Job Battles: Gordon's Replacements
Job Battles: Gordon's Replacements

This article is part of our Job Battles series.

Not all teams have started training camp yet, but a few situations are beginning to stir up all the same. You can read the previous breakdowns of the quarterback and running back competitions ahead here, while the receivers and tight ends are written up here.

The players are listed left to right in their presumed descending order of fantasy value. The blurbs themselves are in no particular order in this post.

Phillip Lindsay (wrist) vs. Royce Freeman, RB, DEN

Lindsay enjoyed the 2018 production that most figured would go to Freeman, but Freeman played reasonably well despite how disappointing he was for his investors. With a new coaching staff in town and Lindsay recovering from an offseason wrist surgery, it's fair to wonder if Freeman might gain ground, particularly given his pedigree advantage as a third-round pick facing off against a formerly undrafted rookie.

Lindsay is ready to defend the belt, though, as he was present and taking handcuffs even on the first day of Broncos training camp. If both players are healthy, then we need to attempt to project them on the basis of merit, and the evidence for now says Lindsay's merit safely outranks Freeman's. Indeed, while a Week 7 high ankle sprain cost Freeman two games and may have limited him somewhat even after his return, Freeman struggled to decisively win out playing time at Devontae Booker's expense, so Freeman's owners need to worry about Booker before they set their sights on Lindsay.

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