Taylor and Marlon Mack are viewed not just as a 1-2 punch, but a "1-1 punch," in the Colts' offense, offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni told the team's official web site. "They have some different running styles, but again they're both complete backs. I think that's a fantastic problem to have, is to have two guys like that you can feed the football to. It's only going to help our running game," he said.
The Colts selected Taylor in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft even with Mack coming off his first 1,000-yard rushing season. Sirianni's comments echo head coach Frank Reich's from last week calling them a 1-2 punch, making it clear the Colts plan to split the workload at running back. However, neither coach's comments got into specifics on how playing time will be divided.
The Colts selected Taylor in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 41st overall.
The Colts traded up to make this pick, taking Cleveland's selection at the 41st spot. Taylor (5-foot-10, 226) is likely the best yet of Wisconsin's long line of impressive running backs. Taylor perhaps has pass-catching limitations, but Marlon Mack has played a big rushing-specialist role with the Colts, and Taylor figures to lay claim to most of that work going forward. Taylor needs to stop fumbling and could stand to improve as a receiver, but as a pure runner he is basically infallible. Taylor ran for 6,174 yards (6.7 YPC) and 50 touchdowns in 41 career games, then put up a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at the combine. Mack's days as starter are numbered.