Denver Broncos: 3 Pieces of Good News Halfway Through

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Phillip Lindsay is it.

Saying that Phillip Lindsay is the NFL Rookie rushing leader sells him short.  Lindsay is tied for sixth in the NFL in rushing.  If not for Todd Gurley‘s outstanding season and with injury to Royce Freeman, it’s not unreasonable to think Lindsay could challenge for the NFL rushing title.

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He’s in the conversation for Rookie-of-the-Year, he’s confident, he’s indestructible.

He’s also courtside at the Nuggets game, air-balling a free throw, his smile easy and free.  He’s at local high schools, inspiring Denver youth with more than just his sublime on-field play. He’s the local-boy-makes-good on steroids and he is beloved in his home state.

For good reason, there’s a buzz every time Lindsay touches the ball that hasn’t been as bright in Denver since the last guy to wear number 30.  Phillip reminds us of an icon from a time that’s just long enough ago that it’s fuzzy to the memory.  Barry Sanders was similarly-sized, used a low center of gravity and lots of cuts to find space.  Had Sanders not retired in his prime, it’s likely he’d hold the all-time NFL rushing record.

This isn’t to suggest Lindsay is Sanders but it is reminiscent.  How many times has an undrafted rookie stood out like Lindsay is this season?  What’s more impressive is that Phillip is taking big hits between the tackles and not only bouncing up but bouncing off, around and through with no hint at slowing the young man down.

It’s going to be a heck of a ride with Lindsay but let’s make sure we take the time to enjoy what we’re seeing.

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