Devontae Booker

New York Giants
Running Back #20
New York Giants
Running Back #20

Devontae Booker News

Gets look from Giants

Booker had a tryout with the Giants on Thursday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Booker was a part of the running back mix for the Giants last season, partly due to Saquon Barkley dealing with injuries for a second consecutive year. Booker and Barkley were co-leaders for the team on the ground with 593 yards apiece, but Booker actually was more efficient with this rushes (4.1 YPC versus 3.7) than Barkley. On top of that, Booker hauled in 40 of 45 passes for 268 yards and notched three total touchdowns. As the Giants' roster currently stands, Matt Breida in the most experienced reserve RB, so Booker may slot in directly behind Barkley again if the team brings him back.

Jul 29, 2022 3:34 PM EST

Released by Giants

The Giants cut Booker on Wednesday.

Analysis: As expected, Booker will be let go to create $2.1 million in cap savings for next season. Working behind Saquon Barkley in 2021, the 2016 fourth-round pick finished the campaign with 593 rushing yards and two touchdowns in 145 carries while adding 40 catches for 268 yards and one score on 45 targets. The 30-year-old is expected to garner interest from around the league as a backup/complementary option in the coming weeks.

Mar 2, 2022 11:36 AM EST

Slated to be let go

The Giants plan to cut Booker, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Per the report, the anticipated move would create $2.1 million in cap savings for the Giants, while leaving $1 million in dead money. Working behind Saquon Barkley in 2021, Booker finished the campaign with 593 rushing yards and two TDs on 145 carries, while adding 40 catches for 268 yards and one score on 45 targets. The 2016 fourth-rounder, who turns 30 in May, is thus a candidate to catch on elsewhere as a backup/complementary option in the coming weeks.

Mar 2, 2022 10:35 AM EST

Solid season as backup

Booker finished 2021 with 593 yards and two TDs at 4.1 YPC. He also caught 40 passes for 268 yards (6.7 YPC.)

Analysis: As Saquon Barkley's backup, Booker did a solid job filling in and handling both early down and pass catching duties when needed. He'll be 30 next year, but he's under contract for another season and is likely to reprise his role behind Barkley.

Jan 11, 2022 12:57 AM EST

Gets 20 touches in ugly loss

Booker rushed 18 times for 46 yards and caught two of three targets for no gain in Sunday's 29-3 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: Booker played second fiddle to Saquon Barkley (21 carries for 102 yards) on the ground, but he saw a sizable workload himself and also accounted for half of Mike Glennon's four completions as the struggling Giants offense hit a new low. While Booker should continue to play a prominent role in Week 18 against Washington, it's tough to trust anybody on a Giants offense that has produced just 19 points over the past three games combined.

Jan 2, 2022 3:44 PM EST

Gets 10 touches in loss

Booker rushed six times for 27 yards and secured all four of his targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 34-10 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Booker played on 52 percent of the Giants' offensive snaps Sunday, while Saquon Barkley was in on just 34 percent of snaps. Even with the added work, Booker couldn't get much of anything going. With Mike Glennon and Jake Fromm running the show at quarterback, the offense cannot move the ball through the air or on the ground with any sort of consistency. Booker and the rest of New York's offense will likely continue to struggle in a Week 17 matchup with Chicago.

Dec 29, 2021 7:48 AM EST

Outperforms Barkley in loss

Booker rushed eight times for 74 yards and secured both targets for eight yards in the Giants' 21-6 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.

Analysis: Barkley rushed for just 3.3 yards per carry, while Booker, as was also the case in the Week 14 loss to the Chargers, was exponentially more efficient than his star backfield mate. The journeyman continues to earn a solid complementary role -- he's now logged 22 carries over the last three games -- and he also has multiple receptions in each of those contests. Given the amount of injuries and COVID-related absences at the running back position at this point in the season, fantasy managers could do worse than Booker in deeper PPR formats if they're particularly short-handed at the position.

Dec 19, 2021 3:26 PM EST

Backup role

Booker had eight carries for 56 yards and caught four of five passes for 28 yards.

Analysis: Saquon Barkley saw 16 carries and most of the snaps, but Booker still has a role, especially in the passing game.

Dec 14, 2021 3:44 AM EST

Gets 10 touches

Booker rushed the ball six times for 36 yards in Sunday's 20-9 loss to the Dolphins. He added four receptions for 18 yards.

Analysis: Booker accounted for six carries as opposed to Saquon Barkley's 11, and he earned double-digit touches for the first time since Barkley's return to the field. He was effective as both a rusher and receiver, as he picked up gains of 17 and 13 yards on the ground as well multiple receptions of eight yards through the air. Booker isn't likely to see his workload increase heavily unless Barkley is forced to the sidelines, though he remains the clear backup to stash for the Giants.

Dec 5, 2021 7:51 PM EST

Quiet in limited role

Booker carried three times for 10 yards and caught his only target for 17 yards in Sunday's 13-7 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Booker played on just 10 offensive snaps as the backup to Saquon Barkley, who was on the field for 52 of the Giants' 60 offensive snaps in the contest. Neither Booker or Barkley could get much going on the ground against the Eagles in a game where both team's struggled to move the ball. The 29-year-old has little value with Barkley back in the lineup, but he remains a valuable handcuff in the event that Barkley were to be sidelined with an injury again. The Giants visit the Dolphins in Week 13.

