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Silver Minings: Devontae Booker gets chance to shine against former team

Ex-Denver Broncos’ tailback has been excellent for Raiders

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Devontae Booker
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One of the most pleasant surprises of the 2020 Las Vegas Raiders is running back Devontae Booker. When he signed in the spring as a free agent, it did not move the radar much and the former Denver Broncos’ running back was considered far from a lock to make the roster.

However, halfway through the season, Booker has been a dynamic backup option for star running back Josh Jacobs. Booker was huge in the Raiders’ win over the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers and he has is averaging 6.8 yards a carry on 33 rush attempts and he has eight catches out of the backfield.

Booker was drafted by the Broncos in 2016 and he had 612 rushing yards as a rookie, but his playing time dwindled each year. Denver coach Vic Fangio said he was impressed to see Booker do well in this new opportunity this week.

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  • Postseason looking good: The Athletic likes the Raiders’ chances of making the playoffs.
  • Mid-season look: The Athletic breaks down the 5-3 Raiders.
  • Denver odds: Check out the Raiders-Broncos game from a betting edge.
  • Check the tape: The Athletic looks at the tape from the Chargers’ win.