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Phillip Lindsay

Phillip Lindsay

Running Back #23
ADP:Round: 8, Pick: 7
Team: Denver Broncos
Ht / Wt:5'7" / 185 lb.
College:None
Age:26
Born:July 24, 1994
Drafted:2018 / UDFA

Phillip Lindsay: Preparing for camp

Lindsay (wrist) says he is ready for training camp, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Lindsay had wrist surgery for a second straight offseason, but his rehab from the recent procedure has been much simpler than what he dealt with last year. He also mentioned he's up to 195 pounds, which is five pounds heavier than his listed weight and eight pounds heavier than his playing weight from last season. The soon-to-be 26-year-old believes he'll be a good fit with new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, though volume may be an issue after the Broncos signed Melvin Gordon.

June 23, 2020 1:30 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Facing challenge from Gordon

A Broncos executive said Lindsay (wrist) is expected to work in a "tag team" with Melvin Gordon, who agreed to a two-year, $16 million contract with the Broncos on Friday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Gordon has the higher profile as well as a better history of receiving and touchdown production, but Lindsay's career mark of 4.9 yards per carry puts him well ahead of his new teammate (4.0). To be fair, Gordon mostly ran behind lousy offensive lines throughout this five years with the Chargers, and his rushing average was perhaps dragged down a bit by the regular usage in goal-line/short-yardage situations. New offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur suggested in February that Lindsay would see a big increase in targets this upcoming season, but it's hard to imagine that happening if Gordon stays healthy. In any case, Lindsay is expected to make a smooth recovery from his January procedure to clean up his wrist, the same one that required a more serious surgery last offseason.

March 20, 2020 12:25 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Headed for more receiving work?

Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur believes Lindsay (wrist) will see more targets in 2020, Cecil Lammey of 104.3 The Fan reports.

Analysis: Lindsay caught 35 passes in both 2018 and 2019, averaging 6.2 yards per catch and 4.6 per target while dropping 10 of his 95 targets. A severe wrist injury from late in his rookie campaign seemed to linger into 2019, with Lindsay dropping six balls and struggling in pass protection, though he did play all 16 games before having a second surgery on his wrist in January. The recovery process should be shorter this time around, and there's no question Lindsay has the speed and agility to thrive as a pass catcher if he can eliminate some of the drops. Former offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello preferred Royce Freeman in the backfield on obvious passing downs, but Shurmur may have a different view of things. Per usual, the snap/touch competition between Lindsay and Freeman will be a key story for fantasy managers to monitor throughout the summer.

February 6, 2020 12:29 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Undergoes wrist procedure

Lindsay recently underwent a cleanup procedure on his right wrist, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Per the report, the running back's recovery time is slated to be "minimal" and "should barely impact" his offseason training. Renck notes that Lindsay, who at times was in discomfort this past season, underwent an extensive procedure on his wrist last year and his recent procedure should take much less time to bounce back from. With that in mind, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic indicates that Lindsay is expected to be fine for the Broncos' OTAs.

January 16, 2020 2:49 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Wraps up 2019 with 1,207 yards

Lindsay ran for 1,011 yards and seven touchdowns on 224 carries during the 2019 season. He added 196 yards on 35 receptions.

Analysis: Lindsay looked like a franchise cornerstone coming out of a surprise 2018 season, but was unable to meet his 2018 output despite averaging more than a touch more per game. His 4.7 yards per touch in 2019 were a full yard less than 2018. The issue wasn't a lack of big plays, Lindsay had eight plays of 20 or more yards in 2019, just one fewer than 2018. Instead, the issue appears to have been yard before contact. Lindsay averaged 3.1 yards before contact in 2018 as compared to 2.1 in 2019, the potential product of teams selling out to stop him in 2019. Expect more familiarity with a new offense, a more consistent passing attack and improved health along the offensive line -- particularly the presumed return of little-used right tackle Ja'Wuan James -- to help Lindsay improve on what was still a very solid sophomore campaign.

January 4, 2020 11:24 AM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Heads into offseason healthy

Lindsay will look to improve his playing strength and abilities in the passing game this offseason after an injury-hampered 2019 offseason, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Lindsay injured his wrist late in the 2018 season and the lingering effects prevented him from doing upper-body work until right before training camp. Lindsay did seem slowed a bit in 2019, averaging a full yard per touch less in 2019 as compared to 2018, 4.7 to 5.7. Improved health and a 2020 offensive line that should, at the very least, get high-priced right tackle Ja'Wuan James (knee) to play more than a few dozen snaps should make a difference.

