Devontae Booker

New York Giants
Running Back #20
New York Giants
Running Back #20
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Devontae Booker News

Lands with Giants

Booker signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Giants on Monday, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: 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 for 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.

Mar 15, 2021 5:39 PM EST

Dealt over 100 touches in 2020

Booker, who rushed five times for 16 yards in Sunday's 32-31 win over the Broncos, finished up 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.

Analysis: 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.

Jan 7, 2021 6:54 AM EST

No room to run Saturday

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.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 28, 2020 7:31 AM EST

Three touches in loss

Booker rushed for 12 yards on three carries in Thursday's 30-27 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 21, 2020 6:27 AM EST

Struggles continue against Colts

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.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 15, 2020 7:46 AM EST

Fails to impress as starter

Booker rushed 16 times for 50 yards and added a one-yard reception on two targets in Sunday's 31-28 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Booker was bottled up in the first half, totaling five yards on five carries. He found some more running room after halftime but ultimately played second fiddle to quarterback Derek Carr, who threw three touchdowns and ran in another. If Josh Jacobs (ankle) isn't ready to return in Week 14, Booker would be in line to handle a similar workload against the Colts.

Dec 6, 2020 3:14 PM EST

Will take lead role against Jets

Booker is set for an expanded role Sunday against the Jets, as Paul Gutierrez of ESPN NFL Nation reports that Josh Jacobs (ankle) has been ruled out.

Analysis: Jalen Richard and receiving specialist Theo Riddick are also on hand in the Vegas backfield, but Booker's likely to lead the group in touches against a Jets defense that has struggled in all facets, but especially against the pass. The only game in which Booker has seen double-digit touches this season came in Week 10 against the Broncos, and he made the most of that opportunity by rumbling for 81 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.

Dec 4, 2020 12:28 PM EST

Expanded role possible

Booker rushed for six yards on five carries and caught one of four targets for a loss of a yard in Sunday's 43-6 loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: Booker saw a season-high four targets and was dealt at least five carries for a fifth straight game Sunday, but he gained just five total yards from scrimmage as the Raiders' offense struggled as a whole. Starter Josh Jacobs exited with an ankle injury, but initial tests revealed only a minor sprain. Nonetheless, his participation levels in practice should be monitored throughout the week as Booker could handle a majority of the work out of the backfield in Week 13 against the Jets if Jacobs misses any time. Booker proved capable when dealt an uptick in volume back in Week 10 when he took 16 carries for 81 yards and two scores against the Broncos.

Nov 30, 2020 9:57 PM EST

Six touches on SNF

Booker rushed for 16 yards on five carries and caught his only target for three yards in Sunday's 35-31 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Booker posted a collective 149 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries behind starter Josh Jacobs in Weeks 9 and 10, but the Raiders' rushing attack took a back seat on Sunday Night Football as quarterback Derek Carr showed out with three touchdowns and 275 yards on 31 pass attempts. More favorable game-flow possibilities await for Booker the next two weeks as the Raiders travel to Atlanta and New York.

Nov 23, 2020 5:51 AM EST

Scores twice against former team

Booker collected 81 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, adding a two-yard catch during Sunday's 37-12 win against the Broncos.

Analysis: Game flow worked in favor of Las Vegas running backs with the Raiders carrying a 14-point lead over Denver heading into the fourth quarter, as the team ultimately ran the ball 41 times to just 25 pass attempts. Booker obliterated his previous season high in carries (eight) during the lopsided affair, providing him with three combined touchdowns over the Raiders' two most recent divisional wins against the Chargers and Broncos. Upcoming in Week 11 is a home game against the Chiefs. When Las Vegas and Kansas City met in Week 5, Booker logged 67 scrimmage yards in a 40-32 victory.

Nov 15, 2020 5:07 PM EST

Leads team with 68 rushing yards

Booker took eight carries for 68 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-26 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Booker, whose 68 rushing yards ultimately paced the Raiders' backfield ahead of starter Josh Jacobs, also tallied the game's opening points with a 23-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The eight carries marked a season high for Booker, but he was still limited to just 13 offensive snaps as Jacobs projects to retain the lead role again Week 10 versus the Broncos.

