RB - IND
RB Jonathan Taylor, the No. 41 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, has officially agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts.
The former Wisconsin running back enters into a great situation in Indianapolis. With one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, Taylor should find success immediately, even with fellow RB Marlon Mack getting his share of carries. Taylor offers more as a pass-catcher than does Mack, and should see opportunities early and often this season. Head coach Frank Reich has called Taylor and Mack a “1-1 punch” for the Colts in the backfield. Taylor comes in ranked #18 in the FantasyPros consensus rankings and Mack comes in at #35. Both hold fantasy value this season, with Taylor getting a major bump in dynasty leagues.
Jonathan Taylor and Marlon Mack were called a “1-1 punch” by Colts Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni.
Sirianni sees “plenty of versatility in their skills sets, and both are complete backs.” It was reported earlier that the two would form a “one-two” punch, and that both backs would complement each other. Taylor’s skill set and draft capital have him as the early favorite to receive the majority of the carries. Mack is slated to start, but his current deal expires this season. Nyheim Hines will also factor into the mix. The backfield could be a mess at the beginning, but look for Taylor to emerge as the favorite and carve out a key role in the Colts’ backfield.
Colts coach Frank Reich says he envisions Jonathan Taylor and Marlon Mack forming a "one-two punch" this season.
"It’s a grind, and when you run the ball as much as we run it, it’s really good to be able to change that up," Reich said. The team traded up to the 41st pick in order to select Taylor despite have both Marlon Mack and Nyheim Himes on the roster. However, Mack is a free agent after the season and Taylor is a special prospect for a running back. Things might be messy early on but Taylor has the talent to ultimately lead this backfield in touches.
The Indianapolis Colts have selected Jonathan Taylor with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after acquiring the pick from the Cleveland Browns.
The Colts are completely rebuilding their offense and now add one of the top running backs in the draft to go along with Philip Rivers, Michael Pittman Jr., and the recently-signed Trey Burton.
At the 2020 NFL Combine, Jonathan Taylor (5'10/226) runs a 4.39 40-yard dash.
The buzz surrounding Jonathan Taylor heading into the NFL Combine was that he was going to run in the low 4.4's. However, there was skepticism on whether a 226 pound RB could really hit that benchmark. Update: he did. JT's an insane athlete, but he has so much more than that to his game. His patience and vision is outstanding and he has the size and physicality to drive it between the tackles and pick up the tough yards. Taylor's Dynasty stock couldn't be higher at the moment and he appears to be a locked in Top-2 Dynasty rookie pick.
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