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Big applauses also greet draft picks Bradley Chubb, Josey Jewell and DaeSean Hamilton along with another rookie who went undrafted.
Phillip Lindsay , a 5-foot-8, 180-pound running back who was born in Denver, grew up in adjacent Aurora, attended Denver South High School and the University of Colorado and is drawing praises from coaches and teammates.
"No. 2 has shown explosion," coach Vance Joseph said, referring to the rookie by his jersey number.
"He's a shifty little back," said linebacker Todd Davis. "He can definitely make people miss."
"We're definitely going to have some things planned for Phillip," predicted Von Miller, who sees Lindsay carving a niche in a diverse backfield that includes veteran Devontae Booker [url=http://www.49erscheapstore.com/arik-armstead-jersey-cheap]Arik Armstead Jersey[/url] , second-year speedster De'Angelo Henderson and rookie draft picks Royce Freeman of Oregon and David Williams of Arkansas.
Lindsay is leading the way in plays that draw reactions from the crowd.
"Guys like that in the league, you just can't cover them," Miller said. "They're just assets to the offense. You have to have a back like that and we definitely have one."
Uninvited to the NFL combine and bypassed on draft weekend, Lindsay signed a contract with his hometown team that would pay him $480,000 this season and included a $15,000 signing bonus.
By comparison, Freeman's signing bonus was $997,020 and Williams' was $93,900.
A Colorado alum himself, Joseph was no stranger to Lindsay's talents.
"It's hard to believe he didn't go to the combine," Joseph said. "Obviously he's a Buff, so I've watched Phillip for three years as a starter in a major conference. He was a great player. We were all surprised he didn't go to the combine [url=http://www.seahawkscheapstore.com/dontae-johnson-jersey-cheap]Dontae Johnson Jersey[/url] , and obviously signing him as a free agent was tough because we drafted two backs. We pursued him heavy and he stayed home."
Lindsay's college coach, Mike MacIntyre, said he has no doubt his former pupil will make it in the NFL because of his versatility, tenacity and willingness to make the most of any morsel of playing time he gets.
"In college he covered kicks, returned kicks, he could play on all four big phases," MacIntyre said. "And then he's a guy that can catch the ball really well, so he could be a third-down back. He's a guy that could block well, could run well, so when you take him to the game, even if he doesn't play a lot of running back early, he's going to play a lot of plays for you. So he's valuable for you as a coaching staff and a team.
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MacIntyre got that right.
"I love Phillip," Broncos special teams coordinator Tom McMahon declared. "Phillip works his butt off."
He garnered the nickname "Tasmanian Devil" in college because of the frenetic energy he brings to the team as the undersized underdog he's been all his life.
"I always bring a chip on my shoulder, not because I'm mad but because I know what I have to do," Lindsay said. "For me, I'm a running back that's 5-8 and 190 pounds and I have to go and get my respect for the NFL now."
It's nothing new.
"I mean, since when have I not been the underdog?" Lindsay said.
NOTES: In honor of owner Pat Bowlen and his wife, Annabel, both of whom are fighting Alzheimer's, the Broncos handed out purple towels to their fans and wore purple-and-gray T-shirts Saturday to raise funds and awareness of the disease. ... The Broncos will hold a 45-play scrimmage Sunday.
When Paul Blackburn needed 47 pitches to make it through the first two innings, it didn’t seem he would last long for the Oakland Athletics.
Then Blackburn found his groove and led the streaking A’s to another win.
Blackburn pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and Oakland won its fifth straight game, beating the Cleveland Indians 3-1 on Friday night.
”It was just finding a tempo and rhythm,” Blackburn said. ”It’s something I’ve struggled with the first couple of innings. Once I get over that hump in the second inning [url=http://www.patriotscheapstore.com/elandon-roberts-jersey-cheap]Elandon Roberts Jersey[/url] , I feel like everything is more put together.”
Marcus Semien and Khris Davis drove in runs against Trevor Bauer (7-6) as the A’s followed up a four-game sweep at Detroit with a win in the opener of a five-game homestand.
Jed Lowrie provided insurance with a solo homer in the eighth off Zach McAllister to move Oakland a season-high seven games over .500.
”Games like that, it feels like a 10-run homer,” manager Bob Melvin said. ”The guys coming to the plate get your attention in the last inning. It was paramount. It gives you a little bit of wiggle room.”
Blake Treinen allowed two baserunners in the ninth before earning his 21st save in 23 chances. He has converted 18 straight save opportunities.
Blackburn (2-2) had a 12.70 ERA his past three starts and struggled early against Cleveland, with four of the first seven batters reaching base safely. But a caught stealing and a double play helped him make it through the first two innings unscathed and he settled down from there.
He retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced, allowing only a two-out walk to Yonder Alonso in the fourth before leaving after retiring Edwin Encarnacion to open the seventh. Blackburn allowed three hits and struck out five.
Francisco Lindor hit an RBI double off Yusmeiro Petit in the eighth inning for Cleveland.
The A’s, who score nearly two fewer runs per game at home than on the road, managed to get single runs against Bauer in the second and sixth innings. Matt Olson doubled in the second and scored on Semien’s two-out hit.
Oakland added an insurance run in the sixth when Matt Joyce singled and scored on Davis’ double.
”He seemed to be very patient so I wanted to make a point of getting ahead in that count,” Bauer said. ”He hit a bad pitch. He’s a good hitter. That’s what you’re supposed to do with hanging breaking balls, hit them.”
Bauer allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight. His 148 strikeouts are the most for a Cleveland pitcher before the end of June since Sam McDowell had 151 in 1970.
Indians: Manager Terry Francona said the team will have a decision soon on the status of injured starter Danny Salazar, who has been on the DL all season with a right shoulder injury. Francona said the team is ”exploring some things” and said he would have more information in the next couple of days.
Athletics: 3B Matt Chapman (hand) took grounders and hit off a tee. He will take BP on Sunday and could be back as early as next week. … RHP Andrew Triggs (right arm nerve irritation) had his rehab shut down because he felt tingling in fingers. He will get a second opinion next week. … RHP Trevor Cahill (right Achilles) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session and will either have a lengthier bullpen session or simulation game next in his rehab.
Edwin Jackson (0-0) makes his second start for Oakland after allowing one run in six innings of a no-decision in his debut against Detroit. His nine-game winning streak against Cleveland is the longest since Storm Davis also won nine straight vs. the Indians from 1986-92. Adam Plutko (4-1) starts for Cleveland.
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