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| Now entering his second season as a pro, Devontae Booker should be looking to forget what was a poor rookie season. The former fourth round pick showed some serious signs of potential early in 2016, but failed miserably to produce even acceptable numbers once he was given the opportunity after an injury to C.J. Anderson. Booker finished his rookie season with just a 3.5 yards per carry average in Gary Kubiak's one-cut, zone blocking scheme. Coaching changes now have most experts believing that the Broncos will turn to a more traditional power running scheme in 2017, which could do wonders for a 220-lb back like Booker. He'll start the season behind Anderson on the depth chart and he could even be behind Charles once he gets on the field. For that reason, Booker projects as a late-round flier with upside, but one who is unlikely to produce unless other players on the team go down.
|Broncos will listen to offers for C.J. Anderson|
Not expected to release RB at this time
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Mar 12, 11:41 am
|Broncos will listen to trade offers for RB C.J. Anderson but do not expect them to release him at this time. #9sports (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There has been some speculation that the Broncos could release Anderson who posted his first 1000-yard season in 2017. That move would free up $4.5 million. The Broncos feel comfortable moving forward with Devontae Booker as a big part of their running back group and even though Anderson has had some fine moments, ultimately his value is easily replaceable in today's NFL.
|Will the Broncos move on from C.J. Anderson?|
Two years left on his contract, zero dead money cap hit
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Feb 14, 7:00 am
|The team also seems intent on getting Devontae Booker into the No. 1 role. Coach Vance Joseph, somewhat surprisingly to many with the team and in the league, fired assistant head coach/running backs coach Eric Studesville after the 5-11 finish, a move Anderson was particularly critical of on social media. Add it all up and Anderson appears to be headed elsewhere. If that's the case, the Dolphins will have interest given the Broncos matched Miami's deal two years ago to keep Anderson. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Jeff Legwold who covers the Broncos for ESPN is of the opinion that the Broncos may move on from Anderson and roll with Booker as their lead back. Booker averaged 3.8 yards per carry last season but only managed 79 rushing attempts behind C.J. Anderson (245). If the Broncos go young at the position, DeAngelo Henderson could see an increased workload in 2018.