Denver Broncos training camp 2018 battle: Running Back
Prediction: Devontae Booker
Presumed starter Devontae Booker is going to have a tough time keeping his job throughout training camp if he doesn’t show progress. The fourth-round pick’s time in Denver is nothing short of disappointing.
Injuries and inconsistency have plagued Booker the last two years leading to this year’s significant investment in the position by Elway.
Rookie running back Royce Freeman is receiving significant hype, but the darkhorse candidate for the job is De’Angelo Henderson. Henderson is poised to see an increase in playing time if he continues to make big plays like he did in the preseason and towards the end of last season.
Ultimately, this is Booker’s job to lose, and if he can hold onto the football and show progress running behind a revamped line, the job is his. Freeman and Henderson will battle for the number two spot with Freeman coming out ahead. I fully expect Henderson to keep the number three spot with undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay serving as a special team’s player.
Unfortunately, there are only so many spots at the position and rookie David Williams is the odd man out. The big, bruising running back will likely be signed back as a practice squad player and, with the injury history of Booker, will see time on the active roster.
Andy Janovich will remain the lone fullback on the roster heading into this third season as a Bronco. Bill Musgrave has proven adept at customizing his offense to take advantage of the roster talent. Janovich can be a mismatch as a fullback/h-back coming out of the backfield as well as serve as a lead blocker in power formations.
– Predominantly Orange staff writer Andrew Wade