Mike Boone

Denver Broncos
Running Back #5
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Running Back #5

Mike Boone News

Could return after Week 12

Boone (ankle) could return from injured reserve following Week 12, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Boone is eligible to return from IR in Week 13 after recovering from an ankle injury suffered in Week 8. The veteran would be welcomed into a running back room that looks a bit different after the Broncos recent moves. Denver waived Melvin Gordon, and their recent trade acquisition Chase Edmonds is slated to miss time with a high right-ankle sprain. One would expect Boone to carve out a role in this backfield behind Latavius Murray, who projects to be the starter going forward. Teammates Marlon Mack and practice-squad member Devine Ozigbo also figure to handle carries. Boone becomes an interesting add for fantasy managers looking to add depth to the rosters, especially with the 27-year-old's pass-catching ability needed for a Broncos team that struggles to push the ball down the field.

Nov 22, 2022 4:36 AM EST

IR-bound after ankle injury

Denver placed Boone (ankle) on its injured reserve list Monday.

Analysis: Boone sustained an ankle injury during Sunday's loss versus the Jets, and he'll now be forced to miss at least the next four weeks as he recovers. The Broncos also signed Marlon Mack off of San Francisco's practice squad Monday, but Melvin Gordon and Latavius Murray should continue to shoulder the bulk of Denver's carries for now.

Oct 24, 2022 1:33 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 8

Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett said Boone (ankle) won't make the trip with the Broncos to London ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Jaguars, Parker Gabriel of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: In anticipation of Boone's absence due to the ankle injury he sustained in the Broncos' Week 7 loss to the Jets, Denver signed Marlon Mack off the 49ers' practice squad to restore depth at running back behind Melvin Gordon and Latavius Murray. Before exiting the contest, Boone carried four times for 23 yards across his nine snaps against the Jets. A follow-up X-ray cleared Boone of any structural damage to his ankle, but he could still miss multiple games on account of the injury.

Oct 24, 2022 12:15 PM EST

X-rays negative

Boone (ankle) underwent X-rays that came back negative after exiting Sunday's game against the Jets, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: While early reports on Boone's ankle injury are encouraging, he'll undergo an MRI on Monday to help pinpoint his diagnosis. If he's forced to miss additional time, Melvin Gordon and Latavius Murray should serve as the Broncos' top two running backs.

Oct 23, 2022 4:48 PM EST

Leaves with injury

Boone (ankle) is questionable to return Sunday against the Jets, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Boone had four carries for 23 yards before exiting with the injury. The veteran running back is currently in a true timeshare with Melvin Gordon and Latavius Murray in the Broncos' backfield. While he is sidelined, Gordon and Murray will likely split the team's offensive snaps.

Oct 23, 2022 2:33 PM EST

Limited role in loss

Boone recorded one carry for one yard and caught one of four targets for three yards in Monday's 19-16 overtime loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Boone operated as the Broncos' No. 2 running back in the contest, playing 21 of the team's 58 offensive snaps, behind Latavius Murray who played on 27 snaps. Fellow running back Melvin Gordon, however, played just nine snaps in the contest, raising questions about the backfield split going forward. Murray showed the most burst of the three on the ground, but Boone continued to be involved in the passing game. His four targets were the second-highest total of any Denver pass catcher. With that said, Boone will be difficult to trust for fantasy purposes when the Broncos host the Jets in Week 7.

Oct 18, 2022 10:28 PM EST

Turns in full practice

Boone (foot) was a full participant in Friday's practice.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Boone's main competition for reps out of the Denver backfield, Melvin Gordon (neck/ribs) remained a limited participant in practice for the second day in a row, though the Broncos haven't suggested Gordon is any danger of missing Monday's game against the Chargers. While Javonte Williams (knee) was out during last week's loss to the Colts for the first time since suffering his season-ending injury, Gordon led Denver running backs in snaps (39), touches (18) and yards from scrimmage (103), Boone wasn't too far behind him in all three categories (30, 10 and 85) and was more efficient overall. The Broncos are expected to incorporate Latavius Murray in their backfield rotation this week, but Boone played well enough against the Colts to at least maintain a complementary role.

