Mike Boone

Mike Boone

Running Back #5
Team: Denver Broncos
Ht / Wt:5'9" / 206 lb.
Drafted:2018 / UDFA

Mike Boone: 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.

March 28, 2021 4:14 PM EST

Mike Boone: 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.

March 17, 2021 5:24 PM EST

Mike Boone: 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.

March 16, 2021 10:57 AM EST

Mike Boone: 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.

March 4, 2021 11:40 AM EST

Mike Boone: 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.

January 18, 2021 12:43 PM EST

Mike Boone: 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.

December 28, 2020 10:16 AM EST

Mike Boone: 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.

December 14, 2020 1:55 PM EST

Mike Boone: 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.

December 8, 2020 1:20 PM EST

Mike Boone: 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.

November 10, 2020 7:06 PM EST

Mike Boone: 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.

October 19, 2020 2:06 PM EST

Mike Boone: 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.

October 12, 2020 12:55 PM EST

Mike Boone: 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.

September 27, 2020 8:37 AM EST

Mike Boone: Officially questionable for Week 3

Boone (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: Boone has trended up in practice since missing practice Wednesday, but the depth running back will need to clear concussion protocol in order to suit up on game day.

September 25, 2020 10:45 AM EST

Mike Boone: Upgraded Thursday

Boone (concussion) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice.

Analysis: After failing to practice Wednesday, Boone was able to participate in some capacity just a day later, casting some optimism for his Week 3 availability. Boone is still in the league's concussion protocol, so he'll have to be cleared to make an appearance Sunday. His Friday practice session should grant more of a clear picture about his chances for Sunday's game against Tennessee.

September 24, 2020 3:09 PM EST

Mike Boone: Not practicing Wednesday

Boone (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Boone entered the league's concussion protocol during this past Sunday's loss to the Colts. He has two more practices to get on the field ahead of Week 3's matchup versus the Titans; otherwise, he'll likely miss his first game since 2018. Since he's played exclusively on special teams this season, his injury isn't a concern for the offensive dynamic.

September 23, 2020 2:18 PM EST

Mike Boone: Enters concussion protocol

Boone (concussion) won't return to Sunday's game against the Colts, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Boone was forced to enter the protocol in the second quarter, and he won't return to the game when his team returns in the third quarter. The Cincinnati product will now need to gain clearance from independent league doctors before returning to action. Ameer Abdullah and Alexander Mattison will handle depth running back duties with Boone sidelined.

September 20, 2020 11:49 AM EST

Mike Boone: Plays only on special teams

Boone did not play a snap on offense in Sunday's loss to Green Bay. He did play 17 snaps on special teams.

Analysis: Boone is listed as fourth on the RB depth chart, though he'd likely supplant Ameer Abdullah if Dalvin Cook or Alexander Mattison were to get hurt and the team needed someone to get significant carries. In the meantime, Boone's role will be limited almost exclusively to special teams.

September 14, 2020 12:37 PM EST

Mike Boone: Looks explosive in scrimmage

Boone scored a touchdown on a swing pass from Jake Browning in Friday's dress rehearsal scrimmage at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He looked even more elusive and explosive than he did last year, according to Arif Hasan

Analysis: Boone has had a strong training camp, but he's still the No. 3 running back behind Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. While he may be one of the better No. 3 running backs in the league, he may not get many carries unless the top two running backs are injured.

August 28, 2020 11:15 PM EST

Mike Boone: Totals 273 rushing yards

Boone carried 49 times for 273 yards and three touchdowns and caught three passes for 17 yards in 16 games this season.

Analysis: Boone served as the Vikings' No. 3 running back for most of the season, but he started in Weeks 16 and 17 with Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison sidelined. He struggled against the Packers but had 160 yards from scrimmage versus the Bears in the regular-season finale. Boone enters 2020 with little to zero fantasy value, since Cook and Mattison are both set to return to Minnesota's backfield.

January 13, 2020 9:49 PM EST

Mike Boone: Reduced role on tap

Boone is expected to move down to third on the depth chart at running back in Sunday's wild-card matchup with the Saints with Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) in line to return from multi-game absences, Eric Smith of the Vikings' official site reports.

Analysis: Mattison was sidelined for each of the Vikings' final three games, while Cook missed the last two contests and exited early in the Week 15 win over the Chargers. During that three-game stretch, Boone turned in 232 yards and three touchdowns on 41 carries (5.7 YPC), but little of that production (11 totes for 28 yards) came in the Week 16 loss to the Packers, when he was most likely to be used in fantasy lineups. After opening the week as full participants in practice, Cook and Mattison look set to handle their regular roles as the Nos. 1 and 2 backs, which likely leaves little work left over for Boone. In the 13 games in which both Cook and Mattison were available during the regular season, Boone played only 15 offensive snaps in total and carried the ball eight times.

January 2, 2020 9:47 AM EST

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