by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The Denver Broncos appear to be a sinking ship, as they dropped their fifth straight game last Sunday night. It will be interesting to see where things go from here, as the team will likely turn the page and start looking towards 2018 and beyond. We are waiting for the potential QB of the future (Paxton Lynch) to get healthy and on the field, but we are starting to see a transition in the backfield. Just look at the carry split from the Patriots game:
- C.J. Anderson – 10 carries for 54 yards
- Jamaal Charles – 8 carries for 38 yards
- Devontae Booker – 8 carries for 24 yards
Anderson is signed for two more seasons, but he’s continually battled injuries and hasn’t been able to seize his opportunity (4.3 yards per carry, 1 TD on the season). We all know that Charles isn’t the future, so that leaves former fourth round draft pick Booker.
It makes sense for the team to take a look and see what he can offer, and he’s started to see his workload increase over the past three games:
- at Kansas City – 6 carries for 40 yards and 1 TD
- at Philadelphia – 6 carries for 21 yards
- vs. New England – 8 carries for 24 yards
Obviously the results haven’t been there over the past two weeks, but the growing opportunity is more important. It makes sense that the team wants to give him more of a look, especially given this scouting report from NFL.com prior to the ’16 draft:
“Rhythm runner who has experience in a pro-style running game and who gets better with the more carries he has. Booker is a three-down running back who has the toughness and determination to grind out short yardage while possessing the vision and footwork to create for himself when near the line of scrimmage or the second level. Booker isn’t fast, but he plays at a consistent speed and should have enough quickness to be consistently productive as an NFL starting running back.”
So he needs more work to be more productive, and with the team struggling he should get it. It would come at the right time, with favorable matchups against the Bengals and Raiders on the horizon. Will the workload continue to grow? That remains to be seen, but we’d want to have him on our roster to find out. If he happens to still be available, stash him now and see what happens.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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