Word out of Denver Broncos training camp is that one former Utah running back is making quite an impression on his new coaches and teammates. After sitting out much of minicamp in the spring recovering from the meniscus injury he suffered last fall, Booker has hit the ground running (literally) in training camp.
He has earned rave review so far from his teammates including Aqib Talib and Mark Sanchez for his toughness and hard charging running style. Booker has been one of the top two backs so far in camp along with C.J. Anderson.
Both Aqib Talib and Trevor Siemian have said they're impressed with RB Devontae Booker's play in camp.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 8, 2016
Some have commented Booker looks like he could potentially start on day one, but the coaches don't want to put too much pressure on him with a capable runner like Anderson already in place. That being said, Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak has indicated Booker will be given every chance during preseason to earn serious playing time come the regular season.
"We have a really good player there, so we'll see how far he can come. We'll play him a lot in the preseason. It'll be up to him. We'll see." Gary Kubiak said.
The Broncos are headed to Chicago this Thursday for their first preseason game. In conjunction, the Broncos released their first depth chart of the season. At the running back position Booker was already listed as sharing 2nd string with veteran Ronnie Hillman backing up CJ Anderson. Also in the mix at the running back position is Kapri Bibbs.
Booker's running fits the one cut downhill style Kubiak prefers, perhaps giving him an edge on Hillman for the backup spot. His pass catching ability has also not gone unnoticed and could earn him serious time as a third down back to begin his career. Booker has been very consistent so far in camp and has shown the work ethic of a veteran, making him an indispensible piece to the Broncos roster already.
Booker entered training camp saying he was looking to take people's jobs, so far he appears to be on the right track.