Suddenly, the Denver Broncos are right back in the thick of the AFC playoff picture. After winning three straight, things are looking up. Plus, their schedule is fairly favorable down the stretch. Now, GM John Elway is speaking highly of the team’s running back — Phillip Lindsay — and couldn’t believe he fell to them. The rookie halfback went undrafted out of Colorado and managed to find a home he’s very familiar with.
Lindsay, 24, has 937 yards and eight touchdowns since taking over as the team’s starter. Plus, he’s pacing the league in yards per carry with an average of 6.1. If you were to look at Elway when talking about Lindsay, you’d find the man smiling from ear-to-ear.
“I’d take 53 of him,” Elway told Orange and Blue 760 this week. “The way he plays the game and his attitude toward the game and the competitiveness, he’s been absolutely tremendous this year and we’re thrilled to have him.”
Perhaps he is so fond if his running back due to the contrasting paths both have taken to get to the NFL. After all, the Hall of Fame QB is a former first-round pick. Meanwhile, Lindsay didn’t get taken at all.
“He’s s guy who is an underdog and plays with a chip on his shoulder, and that’s what I like about him,” Elway added. “I think that his size was the one thing that was his drawback, but you look at his heart and you look at his ability and the speed.”
Up next, the Broncos head to San Francisco to play the lowly 49ers. After that, they get the Browns and Raiders before closing against the Chargers. Three wins might be enough to get them in the door. But they would also need quite a bit of help. In other words, we’re saying Denver probably needs to win their remaining games.
Regardless, Elway has a good one in Lindsay.