Phillip Lindsay

Houston Texans
Running Back #23
Houston Texans
Running Back #23
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Phillip Lindsay News

Stays healthy throughout offseason

Lindsay enjoyed a healthy offseason, including throughout Houston's spring practices, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official website reports.

Analysis: Lindsay missed his final two games with the Broncos, landing on injured reserve in late December due to hip and knee injuries. With no report of surgery and now full participation in spring practices, Lindsay should be at full strength when the Texans head to training camp in late July. He's signed to a one-year, $3.25 million contract that includes only $1 million guaranteed, competing for reps in a veteran backfield with David Johnson, Mark Ingram and Rex Burkhead.

Jul 8, 2021 12:28 PM EST

Heading to Houston

The Texans and Lindsay agreed to a one-year contract Friday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Lindsay joins a backfield with David Johnson at the top of the depth chart and newcomer Mark Ingram also in the mix. That said, Lindsay is used to sharing RB reps with others after three seasons in Denver, especially last year when he took a backseat to Melvin Gordon. For his career, Lindsay has averaged 4.8 yards per carry, hauled in 77 of 109 targets and scored 18 touchdowns in 42 contests.

Mar 19, 2021 5:01 PM EST

Becomes unrestricted free agent

Lindsay (hip) is now an unrestricted free agent, with the Broncos rescinding his RFA tender, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Broncos had given Lindsay an original-round tender, allowing other teams to sign him to an offer sheet without forfeiting a draft pick. It sounds like the Broncos were preparing for the running back to leave, so they seemingly did him a favor in allowing him to be an unrestricted free agent instead of restricted. Lindsay now faces a simpler process for finding his next team, while the Broncos can focus on finding a cheaper backup running back behind Melvin Gordon. They still have Royce Freeman under contract for one more season, and Mike Boone agreed to a two-year contract Wednesday.

Mar 18, 2021 7:07 AM EST

Given lower tender

The Broncos have tendered Lindsay (hip) as a restricted free agent, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Lindsay famously went undrafted back in 2018, so giving him an original-round tender means the Broncos can match any offer sheet he receives, but won't be entitled to compensation in the form of draft picks if he does sign elsewhere. Denver also had the option of applying a second-round tender to Linday, which would've virtually guaranteed he sticks around next season, but that would have raised his minimum salary from $2.13 million to $3.38 million. The two-time 1,000-yard rusher will get to negotiate with other clubs and test his value.

Mar 15, 2021 6:04 PM EST

Likely getting RFA tender

Broncos GM George Paton said the team plans to give Lindsay (hip/knee) a restricted free agent tender, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: The first option, a second-round tender, would all but ensure Lindsay stays with the Broncos, though it also costs $3.38 million. An original-round tender, on the other hand, costs only $2.13 million, but it also means there's no draft-pick compensation involved, which makes other teams far more likely to sign the running back to an offer sheet. While injuries defined his 2020 campaign, Lindsay has largely been an effective runner for the Broncos, and he could take on added importance in September if Melvin Gordon gets a three-game suspension for his DUI arrest. Lindsay missed the final two weeks of 2020 with a hip and knee injuries, but there hasn't been any report of offseason surgery or a lengthy recovery period.

Mar 4, 2021 12:23 PM EST

Taking revised approach in 2021

Lindsay (hip) indicated the Broncos' signing of Melvin Gordon last offseason impacted his approach during 2020, Troy Renck of Denver7 News reports.

Analysis: The 2018 Pro Bowler said on his reaction to the Broncos signing Gordon to a two-year, $16 million contract last March, "I was in battle mode. Everything caught me off guard with (him) coming in. You can burn yourself out like that." Perhaps Lindsay was pressing too hard, but injuries also seemingly played a role in his reduced output. After breaking the 1,000-yard rushing threshold over his first two NFL seasons, Lindsay sat out five games during the 2020 campaign while dealing with a myriad of issues -- the final of which a hip/knee injury that kept the 26-year-old inactive Weeks 16 and 17. Defenses were also able to key in on Lindsay as a rusher, with Gordon serving as the clear No. 1 pass-catching RB. Lindsay says he's going to take a mental different approach in 2021, but it remains unclear whether he'll remain with the organization. He's a restricted free agent, while his teammate Gordon faces a potential suspension because of the DUI charge he was cited for in mid-October.