Oct 14, 2022 2:54 PM EST

Limited practice Thursday

Boone (foot) was listed as limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: The same goes for fellow running back Melvin Gordon (neck/ribs), with the Broncos having listing 18 players on their initial Week 6 injury report. Boone and Gordon now have two more chances to up their practice participation level in advance of Monday night's game against the Chargers, but assuming both are active for the contest, Boone will be in line to continue to handle his share of complementary work behind Gordon. In his team's Week 5 loss to the Colts, Boone carried seven times for 38 yards and caught all three of his targets for 47 yards.

Oct 13, 2022 3:04 PM EST

Garners 87 total yards in loss

Boone rushed seven times for 38 yards and secured all three targets for 47 yards during the Broncos' 12-9 overtime loss to the Colts on Thursday night.

Analysis: The journeyman serves as the No. 2 running back behind Melvin Gordon as expected, and Boone turned in an ideal complementary effort that allowed him to flash his impressive pass-catching skills. The 27-year-old should enjoy a similar role moving forward in the absence of Javonte Williams (IR-knee), although the presence of Latavius Murray as an early-down complement to Gordon could cap Boone's overall opportunity in the offense.

Oct 6, 2022 10:17 PM EST

Moves up depth chart

With Javonte Williams having suffered a season-ending knee injury, Boone could see added opportunities along with Melvin Gordon in the weeks ahead, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Given Gordon's experience as a lead back, the Broncos figure to lean more heavily on him in Williams' looming absence, but the 29-year-old has fumbled four times (in as many games) this season and he'll need to take better care of the ball in order to maintain steady volume going forward. For his part, Boone has carried just three times for 20 yards to date, but unlike Gordon, he's likely to still be available in most league's free agent pools, making him a decent speculative add while seeing how Denver's backfield situation unfolds, beginning Thursday against the Colts.

Oct 3, 2022 11:01 AM EST

Four touches Sunday

Boone carried the ball three times for 20 yards and caught one of three targets for nine yards in Sunday's 32-23 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: The running back came into the game with only one touch through three games, but Boone saw extra work late in the game after Javonte Williams left with a knee injury. Boone was also the target of a fourth-down pass from Russell Wilson late in the game as the Broncos attempted to mount a desperation comeback, but the ball clanked off his hands. Williams' injury is feared to be serious, so Boone could see a consistent role behind or alongside Melvin Gordon in Week 5 against the Colts.

Oct 2, 2022 7:08 PM EST

Catches one pass in loss

Boone caught his only target for two yards in Monday's 17-16 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Boone failed to record a single rush in the contest operating as Denver's third-string running back. As expected, the 27-year-old took a backseat to both Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon as a rusher, and both backs saw more work in the passing game. Williams led the Broncos' in targets with 12, and Gordon was targeted twice. Boone's limited usage on offense is likely to continue as long as both Williams and Gordon remain healthy. Nonetheless, the veteran will look to build upon his performance when the Broncos host the Texans in Week 2.

Sep 14, 2022 10:08 AM EST

Impresses in preseason finale

Boone rushed five times for 44 yards and brought in both targets for seven yards in the Broncos' 23-13 preseason win over the Vikings on Saturday night.

Analysis: Boone put together a strong showing against his former team, starting the game with a flourish with carries of six and 16 yards on two of the Broncos' first three plays. The fifth-year pro appears set to reprise a clear-cut No. 3 role behind Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon again this coming season, although after averaging 5.5 yards per carry on his 75 career rush attempts, he would ostensibly serve as a quality fill-in if called upon.

Aug 27, 2022 10:03 PM EST

Finishes season with six touches

Boone appeared in eight games in 2021 and rushed four times for 35 yards while catching his only two targets for 22 yards.

