Booker had four carries for seven yards and caught his lone target for six yards Sunday against the Broncos. If this is Booker's output when Saquon Barkley is limited, you can imagine what it might be when Barkley's carrying the full load again. Booker is the clear backup at least, so if Barkley were to get hurt again, the former would see a decent workload behind one of the league's worst offensive lines.
Booker rushed seven times for 14 yards and caught his only target for three yards in Sunday's 22-20 preseason loss to the Patriots. Booker started ahead of Corey Clement, but despite a relatively large preseason workload, he couldn't get much going against New England's defense. In comparison, Clement rushed four times for 24 yards but was not targeted. As Booker now approaches the regular season, he's seemingly still the favorite to serve as Saquon Barkley's (knee) top backup, which could lend itself to more opportunities if Barkley is slowed at all in the early going, beginning with Week 1's matchup versus the Broncos.
Booker rushed six times for 27 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 17-13 preseason loss to the Browns. He also caught both his targets for 13 yards. Booker was highly involved on his two drives as New York's starting running back, capping his performance with a one-yard touchdown plunge. Corey Clement then entered the game and finished with nine carries for 30 yards. With star tailback Saquon Barkley still working his way back from last year's knee injury, Booker and Clement are the top candidates to benefit from extra snaps, and Booker made a strong case Sunday to land the No. 2 job. Booker will hope to cement that role with another good showing in the Giants' exhibition finale next Sunday versus the Patriots.
Booker rushed three times for 12 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game in Saturday's 12-7 preseason loss to the Jets. Star starter Saquon Barkley is still working his way back from knee surgery and may need to be eased back in during the first few weeks of the regular season, so whichever alternative option locks down the next spot on the depth chart could see a meaningful workload once the games start to count. Booker got the Giants' first three carries, suggesting he's next in line for touches after Barkley at this point. Corey Clement came in after Booker and gained 32 yards on five carries, but Clement's lost fumble inside the Jets' five-yard line didn't do him any favors in his quest to usurp Booker as Barkley's top backup. Booker should see more playing time in Week 2 of preseason against the Browns.
Booker has been working as the Giants' top running back at training camp, but he's been outplayed by Corey Clement so far, according to Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com. The Giants gave Booker a two-year, $6 million contract with the thought he'd be their lead back if Saquon Barkley (knee) wasn't ready for Week 1. That's likely still the plan, but it's interesting to hear that Clement is building a case for a role of his own. The Giants also have Alfred Morris on hand for veteran backfield depth, plus rookie sixth-round pick Gary Brightwell. Meanwhile, Barkley remains on the PUP list, with Ian Rapoport of NFL Network suggesting the 2018 first-round pick will make his 2021 debut at some point between Weeks 1 and 3.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||@New Orleans Saints||5||6.00|
|6||10/17||Los Angeles Rams||23||21.00|
|8||11/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||32||33.00|
|9||11/07||Las Vegas Raiders||28||25.00|
|11||11/22||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||7.00|
|14||12/12||@Los Angeles Chargers||9||9.00|
|18||01/09||Washington Football Team||13||11.00|
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|3 Year Avg||43||205||1||20||139||0||39|