Because most rookies don’t get enough credit, we’ll be highlighting some top performances by the NFL’s next generation.
Offense: Week 2
Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos
In this week’s Ten Things, I noted that the Broncos were 2-0 on the back of a reinvigorated defense and the second-best rushing attack in the league. Rookie Phillip Lindsay has been a huge part of that offense. He’s carrying the weight of Hall of Famer Terrell Davis’ number 30 on his back, but it certainly doesn’t seem to be slowing him down. He currently ranks third league-wide in yardage among rushers and has recorded over 100 combined yards from scrimmage in both games this year. No undrafted rookie has ever recorded that type of yardage in his first two games. That’s right. The 5’8”, 190lb rookie out of Colorado went undrafted. Why? Actually, I’m not sure. He ran for well over 1,000 yards in each of his final two seasons in Colorado and toted the rock more than any other back in college football as a senior, including his monster game against Arizona, where Lindsay went off for a staggering 281 yards. He did have knee surgery in his senior year of high school, and Colorado isn’t exactly Alabama, but the guy should have been on someone’s radar. He’s already making waves as a pro. He scored on a 29-yard catch in week one and ripped off a massive 53-yarder in week two against Oakland, where he turned an inside run in to a massive gain with a few nifty moves and a phenomenal burst to the right sideline. Even if he went undrafted, he’s here now. The Broncos might just have found a diamond in the rough.
Check out previous rookie reports here.
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