Analysis: Boone missed the first five games of the 2021 campaign with a quadriceps injury he suffered before the season in training camp. When the veteran running back made his return to the field, his involvement was minimal as a result of the near-even backfield split between Melvin Gordon and rookie Javonte Williams. Both backs had a strong year, so Boone played a depth role for the games in which he was active, while also contributing on special teams. Boone is entering the second year of his two-year contract he signed in March of 2021, so he will likely be a member of the Broncos next season. Gordon, however, is set to become a free agent this offseason. It's possible that Boone could become Denver's de facto No. 2 running back behind Williams if Gordon signs with another team. In that scenario, Boone would hold some value in 2022 as a change-of-pace back for a team that runs the ball effectively.

Jan 15, 2022 10:00 AM EST

Returns from COVID-19 list

Denver reinstated Boone (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Denver received a roster exemption for Boone, so he could be eased back into the fold with lighter workloads in practice to begin the week after he spent 10 days on the reserve/COVID-19 list following his positive test of the virus. Through five appearances with Denver this season, Boone has garnered only seven touches (five carries, two receptions), but he's produced 47 yards from scrimmage. Even so, Boone isn't likely to see much of an uptick in opportunity over Denver's final three games while both Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams are healthy.

Dec 21, 2021 4:51 PM EST

Tests positive for COVID-19

The Broncos placed Boone on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday due to a positive test for the virus, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: As a result, Boone won't be available Sunday against the Lions. The Broncos list Melvin Gordon (hip/shoulder) as questionable for Week 14, so if he ends up sitting a second game in a row, Damarea Crockett would be the only other running back on the active roster behind rookie second-rounder Javonte Williams.

Dec 10, 2021 2:36 PM EST

Placed in COVID protocol

Boone was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Boone was pulled from Friday's practice after reporting that he wasn't feeling well. While he hasn't been officially ruled out for Sunday's game against Detroit, it's highly unlikely that Boone will clear the COVID-19 protocol in time to suit up. The Broncos are optimistic that Melvin Gordon (hip/shoulder) will be able to play, but if Gordon and Boone both end up sitting, Damarea Crockett would be left as the lone backup to Javonte Williams.

Dec 10, 2021 1:17 PM EST

Limited role in loss

Boone rushed four times for 35 yards and caught his only target for 19 yards in Sunday's 22-9 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Boone operated as the Broncos' No. 2 running back in the contest with Melvin Gordon (hip/shoulder) sidelined, though it was rookie Javonte Williams who received the bulk of the carries and targets out of the backfield. Boone showed the burst that he's known for, but Williams stole the show in his first action as a true feature back. With Gordon likely practicing ahead of Week 14 matchup with the Lions, Boone should return to his usual depth role as the third man up on the depth chart.

Dec 8, 2021 4:26 AM EST

Likely headed for No. 2 role

Boone is expected to serve as the Broncos' No. 2 running back behind Javonte Williams in Sunday's game against the Chiefs with Melvin Gordon (hip/shoulder) listed as doubtful for the contest, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Gordon wasn't able to practice in any capacity this week, making it likely that he'll be inactive for the first time all season. Through their first 11 games, the Broncos have deployed a near-even backfield timeshare of Gordon and Williams, with both receiving similar snap and touch counts in nearly every game. That has left scant work for Boone since coming off injured reserve Week 6, though he showed the ability to produce on the occasions he saw carries for the Vikings the past three seasons. Even so, rather than simply plugging Boone in for Gordon as part of a timeshare, the Broncos are more likely to prepare the Williams for his first look in a three-down bellcow role, with Boone likely mixing in when the rookie requires a breather.

Dec 3, 2021 2:00 PM EST

Suits up Sunday

Boone (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Boone trended up all week in practice and is accordingly good to go Sunday. He'll see action in just his fourth game of the year.

Nov 28, 2021 11:44 AM EST

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