Broncos Draft Preview Capsule
10. DENVER (6-10)
LAST SEASON: John Elway brushed aside two consecutive dreadful drafts (which netted first-rounders Paxton Lynch and Garett Bolles) and hit mother lode with Bradley Chubb,...
Phillip Lindsay enjoying spoils of I-told-you-so season
Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay is enjoying the spoils of his phenomenal rookie season even though the cast on his right wrist will keep him out of the Pro Bowl this weekend.
Lindsay is serving as a social media correspondent for the NFL at the league's annual all-star game in Orlando, Florida.
Broncos long snapper Casey Kreiter named to Pro Bowl
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos third-year long snapper Casey Kreiter has been named to the Pro Bowl.
Kreiter was chosen by Los Angeles Charges head coach Anthony Lynn as a "need" player for the Pro Bowl. Lynn's staff will coach the AFC in the league's annual all-star game in Orlando, Florida, on Jan. 27.
Broncos’ Lindsay headed to Pro Bowl as social correspondent
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos rookie rushing sensation Phillip Lindsay is going to the Pro Bowl on the NFL's dime even though he won't play in the all-star game because he's recovering from an operation on his right wrist.
Lindsay became the first undrafted offensive rookie to earn a Pro Bowl selection, but he was injured on Christmas Eve at Oakland. His recovery and rehabilitation from wrist surgery is expected to sideline him for three months.
Broncos offer mixed bag for next head coach
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Whoever replaces Vance Joseph as the Denver Broncos' fourth head coach in six seasons may not find a franchise quarterback awaiting him.
Broncos place rookie running back Phillip Lindsay on IR
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos placed rookie rushing sensation Phillip Lindsay on injured reserve Friday along with wide receiver Andre Holmes (ankle).
The signed outside linebacker Aaron Wallace and cornerback Horace Richardson to take their places on the 53-man roster.
Neither newcomer is expected to suit up on Sunday when the Broncos (6-9) face the Los Angeles Chargers (11-4).
Broncos rookie running back Lindsay needs surgery
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Phillip Lindsay provided the NFL with its best feel-good story of the season and the Denver Broncos with a rough-and-tumble identity before an injury epidemic spoiled their playoff plans.
The undersized, overlooked running back from the University of Colorado made history and forced all 32 of the league's teams to question why they didn't draft him.
Lindsay heads the list of undrafted rookies making impact
Phillip Lindsay didn't receive an invitation to the NFL scouting combine and his name wasn't called during the draft.
Motivated by the snub, he made history.
The talented Denver Broncos running back became the first undrafted offensive player selected for the Pro Bowl as a rookie. He heads the list of undrafted rookies who've made an impact this season.
AP source: Broncos rookie Lindsay done for season
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay's sensational rookie season is over after tests showed he sustained major damage to his right wrist in Denver's loss at Oakland, a person with knowledge of the MRI results told The Associated Press.
The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team was off on Christmas Day, confirmed a report by 9News in Denver that medical tests Tuesday morning revealed ligament damage and a possible scaphoid fracture.
Miller, Broncos aim to avoid back-to-back losing seasons
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos pass rusher Von Miller quickly sacked any notion that there's nothing left to play for in a season that's gone awry.
Lindsay hopes his story inspires underdogs everywhere
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — No, Phillip Lindsay never once thought he'd become the first undrafted offensive player to make the Pro Bowl. He's been too busy making tacklers miss and general managers regret passing him over in the NFL draft just because he stands 5-foot-8.
Broncos’ Lindsay becomes 1st undrafted offensive Pro Bowler
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Snubbed from the combine and in the 2018 draft, Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay is the first undrafted offensive player in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl as a rookie.
Chargers lead Pro Bowl selections with 7 players
NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers placed seven players in the Pro Bowl, including safety Derwin James, one of six rookies across the league to make the game.
Lindsay leads Denver to 3rd straight win, 24-10 over Bengals
CINCINNATI (AP) — Nobody's overlooking 5-foot-8 Phillip Lindsay anymore, not with the way he's run the Broncos right back into playoff contention.
The rookie rushed for a career-high 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday as Denver adapted to a windy afternoon and got its third straight victory, 24-10 over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bengals’ season unravels more with 24-10 loss to Broncos
CINCINNATI (AP) — A.J. Green took a couple of steps, tried to cut and crumbled to the ground, grabbing his right foot. He was carted off the field, along with the Bengals' hopes of a late-season recovery.
