Phillip Lindsay
Phillip Lindsay
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Denver Broncos
IR
Injury Hip
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Lindsay wasn't quite the dynamic weapon last season that he was as a rookie, but the undersized back still provided the Broncos with solid production as their No. 1 option. At 5-8, 190, his 4.39 speed remains his biggest asset, and Lindsay's burst and low center of gravity can make him tough to bring down even if he doesn't have a lot of wiggle to his running style. His limitations have become more apparent in his two NFL seasons, however. His lack of size makes him a liability as a pass blocker, and he doesn't have reliable hands as a receiver, piling up 12 drops on only 95 career targets - perhaps in part due to ongoing wrist issues that he hopes will be corrected with a second surgery this offseason. Denver brought in Melvin Gordon to supplant Lindsay atop the depth chart, but it's more likely to be a 1A/1B situation rather than starter and backup. New offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has had some success with backfield tandems and committees, notably in 2017 when the Vikings juggled Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon after Dalvin Cook suffered an ACL tear. With a healthier offensive line in front of him as well, Lindsay could return to his rookie levels of efficiency, even if he doesn't see a comparable workload. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $1.73 million contract with the Broncos in April of 2018.
Injuries, scheme lead to down year
RBDenver Broncos
Hip
January 12, 2021
Lindsay finished the 2020 campaign with 502 yards and a touchdown on 118 carries. He added seven catches on 14 targets for 28 yards.
ANALYSIS
So much for the one-two punch Denver had hoped to establish on the ground with Lindsay and free-agent addition Melvin Gordon. The two each had 40 rushing yards in the same game just twice all season and Lindsay himself topped that total just four times all season. Part of that can be attributed to the host of toe, hip and knee injuries Lindsay suffered throughout the season, causing him to miss five games and be hampered during several others. There's also the question of Lindsay's fit within Pat Shurmur's offense, which does not feature many of the stretch plays that Lindsay has thrived on early in his career and relies on backs to be solid contributors in the passing game, which is not Lindsay's strong suit. It'd be foolish for the Broncos not to tender Lindsay in the offseason given the spark he has provided the offense -- including in games against the Patriots, Chargers and Dolphins this season -- but he'll be heading into his potential final season in Denver having come off a career-worst year in which he rushed for half his previous career low in yards and bottomed out in most other statistical categories.
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How do Phillip Lindsay's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
11.0%
 
Positive Run %
75.4%
 
% Yds After Contact
50.2%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.1
 
Rushing TD %
0.8%
 
Touches Per Game
11.4
 
% Snaps w/Touch
46.3%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-0.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.03
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.2%
 
% Team Targets
2.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
50.0%
 
Drop Rate
14.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.4
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Despite a productive college career at Colorado and a sub-4.4 40 at his pro day, Lindsay went undrafted last year thanks to his 5-8, 190-pound frame. He stayed close to home with an offer from the Broncos, and after thoroughly outplaying Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker in preseason, Lindsay seized the lead role and put together the best campaign by a rookie back in Denver since Clinton Portis in 2002. Lindsay's speed, burst, toughness and receiving skill make him a strong fit for any NFL offense, and while his lack of top-shelf elusiveness makes him a bit of a magnet for contact, his compact frame left defenders taking the worst of it until he suffered a broken wrist Week 16. The fact that he was productive behind an injury-riddled offensive line bodes well for 2019 if the unit stays healthy, but the biggest reason to think Lindsay could improve in his second season is the addition of offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, a product of Kyle Shanahan's coaching tree. Shanahan's system is tailor-made for versatile RBs, so that likely spells more snaps in the passing game for Lindsay, without any loss of touches on the ground.
Lindsay collected 4,859 total yards and 39 touchdowns at Colorado and ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at his pro day. He still didn't get an invite to the Combine or hear his name called on draft weekend. Early on, he seems like a good bet to add to Denver's legacy of undrafted free agents. He should get his first taste of action as a kick returner, but his speed and receiving ability adds a unique element to Denver's backfield.
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Shut down for season
RBDenver Broncos
Hip
December 26, 2020
The Broncos placed Lindsay (hip/knee) on injured reserve Saturday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
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Won't play in Week 16
RBDenver Broncos
Hip
December 25, 2020
Lindsay (hip/knee) won't play Sunday against the Chargers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
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Iffy for Sunday
RBDenver Broncos
Hip
December 24, 2020
Lindsay (hip/knee) won't practice Thursday, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.
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Missing practice Wednesday
RBDenver Broncos
Hip
December 23, 2020
Lindsay (hip) won't practice Wednesday, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.
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Endures inefficient Week 15 showing
RBDenver Broncos
December 19, 2020
Lindsay collected 38 yards on 11 carries, adding three receptions for seven yards during Saturday's 48-19 loss to the Bills.
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