Denver Broncos: Phillip Lindsay Running Towards Rookie of the Year
The Denver Broncos knew that coming into 2018 they needed to improve the running game. Going into day two of the 2018 Draft, they had the opportunity to do so. Thus, they drafted Royce Freeman out of Oregon in the third round. While he has been a pleasant addition, he is not the spark that runs the engine. That belongs to Phillip Lindsay.
Lindsay is an undrafted rookie out of the University of Colorado (CU). That is not exactly where the star began. Lindsay is a Colorado Native. He attended South High School where he would break his father’s Denver Public School rushing record. However, he would tear his ACL in his senior season. Despite the injury, CU would give Lindsay a scholarship.
While at Colorado, Lindsay would become outstanding. He would be the bell cow for then head coach, Mike MacIntyre’s offense. Lindsay would complete his college career with back to back 1,000+ yard seasons, second in the school in all-time rushing, and hold the school’s all-purpose (5,760) and yards from scrimmage (4,683) records. Meanwhile, he would only be invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game.
Even with his standout junior and senior season’s, the NFL Scouts must not have felt Phillip Lindsay was going to shine. They did not invite him to the 2018 NFL Combine. He would have to show his stuff at the Colorado Pro Day. That he did. He would run a 4.3 40-yard dash. Despite the speed numbers, Lindsay would go undrafted.
Despite being undrafted, Lindsay drew interest from all 32 teams as a free agent. He would narrow his two choices down to the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos. Ultimately choosing to live by the words of his mom and stay close to home. Phillip Lindsay would sign with the Denver Broncos on May 1, 2018.
He would make an immediate impression in training camp. Mostly as a kick returner. Nonetheless, he would get his chances in the backfield. He made the most out of each time he touched the ball. Eventually earning a spot on the Broncos 53-man roster.
Since then Phillip Lindsay has been a sensation in the NFL. He only trails New York Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley by 17 yards for the top rookie rusher in the league. He is steadily making a name for himself in the Offensive Rookie of the Year talks.
There is no doubt that Lindsay will break the 1,000-yard plateau as a rookie. When he does, he will be the first rookie running back since Clinton Portis (2002) to do so for the Denver Broncos. Lindsay has already set the undrafted rookie rushing record for the team.
Phillip Lindsay became the starting running back for the Denver Broncos in week eight of the 2018 NFL Season. His last two games he has gone back to back 100+ yards rushing. In week 13, Lindsay had his best game as a pro with 157 yards rushing.
His emergence has given the run game of the Denver Broncos promise. Not only for 2018 but for the future as well. It is also a reason that their last three games and have put themselves back into playoff contention.
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