Broncos promote rookie pass rusher Jeff Holland
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Jeff Holland takes his inspiration from Von Miller on the practice field and Phillip Lindsay in the locker room.
The former Auburn star met Miller while preparing for the NFL draft. When his name wasn't called, he quickly signed with Denver so he could learn from the best — with lessons thrown in from two other first-rounders, rookie Bradley Chubb and Shane Ray, along with Shaq Barrett and pass rush consultant DeMarcus Ware.
Broncos’ Lindsay uses combine, draft snubs as fuel for fire
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Omitted from the combine invitation list and ignored in the NFL draft, Denver Broncos rookie running back Phillip Lindsay has gone from head-scratcher to head-turner.
"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.
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Broncos’ win takes Vance Joseph off hook for non-challenge
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Vance Joseph's decision to tuck his red challenge flag back into his pants pocket loomed large until the Denver Broncos pulled off a last-second win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Still, the failed 2-point conversion early in the fourth quarter of Denver's 23-22 last-second win highlighted a loophole in the NFL rule book that Denver's coach said Monday he'd like to see closed.
Broncos’ awful week ends with squandered chance vs Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos wrapped up an awful week off the field with a miserable performance on it.
First came the rumors that a handful of players would be on the trading block, then came the controversial Halloween party thrown by Von Miller, after which backup quarterback Chad Kelley was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing and summarily cut from the roster.
Chiefs capitalize for 27-23 win after Broncos ditch the run
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos reeled off big run after big run against the soft underbelly of the Kansas City Chiefs defense.
Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman ran roughshod over the Chiefs. Each scored a touchdown and Freeman eluded seven defenders and dragged a linebacker into the end zone on his 14-yard score.
Broncos make too many mistakes in 27-14 loss to Ravens
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Denver Broncos had a lot of things stacked against them in their quest to open the season 3-0.
They were coming across the country to play a tough Baltimore Ravens team bent on making amends for a blowout loss in Cincinnati last week. To make the task even more challenging, the Broncos were short-handed in the defensive backfield, even before losing cornerback Tremaine Brock to a groin injury in the first quarter on Sunday.
Unbeaten Broncos face first road test against Ravens
BALTIMORE (AP) — Unbeaten after two games for the sixth consecutive year, Denver showed its tenacity in a pair of fourth-quarter comebacks at home.
Now it's time to see if the Broncos can win on the road.
Quarterback Case Keenum, record-setting rookie running back Phillip Lindsay, standout receiver Emmanuel Sanders and the NFL's second-ranked offense will be tested Sunday by the Baltimore Ravens, who are 60-21 on their own turf since coach John Harbaugh arrived in 2008.
Phillip Lindsay has gone from undrafted to unforgettable
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Phillip Lindsay is taking the NFL by storm. He's also taking it all in stride.
"I am just playing football, that's it," the Denver Broncos running back said after becoming the first undrafted player in NFL history to eclipse 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first two NFL games.
"I am just playing football for our team. I don't think of things like that."
Keeping his head down has always been Lindsay's style.
FANTASY PLAYS: Week 2 pickups good, but no huge players
After the first full week of fantasy football results, there are interesting potential adds on the waiver wire, but it seems unlikely there are any major difference-makers yet that aren't widely owned in leagues. Yet there are certainly some distinctive and helpful targets who can help plug some potential holes.
Broncos’ O-line revamp shows good early returns
DENVER (AP) — Revamping the offensive line has become an annual rite of spring in Denver.
Broncos make rookie Royce Freeman starting running back
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Royce Freeman is set to become the first rookie running back to start a season opener for the Denver Broncos since Hall of Famer Terrell Davis in 1995.
"It's an honor to be mentioned with a man of that caliber, a player with that type of legacy around here," Freeman said.
Coach Vance Joseph chose the third-round pick from Oregon as his starter Monday ahead of veteran Devontae Booker and fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay, who coincidentally was handed Davis' old No. 30 jersey.
Broncos Preview Capsule
DENVER BRONCOS (5-11)
New faces: QB Case Keenum, RB Royce Freeman, RB Phillip Lindsay, WR Courtland Sutton, WR DaeSean Hamilton, RT Jared Veldheer, CB Adam "Pacman" Jones, DE Clinton McDonald, ILB Jose Jewell, OLB Bradley Chubb, ILB Alexander Johnson, CB Tramaine Brock, S Su'a Cravens, CB Isaac Yiadom, P Marquette King.
