In a year when the Broncos are touting one of their most promising rookie classes in a long time, it’s an undrafted rookie running back who made the biggest impact on day one of training camp.
Phillip Lindsay, who the Broncos signed as a free agent out of Colorado, put on a show today for over 3,000 fans at Dove Valley.
The biggest highlight? A 50-yard touchdown reception where he put Brandon Marshall on skates and took it the distance.
Phillip Lindsay just cooked Brandon Marshall on a double move and hauled in a Case Keenum pass for a 50-yard touchdown in 7-on-7 👀
— RK (@RyanKoenigsberg) July 28, 2018
The most impressive part of this is he’s already getting run with the first team. The coaches must have seen something out of Lindsay at mini camp to justify giving him reps with the big dogs this early. But hey, it’s working.
And he’s looking especially saucy in the process.
Brandon Marshall the LB says Phillip Lindsay "has sauce."
"He has some good sauce to him. I like him."
This is when I feel especially old and out of touch.
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) July 28, 2018
It’s obviously really, really early, but Lindsay seems like one of those undrafted free agents of destiny that is on a crash course for the 53-man roster or the practice squad to start the season.
Phillip Lindsay gets the carry and shows his elusiveness cutting right. #FanCamp #BroncosCamp #ChubbX3
— Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan (@1043TheFan) July 28, 2018
It was the full trifecta for Lindsay today — running, receiving, and returning. The more ways you make yourself useful, the better the chance you have of sticking around. I don’t know what he’s like as a pass protector in the NFL yet, but if he’s decent enough at it you get the feeling he’s a shoe-in.
He’s got some pretty serious competition at running back, though. Devontae Booker and Royce Freeman are locks to make the team, and DeAngelo Henderson came on a little bit at the end of the season after having a strong preseason.
Paxton Lynch dumps it off to De'Angelo Henderson for his first touchdown #BroncosCountry pic.twitter.com/2iXEMHILSF
— Brady (@BradyVernon) December 31, 2017
There’s also David Williams, who feels almost like an afterthought compared to Lindsay despite being drafted in the sixth round, but it looked like he had a solid day as well. I’m sure if he had a name that wasn’t so fantastically generic, we would be talking about him a little more. Even going by Davey Williams would be a huge upgrade, but I don’t want to tell him how to live his life.
David Williams has footwork a big man doesn't normally have. Actually bounced one outside and made LB fall down. #Broncos @1043TheFan
— Cecil Lammey (@CecilLammey) July 28, 2018
It’s a bit of a mystery why Lindsay wasn’t drafted in the first place. He had a stellar career at Colorado and ran a sub 4.4 40-yard dash at CU’s pro day before the draft. It might just be that scouts are dumb and think size really matters in a running back despite that clearly not being the case (Darren Sproles, Tarik Cohen, C.J. Anderson). We’re living in the Stone Age, folks, and the Broncos got themselves a gem because of it.
I love that people are overthinking Phillip Lindsay as a prospect. pic.twitter.com/QCxuaPJZIv
— Cagen Cantrell (@CeeingTheDraft) February 17, 2018
Colorado RB Phillip Lindsay picking up the blitz 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/KeUNl8nnRE
— Joe DuVall (@joeduvall) November 19, 2016
Hello to you too, Phillip Lindsay pic.twitter.com/1AvmReNV1b
— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) September 2, 2017