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Broncos not considering making Phillip Lindsay starting RB

Phillip Lindsay, Broncos

Rookie running back Phillip Lindsay has burst on the scene for the Denver Broncos but don’t expect Vance Joseph to name him the starter. After rushing for 71 yards against the Seattle Seahawks in his first NFL game, he followed that up rushing for 107 yards against the Oakland Raiders.

Vance Joseph doesn’t feel pressure to name Lindsay the starting running back because he can still get the most carries even if he isn’t listed first on the depth chart.

“Our deal with that room is more of gameplan. It’s what they do best. It’s more of who has the hot hand that day,” Joseph explained Monday via 247 Sports. “We don’t have to make a depth chart change to get him more carries or to give [RB] Royce [Freeman] more carries or to give ‘Book’ (RB Devontae Booker) more opportunities. It’s really what we do. To have three guys who are all different is really tough on defenses. He can be the three and still get 10 touches or 12 or 14. Book can be the two and still get seven or eight. It doesn’t matter who’s the starter.”

Lindsay was one of the most decorated running backs ever for the Colorado Buffaloes, but that wasn’t enough for him to drafted in April. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Broncos in May and was able to make the team out of camp after having an impressive preseason.

Even with Lindsay not being listed as the starter, as the season goes on expect him to get the most carries.