Running Backs Grade: B-
The Denver Broncos drafted Devontae Booker to be the possible future running back of the franchise. Yesterday, the fans caught a glimpse of why the team is bullish for his future. According to some reports after the 2016 NFL Draft, the Broncos rated Booker the highest on their board. Against the Chiefs, we saw why some scouts said Broncos/Booker is a perfect marriage.
It was tough sledding in the first half, but the second half Broncos made a concerted effort to get Booker started. Booker finished the game with a hard earned 76 yards rushing; yet, he flashed the potential as a three-down back catching a key third and long in the second half. It was only one catch, but that reception proved instrumental late in the game.
Kapri Bibbs’ carries are continuing to grow in the offense. He finished with 9 on the night, but paid the price for every yard he tried to earn. Eric Berry and Derrick Johnson hammered the ex-CSU Ram sending him to the sidelines for a possible concussion. Bibbs would later return. Bibbs’ improved workload is nothing new. Gary Kubiak said a couple weeks back he would like to feed Bibbs more.
Overall, the running game earned a B- because of the ability to stick to the run and make it pay off later in the game. Also, the holes became larger due to fullback Andy Janovich not supporting a club on his hand and the offensive line opened lanes in second half.