On Saturday, the Seattle Sea Dragons announced the addition of former NFL running back Phillip Lindsay. The signing comes after Morgan Ellison was benched for struggling with fumbles and pass protection.
RB – Phillip Lindsay
College: Colorado (2013-2017)
College Accolades: Second-Team All-Pac-12 (2016)
Pro Experience: Denver Broncos (2018–2020), Houston Texans (2021), Miami Dolphins (2021), Indianapolis Colts (2022)
Pro Accolades: Pro Bowl (2018), PFWA All-Rookie Team (2018), AFC Offensive Player of the Week (2018)
After a redshirt season in 2013, Phillip Lindsay played 4 seasons at the University of Colorado Boulder. In that time, he’d appear in all 51 games (31 starts) and totaled 765 rushing attempts for 3,775 yards and 36 touchdowns. Lindsay finished second all-time as Buffalo’s leading rusher, was the first player in Colorado history to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, and also set school records for receptions and receiving yards as a running back. Overall, Lindsay set 24 records and tied two others in his Colorado career, also earning Second-Team All-Pac-12 in 2016.
following the 2018 NFL Draft, Lindsay signed as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos and made the team’s final roster after an impressive preseason. He’d be named the 3rd string back, behind 3rd round rookie Royce Freeman and vet Devontae Booker. By the end of the season, Lindsay was splitting carries with Royce Freeman almost evenly and totaled 1,278 total yards (1,037 rushing yards, 241 receiving yards) and 10 touchdowns. His performance earned him a spot in the 2018 Pro Bowl, making him the first undrafted offensive rookie in NFL history to be voted to a Pro Bowl. Additionally, he’d be ranked 68th in the NFL’s top 100 of 2019.
Lindsay played another two seasons with the Broncos, rushing for over 1,000 yards for the second time in 2019, before having a down year in 2020 due to injury. After ending the 2020 season on IR, Lindsay became a free agent and signed with the Houston Texans ahead of the 2021 season. Unfortunately, he’d only take 50 carries for 130 yards and 1 touchdown through 10 games before getting released in November 2021.
Lindsay’s rushing totals continued to decline over the next two seasons, recording only 38 rush attempts for 119 yards in 2021 with the Miami Dolphins, then taking only 15 rush attempts for 49 yards in 2022 with the Indianapolis Colts. He’d be released from the Colts practice squad in early November 2022 and has remained a free agent since. At 28 years only, Lindsay will be a nice piece added to the explosive Seattle Sea Dragons offense.
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