Denver Broncos: Five big winners from 2021 OTAs

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Denver Broncos, Mike Boone
Jun 15, 2021; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos running back Mike Boone (26) during an offseason workout at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Mike Boone, RB

When George Paton came over from the Minnesota Vikings, it was interesting to look through their list of free agents and possible trade candidates and wonder which guys might follow him to the Denver Broncos.

In all of the predicting and forecasting, I don’t think anyone had Mike Boone as the top guy coming from Minnesota to Denver in the 2021 offseason.

Boone was signed to a two-year contract and he signed on before the Denver Broncos selected Javonte Williams in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but he figures to play a major role.

Although since Williams was drafted the media has tried to make it about the duo the Denver Broncos have at running back, Fangio has made it his personal business to include Mike Boone as well.

The Broncos will not necessarily feature Boone in the offense behind Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams, but there’s a decent chance that we’ll see Boone get at least 100 touches this season as well as a significant chunk of special teams snaps.

He’s got a little bit of everything at the running back position with speed, vision, burst, pass-catching ability, and toughness.

Not that you’re looking at the Denver Broncos’ next 1,000-yard back, but Bone has entrenched himself as a key piece of the team in a short amount of time.