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RB Devontae Booker - Denver Broncos

5-11, 219Born: 5-27-1992College: UtahDrafted: Round 4

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2017 Week 17 vs KC (3 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)

Booker received just a few touches as Anderson led the ground attack and the Broncos gave rookie Henderson a lmore work. Booker bounced a toss play off left tackle for a 14 yard gain in the 1st quarter. He was left wide open on his only target of the game, a wheel route out of the backfield in the 4th quarter that picked up 25 yards.

2017 Week 16 vs WAS (8 / 47 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 24 / 0 rec)

Booker entered the game on Denver's second offensive drive, converting a 3rd down with a short carry. Booker picked up a couple more first down carries on the drive and hauled in a short out route on his first target of the day. Osweiler would continue to pepper him with targets as Denver's passing game struggled downfield. Booker caught a halfback screen at the end of the first half and weaved his way through tacklers for a 19 yard gain. Osweiler hit him with a swing pass in the 4th that picked up a couple of yards on the left side of the formation. Booker caught a screen that was blown up behind the line of scrimmage on the next play. Booker caught a short checkdown pass late in the 4th and had the ball knocked loose. Booker got most of the work in relief of Anderson as rookie Henderson only recorded one carry and one target.

2017 Week 15 vs IND (11 / 39 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Booker entered the game on the Broncos second offensive drive, carrying a toss play around right end for a short gain. Booker caught a swing pass late in the first half and hurdled a cornerback near the sideline before taking the pass to the end zone. Unfortunately, the highlight-reel play was called back for a holding penalty on the offensive line. Booker hauled in another short out route on the sideline on the next drive. Booker's longest carry of the day was a 12 yard run right up the middle in the 3rd quarter. Booker drew a facemask penalty that extended a drive on 3rd and 21 in the 4th quarter. His 12 touches were well behind Anderson's 30, but ahead of Jamaal Charles, who did not log any touches on his one drive.

2017 Week 14 vs NYJ (9 / 22 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Booker entered the game in relief of Anderson a couple minutes into the 1st quarter. He managed 11 touches behind Anderson, who led the Broncos backfield with 22 carries and 2 targets. Booker struggled on the ground, as did the entire Denver run game-QB Siemian posted the longest run of the day with a 9 yard scramble. Booker lined up in the slot and caught a slant route early in the 3rd quarter. Siemian improvised a shovel pass to Booker on an awkward play later in the 3rd quarter, picking up a short gain. Anderson and fullback Janovich got the only goal-line carries in the 3rd quarter.

2017 Week 13 vs MIA (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

Siemian's top two targets in week 13 were backs, unfortunately neither was Booker, who had been leading the Broncos' backfield in receiving lately. Booker picked up most of his touches on an early 2nd quarter series in the Miami red zone. Booker carried the ball for 5 yards and then secured a swing route for no gain, his only target of the day. He did not see much action after halftime.

2017 Week 12 vs OAK (6 / 11 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Booker was the third back to enter the game late in the 1st quarter, but he quickly supplanted Anderson as the primary back as Denver fell behind. Booker and Lynch barely missed a touchdown reception early in the 2nd quarter. Lined up inside the Oakland red zone, Booker took off on a wheel route out of the backfield and up the right sideline. Lynch dropped a beautiful pass over his shoulder, but Booker was deemed down by contact at the 1 yard line after a diving catch. Booker got the call on the next play, with an extra defensive lineman lined up at fullback, but the run was stuffed and Paxton Lynch threw an interception on the next snap, a play action pass attempt. Booker started the 2nd half in the backfield and hauled in an out route for a short gain on the first play. Booker returned one kickoff for 14 yards.

