'He's a guy to be reckoned with': How local star Phillip Lindsay has quickly become an NFL household name (Nicki Jhabvala, The Athletic)
After trotting into the end zone for the 2-yard score, Lindsay gave the Mile High Salute that Davis made famous.
Before the start of the season, Lindsay reached out to Davis to get his approval for wearing his No. 30 jersey. And in the weeks since, Davis has regularly celebrated Lindsay's feats with him, acknowledging him on social media and staying in touch.
Lindsay had wanted to honor Davis with the salute, but the timing, he knew, had to be right.
"I kind of thought I would do it later on," Lindsay said. "I wanted to get more respect from people before I did anything like that."
Ask around the Broncos' locker room and Lindsay has reached that goal.
"I'll tell you what about Phillip, he's the same exact guy that he was when he first got here," Miller said. "When he was No. 2 running around here in OTAs, nobody really knew who he was. He was catching screens and passes all over the place. Then he got a little bit of success and he was the same exact guy. Hats off to Phillip for doing that. For being from Colorado, going to CU and having the whole town on your back, it can be tough, but he's been the exact same guy. Hats off to Phillip. He's still got a lot more to go. To keep his head down and to keep going, for him to be able to do that, it shows the type of person that he is."
Broncos' Lindsay uses combine, draft snubs as fuel for fire (Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press)
"I remember the first couple of times I watched him five, six weeks ago on video, I had to get a flip card to figure out who he was," Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.
Broncos star linebacker Von Miller knows the feeling. He recalled that when Lindsay first showed up, he was known simply by the No. 2 jersey he wore.
"When he was No. 2 running here in OTAs, nobody really knew who he was," Miller said. "He was catching screens and passes all over the place. Then he got a little bit of success and he was the exact same guy. Hats off to Phillip for doing that. For being from Colorado, going to CU and having a whole town on your back, it can be tough. But he's been the exact same guy."
As in, the Broncos' best offensive player.
Inside The Game: How practice made perfect on Broncos' fake punt (Ryan O'Halloran, Denver Post)
"My freshman year (in college), I tucked it and ran for 20 yards but I hadn't thrown a ball in a game since my junior year of high school," Wadman said. "We had it installed every single week of my senior year (of college) but it was never called."
McMahon first had to establish Wadman could throw a serviceable pass.
"They've got to throw the ball around to us and you've got to get them moving," McMahon said. "We got somebody in his face, (like) a (tackling) bag (because) a lot of times, we don't have any practice players to do that. But we tested Colby pretty well."
Wadman said the punt team ran the fake in practice "probably 9-10 times throughout the week. … Each and every time, we got more comfortable running it."
Feast on this: Written-off Broncos one game out of playoffs (Mike Klis, 9 News)
The Ravens are 5-5. The Broncos are just one game back at 4-6.
"Really?'' said Broncos safety Will Parks. "Ah, we're going to take it one game at a time but that's good news to know. That pushes your spirits high even more, makes you want to go harder knowing that you can possibly get in.
"We never count ourselves out in the first place. That's what is always good thing about this team. We kept our spirits, grinding throughout all the trials and tribulations. And it showed last week with us fighting hard and getting that win (against the Chargers). But we're just focused on this week, this game and let the cards play themselves out.''