The Indianapolis Colts made some intriguing moves this offseason as Chris Ballard looks to power them back to playoff contention. After a rough season in 2019, the Colts are making it clear that they aren’t planning to miss the playoffs again in 2020.
One of the more intriguing moves of the offseason was the team’s decision to draft Wisconsin star running back Jonathan Taylor in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The move was made with Marlon Mack on the roster after a big season.
During the 2019 season with the Colts, Mack carried the football 247 times for 1,091 yards and eight touchdowns. Taylor, on the other hand, racked up 320 carries for 2,003 yards and 21 touchdowns with the Badgers.
Fans have been wondering how the two will be utilized together and they finally have their answer. Indianapolis offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni talked about how he will use the two talented backs in 2020.
“We know we want to run the football. We know a lot of the good running teams in this league and in the past have had good one-two punches,” Sirianni said. “It feels like it’s just a one-one punch though because we have two such exceptional backs.”
Mack is going to be the starter for the Colts barring a surprising change. Taylor, however, is going to receive quite a few carries as a rookie. Both running backs bring a different skill-set to the field.
Indianapolis also went out and signed veteran star quarterback Philip Rivers in free agency. He may not be the elite star that he once was, but he is still capable of putting up numbers. It is clear that the Colts want to take some stress off of him with a good run game.
It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Mack with the Colts. He has been looking for a contract extension, but Indianapolis doesn’t seem interested in getting one done with him at this point in time.
No matter what ends up happening, the Colts are sitting pretty with Mack and Taylor as a one-one punch in their backfield alongside Rivers.