Now that C.J. Anderson is no longer with the team, Devontae Booker has the most NFL experience of the Broncos ball-carriers. In 29 career games, he has totaled over 900 yards on the ground and recorded 61 receptions. During his rookie campaign, Booker posted at least 17 rushing attempts five times, running for over 75 yards on three of those occasions. He has good command of the offense and is a decent pass protector, qualities that will help him in pursuit of the starting nod.
Denver drafted Royce Freeman in the third round and he is likely the franchise’s future RB. After running for over 600 yards and four TDs during his rookie season, Booker rushed for just 299 yards and one score last year. In 2017, he carried the ball more than nine times only twice and has averaged just 3.6 yards per carry in his career.
2018 Bottom Line
It will be a competitive battle during the preseason between Booker and Freeman. While Booker may get the nod to start the season as the No. 1 back, look for a running back by committee approach until the rookie is ready to take over full time. Booker is likely only worth a late-round draft pick for depth after your known starting RBs have been solidified.