Mack is inactive for Sunday's game against the Titans. Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis suggests that Mack was made a scratch to open up an extra spot on Sunday's roster for a third QB. With Mack not in the team's Week 3 backfield mix, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins are on hand to work in complementary roles behind Jonathan Taylor.
Mack had five carries for 16 yards and didn't have a reception on his lone target in Sunday's loss to the Rams. Mack didn't play Week 1, despite being healthy, so this is a positive step, despite his small role. He played 12 snaps on offense compared to 25 snaps for Nyheim Hines and 30 snaps for Jonathan Taylor. Mack's role could increase, but he'll still be the distant third option in the Indy backfield if the top two backs are healthy.
Mack was active but did not play in Sunday's loss to Seattle. Mack returned from a season-ending Achilles tendon tear suffered in Week 1 of last year, but he's clearly behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines on the depth chart. Still, it's somewhat surprising Mack didn't get any action in the game because he's said to be back to full strength. It likely will take an injury to Taylor or Hines for Mack to have a significant role.
Mack is listed as the No. 3 running back behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines on the Colts' unofficial Week 1 depth chart released Tuesday, JJ Stankevitz of the Colts' official site reports. While Mack is the most likely candidate to take over as the Colts' early-down back in the event Taylor misses time in 2021, Hines is expected to have more involvement in Indianapolis' weekly game plan in light of his status as the team's top pass-catching option out of the backfield. With that in mind, Hines' presence ahead of Mack on the depth chart comes as little surprise, since Hines projects to play more snaps and hold more fantasy value than Mack -- particularly in PPR formats -- while Taylor is healthy. After Mack went down with a season-ending Achilles' tendon tear Week 1 of last season, head coach Frank Reich often favored a three-man committee headlined by Taylor and featuring doses of Hines and Jordan Wilkins. With Taylor having established himself as the clear No. 1 option, Mack will most likely step into the Wilkins role in 2021, which could translate into a handful of touches per game.
Mack (Achilles) rushed four times for 12 yards and caught one pass for three more yards in Sunday's 21-18 preseason win over the Panthers. Mack has been recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon that happened back in Week 1 of the 2020 season. The fact that the veteran back was even out there in the first preseason contest is a positive sign that his leg is back to 100 percent. In his absence, Jonathan Taylor took over as the Colts' workhorse, which leaves Mack primarily as a backup rusher (with Nyheim Hines serving as the receiving back).
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