Broncos excited about potential of RB-lineup with Melvin Gordon, Phillip Lindsay
Despite the big-time signing, the Broncos definitely weren’t in need of a running back. For the last two seasons, former undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay has seemingly come out of nowhere to lead a Denver rushing attack and even made the Pro Bowl as a rookie.
However, the pairing of Gordon and Lindsay has the Broncos organization excited about the future.
“The discussion we had (with coach Vic Fangio) is that we thought it was important to have two really good backs. We thought it was a good combination with Phillip. There’s always concern and issues especially with two years Phillip has had,” Broncos General Manager John Elway said per Troy Renck of The Denver Channel . “I will talk to his agent and see what he can do later on (regarding a contract extension after the draft). But there’s no guarantee.”
As for Gordon, the two-time Pro Bowler had a down year in 2019 after a long contract holdout. The former Wisconsin star recorded 162 carries for 612 yards and eight touchdowns.
“We talked about it awhile back. We both shared the same view,” said Broncos head coach Vic Fangio on conversations with Elway on pursuing Gordon. “I have talked to Phillip yesterday. Phillip is a competitor. He’s not going to just give away his job, his carries. It’s pretty common to have two backs. … I just think (Gordon’s) a good football player, and anytime you can add a good football player, it’s always a good thing.”
Last season, the Broncos ranked 20th in the NFL in rushing yards per game. Going into next season, the team has a chance to improve upon that with two Pro Bowl backs on the roster.