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Denver kid Phillip Lindsay sweats out roster cuts right at home

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It’s 5.7 miles from where Phillip Lindsay played high school football to Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Up Interstate 25, it’s practically a straight line between his past and what he hopes will be his future.

Lindsay, a rookie running back, thinks a lot about “the line.” The one he believes will get him from here to there, the one that can be the shortest distance between two points.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“You’re going to go through trials and tribulations in your life, but can you stay on that line to do the right things and get where you want to go,” Lindsay said. “Can you get back on the line if you veer off sometimes? That’s what it’s all about. Can you get back and stay on that line? Even when it’s hard? That’s everything to me.”

Like so many in the league this week, Lindsay wants that line to carry him through 4 p.m. ET on Saturday on the Broncos’ active roster. By that time, rosters must go from 90 players to 53, and Lindsay will be sweating out the rest of the week, like all the other players on the bubble.3

Because Lindsay went to high school in Denver — South High School — played at the University of Colorado and now, after having at least 10 teams express interest in him as an undrafted player this past April, he is attempting to stick with the team that filled his family’s Sundays each season. Lindsay is the first athlete from the Denver Broncos’ Futures Program — for middle school football players — to sign an NFL contract, and he would certainly be the first to play for the Broncos in a regular-season game if he sticks. Undersized, undrafted and undaunted, still on his line and moving to where he wants to be.

“Phillip is phenomenal,” Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said. “ … He’s just one of those special guys, and everyone on the team knew he was special, not just the coaches. He was a great leader. … He left a legacy for guys to have the voice and understanding of what it takes to be successful.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“He taught our running backs a lot; those kids are stepping up, and they’re really excited about what Phillip Lindsay is doing. Sometimes when you get all the hype and pub, guys on the team kind of resent you; I think that’s true of life. Nobody resented Phillip Lindsay. I think they saw his humility and understand what it takes to be a humble leader.”

Sixteen players have competed in a game at the high school, college and NFL levels in Colorado. Lindsay would be the 17th, but also unique as a Denver Public Schools player and an in-state college player to begin his NFL career in a Broncos uniform.

As a former prep star who owns the Denver Public League career rushing record, he overcame a torn ACL as a high school senior only to leave Boulder years later as the Buffaloes’ all-time leader in all-purpose yards (5,760) and yards from scrimmage (4,683). Indeed, his story is one that is fresh on the minds of those following the Friday night lights in Colorado.

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