Phillip Lindsay all the time has one thing to show, though the Denver Broncos working again is ninth in dashing yards and tied for 10th in touchdowns over the previous two seasons (his solely two years within the NFL). Lindsay entered the league with a chip on his shoulder as an undrafted free agent and needs to maintain his job because the staff’s No. 1 working again.
The Broncos added Melvin Gordon this offseason to problem Lindsay, signing him to a two-year, $16 million deal — cash that signifies Gordon will get the majority of the carries — however not if Lindsay has something to say about it.
“At the end of the day, does it matter? He’s here. I’m here,” Lindsay stated, through the Broncos web site. “When I get the opportunity to be in the game, I’m going to make explosive plays. That’s what it’s all about. I’m going to go from there.
“And that is what it comes right down to. And the very fact is, I’m going to try this. So it would not matter who they pay for or who they introduced in, they have to get by means of me and it is very laborious to try this.”
Lindsay has needed to battle for his job earlier than with Royce Freeman, who was drafted within the third spherical the identical yr Lindsay went undrafted (2018). The Broncos additionally tried to guard their funding in Devontae Booker, a 2016 fourth-round decide that Lindsay handed on the depth chart. Lindsay has rushed for two,048 yards and 16 touchdowns in two seasons, averaging 4.92 yards per carry (third amongst working backs that recorded over 400 carries).
Lindsay really has extra 1,000-yard seasons than Gordon (two to 1), though Gordon is tied for sixth in landing runs (18) over the previous two seasons, regardless of taking part in simply 24 video games. Gordon has rushed for 4,240 yards and 36 touchdowns in 5 NFL seasons, averaging 4.Zero yards per carry.
Winning the No. 1 working again job is essential for Lindsay, however so is an impending payday. Lindsay is within the remaining yr of his rookie deal and is incomes a base wage of simply $750,000 this yr. Having one other season just like the previous two years, and holding the No. 1 working again job, could lead on towards a possible deal just like the one Gordon obtained in free company.
Just extra motivation for Lindsay to succeed, whereas persevering with to silence the doubters.