January 1, 2020 9:45 AM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Tops 1,000 yards on year

Lindsay ran for 53 yards on 18 carries during Sunday's 16-15 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Sunday's grinding performance put Lindsay at 1,011 rushing yards on the season, making him the first undrafted runner to record back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons to start their career. The end result looks similar to his rookie campaign, but Lindsay's 4.5 yards per carry in 2019 were nearly a full yard less than 2018. He also had three 100-total-yard games in 2019 as compared to six in 2018 and scored less, 10 touchdowns in 2018 to seven in 2019. A new scheme, revolving door at quarterback and makeshift right side of the offensive line certainly didn't help matters - but the Broncos need Lindsay to rebound and be a bigger-play threat in 2020.

December 29, 2019 5:31 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Breaks century mark, scores TD

Lindsay ran for 109 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and hauled in two of his three targets for nine receiving yards during Sunday's 27-17 win against the Lions.

Analysis: The second-year back was held to a season-low 32 rushing yards last Sunday in a loss to Kansas City, but he bounced back against Detroit by recording his second 100-yard rushing performance of 2019. During Week 16, Lindsay tied his personal best by reaching 35 receptions on the season, and he currently sits just 42 yards away from kicking off his NFL career with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing campaigns. Lindsay and the Broncos will close out 2019 with a home matchup against Oakland's No. 14 rush defense.

December 22, 2019 4:58 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Has season's worst game

Lindsay ran for 32 yards on seven carries and did not haul in either of his targets during Sunday's 23-3 loss in Kansas City.

Analysis: Sunday's 32 yards were a season low for Lindsay. There appeared to have been some attempted trickery early with Lindsay taking a direct snap and briefly looking to pass before pulling the ball down for a modest gain. There wasn't much excitement after that for Lindsay or Denver's offense as a whole. Lindsay has been held under 70 total yards now in four consecutive games and it wouldn't be a surprise if Detroit makes it five on Sunday. The Lions have been vulnerable against the pass this season, but have surrendered just 4.0 yards per opponent carry, seventh best in the league.

December 15, 2019 4:45 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Finds end zone in high-scoring win

Lindsay rushed 16 times for 51 yards and a touchdown while catching both of his targets for four yards in Sunday's 38-24 win over Houston.

Analysis: Lindsay's one-yard touchdown in the third quarter gave his team a 38-3 lead. He got 16 carries to Royce Freeman's eight, but the running game was surprisingly quiet for the Broncos in this one. Lindsay has eclipsed 50 rushing yards in 10 of his last 11 games, and he's added six touchdowns in that span, making the second-year running back a dependable option heading into a Week 15 matchup against the vulnerable Chiefs run defense.

December 8, 2019 2:15 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Held in check vs. Chargers

Lindsay carried 17 times for 58 yards and caught all three of his targets for an additional four yards during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Lindsay struggled to get things going on the ground as he finished averaging just 3.4 yards per attempt. He hauled in each of the passes Drew Lock sent his way but lost yardage on two of them and finished with underwhelming numbers in that phase. Lindsay more than doubled Royce Freeman's number of touches in this one, but he hasn't exceeded 75 scrimmage yards in the last three games and will look to do more with his usage next Sunday against the Texans.

December 1, 2019 6:29 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Gains 68 yards

Lindsay ran for 57 yards on 13 attempts and added an 11-yard catch during Sunday's 20-3 loss in Buffalo.

Analysis: Lindsay was unable to shake loose against the Bills, but his 4.4 yards-per-carry average was all the more impressive considering the Denver pass offense did not pose a threat throughout the game. Lindsay is dangerous when he's able to get to the edge and slash through the line. That's becoming increasingly difficult as defense have learned not to fear Brandon Allen's arm on drop backs. A middle-of-the-road Chargers pass defense awaits Sunday, but Lindsay's value may ride on whether Allen is back under center or whether the Drew Lock era is upon us.

November 24, 2019 4:23 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Good to go after full practice

Lindsay (foot/wrist) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's road game against the Bills after practicing fully Friday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: In this past Sunday's 27-23 loss to Minnesota, Lindsay out-snapped fellow running back Royce Freeman, 51-23, en route to logging 16 carries for 67 yards and catching both of his targets for eight yards. For his part, Freeman carried eight times for 31 yards and hauled in his lone target for 14 yards. Expect a similar time-share (i.e. one tilted in Lindsay's favor) to be in effect this weekend against a Buffalo defense that has allowed an average of 106.3 rushing yards per game to date.

