RB Phillip Lindsay - Denver Broncos

5-8, 190Born: 7-24-1994College: ColoradoDrafted: ---

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2019 Week 1 vs OAK (11 / 43 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)

Lindsay was featured for the first couple of offensive drives, but the backfield quickly devolved into a timeshare with Freeman. Lindsay caught his first target for a minimal gain on a halfback screen in the 1st quarter, then snagged a swing route out of the backfield on the next play, crashing through a couple of defenders for hard fought yardage. Lindsay lined up wide right and wide left as a receiver at the end of the 1st half of play, but didn't record any catches while flexed out. Flacco checked it down to him a couple more times in the second half of the game, but Lindsay couldn't get much going via ground(long run of 9 yards) or air in this one.

2019 Week 2 vs CHI (13 / 36 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)

Lindsay split backfield duties with Freeman, who actually outgained him on the ground and in the passing game this week. Lindsay and the rest of the offense struggled to break any big plays. He had his longest run of the day called back for a holding penalty in the 2nd quarter. Lindsay converted 3rd down with a nice gain on an out route that he turned up the sideline in the 1st quarter. His most impressive play of the day was a 19 yard catch-and-run on a checkdown pass from Flacco that converted 3rd and 15 in the 2nd quarter. Lindsay got smacked hard behind the line of scrimmage by Leonard Floyd on a swing route out of the backfield in the 3rd. Lindsay got a carry from the Chicago 4 yard line late in the 4th, but didn't have room to do anything with it. Flacco hit Lindsay on a swing route to convert 4th and 2 in the 4th quarter. Lindsay had a slight edge in carries(13) over Freeman, but both had 7 targets in the passing game and Freeman was more efficient with his touches. It looks like this backfield timeshare isn't changing any time soon.

2019 Week 3 vs GB (21 / 81 / 2 rush, 5 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)

Denver seemed committed to getting Freeman rolling early, featuring him early in the 1st quarter, but Lindsay quickly asserted himself as the hot hand in the backfield. Freeman missed some time in the first half with a shoulder injury, which gave Lindsay some opportunities in the red zone. Lindsay got rolling with a couple of strong first-down runs near the end of the first quarter. He punched his first touchdown in early in the 2nd quarter, carrying straight up the middle from Green Bay's four yard line. Lindsay displayed some serious strength between the tackles on his second touchdown run, as he broke at least two defensive lineman's tackles on his way to a three yard touchdown carry off left tackle. Lindsay also pulled in four receptions for 49 yards. His biggest gain of the day was a swing pass out of the backfield that he turned up the left sideline for a 36 yard gain in the 3rd quarter.

2019 Week 4 vs JAX (9 / 53 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Lindsay had the better day of the two backs in the ground game, but was particularly slow in the passing game where he was out-targeted six to one by Royce Feeman. Lindsay burst through the line untouched off right tackle and wove his way through the secondary for a 28 yard gain in the 1st quarter, which was the longest run by either back for the day. His only target was a nice catch and run on a halfback screen in the 2nd quarter. Neither of the two backs are being assigned a role as an early down or passing back, rather the Broncos appear to feature them from drive to drive in whatever role the situation dictates. Freeman moved around the formation as a receiver this week while Lindsay got a couple of short yardage attempts on 3rd and 4th downs.

2019 Week 5 vs LAC (15 / 114 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)

Lindsay ripped a 21 yard run right up the middle on his first carry of the game, then followed it up with a carry off left tackle for 21 yards. He capped the drive off with a 4 yard touchdown run. Lindsay started the second half out strong with a 16 yard carry off right tackle to start Denver's first drive of the 3rd quarter. Lindsay's longest run of the game was a 32 yard pickup off right tackle in the 4th quarter. Lindsay got more of the work in the passing game than Freeman, catching all 4 targets out of the backfield(he did not line up as a WR this week) for 33 yards. He converted 3rd down with a swing pass out of the backfield that he turned up the sideline for a 13 yard gain at the end of the first quarter.

2019 Week 6 vs TEN (15 / 70 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

Lindsay led the backfield with 17 touches and got the only goal line work as he scored the Broncos lone touchdown of the game in the 3rd quarter. He caught an out route from the backfield and was pushed out of bounds at the 2 yard line, then ran it in on the next play with a nice spin move off of his first tackler. Lindsay picked up the biggest rushing play of the day in the 4th quarter as he bounced off a tackler at the line of scrimmage and broke the play up the right sideline for 30 yards. Freeman worked more extensively in the passing game, moving around the formation as a receiver and drawing 5 targets to Lindsay's 3.

2019 Week 7 vs KC (11 / 36 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -4 / 0 rec)

Lindsay and Freeman were nearly dead even in the rushing department, but it was Freeman who got the 1 yard goal line carry this week, converting it early in the 1st quarter. Lindsay got stuffed on a two point conversion attempt from the one yard line after the touchdown. He converted 4th and 1 with a strong effort to turn the corner in the 4th quarter. Lindsay's longest run of the day was a meager 9 yard carry off left tackle in the 4th quarter. Lindsay was lucky to collect his one passing target with his jaw intact, as Flacco hung him out to dry on a swing route and a linebacker cleaned him out behind the line of scrimmage. Freeman saw five targets to Lindsay's one look, and moved around more in the formation as a receiver.

2019 Week 8 vs IND (14 / 59 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 17 / 0 rec)

Lindsay led the rushing attack but wasn't able to break any big plays against a strong effort from the Colts defense. He out-carried Freeman 14-12 with a better rushing average, but he saw Freeman convert a goal line carry for the second week in a row. Lindsay's longest run of the day was an explosive 11 yard burst right up the middle in the 3rd quarter. Lindsay also drew more passing looks than Freeman, securing all five of his targets from the backfield on wheel routes and halfback screens.

2019 Week 9 vs CLE (9 / 92 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Lindsay got limited work with just 9 carries as Denver ran very few offensive plays. Fortunately, he was able to pick up big chunks of yards on two long runs. He made a nice cutback in the backfield to break his longest run of the day off right tackle for a 40 yard gain in the 2nd quarter. Lindsay scored on a beautiful 30 yard run off right tackle in the 3rd quarter, following great downfield blocking by his offensive line and receiver Diontae Spencer. Fellow back Royce Freeman was barely an afterthought with 5 carries and one target.

2018 Week 1 vs SEA (15 / 71 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 31 / 1 rec)

Lindsay was the third back in the game for Broncos, but his was the most impressive performance after he entered the game late in the 1st quarter. Lindsay lined up in the backfield in a shotgun formation, catching a short out route and turning it up the sideline for a 29 yard touchdown on one of his first snaps. Lindsay showed off his speed on a pitch play in the 4th, turning the corner on the defense for a big gain up the left sideline. He was effective between the tackles as well, picking up several nice gains and moving the chains. Lindsay also showed great effort when he ran down Earl Thomas after an interception, saving a touchdown. Though Freeman got the start, Lindsay finished with the same amount of carries and yards, as well as performing better than Freeman or Booker in the passing game.

2018 Week 2 vs OAK (14 / 107 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Lindsay dominated the backfield touches for the Broncos, totaling 15 to Freeman and Booker's combined 11. Lindsay followed fullback Janovich up the middle and broke loose up the right sideline in the second quarter, totaling 53 yards on the carry. Lindsay opened the second half up strong, rolling off tackles and breaking two solid gains off right tackle during the first drive of the 3rd quarter. Lindsay did lose some goal line work to Freeman, who punched in the Broncos first touchdown of the day. Lindsay got a carry inside the Raiders' 10 in the 4th quarter, but he was brought down just shy of the goal line. Case Keenum ran it in himself on the next play. Lindsay hauled in his only target of the day for a short gain.

2018 Week 3 vs BAL (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Freeman got the first carry and touchdown after Denver blocked a punt and recovered deep in Baltimore territory to start the game. Lindsay entered on the next drive, and racked up 20 yards on 4 carries in the 1st half before he was thrown out around the 2 minute mark in the 2nd quarter for throwing a punch in the scrum that resulted from a Case Keenum sack/fumble.

2018 Week 4 vs KC (12 / 69 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

The Denver offensive line was generating a great push in the run game early in the contest. The Broncos also did a great job with misdirection in the backfield, oftentimes bringing Sanders in motion across the formation and faking the end-around handoff. Lindsay out-touched Freeman 14-8, and showed tough running both inside and outside the tackles. Lindsay followed an impressive run on Freeman's first carry with a nice tote of his own, blasting right up the middle of the defense for a 17 yard gain. Lindsay split out to wide right and carried the ball on the same end around that Emmanuel Sanders has been running a lot lately in this offense. Lindsay gashed the Chiefs for 19 yards on a pitch play to the left side of the formation in the 3rd quarter, setting the Broncos up in the Kansas City red zone. Lindsay got the call later in the drive and gave an outstanding effort, dragging several tacklers into the end zone with him. Lindsay had one reception, a check down pass at the end of the 2nd quarter that helped set the Broncos up for field goal before the clock ran out.

2018 Week 5 vs NYJ (12 / 61 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Freeman got the start, but Lindsay again wound up out-touching him 15-8. Both backs had strong runs, and Denver used split back sets featuring both rookies several times. Lindsay lined up in a two back set with Freeman for his first snap of the game on the Broncos opening drive, carrying the ball around right end for a 29 yard gain. Lindsay gathered 12 carries total to Freeman's 5. Freeman and Lindsay drew the same amount of targets, but it's worth noting that Freeman's targets were all check downs at the end of Keenum's reads, while Lindsay's seemed to be designed to get him the ball as a first option. Lindsay caught a shallow out route from the backfield late in the 3rd quarter. He also split out to the left WR position and caught a bubble screen, following his blockers for a nice pickup. Keenum hit him on a swing route from the Jets 10 yard line in the 4th quarter, but Lindsay was dragged down before he could find the end zone.

2018 Week 6 vs LAR (4 / 18 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 48 / 0 rec)

Lindsay entered the game after Royce Freeman. Freeman got more carries(9), but Lindsay had the better per-carry average and worked extensively in the passing game. Lindsay got involved early, motioning across the formation to the right WR position and catching a screen pass for a nice gain on his first target in the 1st quarter. Keenum checked it down to him on a shallow crossing route the next play for a short gain. Lindsey got loose out of the backfield and hauled in another check down pass that he turned up the sideline for a solid gain on the next drive. Lindsay secured a short out route from the backfield for his final catch in the 2nd quarter. Lindsay caught another target in the 3rd quarter and took the pass to the 1 yard line, but the play was called back for offensive pass interference on receiver Sutton. Lindsay hauled in another crossing route late in the 4th, finishing his day catching 6 of 7 targets. Lindsay only recorded 4 official carries, but the game script called for more passing as the Broncos once again fell behind early.

2018 Week 7 vs ARI (14 / 90 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Lindsay got the start and broke several nice runs throughout the contest, piling up chunks of yards for the Broncos offense. His yardage totals suffered from the fact that Arizona's many turnovers kept setting the Broncos offense up with really good field position. Lindsay scored late in the 3rd quarter on a run off left tackle. The offensive line got a great push and Lindsay plowed through the second level, shedding tacklers on his way to a 28 yard touchdown. Denver used Lindsay to grind out the carries in the 4th quarter and run the clock out. Lindsay caught a screen pass for a short gain that converted 3rd down near the end of the 2nd quarter, his only target of the day.

2018 Week 8 vs KC (18 / 95 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

Lindsay racked up his highest carry total(18) in Royce Freeman's absence, and looked great for 4 quarters. Lindsay ran incredibly hard for a back his size, constantly delivering the blow to KC defenders at the end of his runs. He peeled off chunks of yardage consistently throughout the game. Lindsay followed fullback Janovich right up the middle from the two yard line for an early 1st quarter touchdown. Lindsay had a run of 20+ yards called back for a holding penalty early in the 2nd, and another 25 yard run called back in the 3rd quarter for holding. Lindsay caught a swing route out of the backfield and turned it up the left sideline for a 13 yard gain in the 3rd quarter. Keenum hit him with another swing route to the left sideline late in the 4th, but the play was stopped just past the line of scrimmage.

2018 Week 9 vs HOU (17 / 60 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Lindsay got the start against the Texans stout run defense, managing 60 yards on the ground. It was tough sledding as he took several big hits from Texans defenders Watt and Clowney. Lindsay's longest run of the day was a pitch play around the left end that he turned up the sideline for a 22 yard gain late in the 4th quarter. Lindsay got de-cleated while securing a swing route from the backfield early in the 3rd quarter. The big hit knocked the ball loose and was ruled an incompletion. Keenum hit him on the same play the next offensive series and things went better this time as Lindsay hauled the pass in and picked up 12 yards before running out of bounds. Lindsay's 2nd reception was an improvised, desperation pitch from a scrambling Keenum that Lindsay managed to turn into another 12 yard gain and a 3rd down conversion. Devontae Booker vultured a touchdown in the 2nd quarter, but Lindsay still out touched him 19-5 on the day.