Nov 9, 2020 7:26 AM EST

Six touches in 10 snaps

Booker rushed for 29 yards on five carries and caught his only target for 17 yards in Sunday's 16-6 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Booker's 10 offensive snaps marked a low since Week 4, but he still managed to rack up 46 total yards on six touches despite the minimal playing time Sunday. Starter Josh Jacobs took 31 carries for 128 yards and he'll be featured again Week 9 versus the Chargers.

Nov 3, 2020 4:20 AM EST

Totals 14 yards vs. Bucs

Booker rushed for five yards on three carries and caught both his targets for nine yards in Sunday's 45-20 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Booker wasn't the only Raider to struggle on the ground, as starter Josh Jacobs also averaged just 1.7 yards per carry. Despite Jacobs' ineffectiveness Sunday, he'll remain the primary option out of the backfield when the Raiders travel to Cleveland in Week 8 while Booker retains backup duties alongside Jalen Richard.

Oct 26, 2020 6:05 PM EST

Doubles previous season high in rushing

Booker rushed for 62 yards on seven carries and also caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 40-32 win over the Chiefs.

Analysis: Booker was dealt a season-high eight touches just one week after playing only six offensive snaps in a loss to the Bills. He capitalized on the opportunity with a 43-yard gain in the second quarter, ultimately setting up a Darren Waller touchdown to make it a one-score contest. Booker will hope to remain a part of the game plan when Las Vegas hosts the Buccaneers following a Week 6 bye.

Oct 12, 2020 7:00 AM EST

Uninvolved against Buffalo

Booker played just six offensive snaps in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Booker was not dealt a single carry, nor was he targeted in the passing game while the Raiders failed to get much going on the ground as well. The team rushed 23 times for just 86 yards, but an ankle injury to fellow backup Jalen Richard could allow for Booker to see a slightly expanded role on passing downs in Week 5 against the Chiefs. Veteran Theo Riddick is a candidate to be called up from the practice squad again, however.

Oct 5, 2020 8:51 PM EST

Adds 31 rushing yards in Week 3

Booker rushed for 31 yards on three carries in Sunday's 36-20 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Booker's 23-yard run was the longest of the day for the Raiders, but he wasn't targeted in the passing game after totaling four catches through the team's first two games of the season. Fellow backup Jalen Richard was dealt just one carry, but caught three passes during Sunday's tilt as the duo continues to provide depth behind workhorse Josh Jacobs.

Sep 28, 2020 6:27 AM EST

Works as second back

Booker tallied four carries for 29 yards and also chipped in three receptions for 23 yards in Week 1 against the Panthers.

Analysis: Josh Jacobs dominated the touches out of the Raiders' backfield, though Booker was clearly the preferred second option. Booker looked explosive on a few plays, racking up a 15-yard run and 14-yard reception. He isn't likely to carry much stand alone value, though Booker appears the back to roster in case of a Jacobs injury.

Sep 13, 2020 3:22 PM EST

Secures roster spot with Raiders

Booker won the No. 3 running back job in Las Vegas, Josh Dubow of Fox 5 KVVU-TV reports.

Analysis: Booker held off both Theo Riddick and rookie third-round pick Lynn Bowden during training camp to secure a spot on the final roster. He's not expected to have a major role behind Josh Jacobs and Jalen Richard, but he's capable of stepping in if either get banged up. Booker is an effective runner and can catch passes out of the backfield, as he hauled in 38 of 51 targets for 275 yards in 2018 with the Broncos.

Sep 7, 2020 8:38 AM EST

Comes off COVID list

The Raiders removed Booker (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After a brief stay on the list, Booker can get back to working his way into a regular-season roster spot with the Raiders. Not only is the backfield headlined by Josh Jacobs, but depth at the position isn't light. Behind Jacobs, both Jalen Richard and rookie Lynn Bowden likely are assured roles in the offense, leaving Booker to contend with fellow veteran Jeremy Hill for potentially just one spot.

Aug 4, 2020 2:57 PM EST

Goes on COVID list

The Raiders will placed Booker (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Booker is the first Raider to test positive, or at least have been in close contact with someone who was COVID-positive in the recent past. He joined the team this offseason after four years of decreasing production with the Broncos. In particular, he played just 26 offensive snaps and 195 plays on special teams last year. With his new squad, Booker may be on the outside looking in at a spot in Las Vegas' backfield, which is composed of Josh Jacobs, Jalen Richard and rookie Lynn Bowden.

Jul 30, 2020 11:38 AM EST

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