Phillip Lindsay is a fan favorite and deservedly so, but I think the Broncos are using him wrong.
I’ll see myself out…
All kidding aside, the Broncos are using Lindsay like a featured back, but only 50 percent of the time and maybe even less than that. Lindsay has 16 touchdowns in his two seasons with the Broncos (so far) and only one of them has come as a receiver.
That is madness to me. This may surprise you, but Lindsay has played fewer snaps this season than Royce Freeman and Lindsay has been targeted less in the passing game.
I think the Broncos need to either turn to Royce Freeman as their bellcow back and commit to the run game or bring in a player like Najee Harris to do it and make Phillip Lindsay’s touches more effective on a per game basis.
There’s no reason that Freeman and Lindsay or someone like Harris and Lindsay shouldn’t be the second coming of the Mike Anderson/Tatum Bell duo which ran for over 1,000 yards each back in 2005.
The Broncos need their offensive line to pick things up, of course, but the fact that Lindsay doesn’t have a receiving touchdown since the first week of the 2018 season is upsetting and should spark some change for Denver.
Maybe that won’t necessitate a third-round running back, but if Najee Harris is still on the board, he would be very tempting.
Harris has excellent size and power along with one-cut ability and some of the best hands in college football. He’s obviously not as shifty in tight spaces as Lindsay, but he’s going to make guys miss other ways and I think he would be a very effective lead back in this offense.
Pick up Harris to compete with Royce Freeman for bellcow duties and get Lindsay out there for stretches and split him out as a receiver as well. Get your best 11 on the field and create mismatches.