While head coach Frank Reich said Tuesday that he still considers the Colts' running back situation as a "by-committee" approach, according to Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site, Mack is clearly the leader of the pack after an eye-opening sophomore season in which the 2017 fourth-rounder totaled 10 touchdowns and topped 5.1 yards per carry in seven of 12 contests. It's possible the Colts could add a tailback in next month's draft -- especially given Mack's durability concerns thus far -- but it seems unlikely they'd invest significant capital in a backfield that already has a solid duo of Mack and receiving specialist Nyheim Hines on cheap price tags. After all, the team wasn't known to be active in pursuit of any high-profile running backs on the free-agent market this offseason, and there are bigger holes to fill on the roster at receiver, defensive line and defensive back.
Mack (hip) topped the 100-yard rushing mark four times this past season, en route to logging 195 carries for 908 yards and nine TDs to go along with 17 catches for 103 yards and a receiving score in 12 contests during the 2018 campaign.
The 2017 fourth-rounder saw his yards per carry average improve from 3.8 to 4.7 in his second NFL season, a mark aided by the Colts' much-improved offensive line. Though a hip injury forced Mack out of team's divisional-round loss to the Chiefs late in the fourth quarter, there has been nothing to suggest that the issue will impact his 2019 campaign. With QB Andrew Luck having re-proved his health and the team's run blocking looking up, Mack's fantasy prospects are on the rise, as he'll continue to head a solid young backfield that will also return change-of-pace option Nyheim Hines, as well as Jordan Wilkins.
The Colts rarely committed to the ground game after falling behind early, limiting Mack to nine carries for 46 yards. He'll enter the offseason as he did the regular season -- with an injury in tow. Expect the team to go into more detail about Mack's health in the aftermath of a likely loss.
Mack rushed 24 times for 148 yards and one touchdown while catching two of three targets for six yards in Saturday's playoff win over the Texans.
Mack put forth his highest yardage total of the season against a Houston defense that had yet to allow a 100-yard rusher through 16 games. The 22-year-old has reached the century mark in three of the last four games and has a 5.0 YPC in that stretch. The Colts built a 21-0 lead in the first half, and rode Mack in the second to help cruise to the 21-7 win. The second-year running back has a matchup at Kansas City in the divisional round next week against a defense that allowed 132.1 rushing yards per game and a 5.0 YPC in the regular season.
Mack rushed 25 times for 119 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 33-17 win over Tennessee. He lost a yard on three receptions (three targets).
Mack may be second to only Andrew Luck in terms of being grateful for the Colts' new and improved offensive line this season. The second-year back was finding big running lanes against the Titans' usually-solid run defense. This was Mack's fourth game of 100-plus yards and at least one touchdown this season. It's no coincidence that he averaged 24 carries in those four monster games, compared to 11 carries per game in the rest. Mack is proving to be the back in Indianapolis with the most talent, a revelation that should make him another value next year. As for this season, he will take on a Texans team in the wild-card round Saturday that ranked fourth against the run this season.
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