Before the sudden emergence of Duke Johnson as the savior of the Miami Dolphins backfield late in the 2021 season, Phillip Lindsay had his brief moment in the sun.
After being let go by Houston after Week 12, Lindsay ended up with 12 carries the very next week in the Dolphins’ game against the Panthers. He gained a respectable 42 yards, but it was his running style and determination that stood out in a rushing attack that lacked any punch all season up to that point. He was also applauded for his ability to pick up pass rushers in the blocking game, something that Myles Gaskin and the rest of the running backs struggled with.
But the Dolphins have obviously gone a different direction this off season with new additions to the backfield. Lindsay is one of the odd men out, and he remains without a contract. He is still just 27 years old, and two seasons removed from back-to-back 1,000 yard campaigns. He probably won’t be picked up to be the starter in any situation, but he could be a solid depth piece or third-down back on a team with an established ball carrier. Lindsay will hold a place in the hearts of Dolphins fans despite his very short-lived career.