The Indianapolis Colts put together a huge offseason with Chris Ballard making it clear that he will no longer accept mediocrity. Jim Irsay has also been very adamant about wanting to compete for multiple Super Bowls in the near future.
Jonathan Taylor was one of the most intriguing prospects available in the 2020 NFL Draft. It was a bit of a surprise that the Colts went out and took him in the second round. Now, he is expected to form a lethal duo with Marlon Mack in the backfield.
NFL.com has projected that Taylor will finish as the second-most productive rookie running back for the 2020 season. He finished behind just Clyde Edwards-Helaire of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Here is what NFL.com had to say about Taylor heading into his rookie season with the Colts.
Yep, I’m going right back to the yards-after-contact well because it really is an extremely helpful data signal in modeling rookie running back production. Since 2017, according to PFF, Taylor’s 3,921 yards after contact are the most in college football — by 941 yards! Add in that he’s playing behind my model’s second-best O-line (one that has great continuity, which my models are all tuned into even more this year, given the abbreviated offseason) and his real — and fantasy — value appears quite enticing. Despite being in a time share with Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines, Taylor is my model’s No. 25 overall fantasy running back.
ESPN also released their projections for the 2020 season for offensive player. They have the Colts’ rookie running back carrying the football 198 times for 852 yards and seven touchdowns. He is also projected to catch 24 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown.
Taylor is without a doubt the running back of the future for the Colts. He has true superstar potential and the franchise is excited to see what his future has in store for them.
Some Colts fans may still be wary of the pick and might think it was a mistake with Mack having a breakout season in 2019. However, Taylor is a much better all-around player and will prove that right away in his rookie season.