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Devontae Booker dropped an eye-popping quote about former Broncos quarterbacks

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May 31, 2019

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — It’s not earth-shattering to say that the Broncos have struggled at the most important position in sports since Peyton Manning hung ‘em up following Super Bowl 50.

But on Friday, as the team wrapped up their final week of OTAs, one of the quietest guys in town delivered a headline that can typically only be found on the cover of the New York Post.



The headline was evoked from a harmless question to veteran running back Devontae Booker when asked about his new quarterback Joe Flacco.

“He’s such a cool guy. He talks to everybody in the locker room,” Booker said, stating what seemed to be a common-sense approach for any player, let alone the quarterback.

Then, the soft-spoken Booker delivered the boom.

“Previous quarterbacks, they didn’t really do [that] so much.”

Say what?

“They were just being there on the field, get the job done and we see each other walking through the halls, and wouldn’t even acknowledge us like previous quarterbacks, you know?”

No Devontae, we really don’t.

No one in their right minds expected any of the Broncos past—or heck even current—quarterbacks to live up to No. 18’s all-time leadership abilities. But, also in their right minds, no one expected any of the quarterbacks of the past three years to be standoffish with their current teammates in their own locker room.

But certainly, certainly, everyone in their right mind could have expected the natural leadership position of the team to drop a hello in the hallway passing by.

But Booker, someone often around the quarterbacks, said that was too tall of a task.

The 58-to-48 touchdown to interception ratio among Case Keenum, Paxton Lynch, Brock Osweiler and Trevor Siemian the past three years was bad.

In comparison sake, the three years before that, Denver’s quarterbacks, under Manning and a splash of Osweiler, had the same number of interceptions (48), but had 114 touchdowns, nearly double what the most recent cast of characters had.

Whether it was one or all, not communicating with their teammates in their place of work likely is one of the big problems there.

But don’t worry, the new quarterback in town is a talker. And not in an annoying way, but in a common-curtesy way.

“Flacco, I’d say he’s a pretty cool guy,” Booker said, reiterating his coolness again. “He brings that leadership ability out of all of us out there on the field. He won a Super Bowl. He’s just a good guy.”

FLACCO IS ‘A GOOD GUY’ probably won’t make the front page of the New York Post anytime soon.

But that’s a good thing.

Just don’t tell the Broncos’ previous quarterbacks why.


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