The Giants signed Devontae Booker this offseason to back up Saquon Barkley. He gives the G-Men a physical presence as well as a receiving threat, but he won't see much work from week to week unless Barkley misses playing time. No one wants to have that happen again. Booker's worth a late-round look, particularly by those folks who don't want to have to go through the trouble of adding him off waivers if Barkley misses games for a third straight season.
Booker signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Giants on Monday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Booker saw his workload spike in 2020, as he tallied 93 rushes and 17 receptions with Las Vegas. He showed decent explosiveness, breaking off four runs of more than 20 yards while also finding the end zone on three occasions. Booker isn't likely to get a heavy workload in 2021, though he'll complement Saquon Barkley (knee) in the Giants backfield.
Booker, who rushed five times for 16 yards in Sunday's 32-31 win over the Broncos, finished the 2020 season with 93 carries for 423 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games. He also added 17 receptions for 84 yards on 21 targets. Booker, who tallied two total carries of 20-plus yards throughout his first four seasons in the league with Denver, compiled four such runs in his first campaign as a Raider. Booker's season was highlighted by a Week 10 performance against his former team that included 16 carries for 81 yards and a pair of scores in just 26 offensive snaps. The 28-year-old cooled off down the stretch, however, averaged 4.0 yards per carry or less in each of the team's final seven contests. He's slated to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so Booker's future in Las Vegas is uncertain at this point.
Booker rushed six times for 11 yards and caught two passes on as many targets for eight yards in Saturday's 26-25 loss to the Dolphins. Booker averaged just 2.38 yards per touch in Week 16 while starter Josh Jacobs surpassed the 5.0 yards per carry mark on 13 rushes. Despite the Raiders officially being eliminated from playoff contention, Jacobs figures to stay featured out of the backfield during the team's upcoming season finale in Denver.
Booker rushed for 12 yards on three carries in Thursday's 30-27 overtime loss to the Chargers. Booker was limited to just three touches as starter Josh Jacobs was dealt 26 carries and a trio of targets, but quarterback Marcus Mariota also proved effective as a runner with 88 yards on nine attempts after replacing an injured Derek Carr (groin). Jacobs picked up a minor knee injury ahead of Thursday's overtime period, but all signs point to him being at full strength against the Dolphins in Week 16 as Booker provides depth.
Booker rushed four times for eight yards and caught three passes on as many targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Colts. Booker was relegated to his usual backup role upon the return of starter Josh Jacobs (ankle), but the former averaged just 2.7 yards per touch Sunday after also disappointing against the Jets in Week 13. Barring any setbacks, Jacobs will likely be available again Thursday for the Raiders' Week 15 tilt against the Chargers.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||@Washington Football Team||3||14.24|
|4||10/03||@New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|6||10/17||Los Angeles Rams||5||14.56|
|8||11/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
|9||11/07||Las Vegas Raiders||29||22.38|
|11||11/22||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||12.30|
|14||12/12||@Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
|18||01/09||Washington Football Team||3||14.24|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||43||205||1||20||139||0||39|