Broncos' Phillip Lindsay leads rookie RBs in rushing yards

Nov 01, 2018 | by Jon Heath, Broncos Wire

This is why you don’t draft a running back second overall.

Broncos undrafted star Phillip Lindsay has rushed for 531 yards this season, which is more than any other rookie running back through eight games. Yes, even more than Giants superstar Saquon Barkley.

Granted, Barkley has 349 more yards from scrimmage than Lindsay, but Barkley is the featured back in New York.

In Denver, Lindsay shared carries with Royce Freeman. He was also ejected against the Ravens, losing an opportunity to add to his numbers.

Lindsay got his first start of the season last week because Freeman was sidelined by an ankle injury. Lindsay responded by gaining 112 yards from scrimmage and scoring a touchdown, earning a Rookie of the Week nomination.

Regardless of whether Lindsay or Barkley end up leading rookies in rushing this season, it’s obvious that the Broncos found a diamond in the rough with Lindsay. The undrafted rookie may even be in the Rookie of the Year conversation by the end of the season.

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