Dec 1, 2021 3:06 AM EST

Handles three carries in loss

Booker rushed three times for 15 yards and caught his only target for five yards in Monday's 30-10 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Booker operated as the team's No. 2 running back with Saquon Barkley returning to action. The veteran handled 21 offensive snaps, while Barkley played on 36 snaps in the contest. Booker has value as a handcuff to Barkley going forward, but should not be counted on for any consistent fantasy production. The Giants host the Eagles in Week 12.

Nov 24, 2021 7:51 AM EST

Playing, but Barkley back Monday

Booker (hip) is active for Monday's game at Tampa Bay.

Analysis: As is Saquon Barkley, who is making his return from a four-game absence after sustaining a rough-looking ankle sprain in Week 5. Barkley likely will take on the No. 1 role out of the Giants backfield, but Booker still may earn reps after racking up 382 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown in a quartet of starts in place of Barkley.

Nov 22, 2021 3:59 PM EST

Possible for Monday

Booker (hip) is listed as questionable for Monday's contest against the Buccaneers, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Booker and Saquon Barkley (ankle) both participated in Saturday's practice which could open up the possibility both backs are available for Monday's battle. Booker starred in the absence of the aforementioned starter, tallying 78 carries for 293 rushing yards to go along with 17 receptions and 147 yards plus three touchdowns in Barkley's five missed games. More information regarding the status of both backs should be available prior to the 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff.

Nov 20, 2021 10:08 AM EST

Limited again

Booker (hip) remained limited at Friday's practice, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Both Booker and Saquon Barkley (hip) have logged back-to-back limited practices coming out of a bye week as the Giants prepare to play in Tampa on Monday. It's possible both running backs end up listed as questionable for the final game for Week 11, leaving a number of fantasy managers in a bind. Booker and Barkley both have one more chance Saturday to upgrade to full participation before the Giants release their final injury report.

Nov 19, 2021 3:12 PM EST

Limited in practice

Booker (hip) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Both of the top two running backs on the Giants' depth chart were limited in the team's first official practice of Week 11, as Saquon Barkley (ankle) was back on the field following a four-game absence. Barring a setback in practices Thursday and Friday, Barkley looks on track to suit up Monday against the Buccaneers, thereby ending Booker's time as the Giants' lead back. Though Booker's fantasy value will all but disappear as a result, head coach Joe Judge told Paul Schwartz of the New York Post on Wednesday that the 29-year-old should still rotate into the backfield to help keep Barkley fresh coming off the injury. In the three games this season where both Booker and Barkley have been active and came out of the contest healthy, Booker totaled only seven carries (for 22 yards) and three receptions (for 14 yards).

Nov 18, 2021 12:58 PM EST

Absent from practice

Booker (hip) wasn't in attendance for the Giants' practice session Monday due to a personal matter, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Booker had been tending to a hip injury coming out of the Giants' last game Nov. 7 against the Raiders, but that doesn't seem to be a major concern following the team's Week 10 bye. The personal matter was what kept him away from the field Monday, though the Giants haven't suggested that it's anything that will prevent him from playing next Monday in Tampa Bay. Rather than the hip injury or the personal matter, the impending return of Saquon Barkley (ankle) is the main reason why Booker's stock is trending down. Barkley didn't appear to have many limitations during practice Monday and looks on track to recapture a lead role out of the backfield Week 11 following a four-game absence.

Nov 15, 2021 2:23 PM EST

Not concerned about hip issue

Booker downplayed the hip injury he suffered in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Raiders, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Booker underwent an X-Ray on his hip, but indicated that he's fine, while adding that he wanted to return to Sunday's game. With the Giants on bye in Week 10, Booker will have some added recovery time, but the same can be said for Saquon Barkley (ankle), who was inactive versus Las Vegas. If Barkley is able to return for the team's Nov. 22 tilt against the Buccaneers, Booker would likely revert back to a complementary role in Week 11.

Nov 7, 2021 2:14 PM EST

Dealing with hip injury

Booker exited Sunday's game against the Raiders with a hip injury, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Booker started in place of Saquon Barkley (ankle) and had 21 carries for 99 yards and three receptions for 23 yards prior to suffering the injury. Fullback Elijhaa Penny is now set to serve as New York's tailback, unless Booker is able to retake the field.

Nov 7, 2021 12:57 PM EST

In line for lead role again

Booker is expected to continue serving as New York's lead back for Sunday's game against Raiders with Saquon Barkley (ankle) sidelined for a fourth straight contest, Michael Eisen of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Heading into the week, Barkley looked like he might have a decent chance at returning from a three-game absence, but lingering discomfort in his sprained left ankle coupled with a brief stint on the COVID-19 protocol prevented him from getting in enough practice work to put himself on track to play. Barkley's absence thus clears the way for Booker to start and fill a three-down role out of the backfield once again. Booker has performed capably in the past three outings, averaging 17.3 touches and 86.7 yards per contest while finding the end zone once during that stretch.

Nov 5, 2021 5:05 PM EST

Totals 125 from scrimmage

Booker rushed 15 times for 60 yards and caught five of six targets for 65 yards in Monday night's 20-17 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Booker racked up his most scrimmage yards of the season, balancing his production between the rushing and passing games. His biggest contribution came on a 41-yard catch prior to halftime, helping set up a field goal for the Giants. Although he didn't find the end zone Monday, Booker still fared admirably while drawing another start in Saquon Barkley's (ankle) absence. Barkley hopes to be available for Week 9's matchup versus the Raiders, but Booker's presence could enable New York to manage Barkley's exposure if needed upon his return to the lineup.

Nov 1, 2021 9:10 PM EST

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