Booker agreed to terms on a contract with the Raiders on Wednesday, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The 27-year-old became an unrestricted free agent in March after totaling two carries for nine yards and six catches for 57 yards in his fourth season with the Broncos in 2019. Booker had a solid rookie campaign with 877 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns, but his role in Denver steadily declined over the last few seasons. The Raiders already have Josh Jacobs (knee), Jalen Richard (ankle) and rookie third-round pick Lynn Bowden on hand in the backfield, so Booker may not be guaranteed a roster spot once the preseason ends.
Booker caught six of nine targets for 57 yards and added nine yards on two carries in 2019. Booker has seen his yardage and touch numbers decline each year since his 877-yard rookie campaign in 2016. Booker recorded a touch in just six of 16 games in 2019 and didn't get on the stat sheet until Week 9. His role in the return game was also reduced with the emergence of former CFL star Diontae Spencer. Given the production Denver has gotten out of young stars Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, Booker figures to be playing for another squad in 2020, as the Broncos are likely to find younger, cheaper options at RB3.
Booker caught one of his two targets for two yards during Sunday's 27-17 win over the Lions. Booker's day could have been a little nicer if he managed to wrangle a well-placed pass downfield from Drew Lock during the Broncos' opening drive. The veteran back may be playing his final game as a Bronco on Sunday against the Raiders, as he heads to free agency in the offseason. He's managed a few offensive snaps a game in recent weeks as he has reclaimed some of the passing-down role he enjoyed in 2018, but not nearly enough to pique fantasy interest.
Booker earned a five-yard carry during Sunday's 23-3 loss in Kansas City. Booker continues to get minimal action on offense with just five snaps and one touch Sunday. He has garnered a touch in four of his last five games, but figures to be kept to a limited role behind Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. He's a solid receiver out of the backfield and should record a catch or two Sunday against a weak Detroit pass defense, but his upside is extremely limited absent an injury to Lindsay and Freeman.
Booker caught two passes for 24 yards during Sunday's 38-24 win over the Texans. Booker set up Denver's third touchdown of the day early in the second quarter, angling out of the backfield for a 25-yard catch-and-run. That play alone accounted for more yards than Booker had previously accounted for all season. The fourth-year back remains a distant third on the depth chart behind sophomores Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay, but at least -- unlike earlier this season -- the Broncos are rotating him in on offense in recent weeks. The fact that "rotating him in" consisted of just two offensive snaps Sunday, however, should still keep him out of your mind when setting your lineup. Next up is a stingy Chiefs pass defense.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/22||New Orleans Saints||4||13.24|
|3||09/27||@New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|5||10/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|7||10/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||10.63|
|9||11/08||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|11||11/23||Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|13||12/06||@New York Jets||9||14.50|
|15||12/18||Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|3 Year Avg||38||164||1||25||202||0||40|