Another member of the Broncos’ 2018 rookie class has found a spot on the NFL Top 100.
Phillip Lindsay came in at No. 68 on the list, the NFL announced Thursday.
Lindsay joins outside linebacker Bradley Chubb as the two Broncos on the list thus far. Chubb earned the No. 82 spot in this year’s rankings.
“I’m shocked,” Lindsay said Thursday. “I was proud that Chubb [made it]. Chubb deserved it. I guess I didn’t really think about it. I’ve seen [the show] a couple times, but it’s an honor, because that means players around [the NFL] believe in you. I’ve built a lot of bonds with these players from other teams. These are great dudes and great men that you get to hang out with, get to pick their brains and see how they live. I appreciate that and it’s an exciting feeling.”
Lindsay’s success story, though, was far more unlikely than Chubb’s. The running back went undrafted out of Colorado and joined the Broncos shortly after the draft. From there, he started to make a name for himself.
The 5-foot-8, 190-pound player eventually earned his way into the starting lineup as he rushed for 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie.
He also added 35 receptions for 241 yards and a touchdown.
Though he came up just short of the all-time rushing record for an undrafted rookie, he did become the first undrafted offensive player to be selected to the Pro Bowl in his first season.
Lindsay also made the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-AFC team, was nominated six times for NFL rookie of the week — winning once — and set a Broncos record for rushing yards by an undrafted rookie.
The Colorado product suffered a season-ending wrist injury in a Week 16 game against the Raiders, but he has not had any limitations through the first seven practices of training camp.
The remaining 60 players on the list will be revealed over the course of the next week.