Broncos RBs Phillip Lindsay, Royce Freeman are content with splitting carries
The Denver Broncos are still looking for their first win of the 2019 NFL season after losing a nailbiter to the Chicago Bears in Week 2. Regardless, the game did provide further proof of their approach in the backfield.
Running backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman have developed a one-two punch to start the season. According to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold, they are completely fine with dividing the touches between them:
“In our room, it’s all about winning games and making plays,” Lindsay said. “People on the outside may talk about things, but we’re about trying to win games and making plays to help us win games. That’s it.”
Freeman echoed Lindsay’s comments about being able to make plays for the offense.
“I think we’re just ready to work, whatever they want us to do,” Freeman said. “As far the running backs as a group … I think we all have things in our experiences that can make each other better. I think we want everybody to succeed. You always want to play with confidence and want to carry the ball, but as a group we know we have a lot of guys who can make plays.”
Lindsay had emerged as quite the steal last season after emerging as the Broncos’ workhorse back. He thrived in the role as he finished the 2018 campaign as the first undrafted offensive rookie in NFL history to be voted to a Pro Bowl.
Lindsay spent the early offseason recovering from a wrist injury that ended his rookie year. This seemingly made way for Freeman to make an impression on the new coaching staff. It clearly paid off now that they both seem to be on equal footing in the backfield.
Both players have played 72 snaps through the first two games of the season. Lindsay has only garnered three more carries than Freeman during that time. It is safe to assume that the Broncos are hoping they can emerge into quite the one-two punch with the current timeshare in the backfield.