Needs to Rebound: Devontae Booker, RB
After playing in all 16 games as a rookie and leading the Broncos in rushing, Devontae Booker missed the first three games of his sophomore campaign and saw a significant dip in usage when he returned.
Booker’s lack of usage was due to the team over-utilizing C.J. Anderson, which also took carries away from playmakers Jamaal Charles and De’Angelo Henderson, but Booker was expected to potentially compete with Anderson for the starting role prior to his training camp injury.
The coaching staff loves Booker as a pass-catching back, and he made his most significant impact last season as a receiver, catching 30 passes on 38 targets.
Despite not carrying the ball nearly as much as he did as a rookie, Booker actually improved his yards per carry average from 3.5 to 3.8.
Still, after the injury derailed the start of his 2017 season, the snap count went down significantly and Booker is in need of a rebound season in a big way. The Broncos drafted Royce Freeman in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and if Booker doesn’t perform well out of the gates, he may lose carries yet again.