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John Elway on RB Phillip Lindsay: 'I'd take 53 of him'

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12/5/2018 11:02:22 AM
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It's a comical indictment of every scout, general manager and the entire draft process that a player of Phillip Lindsay's caliber was deemed unworthy of even a late-round selection. Twenty running backs were selected. One is having a better statistical season than Lindsay.

Even the Denver Broncos don't get a pass. John Elway selected two running backs in the draft: Royce Freeman in the third round; David Williams in the seventh. Lindsay has outplayed both.

Elway got lucky Lindsay is a Colorado native, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

"You know he's a guy that we were looking at him in the sixth and seventh round, he was in our backyard and we were recruiting him and hoping to get him as a CFA and were fortunate to do that," Elway told Orange and Blue 760 on Tuesday.

"Fortunate" is cosmically understating the situation.

Lindsay has become the lifeblood of the Broncos' offense.

The 5-foot-8 rookie runs like an iron fist. Once engaged, Lindsay blasts through opponents, picking up steam on the second level, and gallops away from defenders. His blend of power, speed, tenacity, and willingness to battle for every inch is joyous to watch.

"He's a guy who is an underdog and plays with a chip on his shoulder, and that's what I like about him," Elway said, via the Mile High Report. "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."

Lindsay has averaged 6.08 yards per carry this season, currently third-most in a single season since 1970, behind only Jamaal Charles (6.38) and Barry Sanders (6.13) and ahead of O.J. Simpson (6.03) and Adrian Peterson (6.03).

In just 12 games, the Colorado product already has the third-most rushing yards in a season among undrafted rookies in the Super Bowl era. He's on pace for 1,250 yards, which would destroy the record (1,104 yards, Dominic Rhodes, Colts, 2001).

"I'd take 53 of him," Elway said of Lindsay. "The way he plays the game and his attitude towards the game and the competitiveness, he's been absolutely tremendous this year and we're thrilled to have him."

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