2017 Week 11 vs CIN (14 / 44 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)

Booker out-snapped and out-touched CJ Anderson in week 11, carrying the ball 14 times to Anderson's 13 and hauling in 5 receptions on 6 total targets. Neither back was particularly effective on the ground, but Booker did edge Anderson out on a per-carry average, though Anderson scored the only rushing touchdown. Booker moved around the formation as a receiver, splitting out wide for several routes. He caught a slant route from the outside receiver position in a 5WR set in the 2nd quarter. Booker lined up in the backfield and caught a wheel route that he turned up the left sideline for a 21 yard gain in the 3rd quarter. Booker hauled in another out route from the backfield later in the 4th quarter for a short gain, then caught a swing pass and hurdled a defender later in the drive inside the Cincinnati red zone. Booker was targeted one final time on another checkdown from the backfield, picking up 12 yards on a 3rd and 17 as the Broncos desperately tried to mount a comeback with less than two minutes left.

2017 Week 10 vs NE (8 / 24 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Booker entered the game late in the 1st and played nearly as many snaps as Anderson for the second week in a row. However, he posted a lower per-carry average on his 8 carries than Charles or Anderson. Booker did not get his usual work in the passing game, catching his lone target for a five yard gain. Booker continues to return kickoffs as well.

2017 Week 9 vs PHI (6 / 21 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Philadelphia raced to a 17-3 lead by the end of the 1st quarter, forcing Denver to utilize Charles and Booker over Anderson as the offense passed the ball more. Booker had a few decent carries(long of 9), but Denver was well behind and committed to the pass by the 2nd quarter. Osweiler threw a crossing route too high to Booker and nearly had the ball picked when it bounced off Booker's hands. Booker secured his second target, a swing route, and broke a few tackles on his way to a first down. Booker handled most of the 2nd half snaps with Charles featuring for one series in the 4th. Booker also returned kickoffs for the first time this year.

2017 Week 8 vs KC (6 / 40 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)

Booker had less carries than Anderson or Charles, but did gather the most red zone touches of the three. Booker entered the game early in the 2nd quarter after Denver drove down to the Kansas city red zone, carrying the ball on 1st and goal for no gain. Booker got two more consecutive red zone carries in the 3rd, scoring on a 6 yard run right up the middle. Booker picked up most of his 40 yards rushing on a 26 yard scamper, adding a few receptions late in the 2nd half as the Broncos tried in vain to close the lead.

2017 Week 7 vs LAC (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

Booker entered the game midway through the 2nd quarter, after Anderson and Charles had already been featured on a few offensive drives. He was stuffed for no gain on his first carry, then picked up 6 yards on his second and final carry of the day. Booker lined up wide right in a 5WR set later in the same drive and caught a bubble screen for 15 yards. Booker hauled in a couple more checkdown passes out of the backfield as the Broncos struggled to protect Siemian long enough to get the ball downfield. Week 7 saw Booker again benefiting from Denver playing from behind. If the Broncos can ever muster up a lead again, Booker will likely see less work in the passing game. For now, he's certainly showing the most diverse route tree of the three backs.

2017 Week 6 vs NYG (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 78 / 0 rec)

Booker entered the game after Anderson and Charles, working primarily on passing downs. He only carried the ball once, but he moved around the formation, lining up in the backfield as well as out wide and in the slot. He was targeted on a corner route in the end zone late in the 1st quarter, but Siemian overthrew the ball and on a difficult route(especially for a RB). Siemian hit him on a RB screen in the waning seconds of the 2nd half for a short gain. Booker caught a dumpoff pass out of the backfield late in the 4th and took it up the middle of the field for a 29 yard gain. He leaked out of the backfield again on a similar route right up the middle of the field for a big gain. Denver playing from behind certainly helped Booker pad his stats late in the game. Booker, who finished his day with 6 targets, seemed to be Denver's preferred pass-catching back, running a much more diverse route tree than Charles, who had a few targets out of the backfield, and Anderson, who was not targeted at all.

2017 Week 4 vs OAK (3 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Booker, active for the first time this season, entered the game briefly in the 1st quarter. He mixed in and logged a few snaps before taking a backup role to Anderson after halftime as Jamaal Charles disappeared. He finished with 14 yards on his 3 carries and no targets in the passing game.


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