For years now I've been confused by what the Broncos are doing with their running backs. They kept trying to make Ronnie Hillman happen, even when C.J. Anderson was clearly better. And now they seem to be treading the same water with Devontae Booker.

That's the view of the Denver Post, at least, which says the backfield "should feature a heavy dose of Devontae Booker." Booker was the team's fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, and he's done virtually nothing the last two seasons. But the Post thinks he'll lead a committee, over this year's third-rounder out of Oregon, Royce Freeman, and last year's sixth-rounder DeAngelo Henderson.

The last two seasons, Booker has averaged 3.5 and 3.8 yards per carry. Give the offensive line some of the blame, but Anderson, who the team couldn't wait to kick to the curb, was over 4.0 yards per carry in both seasons. Booker's not down in Doug Martin territory, but he's been one of the least effective ballcarriers in both of those seasons.

YearPlayer Att Yds AvgTD
2017Alvin Kamara, N.O.1207286.18
2016Mike Gillislee, N.E.1015775.78
2016Bilal Powell, NYJ1317225.53
2016LeSean McCoy, Buff.23412675.413
2016Jordan Howard, Chi.25213135.26
2016Mark Ingram, N.O.20510435.16
2016Ezekiel Elliott, Dall.32216315.115
2017Dion Lewis, N.E.1808965.06
2017Mark Ingram, N.O.23011244.912
2017Kareem Hunt, K.C.27213274.98
2016Jay Ajayi, 2 tm26112724.98
2016LeVeon Bell, Pitt.26112684.97
2017Kenyan Drake, Mia.1336444.83
2016Isaiah Crowell, Clev.1989524.87
2017Alfred Morris, Dall.1155474.81
2016Devonta Freeman, Atl.22710794.811
2017Todd Gurley, LAR27913054.713
2017Alex Collins, Balt.2129734.66
2016Carlos Hyde, S.F.2179884.66
2016Derrick Henry, Tenn.1104904.55
2017Matt Breida, S.F.1054654.42
2017LeGarrette Blount, Phil.1737664.42
2017Devonta Freeman, Atl.1968654.47
2016Tevin Coleman, Atl.1185204.48
2016DeMarco Murray, Tenn.29312874.49
2017Orleans Darkwa, NYG1717514.45
2017Giovani Bernard, Cin.1054584.42
2016Jacquizz Rodgers, T.B.1295604.32
2017Bilal Powell, NYJ1787724.35
2017Marshawn Lynch, Oak.2078914.37
2016Spencer Ware, K.C.2149214.33
2017Wayne Gallman, NYG1114764.30
2016Ryan Mathews, Phil.1556614.38
2016David Johnson, Ariz.29312394.216
2017Derrick Henry, Tenn.1767444.25
2016Alfred Blue, Hou.1004204.21
2017Jay Ajayi, 2 tm2088734.21
2016Robert Kelley, Wash.1687044.26
2017Isaiah Crowell, Clev.2068534.12
2016Tim Hightower, N.O.1335484.14
2017C.J. Anderson, Den.24510074.13
2016Paul Perkins, NYG1124564.10
2017Jordan Howard, Chi.27611224.19
2017Ezekiel Elliott, Dall.2429834.17
2016Latavius Murray, Minn.1957884.012
2017Tevin Coleman, Atl.1566284.05
2017LeVeon Bell, Pitt.32112914.09
2016Terrance West, Balt.1937744.05
2016Lamar Miller, Hou.26810734.05
2016C.J. Anderson, Den.1104374.04
2017LeSean McCoy, Buff.28711384.06
2016Christine Michael, 2TM1485833.97
2016Melvin Gordon, LAC2549973.910
2017Peyton Barber, T.B.1084233.93
2017Carlos Hyde, S.F.2409383.98
2017Latavius Murray, Minn.2168423.98
2016Frank Gore, Ind.26310253.94
2017Melvin Gordon, LAC28411053.98
2016LeGarrette Blount, Phil.29911613.918
2017Leonard Fournette, Jac.26810403.99
2017Javorius Allen, Balt.1535913.94
2017Jerick McKinnon, Minn.1505703.83
2016Jonathan Stewart, Car.2188243.89
2016Jeremy Hill, Cin.2228393.89
2016Chris Ivory, Jac.1174393.83
2017Devontae Booker792993.81
2017Lamar Miller, Hou.2388883.73
2016Matt Forte, NYJ2188133.77
2017Christian McCaffrey, Car.1174353.72
2017Matt Forte, NYJ1033813.72
2017Mike Gillislee, N.E.1043833.75
2017Frank Gore, Ind.2619613.73
2017Jamaal Williams, G.B.1535563.64
2017DeMarco Murray, Tenn.1846593.66
2016T.J. Yeldon, Jac.1304653.61
2017Kerwynn Williams, Ariz.1204263.61
2016Devontae Booker, Den.1746123.54
2017Joe Mixon, Cin.1786263.54
2017Samaje Perine, Wash.1756033.41
2017Jonathan Stewart, Car.1986803.46
2017Chris Ivory, Jac.1123823.41
2017Adrian Peterson, 2 tm1565293.42
2016Jerick McKinnon, Minn.1595393.42
2017Ameer Abdullah, Det.1655523.34
2016Matt Asiata, Minn.1214023.36
2016Rashad Jennings, NYG1815933.33
2016Thomas Rawls, Sea.1093493.23
2016Todd Gurley, LAR2788853.26
2017Doug Martin, T.B.1384062.93
2016Doug Martin, T.B.1444212.93

Table shows all backs with 100-plus attempts, plus I snuck Booker and his 79 attempts last season in.

As far as I'm concerned, Denver can keep trying to make Booker win the job in the preseason. It will help push Freeman down draft boards, and maybe make it easier to use a last-round pick on Henderson. I don't see any reason to think Booker will seize this job and, uh, run with it. He's shown no signs of it through the first two seasons.

--Andy Richardson