Phillip Lindsay

Miami Dolphins
Running Back #23
Miami Dolphins
Running Back #23
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Phillip Lindsay News

Claimed on waivers

The Dolphins have claimed Lindsay off waivers from the Texans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Lindsay, who logged 50 carries for 130 yards and a TD and added three catches for 37 yards and a receiving score in 10 games for the Texans prior to being let go, will now have a chance to secure a role in Miami's backfield behind starter Myles Gaskin. While it remains to be seen what level of volume Lindsay will see with the Dolphins, he does have a chance to resurface as a fantasy option in the coming weeks if he earns a steady role with his new team.

Nov 24, 2021 1:23 PM EST


Officially cut loose

The Texans waived Lindsay on Tuesday.

Analysis: As expected, the running back will now be exposed to waivers, allowing any of the NFL's other 31 teams to put in a claim for him over the next 24 hours. If Lindsay goes unclaimed, he shouldn't have much trouble finding a spot on a practice squad, if he isn't immediately signed to a 53-man roster on a more team-friendly deal. Though he mustered only 2.6 yards per carry on 50 totes over his 10 games with Houston, Lindsay averaged 4.3 YPC or better in each of his previous three seasons in the NFL with Denver. He also showed some ability as a receiver, recording 77 catches over that three-year stretch.

Nov 23, 2021 1:21 PM EST



Time in Houston ending

The Texans plan to waive Lindsay on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Expect the team to formally announce the transaction later Tuesday. Even with Houston moving lead back Mark Ingram to New Orleans prior to the trade deadline earlier this month, Lindsay hadn't seen an uptick in work out of the Houston backfield, as both David Johnson and Rex Burkhead had slotted ahead of him in the pecking order. Lindsay didn't help his case for earning more work by averaging a lowly 2.6 yards per carry on 50 totes while making a negligible impact in the passing game. Some shaky offensive line play undoubtedly contributed to Lindsay's struggles, so expect the 27-year-old to generate a fair amount of interest from other teams once he hits the waiver wire. In his prior three seasons with Denver, Lindsay averaged a healthy 4.8 yards per carry and showcased more ability as a pass catcher.

Nov 23, 2021 8:43 AM EST


Low man in backfield

Lindsay had one carry for minus-3 yards and played just two snaps in Sunday's 22-13 win over the Titans.

Analysis: Lindsay appears to have fallen down the depth chart, as David Johnson (35 snaps) and Rex Burkhead (27) were the preferred backs on a rain-soaked field in Nashville (Tenn.). His lone carry came in the red zone, the first play after Houston linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass and returned it 82 yards to the Titans' six-yard-line. And that was it for Lindsay. Johnson's been used primarily as a receiving back, but his 13 carries and 35 snaps were season highs. Burkhead had been a non-factor all season until Sunday. That uncertainty in the backfield suggests Lindsay being third on the depth chart could be a temporary development. Johnson and Burkhead combined for 1.9 yards per carry (31 carries, 58 yards), so there could chances for Lindsay down the road.

Nov 22, 2021 4:46 AM EST


Paces backfield in carries

Lindsay rushed eight times for 28 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game during the Texans' 17-9 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran back outpaced backfield mates David Johnson and Rex Burkhead by four and six carries, respectively, in the loss. Lindsay had only logged three carries in Week 8 against the Rams in what was Houston's first game since trading away Mark Ingram, so it's difficult to determine whether Sunday's volume will carry over past the Week 10 bye and into a Week 11 road matchup against the Titans.

Nov 7, 2021 3:31 PM EST



Gets no perceptible bump

Lindsay had three carries for eight yards in Sunday's 37-22 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: There was anticipation centered on Houston's backfield Sunday, the first game without Mark Ingram as its leader. Lindsay (eight snaps) and David Johnson (11 snaps) got most of the attention, but the backfield winner turned out to be Rex Burkhead, who led the group in snap count (30) and scored a touchdown. There could be further shakeup heading into the Nov. 2 trade deadline, which could have been the reason for highlighting Burkhead. For now, it looks like Lindsay received no perceptible bump in playing time.

Nov 1, 2021 6:30 AM EST


Candidate for added carries

Lindsay figures to see added touches going forward with Mark Ingram slated to be traded to the Saints, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow RB David Johnson, while Rex Burkhead and possibly even Scottie Phillips could also factor in, but with Ingram -- who led the Texans with 92 carries for 294 yards in seven games -- no longer in the mix, we'd expect Lindsay, who's been limited to 38 carries for 97 yards to date, to see an uptick in carries in the weeks ahead. With Johnson also on hand, a time-share is still in play, but Lindsay now at least has a chance to make a fantasy impact, with added touches up for grabs.

Oct 27, 2021 3:25 PM EST


Does little in loss

Lindsay had two carries for eight yards in Sunday's 31-5 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Lindsay had a season-low four snaps and has been on the field for just 18.3 percent of available offensive plays this season. The Texans want to have a viable running game, but they usually find themselves playing from behind. Even when in position to move via the ground, the Texans have had difficulty. Sunday's loss was the fifth time in seven games that Houston's averaged fewer than three yards per carry.

Oct 25, 2021 5:42 AM EST


Tops 50 scrimmage yards

Lindsay rushed seven times for 39 yards and caught both of his targets for another 15 yards in Sunday's 31-3 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Lindsay got nine touches while Mark Ingram led Houston's backfield with 20 and David Johnson settled for just three and lost a fumble. Ingram's the only player who gets consistent work in this backfield, and none of the three Houston running backs will be especially appealing options in Week 7 against the heavily favored Cardinals.

