Denver Broncos: What Predominantly Orange is thankful for

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 08: Peyton Manning holds the Lombardi Trophy to celebrate the Denver Broncos in win Super Bowl 50 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High before taking on the Carolina Panthers on September 8, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 08: Peyton Manning holds the Lombardi Trophy to celebrate the Denver Broncos in win Super Bowl 50 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High before taking on the Carolina Panthers on September 8, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
8 of 13
Next
DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 1: Running back Phillip Lindsay #30 celebrates after scoring a third-quarter touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on October 1, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 1: Running back Phillip Lindsay #30 celebrates after scoring a third-quarter touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on October 1, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

What Shelby Manning is thankful for

1. Phillip Lindsay

Anytime a team is able to find a diamond in the rough on an undrafted free agent, it’s pretty exciting. Not only were the Denver Broncos able to find this in the hometown boy Phillip Lindsay, but they also got extremely lucky in bringing him to Denver.

Colorado boy Lindsay set the University of Colorado’s record in both all purpose yards and yards from scrimmage, at 5,760 and 4,683 respectively. Lindsay was not invited to participate at the NFL Combine, primarily due to concern with Lindsay’s size (5’8″ and 190 pounds). This gave him little exposure to NFL scouts, and his name went uncalled in the 2018 NFL Draft.

32 teams made a huge mistake, including the Denver Broncos. Upon signing as an UDFA, Lindsay’s immediate impact in the offense was immense. He became the first undrafted player in NFL history with 100+ scrimmage yards in their first two pro games, and would go on to become the first undrafted offensive rookie to be named to the Pro Bowl their rookie season.

Phillip Lindsay has become a kickstart to the heart of a Broncos’ run game that has struggled for consistency. Lindsay’s speed and ability to create gaps from nothing is unmatched. He has become a quick fan favorite in Denver, and it will be so much to watch him develop into something even greater as he ages.