Jamaal Charles has signed a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos. Charles is coming off another injury plagued season which saw him only play in three games. Charles can’t be relied upon to be the lead back in Denver, so what does that mean for C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker? Let’s look at how the signing effect each running back.
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Is C.J. Anderson Still an RB2?
Anderson finally had the Broncos’ backfield all to himself last year, until an injury cut his season short. Coming off an injury, the Broncos want to be sure he doesn’t get overworked, which explains the signing of Charles. Anderson will likely see a 60/40 share of touches over Charles and goal line work. He may still be a top 20 back with a number of teams going with running back by committee.
Does Devontae Booker Have Any Upside Left?
After being given more than enough chances last season, Booker’s role with the Broncos is gone. Booker averaged only 3.5 yards a carry last year and forced the team to turn to journeyman Justin Forsett. With Charles and Anderson splitting work, Booker’s only value is if one the backs hits injured reserve.