Oct 17, 2021 3:35 PM EST


Limited run in loss

Lindsay gained 19 yards on five carries and was not targeted in Sunday's 25-22 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: The Texans' ground game was once again bottled up, and Lindsay once again played a secondary role to Mark Ingram. Lindsay has 30 total touches through five games, which is not enough to warrant a spot on any roster.

Oct 11, 2021 6:45 AM EST


Not a day for running backs

Lindsay had four carries for minus-1 yards in Sunday's 40-0 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: The Texans were never too far out of the game on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter, but they were totally outclassed by the Bills. Forced to play catchup, Lindsay and the rest of the running backs were put on the shelf. Lindsay played just eight snaps, the third successive week with declining a snap count.

Oct 4, 2021 6:49 AM EST


Thoroughly inefficient in loss

Lindsay rushed seven times for five yards in the Texans' 24-9 loss to the Panthers on Thursday.

Analysis: Lindsay actually paced the backfield in carries, but as his final line demonstrates, he did absolutely nothing with the opportunities. The seven totes represented Lindsay's second-highest total in that category through three games, and despite garnering one more attempt than backfield mate Mark Ingram against Carolina, the latter is still likely to pace the position group in a Week 4 road battle versus the Bills on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Sep 23, 2021 8:54 PM EST


Gets into the end zone again

Lindsay rushed five times for two yards but secured his only target for a 22-yard touchdown in the Texans' 31-21 loss to the Browns on Sunday.

Analysis: Lindsay's involvement in the ground game was utterly forgettable, but he gave fantasy managers who may have deployed him in deep season-long or daily contests something to smile about with his scoring grab in the latter portion of the first quarter to knot the game at 7-7. The former Bronco's role is going to almost assuredly fluctuate week to week as long as fellow proven backfield mates David Johnson and Mark Ingram are also healthy, making Lindsay a risky week-to-week proposition.

Sep 19, 2021 2:39 PM EST


Finds end zone

Lindsay carried the ball eight times for 25 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 1 contest against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Lindsay served primarily as the change-of-pace running back for Mark Ingram. His day was mostly forgettable, as his longest gain was eight yards, and he failed to reel in his only target. Lindsay did manage to salvage his first game as a Texan by reaching the end zone a five-yard rush, though it is worth noting that Ingram was also on the field for that play. Looking ahead to a Week 2 matchup against the Browns, Lindsay will need to find more consistent involvement in the offense to make a major impact on the stat sheet.

Sep 12, 2021 4:33 PM EST


Finds little room

Lindsay carried the ball six time for 17 yards in Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Lindsay took the field and received a carry on the team's first offensive play of the game. He worked in with both Mark Ingram and David Johnson on subsequent possessions, but he couldn't get much going on the ground. There has been speculation that Lindsay could serve as the team's lead back in Week 1 against Jacksonville, though how the work out of the backfield will actually be divided remains unclear.

Aug 28, 2021 11:06 PM EST


Tough night Saturday

Lindsay carried the ball four times for two yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: This was not an encouraging performance for Lindsay, either based on his own numbers or on the backfield context around him. Mark Ingram got the start and was more effective in general, and he scored Houston's only offensive TD of the night from two yards out after Lindsay got bottled up on a carry from the four-yard line. David Johnson also spotted in on third downs during the first quarter. If Ingram is the primary goal-line back and Johnson the primary pass-catcher among the trio, that doesn't leave a lot of fantasy-friendly opportunities left over for the former Bronco. This is shaping up to be a true backfield committee during the regular season, which would put a very firm ceiling on Lindsay's value.

Aug 22, 2021 4:11 AM EST


Could lead team in carries

Lindsay should have a spot on the Week 1 roster and may even lead the Texans in carries this year, according to Aaron Reiss of The Athletic.

Analysis: David Johnson was Houston's lead back last year, but it was Lindsay who got the start in the preseason opener and Mark Ingram who had the honor of being rested. Handling early downs with the first-team offense, Lindsay took five carries for 14 yards, ceding only third downs to Johnson. Furthermore, the Texans list two tailbacks as starters -- Ingram and Lindsay -- on their initial preseason depth chart, while Johnson was placed with the second unit. None of this means Johnson is buried, but it is clear the Houston backfield will be tricky to decipher before the start of the regular season. The team's next preseason contest is Saturday in Dallas.

Aug 17, 2021 9:42 AM EST


Gets starting nod Saturday

Lindsay gained 14 yards on five carries in Saturday's preseason win over the Packers.

Analysis: The former Bronco got the start for the Texans and saw all his totes on the team's opening drive, helping lead Houston to a field goal. Lindsay's usage is promising, but it came with Mark Ingram getting the night off entirely, while David Johnson also saw his only carry on that opening possession. A three-way split in the backfield would be bad news for the fantasy values of them all, but Lindsay at least seems headed for a prominent role in that committee.

Aug 15, 2021 6:03 AM EST


Tops depth chart with Ingram

The Texans' unofficial depth chart lists Mark Ingram and Lindsay as co-starters, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: They're followed by David Johnson and Rex Burkhead on an depth chart that could tilt in one direction or the other in the coming weeks. Given the success that Ingram, Lindsay and Johnson have had at the NFL level at various times, it does seem likely that Houston's backfield could turn into a committee situation, in which carry allotment is determined by a hot hand approach. That's less than ideal from a fantasy perspective, but if Tyrod Taylor ends up as the team's starting QB out of the gate this coming season, a run-heavy approach is plausible.

Aug 11, 2021 2:20 PM EST


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


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