Feb 10, 2021 5:07 PM EST

Injures, scheme lead to down year

Lindsay finished the 2020 campaign with 502 yards and a touchdown on 118 carries. He added seven catches on 14 targets for 28 yards.

Analysis: So much for the one-two punch Denver had hoped to establish on the ground with Lindsay and free-agent addition Melvin Gordon.  The two each had 40 rushing yards in the same game just twice all season and Lindsay himself topped that total just four times all season. Part of that can be attributed to the host of toe, hip and knee injuries Lindsay suffered throughout the season, causing him to miss five games and be hampered during several others. There's also the question of Lindsay's fit within Pat Shurmur's offense, which does not feature many of the stretch plays that Lindsay has thrived on early in his career and relies on backs to be solid contributors in the passing game -- which is not Lindsay's strong suit. It'd be foolish for the Broncos not to tender Lindsay in the offseason given the spark he has provided the offense -- including in games against the Patriots, Chargers and Dolphins this season -- but he'll be heading into his potential final season in Denver having come off a career-worst year in which he rushed for half his previous career-low in yards and bottomed out in most other statistical categories.

Jan 12, 2021 7:23 PM EST

Shut down for season

The Broncos placed Lindsay (hip/knee) on injured reserve Saturday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: This week, Lindsay was tagged with the two body parts that have hindered his ability to play this season, and Denver now has decided to shut him down for the campaign. A restricted free agent in the offseason, the team may opt to let him walk after Melvin Gordon successfully led the backfield in his first campaign in the Mile High City. Whatever befalls Lindsay in a few months, he'll end his third years as a pro with 118 carries for 502 yards and one touchdown while gathering in seven of 14 passes for 28 more yards in 11 appearances.

Dec 26, 2020 11:22 AM EST

Won't play in Week 16

Lindsay (hip/knee) won't play Sunday against the Chargers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: With Lindsay having been ruled out, added Week 16 carries are available for Melvin Gordon, with Royce Freeman (hip/questionable) a candidate for change-of-pace duty, assuming he's active for Sunday's contest.

Dec 25, 2020 1:15 PM EST

Iffy for Sunday

Lindsay (hip/knee) won't practice Thursday, Jeff Legwold of reports.

Analysis: Coach Vic Fangio noted that with the team off for Christmas, "maybe" Lindsay will be able to practice Saturday before the team heads for Los Angeles. With that in mind, Legwold suggests that Lindsay will "have to improve significantly over next two days" in order to play Sunday against the Chargers. If Lindsay isn't able to suit up this weekend, added carries would be available for Melvin Gordon, along with Royce Freeman (hip), assuming he's active.

Dec 24, 2020 9:56 AM EST

Missing practice Wednesday

Lindsay (hip) won't practice Wednesday, Jeff Legwold of reports.

Analysis: The same applies to Royce Freeman (hip), leaving Melvin Gordon as the only running back on Denver's active roster who'll be able to practice Wednesday. Lindsay and Gordon continued to split backfield duties in the team's Week 15 loss to the Bills, with each player logging 11 carries in that contest.

Dec 23, 2020 10:12 AM EST

Endures inefficient Week 15 showing

Lindsay collected 38 yards on 11 carries, adding three receptions for seven yards during Saturday's 48-19 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Lindsay has yet to exceed 250 receiving yards in a professional season, and he's totaled only 28 yards as a pass catcher over 11 appearances in 2020. While passing-game upside was not being relied upon as his ticket to fantasy success in 2020, Lindsay's track record of incredible rushing efficiency was. The Colorado product averaged 4.9 yards per carry with 17 total touchdowns between 2018 and 2019, but he's managed a diminished 4.3 yards per attempt this season with just one TD. Over his past seven outings, Lindsay has exceeded 3.5 yards per rush only once.

Dec 19, 2020 7:13 PM EST

Active versus Bills

Lindsay (hip) is listed as active for Saturday afternoon's game against the Bills.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow running back Melvin Gordon (shoulder). In last weekend's win over the Panthers, Lindsay carried 11 times for 24 yards and caught two passes for seven yards, while Gordon logged 13 carries for 68 yards and three catches for 23 yards. They should continue to work in a time-share Saturday, but it's one that's been tilted toward Gordon, as he's been more involved as a pass-catcher this season and has notched seven TDs (in 12 games) to Lindsay's one (through 10 contests).

