DENVER (The Sports Xchange) – Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak envisions rookie running back Devontae Booker as the spark that could ignite his team’s sputtering ground game.

A fourth-round pick in the 2016 draft, Booker rushed five times for 46 yards and had two receptions in Denver’s 21-13 loss to the AFC West-rival San Diego Chargers on Thursday. The 24-year-old has 161 yards on 34 carries for the season.

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“When he’s had some opportunities he’s done some really good things,” Kubiak said, via ESPN. “As a young player, we’re trying to get him going as far as protection and those type of things, and he’s starting to handle himself better. I think he deserves some more opportunities to touch the football. And when he’s had the opportunity, he’s done some good stuff.”

Quarterback Paxton Lynch #12 of the Denver Broncos hands the ball off to C.J. Anderson #22 in the first quarter of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.

C.J. Anderson (Photo Credit: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

C.J. Anderson has been held under 50 yards in each of his last four games, amassing just 164 on 54 carries during that span.

The Broncos (4-2), who rank 19th in the league in rushing, will look to snap a two-game skid next Monday (8:30 p.m., ET) when they host the Houston Texans (4-2).


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