“This is a put-up-or-shut-up year for him,” Logan said of third-year veteran Devontae Booker.
Longtime radio voice of the Broncos Dave Logan joined Andy Lindahl on Thursday morning to break down the competition at running back.
“I think it’s going to be one of the more intriguing positions to watch in training camp,” Logan said Thursday morning.
Logan started with the leading returning rusher to the Broncos, third-year veteran Devontae Booker.
“This is a put-up-or-shut-up year for him,” Logan said. “I think he falls into the same category as a lot of guys. We’ve seen guys come in that have good talent, but for whatever reason, they have a hard time staying healthy. I’ve said this so many times on the air before: At that level — any level of football, but certainly at the elite level — availability is one of the key components of success. …
“The reality is, he’s been hurt. He was going to be given a shot last year to really take the starting job from C.J., and he came back with a bad wrist and was hurt and got set back and never really blossomed.
“I think [the Broncos] would like him to show up this year and prove that he can be the guy.”
Logan also broke down Royce Freeman, De’Angelo Henderson and undrafted signee Phillip Lindsay.
On Freeman: “He looks like a powerful kid. By all accounts, he’s made of the right stuff. He’s had a lot of carries, so he’s a durable back.”
On Henderson: “He’s a change-of-pace back that could develop into a more-carries-per-game back, so we’ll have to see how he plays in the preseason.”
On Lindsay: “I think he’s got a unique skill set. Three or four things will really help Phillip going into this camp: He’ll play special teams — he wants to and and can play special teams, and really play them well. He wants to — and can — return the ball. He’s a sure-handed punt returner, he’ll return kicks, he’ll be the gunner on the punt team. The fourth or fifth back has to be a guy that factors heavily into your special teams. De’Angelo Henderson did not last year. Phillip Lindsay will.
“Plus, he’s got a unique skill set out of the backfield in terms of he can catch the ball and he’s a third-down back, plus he’s good in pass protection. So I think he has an excellent chance to make the team. It’s kind of weird to say that for a guy who wasn’t even drafted, but I’m a big Phillip Lindsay fan. I’m anxious to see what he can do.”
Logan also breaks down Anderson’s decision to sign with the Panthers in the interview, to which you can listen here: