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Colorado RB Phillip Lindsay signs UDFA deal with Denver Broncos

Lindsay stays home after being skipped over in the 2018 NFL Draft.

NCAA Football: California at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

After going undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft, former Colorado Buffaloes running back Phillip Lindsay agreed to terms with the Denver Broncos.

Lindsay adds depth to the Broncos roster at a need position after the team released starting running back C.J. Anderson two weeks ago. Colorado’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards joins Devontae Booker along with two drafted rookies in Denver’s backfield— Oregon’s Royce Freeman (3rd round) and Arkansas’ David Williams (7th round).

The Broncos front office was impressed with the Buffs rusher after GM John Elway, along with former CU alumni coach Vance Joesph and Director of Player Personnel Matt Russell, attended CU’s pro day in March. Lindsay stole the show at the East-West Shrine game, but was snubbed without an invite to the NFL’s combine. He made the best of his workout in front of representatives from every NFL team by running a 4.3 second 40-yard dash time, the second-fastest among all running backs in this draft class.

Lindsay, a three-year starter, ended his career at CU becoming the first player to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He finished second all-time in rushing yards behind Eric Bieniemy with 3,707 yards and 36 touchdowns. Lindsay is also the third player in school history to score 10 or more touchdowns in back-to-back seasons. He’s described as a consistent workhorse, who set 24 CU records and tied two others during his collegiate career. Lindsay’s efforts went unappreciated as he finished tenth in the nation last season with 301 carries (most in the nation), 1474 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns.

As a Denver native, Lindsay will stay home to continue his playing career for a hometown favorite. At 5’8” and 190 pounds, NFL scouts called his stature undersized, even though his impact on the field makes that assessment irrelevant. Lindsay’s determination and style of play gives him a decent shot to make the Broncos final 53-man roster.