Key losses: CB Aqib Talib, QB Trevor Siemian, QB Brock Osweiler, RB C.J. Anderson, TE Virgil Green, WR Cody Latimer, OL Menelik Watson, S Jamal Carter, P Riley Dixon.
Undrafted underdog Lindsay making his mark with Broncos
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway's much-celebrated 2018 draft class is turning heads at the Broncos' training camp, particularly ex-SMU receiver Courtland Sutton, a second-round pick whose spectacular catches have become a daily occurrence.
Big applauses also greet draft picks Bradley Chubb, Josey Jewell and DaeSean Hamilton along with another rookie who went undrafted.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The fieriness of undrafted rookie running back Phillip Lindsay will be put on the backburner.
Not for long, just for now.
The former Colorado standout known as the "Tasmanian Devil " for his relentless motor is all ears these days in the Denver Broncos' meeting room.
Colorado’s Lindsay known for his wild hair and elusive moves
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — His wild go-in-every-direction hair attracts all sorts of attention.
Same with his elusive running style, which is so unrelenting and whirlwindish that it has earned him the nickname "Tasmanian Devil."
In actuality, Colorado senior tailback Phillip Lindsay shies away from the spotlight.
Arizona State faced with slowing Colorado’s Lindsay
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State thought its defensive issues were worked out. After sterling performances against good teams, there was no reason for the Sun Devils not to believe it.
Then they flipped the page backward against No. 21 Southern California. Big plays, missed tackles, blown assignments — all the issues Arizona State had early in the season came flooding back in a lopsided loss.
Falk leads No. 15 Washington State over Colorado 28-0
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Faced with driving rain, winds and low temperatures, the Air Raid offense of No. 15 Washington State converted to a ground game.
The Cougars rushed for 194 yards and quarterback Luke Falk threw for three touchdowns in a 28-0 victory over Colorado on Saturday night.
Two minute drill: Keys to victory for Washington State against Colorado
Don’t take your eyes off
Colorado running back Phillip Lindsay has more all-purpose yards than any other player in school history (5,174), but the Cougars can’t assume they’ve neutralized the Buffaloes’ offense by neutralizing the senior tailback. Leading CU receiver Bryce Bobo is also a nightmare for opposing defenses and will likely finish his career inside the school’s top-10 in receptions. Bobo leads the Buffaloes in total receptions (40), receiving yards (432) and touchdown catches (5).
Colorado at No. 15 Washington State
Colorado (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) at No. 15 Washington State (6-1, 3-1), Saturday, 10:45 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: Washington State by 10 ½.
Series record: Colorado leads 6-4.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Colorado seeks to retain the momentum from its first league win and continue its quest for a bowl game. Washington State looks to rebound from a 37-3 loss at California, its first of the season, and continue its best start since the 2003 campaign.
Colorado beats Oregon State 36-33 for 1st conference win
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Colorado's season didn't come down to the final minutes against Oregon State, but the Buffaloes certainly understood the importance of a victory over the Beavers.
Steven Montez threw a 13-yard touchdown to Bryce Bobo with 1:34 left and Colorado hung on for a 36-33 victory Saturday over Oregon State, which was playing its first game since the sudden departure of head coach Gary Andersen.
QB matchup between UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Arizona Wildcats’ Khalil Tate is a story of hype, hope
If anyone can understand what Arizona Wildcats quarterback Khalil Tate is going through this week, it’s his UCLA counterpart.
Josh Rosen knows what it’s like to deal with the burden of outlandish expectations. Hype? Rosen has been hyped since high school. Three years into his college career, it hasn’t stopped; he’s making a push to enter the Heisman Trophy conversation and could be the first pick in next year’s NFL draft.
Colorado faces Northern Colorado for 1st time since 1934
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado faces Northern Colorado on the football field this weekend for the first time since 1934 in a game that has a nice little subplot of Lindsay vs. Lindsay.
The Bears (1-0) and the Buffaloes (2-0) renew a rivalry that that's been dormant since the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. The Saturday game at Folsom Field is also a family reunion for the Lindsay brothers.
Colorado looks to crank up offense against Texas State
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado tailback dubbed Tasmanian Devil won't kick up too much dust over his team's lethargic offense.
After all, there are mitigating circumstances: Week one. Rival Colorado State. New cast.
