Something Weird is Going on With the Colts and Jonathan Taylor

Jason Schandl
The Indianapolis Colts' refusal to feature Jonathan Taylor points to something strange going on.
The Indianapolis Colts' refusal to feature Jonathan Taylor points to something strange going on. / Jason Miller/Getty Images
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The Indianapolis Colts surprised a lot of people when they spent a second-round draft pick on running back Jonathan Taylor. This is an offense that has tended to use a running back-by-committee approach, so spending premium draft capital on the position (especially with established backs still on the roster) was a strange move. One of the only explanations was that they viewed Taylor as a special talent, and planned to feature him in the offense.

That has not been the case in 2020, at all.

Marlon Mack opened the season as the starter, which wasn't that strange. The incumbent getting the early-season starting job is par for the course. Then Mack got hurt, and it looked like Taylor was going to take over.

That hasn't happened, however. In Week 8 Taylor even saw significantly less work than journeyman Jordan Wilkins. Taylor now hasn't recorded more than 12 carries in a single game since Week 4, and his 34% snap share in Week 8 was his lowest of the season.

There's a chance Taylor was banged up in this game. The Colts didn't give him any injury designation though, so either they were skirting the rules, or simply riding the hot hand with Wilkins.

Taylor does lead the offense in carries this season, but his modest usage is still a head-scratcher. You have to think the team expected big things from Taylor, spending the No. 41 overall pick on him. But there must be something going on in Indy that isn't being made public if they're choosing to feature a 2018 fifth-round pick in Wilkins over their hyped-up rookie.


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