Denver Broncos: Week 5 Position Grades

Oct 9, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) is sacked by Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Vic Beasley (44) in the second half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Falcons defeated the Broncos 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 9, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) is sacked by Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Vic Beasley (44) in the second half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Falcons defeated the Broncos 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Running Backs Grade: C

Oct 9, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker (23) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Falcons won 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 9, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker (23) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Falcons won 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

The running game failed to get going for the third straight week and the loss of Donald Stephenson/Virgil Green continues to loom large for the Denver Broncos. CJ Anderson had one great run in the read option, but that was all to show of another bad day from Anderson.

Devontae Booker played well to earn a C and might have well started a debate of who should be the bell cow at running back for the Broncos going forward. Booker is running with more intent right now, but as history has told us over the past couple seasons, Anderson is one of the best second half running backs in the NFL. This may explain why the Broncos drafted Booker in the fourth round of this year’s NFL Draft.

After his fumble on his first NFL carry, Booker has picked up nicely in the passing game and in the running game, but the short yardage gains are a cause for alarm. Anderson, as big as he is, has to be able to pick up the first down on third and short. In my opinion, the running game will get a head of steam once Stephenson and Green come back to the fold.