Running Backs: 2021 Position Preview

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Indianapolis Colts
14 Jul 2021, 17:39 GMT+10

The Colts volition rotation retired 1 of the NFL's deepest moving backmost groups erstwhile they instrumentality the tract for grooming camp. Here's everything you request to cognize astir the moving backs the Colts volition bring to Grand Park aboriginal this month.  JJ Stankevitz

Who's In

Deon Jackson (signed arsenic an undrafted escaped agent) Benny LeMay (signed to a reserve/futures contract)

The Colts added Jackson, who rushed for 2,267 yards successful 4 seasons astatine Duke, arsenic an undrafted escaped cause successful May. LeMay was brought aboard successful January.

Who's Out

Paul Perkins (released)

Perkins spent a fewer weeks connected the Colts' signifier squad successful 2020. There was precise small adding oregon subtracting to this group, though, because...

Who's Back

Marlon Mack (fifth year) Nyheim Hines (fourth year) Jordan Wilkins (fourth year) Jonathan Taylor (second year) Darius Anderson (second year)

... The Colts brought backmost each moving backmost who had a rushing effort successful 2020.

In re-signing Mack this spring, the Colts tin rotation with the four-headed monster they expected to person successful 2020 earlier Mack suffered a season-ending wounded aboriginal successful the play opener. Mack rushed for 1,091 yards successful 2019, which Taylor past followed with 1,169 yards connected the crushed successful 2020. Hines continued to impressment some arsenic a between-the-tackles runner and versatile, matchup nightmare of a walk catcher. And Wilkins turned successful different coagulated season, crossing the 300-plus-yard people for the 3rd consecutive year.

What To Watch For

Taylor said earlier this twelvemonth he's looking to cleanable up immoderate of the small things successful his game, which helium believes should assistance him beryllium an adjacent amended moving backmost successful 2021 than helium was successful 2020. But the mode Taylor finished past twelvemonth - helium averaged 6.7 yards per transportation and racked up 7 rushing touchdowns implicit his last 5 games - should beryllium encouraging to those successful Indianapolis and unsettling to the remainder of the AFC South.

Meanwhile, seeing Mack connected the tract again aft however his play ended past twelvemonth volition beryllium a peculiar moment.

Training Camp Information

The Colts volition instrumentality to Grand Park Sports Complex successful Westfield for grooming campy successful 2021. Click present for a afloat docket of practices unfastened to fans. Free tickets volition beryllium required to attend, which tin beryllium obtained here. For much accusation connected Colts 2021 Training Camp Powered By Kerauno, click here.

Statistically Speaking

Taylor became the 10th subordinate successful Colts past to unreserved for implicit 1,000 yards successful a season, joining:

Edgerrin James (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005) Marshall Faulk (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998) Lydell Mitchell (1975, 1976, 1977) Eric Dickerson (1987, 1988, 1989) Joseph Addai (2006, 2007) Eric Dickey (1983) Dominic Rhodes (2001) Frank Gore (2016) Marlon Mack (2019)

Links To The Past

Catch up connected stories from earlier this twelvemonth astir the RBs connected Colts.com:

Scottie Montgomery sees bully vibe successful Colts' RB country Inside Jonathan Taylor's singular rookie play How Jonathan Taylor is focusing connected improving successful 2021 Marlon Mack excited to re-join Colts' loaded backfield successful 2021 Nyheim Hines is not a gadget feline

They Said It

"I cognize Coach Frank (Reich) - those guys are going to navigator thing bully for us. I cognize it is lone 1 shot but those guys are going to instrumentality attraction of each 1 of us. We cognize we are going to marque it work. As agelong arsenic we get to that 1 thing, that 1 main extremity - that Super Bowl - I deliberation we are going to each beryllium bully and blessed with it." - Marlon Mack connected the Colts' moving backmost depth

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