Phillip Lindsay Released by Texans: A Look at his Potential Landing Spots

The Houston Texans cut running back, Phillip Lindsay. Here are three potential landing spots for him.
Matt O'Leary
Tue, November 23, 12:07 PM EST

Phillip Lindsay Released by Texans: A Look at his Potential Landing Spots

Before the 2021 season, the Houston Texans signed Phillip Lindsay a one-year deal worth $3.25 million. After just 10 games, the Texans elected to cut bait by releasing him meaning he is heading to waivers and then will likely have the ability to sign with anyone.

 

It’s not all that long ago that Lindsay burst onto the scene as an undrafted free agent. In 2018 with the Broncos he rushed for 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns for a 5.4 yards per attempt. His performance was good enough to send him to the Pro Bowl that season.

Even in his second year in the league, he was solid, putting up another 1,000 yard season and adding another seven rushing touchdowns to his total. Things began to change in 2020 when the Broncos elected to add Melvin Gordon. His rushes decreased to then a career-low of just 118.

He didn’t have much luck with the Texans this year with just 130 yards on 50 carries (2.6 yards per attempt). David Johnson and Rex Burkhead will now carry the load for the 2-8 Houston Texans.

So which teams will take a look at adding Lindsay? These three teams seem to make the most sense.

Seattle Seahawks

With Chris Carson out for the year, the Seattle Seahawks are relying on Alex Collins to carry the load. In his second start of the year against Pittsburgh, he ran for 101 yards and a score but since then he’s combined for just 156 combined yards and no touchdowns. Neither Rashaad Penny or DeeJay Dallas have been trusted depth for Seattle so perhaps they look for the veteran in Lindsay on the cheap to rent for the remainder of the season.

New York Jets 

Last week, rookie running back Michael Carter suffered an ankle injury that will keep him out for the next few weeks. He’s taken over as the lead back the last couple of weeks with Ty Johnson and Tevin Coleman as the veterans on the roster. Both Johnson and Coleman are averaging under four yards per carry and they’ve combined for one touchdown on the year. Lindsay could be a more stable option with Zach Wilson expected to return to the lineup this week.

Atlanta Falcons

Mike Davis just simply isn’t any good. He got a two-year deal after he filled in for the Carolina Panthers last year when ended up rushing for 642 yards and six touchdowns. This year, he has just one touchdown and is averaging 3.2 yards per attempt. Yeah, Cordarrelle Patterson has taken over there a little bit but he’s more of a WR or gadget player than an every-down rusher. An addition like Lindsay would at least give the Falcons a higher upside runner coming out of the backfield to complement the things that Patterson is able to do.

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