Phillip Lindsay’s historic rise continued this week after the NFL announced the rookie running back had been to selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl.
Lindsay becomes the first offensive undrafted rookie selected for the NFL’s all-star game, which is even more remarkable given how far down the depth chart he was during the offseason.Embed from Getty Images
Replicating the underdog mentality once made famous in #30 by Terrell Davis in 1995, Lindsay’s elevation from sixth on the depth chart to be fifth in rushing yards and second in yards a carry with two games of the 2018 season remaining is equally compelling.
Davis started 14 games in his rookie season, carrying 237 times for 1,117 yards (4.7 average), and seven touchdowns, as well as hauling in 49 receptions for 367 yards and a score.
By comparison, Lindsay has started seven games so far through his rookie season, running 182 times for 991 yards (5.4 average) and nine touchdowns, as well as making 33 catches for 230 yards and a score.Embed from Getty Images
Joining Lindsay in Orlando on January 27 is perennial Pro Bowler Von Miller, selected to his seventh Pro Bowl.
Miller, having another outstanding year for the Broncos, is tied for second place in the NFL with 14.5 sacks.
The perennial snub of Chris Harris Jr continues, with the Broncos’ number one cornerback again making the alternate list.
Harris amassed three interceptions, one sack, and 49 tackles this season before going down with a fractured fibula against Cincinnati in week 13.
Another injured Bronco to make the alternate list is Emmanuel Sanders.
The wide receiver racked up 71 catches for 868 yards and four touchdowns this season, as well one rushing touchdown, and a touchdown pass to Courtland Sutton.
The Broncos placed Sanders on injured reserve in week 14 after he tore his Achilles in practice.Embed from Getty Images
Broncos defensive rookie Bradley Chubb could also make the Pro Bowl for the first time as an alternate.
After a slow start to the season, the fifth overall pick has produced 12 sacks — including 10 and a half since week six — putting him 2.5 sacks away from tying Jevon Kearse’s rookie record.