered the game after the first couple of offensive drives, carrying the ball sparingly(6 for 17 yards) and working a lot of passing downs as the Broncos ground game sputtered. He was targeted in the end zone on his first snap of the 1st quarter, but Siemian overthrew the deep wheel route out of the backfield. Booker secured a short out route for a gain of 2 later in the 2nd quarter. Booker's caught his final target, a dumpoff out of the backfield in the last minute of the 4th quarter. He totaled 16 yards on the 2 catches.
2016 Week 14 vs TEN (3 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Booker split time with newly signed Justin Forsett, edging him out by just a couple of snaps. Forsett got more carries, though, as Booker rushed just 3 times for 1 yard. Booker secured both his targets as he caught a halfback screen at the end of the 1st half for a gain of 4 yards and another short gain on a quick out route two plays later. Forsett looked comfortable in the offense and should continue to eat into Booker's workload.
2016 Week 13 vs JAX (18 / 35 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Booker continued to struggle, failing to average even 2 yards per carry on his 18 totes(35 yards). Booker found paydirt late in the 2nd quarter, spinning out of one tackle and carrying a couple of defenders with him into the end zone on a goal line carry. Kapri Bibbs probably deserved the carry, since he had a couple of big runs earlier in the drive to set the offense up in the red zone. Bibbs was much more effective on his handful of carries, but he left the game with a high ankle sprain and did not return. Booker caught his only target of the day for a gain of 2 yards.
2016 Week 12 vs KC (24 / 79 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
Booker faced tough sledding against a Chiefs front 7 that was penetrating the line of scrimmage in both the run and pass game. He was constantly hit behind the line of scrimmage as the Broncos shuffled offensive linemen around to try and slow the Chiefs down. Booker still had a decent day, racking up 79 yards on 24 carries. Booker ripped a 14 yard run up the middle early in the 3rd quarter. He was still going strong in overtime, hauling in a short out route and taking it downfield for 22 yards as the Broncos marched down the field for opening field goal. Booker was unable to secure his only other target of the game.
2016 Week 10 vs NO (24 / 76 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Booker had a solid, but not spectacular outing in week 10 as he consistently churned out runs of 5+ yards in the 1st half, before cooling off a bit as the game script dictated more passing in the 2nd half. Despite chatter that Kapri Bibbs might vulture a large share of Booker's week 10 work load, Booker was the clear lead back. He finished the game with 24 carries to Bibbs' 7, collecting 76 yards on the ground. Booker's longest run of the day was only 11 yards, but he made a great lateral move bouncing the run outside after taking a handoff up the middle for the gain. Booker also secured both of his targets for the day on a late 4th quarter drive for 12 yards total receiving.
2016 Week 9 vs OAK (10 / 22 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Booker was a complete non-factor for the offense in week 9 as Oakland's defensive front abused the Denver offensive line in the run and pass game. Booker carried the ball 10 times for just 22 yards. His longest run was a brief 5 yard trot in the 3rd quarter. Booker did not concede many touches to Kapri Bibbs, but Bibbs did a lot more with his few touches. Booker's only reception of the night was a swing route out of the backfield for an 8 yard gain in the 2nd quarter.
