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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Denver Broncos found a diamond in the rough when they signed undrafted free agent Phillip Lindsay. The local Colorado star was overlooked by NFL evaluators proving that some talent does slip through the cracks. Make no mistake about it though this acquisition was impressive work by John Elway.
He brought Lindsay into camp and gave the Aurora native an opportunity to showcase his talents. What the Broncos didn’t realize is Lindsay would slingshot past Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker for the starting running back job. Once securing the lead role Lindsay didn’t look back and rushed for 1,037 yards plus 9 touchdowns. Ultimately that led to a Pro Bowl nomination as a rookie and he was the first undrafted offensive players to achieve this feat. So right away these early accomplishments set a precedent of what we can expect from Phillip Lindsay. And because it’s been such a fast start Joe Perry, Priest Holmes, and Marion Motley have to look over their shoulder. Those three are referred to as the best undrafted running backs ever but Lindsay already tied Motley in the Pro Bowl count (1). Perry and Holmes each went made three trips to the NFL’s annual all-star event and it’s very possible to beat those numbers. On the field it’s surprising because Lindsay is such a small guy at 5’8” 190 pounds. What the 24 year old lacks in size he makes up for with tenacity and heart. This a player who is extremely fast with the ball in his hands and he gives everything he has on every single snap. Lindsay is also good at catching the ball out of the backfield and then turning upfield for big gains. All of this is part of the reason the Broncos started to get it together in 2018. They only won 6 games but you could tell they were playing more confidently. The idea is Vic Fangio can build on that and take this organization to the next level.
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Phillip Lindsay set the tone for his career by making the Pro Bowl as a rookie.