The Denver Broncos opened training camp and former Colorado running back and undrafted free agent Phillip Lindsay put on a show day one…
Smell that fresh cut grass Denver Broncos fans because Training Camp returned meaning we are one step closer to the regular season.
The first of this year’s practices is now in the books.
First impressions matter. In order to impress, players must perform at a high level to convince the coaches they deserve to stick around. One position group had some buzz early from a rookie, while others showed up big on day one.
Running back undoubtedly is one position group we’re keeping a close eye on, and one that stood out on the first day of practice.
The Denver Broncos need instant impact out their current group to provide better production than a year ago.
Last year, CJ Anderson recorded his first 1,000-yard season, but he’s no longer a Bronco. This leaves Devontae Booker as the likely choice to be the starter, but Royce Freeman is creeping closer to assuming a more prominent role.
All eyes on day one shifted to an undrafted free agent in Phillip Lindsay. Lindsay was electrifying at the UC Health Training Center garnering “oohs” and “ahhs” throughout the day. One particular play caught everyone’s attention on Saturday.
In a 7-on-7 drill, Lindsay lined up with the starting unit as a wide receiver. Lindsay would have linebacker Brandon Marshall covering him.
Marshall is notorious for his great coverage at linebacker, but Lindsay got the better of him with a dynamic spin move. It is one thing to perform the move. It’s also another to finish it. In the exact same play, Lindsay caught a beautiful ball from Case Keenum leading to a touchdown.
This particular play from Lindsay is not a surprise from Marshall.
"“He’s going to be a great third-down back. His routes, his quickness and his speed. I think he’s going to be good,”Marshall said after practice Saturday (quotes via Broncos PR)"
Lindsay was utilized in multiple positions. We mentioned numerous times on Predominantly Orange his versatility. On day one in Training Camp, Lindsay performed on special teams as a returner. Obviously, in team drills, Lindsay played running back and wide receiver.
It was quite the first day for Lindsay and on a day when undrafted free agents needed to make a good first impression he might have made the biggest one.
The toughness of the defensive line never fazed Lindsay on day one. Lindsay would match the physicality play after play.
It is a great sign of a rookie not phased one bit of the pressure of a big stage. In fact, Marshall thinks he is the Denver Broncos third-down back.
"“I think he’s going to be our third-down back. No offense to the other guys,”Marshall said."
That’s a glowing endorsement.