Denver Broncos rookie running back Phillip Lindsay is excited to be a member of the Denver Broncos, and he’s ready to contribute any way he can…
Phillip Lindsay is excited to be a member of the Denver Broncos, and why wouldn’t he be?
Lindsay graduated from South High School in Denver before spending his collegiate career in Boulder at the University of Colorado.
With the Buffaloes, Lindsay became a playmaker worthy of being selected in the NFL Draft, but his lack of elite size prevented him from being one of the top 256 players picked in the draft.
Lindsay’s local ties will give him an edge with the fans as he fights for a roster spot, and he thinks he’s got a great chance to make it with this group of running backs in place.
He talked about his fit with this roster, as well as the opportunity to play for his hometown team at Broncos minicamp:
"“One being home and being able to play for my home state and represent my home state. I’m proud to be able to stay home again. It’s an exciting feeling. And two, it’s just the opportunity. I feel like I have a great opportunity to make this team and learn from a lot of great veterans here. I’m excited.”Phillip Lindsay (quotes via Broncos PR)"
Where will Lindsay make this roster?
Any running back that rounds out the back end of the position group is going to have to excel on special teams, and with a number of backs that were brought to this roster the past couple of weeks, the additional skills each player can provide could be the difference between the 53-man roster or the practice squad.
For David Williams, it’s pass protection. For Phillip Lindsay, it’s his ability to catch passes.
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Lindsay dropped a little hint that the Broncos may be getting him some work as a slot receiver, which would be interesting considering the investments they just made in Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton, and the return of Carlos Henderson.
Lindsay could split out in the slot if he were asked to do so. He caught a career-high 53 passes as a junior in 2016.
One thing is certain — Lindsay is a weapon, and the Broncos need to figure out ways to get him the football and let him make plays in space. He’s got speed, he’s explosive, and he’s going to play hard every single play.
While Lindsay may lack the size to be a featured running back in the NFL, he could very well provide the Broncos with a Danny Woodhead type of back who can carry the ball occasionally but do damage to other teams as a receiver.
Lindsay’s biggest advantage toward making this roster is speed. He has the fastest 40-yard dash time of any of the backs on Denver’s roster right now, and it’s going to be exciting to see that on display.