Denver Broncos running back Philip Lindsay claims he is not worried about the arrival of running back Melvin Gordon as he insists his fire for the game remains the same and he is confident he will still be a key part of the offense.
Lindsay, who went undrafted in the 2018 NFL draft, earned his spot in the league and respect after rushing for over 1,000 yards in each of the first two seasons in the league as an undrafted player. But this offseason the Broncos signed Gordon from the Los Angeles Chargers on a two-year deal worth $16 million, putting Lindsay's role in jeopardy.
"I don't need another man to fuel my fire,'' Lindsay said, as quoted on ESPN. "I know what I want for my family and that's what fuels me. For me, honestly, nothing changes. I go out there and I produce when my number is called.
I make big plays like I always have, and I go from there.' ' In 2018, Lindsay became the first undrafted offensive player in league history to make the Pro Bowl as a rookie. The 26-year-old running back is confident he will have some more explosive plays when the new season kicks off.
"At the end of the day, there are only so many runs and passes you can do," Lindsay said. "It's about executing. It's about being patient. It's about developing a relationship with your linemen. For me, I don't worry about that.
I know what I'm going to do. I know I'm going to have explosive plays because that's just who I am.' '
Lindsay feels great ahead of the new season
This offseason, Lindsay has worked a lot on his route-running and being consistent catching the ball as a receiver out of the backfield.
Following each of the past two seasons, Lindsay underwent a wrist surgery. "Pass-catching-wise, I feel really good,'' Lindsay said. "I feel like I'm back to myself. The year before [2019 training camp], I came off my wrist injury and it was tougher than I thought.
I thought the wrist injury wouldn't be as bad as it was. It was, but this year I feel good. I feel good, and at the end of the day I'm going to catch every ball that comes my way." When asked about his role on the Broncos team, Lindsay said: "My job is when I get the ball and when I'm in the game to make an explosive play. That's how I think about it."