The Broncos traded up 5 spots in the 2nd round to take North Carolina RB Javonte Williams with the 35th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Williams shared UNC’s backfield with Michael Carter, forming a thunder and lightning duo over the past 2 seasons. 2020 was a true breakout for Williams (5’10, 212) with 1,140 yards and 19 TDs on 157 attempts. He added a strong 25-305-3 receiving line. The Wallace, North Carolina native wins with incredible contact balance and power; his 0.48 broken tackles per attempt marked the best rate ever charted by Pro Football Focus. Despite the physical playing style, Williams has never missed a college game due to injury. He joins Melvin Gordon in Denver’s backfield in what figures to be a committee attack in 2021. Gordon hits free agency next offseason.
The Broncos have rescinded the restricted free-agent tender on RB Phillip Lindsay, leaving him free to sign elsewhere. Despite averaging 4.8 yards per carry the past 3 seasons, Lindsay never seemed wanted in Denver. A new home figures to be good news for his fantasy value -- although we'll see exactly where he ends up. The Broncos' RB depth chart now reads: Melvin Gordon, Royce Freeman, Mike Boone. We'll see if they add to the group, but Gordon's fantasy value gets a boost with Lindsay's departure.
RB Mike Boone signed a 2-year, $2.6 million contract with the Broncos, according to insider Mike Klis. Boone averaged a strong 5.3 yards on 71 carries with the Vikings over the past 3 seasons. He joins a currently crowded Denver backfield alongside Melvin Gordon, Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman -- although there's a chance restricted free-agent Lindsay departs. Still, Boone is off the fantasy radar for now.
The Broncos are giving restricted free-agent RB Phillip Lindsay the "low" tender, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. We're still waiting to find out the exact level Lindsay will be tendered at, but it now looks more likely that a team signs him to an offer sheet that Denver doesn't match. We'll see where this goes, but Melvin Gordon continues to appear locked in as the Broncos' lead back in 2021. Lindsay's departure would only boost his fantasy value, of course.
Update: NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that it's an original-round tender for Lindsay, a former undrafted free agent. That means the Broncos would receive no compensation if another teams signs Lindsay to an offer sheet that Denver doesn't match.
Mike Klis of 9News reports that DUI charges against Broncos RB Melvin Gordon have been dismissed. Gordon has reportedly pleaded guilty to reckless driving for excessive speeding. There's still a chance the NFL disciplines him under the personal-conduct policy. But the dismissal of DUI charges can only help Gordon's shot of avoiding a suspension for the upcoming season. The veteran looks likely to lead the Denver backfield in 2021, though the rest of the group needs to settle out. The Broncos are tendering restricted free agent Phillip Lindsay. Royce Freeman also has 1 year left on his contract.
Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (hip) has been placed on IR. He had already been ruled out for tomorrow's game vs. the Chargers and will now also miss the finale against the Raiders. RB Melvin Gordon should dominate backfield touches in those game.
The Broncos have ruled RB Phillip Lindsay out for Sunday's game against the Chargers. He's dealing with hip and knee injuries. That leaves Melvin Gordon as the clear lead back in an upside matchup. Gordon looks like a solid-to-strong option for Week 16 fantasy lineups. RB Royce Freeman (hip) is also questionable for the game.
Broncos RBs Melvin Gordon (shoulder) and Phillip Lindsay (hip) are active for today's game against the Bills. They were limited in practice all week, but we never heard any concern about their availability for this one. Both guys should be ready for their regular roles.
Broncos RBs Melvin Gordon (shoulder) and Phillip Lindsay (hip) were limited in practice this week and are listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Bills. We've heard no concern about their availability, but check back around 3 pm ET on Saturday to make sure they're active.
Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (knee) is active for tonight’s game against the Chiefs. He put in a full practice on Friday, so the knee shouldn’t be a major issue. Lindsay should remain in a committee alongside Melvin Gordon.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (knee) is expected to play against the Chiefs tonight. Lindsay got in a full practice on Friday and should remain in a committee alongside RB Melvin Gordon.
Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Chiefs. He put in a full practice on Friday, though, so we’re expecting him to play. Over the past 4 weeks, Lindsay has 37 carries and 4 targets compared to Melvin Gordon’s 44 carries and 3 targets.
Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (knee) will return to a limited practice on Thursday, HC Vic Fangio said. That gives Lindsay a shot to play against the Chiefs on Sunday night. We'll see what he does in tomorrow's practice and how Denver lists him on the final injury report.
Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay missed Wednesday's practice with the knee injury that knocked him out of last weekend's loss to the Saints. He's looking iffy for Sunday night's game vs. the Chiefs. Lindsay's absence would make RB Melvin Gordon a much stronger fantasy play. Gordon has averaged 16.7 carries and 4 targets in 3 games without Lindsay this season.
Broncos QBs Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, Blake Bortles and Jeff Driskel are all ineligible to play against the Saints on Sunday due to COVID contract tracing concerns to Driskel, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. We'll see whether this game gets played tomorrow -- and what the hell Denver does on offense if it does. Insider Mike Klis throws out Kendall Hinton as an option at QB. He's on Denver's practice squad as a WR but was a 3-year starting QB at Wake Forest. This is a mess and you should try to avoid all Broncos in Week 12 fantasy lineups.
The Broncos expect RB Phillip Lindsay (foot) to play Sunday against the Falcons, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Lindsay started the week not practicing but progressed to a limited Thursday and then a full Friday before turning up questionable. He has split the rushing load with Melvin Gordon when healthy.
Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (foot) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Falcons. He's expected to play, though, after getting in a full practice on Friday. Lindsay has basically split carries down the middle with RB Melvin Gordon when they've both been healthy this season. But Gordon remains the primary pass-catching and goal-line back, making him the superior fantasy play.
Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (concussion) is active for today’s game against the Chargers. He’s actually out-carried RB Melvin Gordon when they’ve both been healthy this season. Gordon figures to get most of the goal-line and pass-catching work, so he’s still the preferred fantasy play among the 2.
Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (concussion) is expected to be cleared and play against the Chargers today, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's bad news for RB Melvin Gordon. In their only 2 halves of football together this year, Lindsay has out-carried Gordon 7 to 6 and 9 to 7. Assuming Lindsay is active, downgrade Gordon to low-end RB2 status. Lindsay will be in the RB3 mix.
Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (concussion) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, so he's made some progress through the protocol but still has work to do. Chargers-Broncos doesn't kick off until 4:05 pm ET on Sunday, but we should get an update on Lindsay that morning. His status is key for RB Melvin Gordon considering Lindsay has out-carried Gordon in their only 2 halves of football together this season.
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