Local boy makes good!
At this point, it’s not necessary to tell Phillip Lindsay‘s story. The feel-good kid from Aurora making the team as an undrafted free-agent story has been told, we recall it each time we see Lindsay. It’s wonderful.
Then, Phillip Lindsay takes the football field and it’s not about Little Tug That Could stories and feel-good bylines. It’s about a very good football player that’s going to make this Denver offense incredibly hard to defend.
It’s about a man that fights through two blockers as the gunner on punt coverage to hold the return to a (-2) yards. It’s about a player that doesn’t look at everything as something he’s overcome because it’s not that implausible that he’s here.
Lindsay caught swing passes that went for big yardage and a touchdown. More importantly, he ran between the tackles very effectively and was in on third-down plays that often require blitz pickups and pass-protection help from the running back. Mark Schlereth commented that Lindsay was gifted at handling responsibility, using a paper plate at a picnic analogy.
It’s true, Lindsay has done anything the Broncos have asked of him. He’s also moved from the depths of the depth chart to number two and if Sunday’s game is any indication, he may be on his way to the top spot.
That isn’t sentimental or pie-in-the-sky, Phillip Lindsay the football player has earned every bit of his newfound celebrity and respect.