All that said, senior tailback Phillip Lindsay does expect way more going forward.
"Get back to playing Colorado football. Be the offense that we know we can be," said Lindsay, who earned his nickname for his relentless style of play. "The next game we're going to go at it hard."
Colorado beats CSU 17-3 behind Lindsay, flurry of flags
DENVER (AP) — The latest version of the Rocky Mountain Showdown turned into a game of flag football.
Phillip Lindsay ran for 140 yards on 19 carries and Colorado capitalized on a trio of debatable offensive pass interference calls by the Pac-12 officiating crew in a 17-3 victory over Colorado State on Friday night.
"I'll have to watch it on film," Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said of the non-reviewable rulings. "But calls go either way, no doubt about it."
Liufau shines, No. 12 Colorado beats No. 20 Wash State 38-24
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — For all of Sefo Liufau's tough runs , this one may be the most impressive: His sprint from the locker room back to the field.
A hip pointer wasn't going to sideline him in the fourth quarter. Especially not in a game of this magnitude.
Liufau threw for 345 yards, rushed for 108 more and scored three touchdowns as No. 12 Colorado beat No. 20 Washington State 38-24 on Saturday in a matchup of unlikely Pac-12 division leaders.
Liufau, No. 16 Colorado roll over Arizona 49-24
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Sefo Liufau has his groove back, and so does Colorado's offense.
It came at just the right time for the Buffaloes with a season-defining stretch up next.
Liufau passed for three touchdowns and ran for another, helping No. 16 Colorado roll over Arizona 49-24 on Saturday night for the Buffaloes' first four-game winning streak in 14 years.
No. 21 Colorado faces UCLA with lead in Pac-12 South
UCLA (3-5, 1-4 Pac-12) at No. 21 Colorado (6-2, 4-1, No. 15 CFP), Thursday, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Line: Colorado by 11½.
Series Record: UCLA leads 9-2
WHAT'S AT STAKE
A firm grasp of the Pac-12 South lead for Colorado. The Buffaloes would own a one-game lead over USC and Utah, which lost to No. 4 Washington last weekend. The Bruins are 5-0 against Colorado since the Buffaloes joined the league in 2011. With four games remaining, the Bruins have plenty of work to do to become bowl eligible.
Sloppy Colorado holds off equally bad Stanford 10-5
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Almost to a player, Colorado welcomed the idea of becoming bowl eligible for the first time in a decade with a collective shrug of the shoulders and a yawn.
Outside of a brief celebration in the northwest corner end zone at Stanford Stadium and an acknowledgement later in the locker room, the Buffaloes didn't make much of their 10-5 win over the Cardinal other than it was another step toward their ultimate goal of winning the Pac-12 championship.
Lindsay leads Colorado past Arizona State 40-16
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Sefo Liufau has thrown for 1,101 yards against Arizona State, so the Sun Devils naturally expected to see plenty of passes Saturday night when the Buffaloes senior quarterback returned to the starting lineup for the first time in a month.
Instead, they got steamrolled.
Phillip Lindsay rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns in the Buffaloes' 40-16 romp that marked Colorado's first win over the Sun Devils in eight tries.
Tailback dubbed Tasmanian Devil leads Colorado’s revival
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — His nickname: Tasmanian Devil. His hair: Untamed. His running style: A combination of the two.
The Colorado Buffaloes are pretty much molded in the image of junior tailback Phillip Lindsay — a gritty, no-nonsense player with a cool nickname (given to him by head coach Mike MacIntyre) and springy hair to symbolize his "wild side."
Liufau throws 2 TD passes as Buffs rout Idaho State 56-7
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado wanted to build momentum with a big win over an FCS school. Idaho State was happy to fill its coffers by being the fall guy for the Buffaloes.
Sefo Liufau passed for 204 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 54 yards and another score in less than a half as the Buffaloes beat the Bengals 56-7 on Saturday.
Liufau leads Colorado to 44-7 rout of Colorado State
DENVER (AP) — Sefo Liufau threw for 318 yards to become Colorado's all-time leading passer and offensive lineman Alex Kelley recovered a fumble for a score as the Buffaloes rolled past Colorado State 44-7 on Friday night.
Tailback Phillip Lindsay had two TDs for Colorado (1-0), which built a 37-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The defense did its part, forcing four turnovers and bottling up the Rams (0-1) all evening.