Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Wednesday that Mack would be in store for an increased workload in the weeks to come after Robert Turbin (elbow) suffered a likely season-ending injury in Monday's loss to the Titans, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
Frank Gore and Mack had both ranked ahead of Turbin on the depth chart, but the latter still managed to pick up double-digit offensive snaps in each of the Colts' first six games thanks to his prowess on third down. Neither Gore nor Mack are top-flight receivers out of the backfield, but both players should see more passing-down work out of necessity, with the more explosive Mack probably offering greater upside in those scenarios. After turning heads with a 91-yard, one-touchdown performance against the 49ers in Week 5, Mack took a step back with just two carries for 18 yards in Monday's loss to the Titans, but the lackluster showing may prove to be more of an anomaly now that rookie is healthy and Turbin is out of the picture. According to Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis, Colts offensive coordinator said that Mack's lack of touches after the first quarter Monday was due in large part to quarterback Jacoby Brissett's run-pass option reads going to other players based on how the Titans' defense was aligned.
Mack had two carries for 18 yards in Monday's loss at Tennessee. He didn't have a catch on two targets.
Mack looked explosive on a 22-yard carry early in the first quarter, but was then given just one carry the rest of the game (he lost four yards). He played 14 snaps on offense compared to 23 for Frank Gore and 21 for Robert Turbin, so he was closer in playing time than the touches indicated. Still, it's a major question why the coaching staff didn't use him more. Mack may get more of a role next week with Turbin suffering what looked like a serious arm injury.
Mack logged nine carries for 91 yards and a TD in Week 5's win over the 49ers, spurring hope from those who roster him that an expanded workload might be on tap for the 2017 fourth-rounder. While the strong effort should help keep Mack involved Monday night against the Titans, Bob Kravitz of WTHR.com relays that coach Chuck Pagano views Mack, who has missed some time this season, as a work in progress not quite ready to be an every-down or third-down back. Veteran Frank Gore remains atop the Colts' RB depth chart, with Robert Turbin also in the team's backfield mix.
It doesn't look like the injury will put much of a damper on what was a breakout Week 5 performance for Mack, who returned from a two-game absence due to a shoulder issue to register a career-high 91 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. After the contest, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano hinted that Mack would see more involvement in the offense, according to George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin, putting the rookie's fantasy value on the rise. With lead back Frank Gore averaging a career-worst 3.2 yards per carry, the more explosive Mack should cut into the veteran's workload in the weeks to come if health prevails and he continues to provide big plays.
Mack carried nine times for 91 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-23 win over the 49ers. He also caught one pass for an additional two yards.
Mack ripped off multiple big gains in this one, including a nifty 22-yard run to paydirt in the third quarter. The rookie didn't get the ball once over the previous two weeks, but he made the most of his first taste of double-digit touches by easily outgaining Frank Gore. The latter still recorded 17 touches of his own and was more effective in the passing game, meaning Mack should continue to work under him, though he could get some additional attention after this breakout performance. A matchup with the Titans is next for the rookie.
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