Dec 19, 2020 12:07 PM EST

Looks set to face Bills

Lindsay (hip) is expected to suit up against the Bills on Saturday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: An official word on Lindsay's status will only have to wait until inactives are released prior to Saturday's 4:30 ET kickoff, but it looks as though the third-year pro will take the field. Backfield mate Melvin Gordon (shoulder) is also expected to play, which should result in he and Lindsay handling their usual '1A/1B' split.

Dec 19, 2020 10:27 AM EST

Will be listed as questionable

Coach Vic Fangio said that both Lindsay (hip) and Melvin Gordon (shoulder) will be listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Bills, Jeff Legwold of reports.

Analysis: Though the status of both backs should be monitored as Saturday's 4:30 ET kickoff approaches, Mike Klis of 9News Denver previously relayed via Fangio that that the duo should be fine by game time. If that's indeed the case, Lindsay (who carried 11 times in Week 14) Gordon (who notched 13 carries) should continue to work in a fairly even time-share this weekend.

Dec 17, 2020 9:42 AM EST

Trending in right direction

Coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday that Lindsay (hip) will be limited in practice again but should be available for Saturday's game against the Bills, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Fangio said that both Lindsay and Melvin Gordon (shoulder) should be fine for Saturday, so it looks like the Broncos' usual backfield split will be deployed. Lindsay has handled more than 10 carries in three of the last four weeks, though he has yet to score or surpass 30 yards on the ground in that span.

Dec 16, 2020 9:39 AM EST

Limited on Tuesday's report

Lindsay (hip) was listed as limited on Tuesday's estimated injury report, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Lindsay has received double-digit touches in three of the last four contests, averaging 39.8 yards from scrimmage per game and scoring no TDs during that stretch. The potential may be there for more work Saturday against the Bills with Melvin Gordon estimated as a non-participant Tuesday due to the shoulder injury he suffered late in a Week 14 win at Carolina. Still, Lindsay has an injury of his own, so the health of both backs will need to be monitored as the weekend draws closer.

Dec 15, 2020 1:29 PM EST

Inefficient day against Panthers

Lindsay collected 24 yards over 11 carries, adding two receptions for seven yards during Sunday's 32-27 win at Carolina.

Analysis: Lindsay saw an uptick in usage towards the end of the contest while Melvin Gordon dealt with a shoulder injury, though the issue was never severe enough to lift Gordon from the lineup entirely. In what was a pristine matchup, taking on a Carolina defense that ranked sixth worst in the NFL entering Sunday with 4.6 yards per carry allowed to opposing backs, Lindsay managed a meager 2.2 YPC while offering minimal passing-game contributions. The one-time Pro Bowler has been struggling on the ground for more than a month, managing less than 2.9 yards per attempt over five of his past six appearances.

Dec 13, 2020 3:41 PM EST

Overshadowed in narrow loss

Lindsay (knee) ran the ball 14 times for 26 yards in Sunday's 22-16 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Lindsay was dealing with a banged up knee during practice this week, but his status for this contest was never really in grave danger. The 26-year-old may not have been at full strength based on his disappointing output. Melvin Gordon quintupled his backfield mate's output with nearly identical touches, which could have an immediate affect on the carry distribution heading into a very favorable matchup against Carolina's revolving door that is disguised as a run defense. If Lindsay can get more practices in this week, perhaps he can take advantage of the scenario, as he will likely still see double-digit touches as a part of this backfield duo in Denver.

Dec 6, 2020 11:02 PM EST

Suiting up Week 13

Lindsay (knee) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against Kansas City, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Lindsay thus is in line to share backfield work Sunday with Melvin Gordon, with Royce Freeman also on hand. While Lindsay's fantasy upside is hampered by his minimal involvement in Denver's passing game, the Week 13 prospects of all of the team's skill players should be brightened by the return to action of starting signal-caller Drew Lock. In last Sunday's 31-3 loss to the Saints, the team's offense was hampered by a series of events that led to practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton being pressed into action as the team's QB.

Dec 6, 2020 3:55 PM EST

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