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Devontae Booker ‘is expected’ to be the Week 1 starter at running back

Devontae Booker is expected to be the Week 1 starter, but will have competition from third-round pick Royce Freeman.

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With Denver Broncos training camp just a week away, Mike Klis of 9News has already determined which running back is going to win the starting job for Week 1 in Devontae Booker. It’s an obvious choice, since he is the long veteran at the position now.

Booker has good command of the offensive playbook and has become a competent pass protector, so he is expected to start September 9 in the season opener against Seattle. But he will be pushed by Freeman, a third-round selection with a 230-pound frame. Henderson has the edge for the No. 3 spot going into camp.

Anything can happen, but it makes sense for Booker to be the lead back. Royce Freeman is still a rookie and an unknown. He could be the next Kareem Hunt or he could just be a guy. The Broncos have seen enough, though, to have him penciled in as the number two guy.

As much as local fans are hyped about Phillip Lindsay, he’ll need to overcome seventh round pick David Williams. Both will be competing with second-year running back De’Angelo Henderson who made some promising plays last season.

Even with Booker noted as the expected Week 1 starter, this position group figures to be one of the most interesting training camp battles for us to watch.