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Mike Boone

Denver Broncos
Running Back #5
Denver Broncos
Running Back #5

Mike Boone News

May start to practice this week

Coach Vic Fangio said that Boone (quadriceps) may start to practice this week, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Boone was carried onto Denver's initial 53-man roster after being placed on IR, so he is eligible to return this week. If healthy, the 26-year-old running back will likely overtake Damarea Crockett, who has been promoted to the active roster ahead of each game this season, as the Broncos' third back behind Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon.

Sep 27, 2021 12:14 PM EST

Hits IR, as expected

The Broncos placed Boone (quadriceps) on injured reserve Wednesday.

Analysis: Denver carried Boone onto the initial 53-man roster, so he will be eligible to return from IR as early as Week 4 against the Ravens. With Royce Freeman having been waived, Nate McCrary will operate as the Broncos' third option at running back in the meantime.

Sep 1, 2021 1:49 PM EST

IR stint planned

Boone (quad) is expected to be placed on IR, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Klis notes that the plan is for Boone to remain on the team's 53-man roster Tuesday, before landing on IR on Wednesday. In that context, Boone could be back in action as soon as Week 4. In the meantime, Royce Freeman is slated to handle the Broncos' No. 3 RB role behind Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams.

Aug 31, 2021 9:31 AM EST

Set to miss 4-6 weeks

Boone (quadriceps) is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks after undergoing an MRI on Friday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Boone injured his quad during joint practice with the Vikings on Thursday. Surgery won't be required to address the injury, but Boone's recovery timetable does make him uncertain for Sept. 12's regular-season opener against the Giants. The 26-year-old was putting together a strong camp and looks set for the No. 3 role behind Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams when healthy.

Aug 13, 2021 9:57 AM EST

Iffy to play Saturday

Boone (quadriceps) won't practice Friday and is unlikely to suit up for Saturday's preseason contest at Minnesota, Zac Stevens of reports.

Analysis: Boone pulled his quad during Thursday's joint session against the Vikings, his former employer. With his new squad, he's expected to serve as a complementary back to top options Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams, when healthy. Now that Boone is sidelined, he likely will yield that role to Royce Freeman for the time being.

Aug 12, 2021 8:17 PM EST

Pulls quad

Boone suffered a pulled quad during Thursday's practice, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: When healthy, Boone is in line to work in a complementary role behind Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams. If his quad issue lingers, however, Royce Freeman would be a candidate to step into the Broncos' No. 3 RB role for any length of time Boone misses.

Aug 12, 2021 2:20 PM EST

Exits Thursday's practice

Boone was carted off the the field Thursday after he appeared to pull something in his left leg, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen if Boone being carted off was precautionary or indicative of an injury that could cost him regular-season time. Klis notes that the running back was having a strong training camp and if healthy, Boone is slated to work in complementary role behind Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams. If he misses any length of time, Royce Freeman would be a candidate for added opportunities in Denver's offense.

Aug 12, 2021 1:56 PM EST

Buried on post-draft depth chart

Boone appears set for a rotational depth role in Denver's backfield after the selection of Javonte Williams in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Boone initially seemed to be in the mix for the No. 2 role behind Melvin Gordon in Denver, at least after the team's decision to cut Phillip Lindsay, but Javonte Williams boasts the talent and draft capital to push for touches right away. On the bright side, coach Vic Fangio did say he hopes to make use of "[the Broncos'] three backs" -- Boone, Gordon and Williams -- and "get a nice flow and get a good understanding and philosophy of the system which we'll take from week to week to utilize all three of them." Even if such a rotation does come to fruition, Boone will no doubt be third in the pecking order. He'd likely need either Gordon or Williams to miss time in 2021 in order to be fantasy relevant.

May 13, 2021 5:24 PM EST

In mix for No. 2 RB role

Boone is expected to compete for the Broncos' No. 2 running back role behind Melvin Gordon, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The Mar. 17 signing of Boone immediately boosted Denver's special teams units. With 2018 Pro Bowler Phillip Lindsay (hip) having since moved on to Houston via a one-year contract, Boone now finds himself in the mix for a meaningful role in the Broncos backfield. Boone has been effective when granted opportunities over his three-year NFL career, racking up 5.3 yards per carry on 71 attempts as a member of the Vikings. For the time being, his primary competitor for the No. 2 role is Royce Freeman, a 2018 third-round pick who last year accumulated 170 rushing yards over 35 attempts for the Broncos' 13th-ranked rush offense.

Mar 28, 2021 4:14 PM EST

Heads to Mile High City

Boone signed with the Broncos on Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Boone made most of his contributions on special teams for the Vikings in 2020. The 25-year-old running back enters a crowded backfield in Denver, though Phillip Lindsay (hip) -- a restricted free agent -- hasn't officially re-signed. With Melvin Gordon and Royce Freeman in the fold, Boone figures to focus on special teams once again.

