Kiszla: While Broncos want new RB Melvin Gordon to be their bell cow, only dumb-dumb would bet against Phillip Lindsay

After the Broncos spent big money on running back Melvin Gordon in free agency, there are at least 16 million reasons to believe he will their leading rusher in 2020 as their new bell cow.

But there’s one little reason to think Gordon will wind up being hamburger helper.

Phillip Lindsay is not going down without a fight. Pound for pound, there’s no tougher fighter in the team’s locker room than the 5-foot, 7-inch Colorado native who plays as big as Mt. Evans.

You think Gordon is a better running back than Lindsay?

That’s cute.

And if Lindsay has anything to say about it, the assumption Gordon is an upgrade will also be proven dead wrong.

If the Broncos make the playoffs, it will be because Lindsay is driving the orange-and-blue bandwagon rather than munching popcorn in the back of the bus.

Yes, president of football ops John Elway and coach Vic Fangio will be eager to give the starting job to Gordon as justification for signing a runner the Los Angeles Chargers let walk to a $16 million contract. The economics insist Gordon should be the bell cow, because he’s currently slated to be paid 10 times as much money as Lindsay in 2020.

But if the best player earns the most snaps, Lindsay will not only again be the team’s leading rusher, he will also become the only back other than Hall-of-Famer Terrell Davis in franchise history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons.