Booker caught both of his targets, gaining 11 yards during Sunday's 20-14 loss in San Francisco. Booker was held without a carry for the third time in four games, not surprising considering the Broncos' typically efficient run game was limited against a stout 49ers front. With Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) now out for the year, the Broncos have nothing resembling experience at receiver, and teams really only need to worry about stopping the run. Stacked boxes are typically bad for tailbacks, but Booker's role as the pass-catching back can be more valuable. That formula might be a tough play Saturday, however, against a Cleveland defense stingy against the pass but only mediocre against the run,
Booker caught both of his targets for 38 yards and added a 4-yard carry during Sunday's 24-10 win over Cincinnati. Booker made his impact during the Broncos' final drive of the first half. Facing third-and-long at midfield, a scrambling Case Keenum found Booker along the right sideline for a 30-yard catch-and-run. Booker nabbed an 8-yard pass on the next play to set up a Phillip Lindsay touchdown run. Booker, the elder statesman in the Broncos' backfield, has certainly seen his opportunities drop behind rookies Lindsay and Royce Freeman. He's mostly been relegated to the passing game, which may be key next Sunday as the 49ers have been stronger against the run than the pass this season.
Booker caught one of two targets for six yards during Sunday's 24-17 win over the Steelers. Booker has now not recorded a carry in consecutive games and in three of his last five contests. His role is pretty strictly as a pass protector and occasional third-down target. On Sunday, he saw just six offensive snaps, well behind rookies Phillip Lindsay (36) and Royce Freeman (15). Sunday brings a weak Bengals defense ranked in the bottom 10 of the league against the pass and the run, but Booker likely will not get enough opportunities to capitalize.
Booker played 11 of the Broncos' 56 offensive snaps (19.6 percent) and finished with a four-yard reception on his lone target in Sunday's 23-22 win over the Chargers. After playing 43 percent of the Broncos' snaps in their previous two games, Booker predictably saw his usage decline while rookie Royce Freeman (ankle) returned from injury. Freeman only played 13 snaps, but saw eight touches (seven carries, one catch) behind lead back Philip Lindsay (11 carries, four receptions), leaving no real role left in the game plan for Booker. Assuming Freeman came out of the contest without any setbacks, his opportunities should only expand from here, relegating Booker mainly to a special-teams role.
Booker rushed for 15 yards and a touchdown on three carries and added two catches for nine yards during Sunday's 19-17 loss to Houston. He fumbled during the contest. Booker swept around the right end and dashed upfield for a 14-yard touchdown in the second quarter, helping dig Denver out of the 13-0 hole it had found itself in. To be sure, Booker helped contribute to that hole as his costly turnover deep in Broncos territory set up a Texans touchdown. Booker was coming off a big 101-yard game in Week 8 but was cut back on Sunday. His touches probably will dwindle further following the bye, when rookie Royce Freeman (ankle) likely returns against a middle-of-the-road Chargers run defense.
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