November 22, 2019 1:07 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Still limited in practice

Lindsay (foot/wrist) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Lindsay is apparently still a little banged up after handling one his larger snap shares (64 percent) in the Week 11 loss to the Vikings. The fact that he was able to fit in some on-field work in the Broncos' first two sessions of Week 12 suggests he's trending toward playing Sunday in Buffalo, but Friday's practice report will reveal whether or not he carries a designation into that contest.

November 21, 2019 2:56 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Limited practice Wednesday

Lindsay (foot/wrist) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: In Week 11's loss to the Vikings, Lindsay out-snapped Royce Freeman 51 to 23, while rushing 16 times for 67 yards and catching both of his targets for eight yards. Meanwhile, Freeman ran eight times for 31 yards and caught his only target for 14 yards. Assuming his current aches and pains are nothing major, Lindsay figures to head the Broncos' backfield committee once again this Sunday on the road against the Bills.

November 20, 2019 3:24 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Gains 75 yards in loss

Lindsay ran for 67 yards on 16 carries and added eight yards on two catches during Sunday's 27-23 loss in Minnesota.

Analysis: Lindsay, much like Denver as a whole, was able to gain some chunks early on, but fell out of rhythm late. The sophomore back hasn't drawn quite the praise he did last season and is averaging -- by his standards -- a modest 4.9 yards per carry this season, down from 5.4 yards per carry as a rookie. Still, an increase in usage has helped him top 75 total yards in five of his last six games and he's on pace to edge out last season's production both on the ground and through the air. After a solid effort against a very good Minnesota defense, he gets another tough road test in Week 12 against Buffalo.

November 17, 2019 4:06 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Expected to garner larger workload

Lindsay is expected to take on a larger share of the backfield snaps and touches Sunday against the Vikings, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Denver has deployed a fairly even distribution of the workload between Lindsay and Royce Freeman all season, with the former playing between 40 and 56 percent of the offensive snaps and topping out at 25 touches and the latter handling snap shares between 47 and 63 percent and maxing out at 19 touches. Freeman (4.0 yards per carry) has been far less efficient on the ground than Lindsay (4.9 YPC), which could provide an explanation behind the Broncos' supposed plan to feature the 25-year-old more in Week 11. Even if Lindsay does end up dominating the snaps and touches, he'll have to overcome a tough matchup with a Minnesota team that ranks in the top half of the NFL in both rushing defense and scoring defense.

November 17, 2019 8:52 AM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Struggles in loss

Lindsay rushed 11 times for 36 yards and secured his only target for minus-4 yards in the Broncos' 30-6 loss to the Chiefs on Thursday.

Analysis: Lindsay and backfield mate Royce Freeman struggled with efficiency against a Chiefs team that came into the contest having allowed the most rushing yards in the league to running backs. The second-year back had averaged between 4.7 and 7.6 yards per carry in each of his three games prior to Thursday, so Thursday's struggles were a particularly rude awakening. Lindsay also saw a two-game touchdown streak snapped, but he'll look to get back on track at the expense of the Colts in a Week 8 matchup a week from Sunday.

October 17, 2019 9:23 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Picks up 75 yards, scores

Lindsay ran for 70 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and caught two passes for five total yards during Sunday's 16-0 win over Tennessee.

Analysis: Lindsay plunged in for the game's only touchdown from two yards out late in the third quarter, but it was a clutch fourth-quarter run that was arguably his biggest of the game. With the ball at midfield midway through the fourth quarter, Lindsay took the inside handoff, was stuffed, but managed to scramble out and find the edge for a gain of 30 -- setting up a field goal to put Denver up by 16. Lindsay has now scored four times in his last four games, with a pair of 100-yard outings. What's worth monitoring, however, is his role in the passing game as Royce Freeman has looked like the better third-down back. Next up is a Thursday matchup against a Chiefs team that has been tougher against the pass than the run thus far this season.

October 13, 2019 4:40 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay: Totals 147 scrimmage yards

Lindsay carried 15 times for 114 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Chargers. He also caught four passes for an additional 33 yards in the 20-13 win.

Analysis: Lindsay averaged a hefty 7.6 yards per carry as he topped 100 rushing yards for the first time this season. He capped off the opening drive with a four-yard touchdown run to open the scoring, giving him three in his last three games. Lindsay has also been a contributor as a pass-catcher, totaling at least 30 receiving yards in three of his last four. He will look to continue his recent success next Sunday at home against the Titans.

October 6, 2019 5:44 PM EST

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