Broncos Lindsay Quietly Sets Incredible NFL First
Since his return from a turf-toe injury suffered in the season-opener, Phillip Lindsay has appeared in three straight games for the Denver Broncos. In that trio of games—of which he missed two full quarters due to a concussion—the third-year running back has averaged a whopping 6.92 yards per carry.
With an emphasis on carry because when he carries the ball, he takes it seriously.
Because—would you believe that since entering the league as a college free agent out of Colorado in 2018—Linsday has carried the ball 461 times and is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing campaigns, which is unprecedented for an ex-undrafted rookie.
On top of that, Lindsay is now the only player since the NFL/AFL merger to notch 450-plus carries without ever fumbling the ball.
Yeah, wrap your brain around that one. Meanwhile, as Lindsay earns $750K this season, his backfield mate Melvin Gordon will take home north of $7 million. Gordon has already lost three fumbles through seven games this year.
Why the Broncos felt the need to bring him in is beyond me.
Seems like the Broncos are as careless with their money as Gordon is with a football.
That’s not the only area in which Lindsay has clearly out-shined Gordon. By virtue of the fact that Lindsay missed half of Week 1, all of Weeks 2, 3, and 4, and half of Week 7, Gordon leads the Broncos in rushing with 375 yards to Lindsay’s 287, though it’s worth mentioning that Gordon did miss Week 6 with strep throat.