Vikings fans were introduced to Lorenzo Booker late last year, when he was signed before the team’s Week 14 game against the NY Giants and wound up stepping into the kick return role. He did a nice job in the role, averaging 23.8 yards on 18 returns, including 3 returns of 40+ yards.
The Vikings decided to bring Booker back to the team last offseason, and he responded by having a solid training camp and averaging 5.2 yards per carry and 8.5 yards per reception in 4 preseason games. But beyond 8 kickoff returns in place of Percy Harvin occasionally, Booker hasn’t seen much of the field.
That changed last week, though, as Booker recorded 1 rush for 25 yards and also caught 2 passes for 25 yards. And it sounds like Booker may be getting a few more looks as the season moves forward.
“Book is a weapon,” Vikings Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave said on Thursday.”He’s definitely a weapon. We were happy to get him some touches the other day. Looking back, we probably would’ve had more production if we would’ve done that early in the year. So we’re hoping to build on that and he’ll help us in certain situations like he did on Sunday.”
Booker is not the kind of RB you’d give 15-20 rushes to on the ground, and he’s not a player you’d line up consistently in the slot. But he is a player who can be effective and explosive in the right situations.
“He’s a tough matchup for linebackers,” Musgrave explained. “Book had a great preseason carrying the ball, too. So he’s not just a threat in the passing game, so we want to get him out there because he’s sharp, he knows who to block if they would rush him, but we can also get him out and let him do his thing in space.”
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