2018 Week 11 vs LAC (11 / 79 / 2 rush, 5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

Lindsay was used in a variety of ways for the Denver offense, running strong and catching the ball well from a several positions. He exploded up the middle for a 41 yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter, following a fake punt conversion on 4th down by the Broncos. Lindsay showed great speed in the open field once he got to the second level on the touchdown run. Lindsay was the quarterback in a wildcat formation when he scored his second touchdown in the 3rd quarter on a short run. Lindsay lost a couple of goal line carries to Freeman, who punched in a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Lindsay got a stonewalled on a 4th and 1 carry in the 2nd quarter, one of the only blemishes on his day. Lindsay caught a screen pass and juked a couple of defenders for an 8 yard gain in the 1st quarter. He split out wide left in a 5WR set and caught another quick screen for a minimal gain at the beginning of the 2nd quarter. Lindsay lined up as a receiver again late in the 2nd quarter, hauling in a quick pass from the slot position and barreling downfield for a conversion on 3rd and 10. Lindsay finished second in targets(5) to Sanders and Sutton(6 each).

2018 Week 12 vs PIT (14 / 110 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Lindsay was incredibly efficient with his carries, averaging over 7 yards a tote. Lindsay dominated touches in the backfield, but Denver only called his name 14 times in the run game despite his success throughout the contest. Lindsay lined up in a single back set and found a hole off right tackle in the 2nd quarter, bouncing to the sideline at the 2nd level for a 32 yard gain. He ripped another 12 yard run off left tackle in the 3rd quarter, then a 13 yard run a couple plays later. Lindsay continued to pick up chunks of yards into the 4th, rushing around left tackle for 16 yards early in the quarter. Lindsay got the goal line carry in the 4th quarter, punching in a short touchdown from the 2 yard line after Emmanuel Sanders set the Broncos up inside the 5 yard line. Lindsay couldn't secure a short swing route on his only target of the day in the passing game.

2018 Week 13 vs CIN (19 / 157 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Lindsay torched the Bengals defense for over 150 yards and two touchdowns on just 19 carries. Lindsay came out of the gate strong, carrying the ball twice for 10+ yards on the opening drive. Lindsay made a beautiful cut for his first touchdown in the second quarter. He lined up in a single back set with Keenum under center and took the ball off right tackle, cutting back inside when a lane opened up and walking into the end zone untouched. Lindsay took a 3rd quarter pitch play around left end and showed off his wheels as he housed it for a 65 yard touchdown run, leaving most of the secondary in the dust. Lindsay's offensive line did a great job of blocking downfield, and Lindsay wove through the defense with great vision and smooth cutting. Lindsay continued to rip off runs of 10+ yards well into the 4th quarter as the Broncos burned clock with a healthy lead. Backup Freeman carried the ball 12 times while Devontae Booker siphoned off a few targets in the passing game. Lindsay had one target, an out route that he secured for a short gain at the beginning of the second quarter.

2018 Week 14 vs SF (14 / 30 / 1 rush, 7 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)

The Denver run game was nowhere to be found in week 14. Lindsay couldn't muster a run longer than 5 yards, but he did punch in a short touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Denver gave Lindsay the ball on three different 4th down conversion attempts. He got the carry on 4th and 3 in the 3rd quarter, but couldn't quite turn the corner to convert the play. He was targeted with a short pass on 4th and 3 again in the 4th, but was tackled behind the line of scrimmage. Lindsay did convert a 4th and short carry later in the 4th quarter. Lindsay drew 7 targets in the passing game. He made a smooth one handed grab on his first target of the day, a short swing route in the 1st quarter. He lined up in the slot and caught a quick pass in the 2nd quarter for a short gain. Lindsay picked up 11 yards with a swing route out of the backfield in the 4th quarter. Lindsay out-touched Freeman 18-6.

2018 Week 15 vs CLE (14 / 24 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)

It's hard to say if he's hit the rookie wall or if Denver's coaching staff is using him the wrong way, but Lindsay had another poor showing for the second week in a row. Lindsay's longest run of the day was an 11 yard tote right up the middle at the end of the 1st quarter. Lindsay took a loss on his first target, a swing route out of the backfield that was snuffed out quickly by the defense. His second catch looked like the same play but managed to pick up a few yards later in the 1st. Lindsay caught a play action pass from the backfield for another short gain in the 3rd quarter. He picked up most of his receiving yards on a checkdown pass that he broke for a 16 yard gain right up the middle in the 3rd quarter.

2018 Week 16 vs OAK (10 / 46 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Lindsay managed 10 carries before exiting in the 2nd half with a wrist injury. He passed the 1,000 yard mark on the season with an 11 yard carry in the 1st quarter. A defender tipped a pitch from Keenum on a 1st quarter option play and nearly resulted in a fumble, but the ball took a fortunate bounce into Lindsay's hands. Lindsay had a nice catch and run on a play action out route in the 3rd quarter that picked up 10 yards. His other reception was a short checkdown for a minimal gain.