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Phillip Lindsay Cementing Hold on Broncos Lead Back Role, Royce Freeman Falling Fast

Shocking Broncos lead rusher Philip Lindsay continues to strengthen his grasp on the team’s lead back role, as he once again out-touched (15-8) and out-gained (81 – 47) Royce Freeman versus the Jets. In fact, outside of his Week 3 ejections, Lindsay has been more used and more productive in every single 2018 contest. The UDFA out of Colorado now leads all rookie RBs in rushing, and is a rock-steady FLEX moving forward. Meanwhile Freeman, who hasn’t topped 8 touches in a full-game with Lindsay since Week 1 despite promises for more work, needs to be benched for the foreseeable future. 

Freeman hasn’t necessarily been bad — the rumbling tailback has averaged 5.1 YPC. He simply isn’t seeing the usage with Lindsay playing that much better. Despite not being invited to the Combine, Lindsay has been remarkable thus far. His feet fire like a toy-soldier, and his 4.38 wheels definitely translates into game-speed. Few thought he’d break tackles and evade defenders as effectively with the competition jump, but he’s been equally dynamic on the NFL field. Consider him a solid RB2 and FLEX moving forward.

Concerning for both: Devontae Booker continues to linger like a mosquito, sucking receiving value away from both backs (5-59 line Sunday). Unfortunately, he feels unlikely to vanish, which caps all the ceilings of everyone here.. This backfield could flip on its own head at any moment, making Freeman a hold despite the current inconsistency. But for now, it’s the Lindsay show.

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