3 Signs the Denver Broncos have Turned a Corner

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In 10 games, the Broncos undrafted rookie has gone from novelty to special.

If you listened to the television broadcast, Tony Romo used the word “special” repeatedly to describe what the Broncos have in undrafted rookie back Phillip Lindsay.


As locals ourselves, we know Lindsay, we’ve been watching and enjoying his brand for years.  Outside of Colorado, not so much.  His draft-day has been well documented as has his not being invited to the NFL combine.  To him, that’s motivation, to us, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that we’re seeing what we saw in Lindsay’s numbersake, Terrell Davis.

Davis, in his rookie preseason made a name with special teams play.  By the middle of his rookie season, it had become impossible to keep Davis off the field.  In the end, even though his career was cut short by injury, TD earned a Hall-of-Fame berth as a sixth-round pick.

Lindsay has already eclipsed Davis’ rookie rushing total, he currently holds the Broncos rookie rushing record having displaced Selvin Young (yeah).  He’s silenced critics that thought his size would be an anchor, including our own fears that he was destined for injury.  Three-quarters of the way through the season and having seen Lindsay take big hits and bounce up chattering, we’re convinced.

His brash attitude and the chip on his shoulder about his draft/combine status are well deserved.  The Denver Broncos are fortunate that Lindsay was convinced by his mother to evaluate his situation and consider the Broncos offer.  Otherwise we might be seeing this play out in Baltimore or worse.

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Lindsay is our guy, born and raised.  He represents more than the Broncos, he represents Denver and he represents that very American idea that you can do anything you want.  In Lindsay’s case, that’s the best rookie in his class and climbing the ladder for best back in the league.  He’s currently seventh in rushing and with the Broncos fully embracing his special talent, there’s no reason he can’t be anything he wants to be.

Anyone left that wants to count him out?