Phillip Lindsay
Phillip Lindsay
27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Houston Texans
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns, Lindsay fizzled in his final season with the Broncos. The offseason addition of Melvin Gordon initially seemed to merely give Lindsay a different partner in the team's backfield committee, but his Week 1 turf toe injury gave Gordon a chance to establish himself, and aside from a big Week 6 performance against the Patriots when Gordon was sidelined, Lindsay was never able to stay healthy long enough the rest of the season to make an impact or push his way back into a full timeshare. When he's 100 percent, the 2018 UDFA out of Colorado offsets his lack of size with elite speed and acceleration, and prior to 2020 he'd missed only one of his first 32 NFL games. Cut by Denver, Lindsay signed a one-year deal with Houston to provide depth behind David Johnson, though he'll have to compete for backup snaps with Mark Ingram. New Houston head coach 
David Culley comes from a committee-backfield offense in Baltimore, but the fact that offensive coordinator Tim Kelly is a holdover from the Bill O'Brien regime suggests Johnson should stay involved. Even if snaps and touches get spread out more, Lindsay will have to earn a prominent spot in the mix. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Texans in March of 2021.
Finds end zone
RBHouston Texans
September 12, 2021
Lindsay carried the ball eight times for 25 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 1 contest against the Jaguars.
ANALYSIS
Lindsay served primarily as the change-of-pace running back for Mark Ingram. His day was mostly forgettable, as his longest gain was eight yards, and he failed to reel in his only target. Lindsay did manage to salvage his first game as a Texan by reaching the end zone on a five-yard rush, though it is worth noting that Ingram was also on the field for that play. Looking ahead to a Week 2 matchup against the Browns, Lindsay will need to find more consistent involvement in the offense to make a major impact on the stat sheet.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Phillip Lindsay's 2021 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 %
0.0%
 
Positive Run %
87.5%
 
% Yds After Contact
36.0%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.1
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
8.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
40.0%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-4.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.20
 
% Team Air Yards
-1.4%
 
% Team Targets
3.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-4.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
0.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
0.0
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Browns pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Sunday, Sep 19th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
114.7
 
Cornerbacks
63.0
 
Safeties
121.5
 
Linebackers
123.6
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Finds little room
RBHouston Texans
August 28, 2021
Lindsay carried the ball six times for 17 yards in Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay.
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Tough night Saturday
RBHouston Texans
August 22, 2021
Lindsay carried the ball four times for two yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Cowboys.
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Could lead team in carries
RBHouston Texans
August 17, 2021
Lindsay should have a spot on the Week 1 roster and may even lead the Texans in carries this year, according to Aaron Reiss of The Athletic.
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Gets starting nod Saturday
RBHouston Texans
August 15, 2021
Lindsay gained 14 yards on five carries in Saturday's preseason win over the Packers.
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Tops depth chart with Ingram
RBHouston Texans
August 11, 2021
The Texans' unofficial depth chart lists Mark Ingram and Lindsay as co-starters, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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