Coach Frank Reich envisions Mack and Jonathan Taylor as a "one-two punch" in the backfield, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.
Taylor's combination of talent and draft capital makes him the favorite to emerge with the lead role sooner than later, though custom dictates that it'll be Mack getting the first snap with the starting offense once the Colts are able to practice. Reich believes the two backs will complement each other, pointing to Mack's vision, acceleration and comfort level running outside zone, while Taylor earns praise for his size, speed and explosiveness. The idea of splitting work isn't unreasonable, but it becomes a real crunch with passing-down specialist Nyheim Hines also getting regular snaps. While the Colts seemingly still have a plan for Mack in the final year of his rookie contract, it won't come as any surprise if his role is eventually minimized.
Mack faces increased competition for playing time in the Indianapolis backfield after the Colts took Jonathan Taylor with the 41st pick in the NFL Draft. "Marlon is a good kid. He's a special teammate. He knows that Taylor is going to make us better and that he's going to make Marlon better," GM Chris Ballard told The Fan 1070 am Indianapolis.
Ballard said that he texted Mack about the pick and Mack responded with "Let's go. Let's go win." Mack is entering the final season of his rookie contract and the team hadn't been talking to him about a contract extension, so this could be his last year with the Colts. Mack's work on the ground has been solid, but he's missed multiple games in each of his three seasons, and his Pro Football Focus grades for pass blocking and receiving have consistently been poor. The Colts haven't indicated yet how the workload in the backfield will be divided, but Mack no longer can be seen as true lead ball carrier when healthy.
Colts owner Jim Irsay denied reports about Mack discussing a contract extension with the team, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.
This doesn't mean an extension isn't in play, but it does suggest the Colts have bigger offseason priorities, including a potential quarterback upgrade and convincing left tackle Anthony Castonzo not to retire. Mack is entering the final season of his rookie contract, after averaging 75.7 and 77.9 rushing yards per game the past two years. His work on the ground has been solid, but he's missed multiple games in each of his three seasons, and his PFF grades for pass blocking and receiving have consistently been poor. The Indianapolis offense could benefit from adding a running back with a more balanced skill set, rather than rotating between Mack and passing-down specialist Nyheim Hines. It remains to seen if the Colts actually take that step, as there is a lot to be said for deploying a dirt-cheap rotation instead of using significant cap space or an early draft pick on the position.
Mack rushed 15 times for 77 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 38-20 loss to Jacksonville.
Mack was the lone bright spot for the Colts from a fantasy perspective, providing the only two offensive touchdowns the team could muster against the Jaguars' defense. The 23-year-old was able to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the first time in his career, proving that last year's modest breakout (908 yards and nine touchdowns over 12 games) was no fluke. He didn't provide much in terms of receiving (14 receptions for 82 yards ), ceding most of that work to Nyheim Hines. Mack is in line to remain Indianapolis' early down back next season -- although his $735,000 salary could create a potential holdout -- a situation that makes him an excellent fantasy option in non-PPR formats.
Mack ran for 95 yards on 16 carries and added six yards on two catches during Sunday's 38-6 win over the Panthers.
Mack had a rough time of it in Weeks 14 and 15, but he rebounded in a big way against Carolina's poor run defense. He plunged for a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter and helped run out the game with a 30-yard rumble in the fourth quarter. Mack has run hot and cold this season, but he has an opportunity to end the season on a high note. The Colts wrap up versus the Jaguars on Sunday, against whom Mack ran for 109 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in Week 11. His 7.8 yards per carry during that game stands as Mack's highest since Week 6 of the 2017 season.
Mack rushed 11 times for 19 yards and was not targeted in Monday night's 34-7 loss to the Saints.
Mack could hardly find room to run against a swarming New Orleans front seven, and the Colts falling behind early prevented them from running more often. When they did manage to get in scoring position, it was Jordan Wilkins who was handed a one-yard touchdown out of Indy's backfield. Although his team has now been eliminated from playoff contention, Mack at least has a favorable matchup in Week 16 versus the Panthers, who've allowed the third-most rushing yards this season.
Mack (hand) rushed 13 times for 38 yards and a touchdown but wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 38-25 loss to the Buccaneers.
Mack wasn't effective on a per-carry basis against the stingy Tampa Bay front in his return from a hand injury, but he found the end zone from two yards out in the second quarter. That was his fifth touchdown of the season, and it salvaged an otherwise forgettable performance. Mack has now reached the 900-yard mark on the ground in consecutive seasons, and he'll serve as the Colts' featured back when the team visits New Orleans in Week 15.
Coach Frank Reich confirmed that Mack (hand) will be available for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, barring any setbacks, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports.
After experiencing no complications with his fractured right hand following his full practice Thursday, Mack will enter the weekend minus an injury designation and put an end to a two-game absence. Since Mack wasn't sidelined for a long period due to the injury, his conditioning shouldn't be an issue once Sunday arrives, so expect him to slot back into the lead role in the Indianapolis backfield. Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams should see steady downturns in their involvement in the ground as a result, though Nyheim Hines shouldn't lose out on too many snaps on passing downs.
Mack (hand) practiced fully Thursday.
Mack was limited Wednesday, so his full participation Thursday suggests that he'll suit up Sunday against the Buccaneers, barring any setbacks. Friday's final Week 14 injury report will reveal whether the running back -- who hasn't played since Week 11 -- will be listed as questionable, or free of an injury designation heading into the weekend.
