ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Following a two-touchdown performance in a 23-22 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, rookie running back Phillip Lindsay is again nominated for the NFL's rookie of the week award.
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Lindsay, who started for the Broncos, carried the ball 11 times for 79 yards for a 7.2 yards per carry average. He also caught four of his five targets for 27 yards.
The undrafted rookie out of Colorado scored his first touchdown on a 41-yard rush in the second quarter after the Broncos picked up a first down via a fake punt. The score was Lindsay's fifth of the season and gave the Broncos the lead.
In the fourth quarter, with the Broncos again playing catch-up, Lindsay delivered again. On third-and-3 from the Los Angeles 8-yard line, Lindsay caught a pass out of the backfield and found 6 yards for a first down.
On the ensuing play, Lindsay received the direct snap from the wildcat formation and bounced outside the left tackle to score his sixth touchdown of the season and again give Denver the lead. The score also gave Lindsay his first multi-touchdown game of his career.
"I thought it was great," Head Coach Vance Joseph said Monday. "He had great feel on that play. That play is tough on defenses because you can't account for the runner, who's actually the quarterback at that point. It's a tough play to defend and he found an open space."
Lindsay has now been nominated four times for the award this season. Only Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley — who were selected with the first-overall and second-overall picks, respectively — have been nominated more.