Mar 17, 2021 5:24 PM EST

Won't be tendered

Boone isn't receiving a tender from the Vikings, making him an unrestricted free agent, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Tomasson notes that the Vikings are interested in retaining Boone, but the team deemed the price to tender him too high for a third-string running back and special teams contributor. Boone will likely test the market in hopes of finding a No. 2 running back job, but if none materializes, it's possible he opts to return to Minnesota and retain his previous role.

Mar 16, 2021 10:57 AM EST

May not get RFA tender

The Vikings want to keep Boone, but it isn't clear if they're willing to pay him $2.13 million, the minimum tender for a restricted free agent, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: The team could try to sign him for less than the tender costs, but in the process might end up losing Boone to another franchise. While the 25-year-old is best known in fantasy circles for his disappointing performance in Week 16 of 2019, the Vikings seem to value his contributions on special teams. That's where Boone got 231 of his 250 snaps in 2020, logging just 19 plays and 13 touches on offense.

Mar 4, 2021 11:40 AM EST

Gets 13 touches in 2020

Boone completed his season with 11 carries for 59 yards and one touchdown through 16 games. He also caught both of his targets for 10 yards.

Analysis: In a much quieter season for Boone compared to his last, the 25-year-old wasn't utilized in the offense much with Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison dominating the backfield. After competing with Ameer Abdullah (16 touches) for the No. 3 spot in Minnesota this year, both running backs have finished their contracts, and neither of their roles are guaranteed heading into 2021.

Jan 18, 2021 12:43 PM EST

Finds end zone in loss

Boone scored a four-yard touchdown run in Friday's 52-33 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: To the dismay of Dalvin Cook's fantasy managers, Mike Boone punched in a four-yard score in the second quarter. That rush marked Boone's fifth carry of the season, and he's played just 19 snaps on offense all year.

Dec 28, 2020 10:16 AM EST

Just two carries Sunday

Boone had two carries for eight yards and one reception for four yards in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Boone played just four snaps on offense, as he and Ameer Abdullah combined for just seven touches behind Dalvin Cook with Alexander Mattison (abdomen) out. No backup running back will have viable fantasy value in most formats as long as the Vikings continue to heavily utilize Cook.

Dec 14, 2020 1:55 PM EST

No touches since Week 6

Boone played two snaps on offense and didn't receive a touch in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Boone didn't receive increased usage with Alexander Mattison (abdomen) out of the lineup. Instead, Dalvin Cook handled 87 percent of the offensive snaps and totaled 38 touches. Boone won't have fantasy value unless Cook gets hurt. Even if that happens, he'll compete with Ameer Abdullah for reps behind Mattison, making Boone a poor insurance policy for fantasy purposes.

Dec 8, 2020 1:20 PM EST

No carries for second straight game

Boone posted one tackle on 18 special-teams snaps, but he logged zero offensive snaps during Sunday's 34-20 win against the Lions.

Analysis: The third-year back out of Cincinnati collected a combined four offensive touches between Weeks 5 and 6, with Dalvin Cook's inactive designation Oct. 18 against the Falcons due to a groin injury providing extra opportunity for the backup committee. Boone remains the Vikings' No. 3 back behind Cook and Alexander Mattison heading into a Week 10 matchup against the Bears' 14th-ranked rush defense.

Nov 10, 2020 7:06 PM EST

Just one carry Sunday

Boone lost a yard on his only carry in Sunday's loss to Atlanta, a critical loss on a fourth-and-goal play.

Analysis: Boone played on just five of the offense's 56 snaps as Ameer Abdullah (16 snaps) got more playing time as Alexander Mattison's backup with Dalvin Cook sidelined with a groin injury. Abdullah is used more in the passing game and the Vikings were playing from behind a large deficit most of the game. Boone will likely return to a minimal role with Cook expected to return after Minnesota's bye in Week 7.

Oct 19, 2020 2:06 PM EST

Steps into backup role

Boone had two carries for 19 yards in Sunday's loss at Seattle.

Analysis: Boone had his first touches on offense this season after Dalvin Cook left the game with a groin injury. Boone has always been productive when on the field and could get playing time next week as Alexander Mattison's backup if Cook remains sidelined.

Oct 12, 2020 12:55 PM EST

Ready to go against Titans

Boone (concussion) is listed as active heading into Sunday's matchup against the Titans.

Analysis: The 25-year-old back suffered a concussion during the second quarter of Minnesota's Week 2 loss to Indianapolis, and he subsequently sat out Wednesday's practice session. Boone was upgraded to limited Thursday, and he has since passed the league's concussion protocol given his status for Sunday. Without a carry to this point on the season, Boone will slot into a depth role at running back during Week 3.

Sep 27, 2020 8:37 AM EST

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