Mack (hand) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
Mack, who's bouncing back from a fractured right hand that he suffered Week 11, has a chance to play Sunday against the Buccaneers, per coach Frank Reich. In Mack's absence, Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams have see added opportunities in the run game, while Nyheim Hines has remained the team's top pass-catching threat out of the backfield. Once he's up to speed, Mack should immediately reclaim his status as the Colts' top back and render the three others less useful for fantasy purposes.
Coach Frank Reich said that Mack (hand) will practice Wednesday and has "a chance" to return Week 14 against the Buccaneers, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.
Mack sat out the Colts' last two games while recovering from a broken right hand, but he looks like he'll be at least a limited participant in Wednesday's session, setting him up for a potential return to action over the weekend. The third-year pro will have two more chances to increase his level of activity in practice before the Colts render an official verdict on his status for the game in Tampa Bay. Jonathan Williams filled the lead role out of the backfield Week 12 versus the Texans, but those duties primarily fell to Jordan Wilkins (11 carries for 47 yards, two catches for nine yards) in the Week 13 loss to the Titans.
Coach Frank Reich said Monday the Colts will "just monitor" Mack (hand) and "see how it (his recovery) goes" this week before determining whether or not he can return to action Sunday at Tampa Bay, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
The running back broke his right hand Week 12 versus the Jaguars and hasn't practiced or played in the interim. On Monday, Reich also mentioned Mack made "good progress" last week, but it remains to be seen if it was enough to be cleared for on-field work. Wednesday's injury report could give the first indication that a return is possible Week 14. If Mack doesn't play this weekend, Jordan Wilkins, Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Williams will share the workload out of the Colts' backfield yet again.
Mack (hand) was spotted working off to the side during Friday's practice, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.
Mack will be listed as a non-participant during the Colts' final practice of the week and has already been ruled out in advance of Sunday's game against the Titans, marking his second straight absence. Despite his lack of recorded practice activity since he fractured his right hand in the Week 11 win over the Jaguars, Mack's presence on the side field Friday at least represents some form of progress. He was still spotted with a small brace on his right hand, so he'll likely need to shed the protection and advance to full-contact work before the Colts feel confident in his readiness for game action.
Mack (hand) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.
This news is expected, as Mack broke his dominant ball-carrying hand Week 11. There's still no definitive timeline, but coach Frank Reich isn't shy about tipping his hand early in the week. During Week 12's loss to the Texans, Jonathan Williams served as a bell cow with Nyheim Hines rotating in. Williams had success, so the Colts may roll out the same game plan, though Jordan Wilkins should be healthy and ready to help out as well.
Coach Frank Reich confirmed Monday that Mack underwent a procedure to repair his fractured right hand, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports. The running back has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Texans and is considered out indefinitely.
Considering the fracture is to the hand in which Mack typically carries the ball, playing through the injury with a cast on a short week was never a realistic outcome. Though the Colts aren't providing an estimated timeline for Mack's return, the expectation is that he'll be sidelined for multiple games following surgery. In his stead, Reich said that Jonathan Williams and Jordan Wilkins would likely share most of the carries, while pass-catching specialist Nyheim Hines is slated to remain in his hybrid/change-of-pace role, according to Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis.
Mack suffered a broken hand Sunday against the Jaguars and won't suit up for Thursday's game at Houston, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
En route to his third 100-yard rushing performance of the season, Mack was knocked out due to the hand injury. He'll miss at least one game as a result, and further testing will reveal whether he needs surgery and a potential timetable for his recovery.
Mack won't return to Sunday's game against the Jaguars after suffering a hand injury, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.
Prior to his exit, Mack had logged 14 carries for 109 yards and a TD. With Jordan Wilkins (ankle) already out Sunday, Jonathan Williams and Nyheim Hines will handle the Colts' backfield duties for the remainder of Sunday's contest.
Mack rushed the ball 19 times for 74 yards in the team's Week 10 loss to the Dolphins. He also added one reception for eight yards.
Mack once again dominated the Colts' backfield, with no other back accruing more than three carries. However, he wasn't particularly efficient -- he averaged only 3.9 yards per carry -- and failed to reach the end zone for the fifth time in his last six games. The team's struggle to move the ball effectively as well as Mack's lack of involvement in the passing game continue to limit his ability to turn in big performances. However, volume remains on his side, and that should remain the case as the team heads into its Week 11 contest against the Jaguars.
Mack rushed the ball 21 times for 89 yards in Week 9 against the Steelers.
Mack was limited to just eight touches in the first half, but returned to his workhorse role after halftime. His most explosive run came in the third quarter, when he broke off a 24-yard run behind his right tackle. While he remains uninvolved in the passing game, Mack has seen at least 18 carries in six of eight games this season -- including in each of his last four. Due to his lack of receptions, Mack is reliant on finding paydirt to turn in big fantasy performances. However, he is in line for a strong matchup against Miami in Week 10, particularly if the Colts are forced to turn to Brian Hoyer as their quarterback.
Mack ran for 76 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and added a 14-yard catch during Sunday's 15-13 win over Denver.
Mack broke through late in the third quarter of Sunday's slugfest with a 10-yard score, just his second touchdown of the season. Mack hasn't wanted for opportunities this season, with at least 18 touches in six of seven games, but fantasy managers have been right to be frustrated by a lack of scores. He'll be challenged to keep his momentum going in Week 9 against a Steelers defense that's surrendered just four rushing touchdowns this season heading into the Week 8 Monday night matchup against Dolphins, tied for seventh best in the league.
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