Phillip Lindsay was back at it in his second preseason game with the Denver Broncos. In a 24-23 loss to the Chicago Bears, the former Colorado Buffaloes star stole the show with his energetic play all over the field. This continues Lindsay’s impressive preseason.
Lindsay started at running back with the second-team offense after halftime. He had 32 yards on 6 carries. More importantly than his numbers, he demonstrated the burst and elusiveness that made him such a special running back at Colorado. This 15-yard run brought back so many memories:
Lindsay didn’t have any catches, but he has already proved himself as a receiver with the Broncos. In Denver’s first preseason game, he worked as a third down back and had 3 catches for 40 yards. In practice a couple weeks ago, he also embarrassed Pro Bowl linebacker Brandon Marshall on a 50-yard touchdown.
Elsewhere on the field, Lindsay’s most impressive play may have been a special teams tackle, which as you would expect, he was extremely pumped up about. The play reminded me of Terrell Davis’s debut in 1995. Ian St. Clair of Mile High Report said about the play:
“I’ve noted since the start of training camp that if you want to catch the eyes of your coaches, you makes plays like Lindsay did on special teams. The fact he was more excited about that tackle says a lot about him as a player. It shows he has the attitude you want in your locker room.”
St. Clair thinks that Lindsay was already likely to make Denver’s final roster, but now they think his spot is all but guaranteed. If Lindsay has indeed secured a spot, it’s now a question of what role(s) he will have on the team. Brandon Marshall thinks Lindsay could be their third down back. St. Clair says that his skillset can make him a dangerous compliment to fellow rookie Royce Freeman, the presumed starting running back. Lindsay is also likely to get more work as punt returner, especially if return specialist Isaiah McKenzie continues to struggle with fumbles. And, at the very least, he will see plenty of time as a special teamer.
We will continue to follow Lindsay throughout the preseason with regular updates on just about everything he does. He is our most beloved adult son.