2016 Week 8 vs SD (19 / 54 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 30 / 0 rec)
Booker drew the start in CJ Anderson's absence and received the lion's share of running back duties-19 carries and 6 targets. The San Diego defensive line turned in a strong performance and limited Booker, who averaged less than 3 yards a carry. Booker did score in the 3rd quarter after a Darian Stewart interception set the Broncos up on the Chargers' 10 yard line. Booker carried the ball for 6 yards on 1st down and punched it in on the next down for the score. The rookie back broke his longest run in the 4th quarter on a 3rd and 1 pitch play, picking up 18 yards and setting the Broncos up inside the San Diego 10 yard line. Booker lost a fumble at the goal line in the 3rd quarter after catching a short pass. Booker looked to be preparing to extend the ball over the goal line for another touchdown when a defender punched the ball loose and knocked Booker away from it. In the passing game, Booker was the only back targeted, securing 5 of 6 targets for 30 yards on short routes and screens out of the backfield
2016 Week 7 vs HOU (17 / 83 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Denver coaches lived up to their promise to get Booker more opportunities, as he received an almost even share of snaps and touches as CJ Anderson. Both halfbacks played well, and posted similar stat lines (17-83-1 for Booker and 16-107-1 for Anderson). The two backs sometimes took snaps together on the same series, while both were also featured on their own at times. Booker ran hard and had solid yardage after contact, bulldozing several would-be tacklers over the course of the game. Booker ripped off 3 consecutive runs of 8 or more yards during a late 2nd quarter drive that would end in Demaryius Thomas scoring Denver's second TD of the day. The rookie scored on a goal-line carry at the end of the 3rd quarter. WR Sanders set Denver up inside the 5 yard line with a 30 yard reception down the left sideline, and fullback Janovich took a FB dive down to the goal line. Booker followed Janovich into the end zone for the score on the next play. Booker had a slow day in the passing game, catching 1 of 2 targets for 4 yards out of the backfield.
2016 Week 6 vs SD (5 / 46 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Booker saw his first action in the 2nd quarter after the Chargers held the ball for the majority of the 1st quarter. Booker had a beautiful run on a toss around left end for his biggest gain of the day(17), breaking several tackles on the way. Booker followed the play up with a nice catch and run up the left sideline for 9 more yards. The next play he took the ball straight up the middle for another 15, and gathered another short reception 3 plays later. This series generated the majority of his fantasy output for the day, and showed what he can do when featured in the backfield for a whole drive. CJ Anderson looked sluggish and unathletic at times, and may continue to lose snaps to Booker.
2016 Week 5 vs ATL (6 / 23 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Booker entered the game during Denver's first offensive drive and continued to see his role in the offense increase. He carried the ball 6 times for 23 yards and drew 6 targets in the passing game. Booker saw most of his carries in the 1st half as the Broncos attempted to inject some life into the run game, but the Denver offensive line struggled to get any sort of push against Atlanta's front 7, and had to abandon the run by the 2nd half. Booker showed some great footwork on a short 3rd quarter reception where he dodged several tackles to pick up 11 yards. He picked up a 1st down on 4th and 1 late in the 4th to extend Denver's only touchdown drive of the day. Booker recovered a bad Paxton Lynch fumble in the 3rd quarter. He finished the day with 36 yards on his 6 targets, 3rd on the team behind Sanders(9 targets) and Thomas(7).
2016 Week 4 vs TB (7 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Booker began mixing in with CJ Anderson in the 1st quarter and broke a nice run for 11 yards off the left side in the 2nd. He netted 30 yards on his 7 carries and missed his only target of the game.
2016 Week 3 vs CIN (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Booker didn't see much action as the Broncos rushing attack took a backseat to the passing game in week 3. He gathered 4 carries for minimal yardage in relief of Anderson. Booker had a nice reception during a 2nd quarter drive. QB Siemian rolled out right to avoid pressure, and Booker leaked out into the flat about 10 yards deep, following Siemian until the QB was able to drop the pass in for a 17 yard gain.
2016 Week 2 vs IND (9 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Booker entered the game in the 1st quarter, giving Anderson a breather after a couple of offensive drives. He caught an out route out of the backfield for a short gain on his first snap of the day. He followed the catch up with a nice run off of left tackle that gained 11 yards. Booker got a red zone carry later in the 2nd quarter and took the ball down to the Indy 4-yard line, setting up Anderson for an easy score on the next play. Booker seems to have put his fumble in the first game behind him, and had a fine showing in week 2. He averaged over 5 yards a carry on his 9 carries (46 yards) and chipped in 5 yards on his lone target in relief of Anderson.
2016 Week 1 vs CAR (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Booker killed Denver's first offensive drive by fumbling his first NFL carry and took a backseat to the CJ Anderson show. Although he did come back into the game on the next drive for a couple of carries, it may have just been to relieve Anderson, who had taken a big shot on the previous play. The rookie back finished the day with just 3 carries and 8 yards. Anderson was the star of the offense and it looks like things will stay that way going forward. Booker probably won't have any standalone value unless Anderson is injured.
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