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October 18, 2020 07:16 PM
Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Contributes 115 scrimmage yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor carried 12 times for 60 yards and caught all four of his targets for an additional 55 yards during Sunday's 31-27 win over the Bengals.

Taylor averaged a healthy 5.0 yards per carry against a beatable Bengals front, but his team unexpectedly found itself in a large early hole, which limited his rushing attempts. Fortunately for fantasy managers who started Taylor, he was excellent as a pass catcher and finished with more receiving yards than he had in his previous four games combined. The rookie has performed quite well when given the chance, but his output has perhaps been limited by a Colts offense that hasn't lived up to expectations to this point. He'll enjoy an upcoming bye before facing a beatable Lions defense in Week 8.

October 11, 2020 11:12 PM
Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Finds end zone in loss to Browns
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor carried 12 times for 57 yards and a touchdown while adding two catches (on three targets) for 17 yards during Sunday's 32-23 loss to the Browns.

Taylor managed a respectable 4.8 yards per carry against a solid Browns defense while scoring a four-yard touchdown to get his team on the board in the first quarter. Unfortunately, the running game was limited as Cleveland raced out to a big lead in the third quarter and he wasn't used much as a pass catcher. Still, it was something of an encouraging sign that Taylor managed respectable fantasy production in the face of adversity. He could bounce back in a big way in next Sunday's matchup with the Bengals.

October 5, 2020 01:00 AM
Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Earns 17 carries
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor rushed the ball 17 times for 68 yards in Week 4 against Chicago. He added one reception for 11 yards.

Taylor was once again the lead back for the Colts, working ahead of both Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. While his longest rush of the game was 16 yards, he managed additional chunk gains of 11 and 12 yards. He was unable to put together a huge performance due to the Colts' inability to reach the end zone but has now racked up at least 14 touches in each game since Week 2 in Marlon Mack's (Achilles) absence. He'll face a tough defensive front in Week 5 in a matchup against the Browns.

September 27, 2020 09:24 PM
Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Scores TD in quiet day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor carried the ball 13 times for 59 yards and a touchdown and caught his only pass for three yards in Sunday's 36-7 win over the Jets.

Despite the lopsided final score, Taylor didn't get a lot of work down the stretch as Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines got 16 carries and five receptions between them. Still, the rookie's third-quarter TD salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective. Assuming it's a more competitive contest, Taylor could be more involved, and more productive, in Week 4 against a Bears defense that just gave up 148 rushing yards and two TDs to the Atlanta backfield.

September 20, 2020 06:48 PM
Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Finds end zone as feature back
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor carried 26 times for 101 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Vikings. He also caught both his targets for nine additional yards in the 28-11 win.

Taylor stepped in for the injured Marlon Mack (Achilles) and churned out 110 scrimmage yards against a respectable defense, though his average of 3.9 yards per carry was a bit lackluster. He scored his first career rushing touchdown on a five-yard carry in the second quarter and helped his team control the game after jumping out to a big lead in the second half. Taylor should see a similar workload next Sunday against the Jets and should be considered an ascending fantasy option heading into a contest Indianapolis is expected to win.

September 14, 2020 06:36 PM
Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Confirmed as starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

With Marlon Mack having ruptured his Achilles, coach Frank Reich confirmed Monday that Taylor "will step into the starting" running back role for the Colts, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports.

"He's ready," Reich said of the rookie second-rounder, while adding that Nyheim Hines "will still be a big part of the offense" and that Jordan Wilkins will also be in the mix. In any case, instead of being part of a one-two punch with Mack atop the team's backfield depth chart as originally planned, Taylor is now the team's clear lead back going forward, a role that greatly boosts the Wisconsin product's fantasy value, beginning this coming weekend against the Vikings.

September 15, 2020 01:48 AM
Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Moves atop depth chart
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Colts confirmed Marlon Mack's season-ending Achilles tear Monday, putting Taylor in position for an expanded role going forward, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Rather than beginning his career in a three-headed backfield by committee, Taylor now looks to be in prime position to emerge as Indianapolis' lead ball carrier, with Nyheim Hines handling a change-of-pace role. Taylor logged nine carries for 22 yards during Sunday's loss to the Jaguars while also adding six catches for 67 yards. The rookie second-round pick's explosive early down profile wasn't perfectly suited to a Week 1 tilt in which the Colts were forced to play catch-up, but he'll have a chance at a more favorable game script against the Vikings on Sunday.

September 13, 2020 08:16 PM
Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Busy in receiving game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor tallied nine rushes for 22 yards in the team's Week 1 contest against the Jaguars. He also added six receptions for 67 yards.

Taylor took over an expanded role with Marlon Mack's exit (Achilles), particularly as a receiver. He finished second on the team in receiving yards, as the Colts tried to play catch-up against the Jaguars. While Taylor didn't accomplish much on the ground, he should have the chance to improve in terms of both volume and efficiency moving forward. He's in line to take over a lead-back role in Week 2 against the Vikings.

September 14, 2020 06:12 PM
Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Expanded role likely
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

With fears that Marlon Mack suffered a torn Achilles against the Jaguars on Sunday, Taylor's role in the Colts' ground game is likely to expand going forward, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Taylor, whom the Colts took in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 41st overall, had been slated to work in a time-share with Mack, while Nyheim Hines handled change-of-pace duties for the team. With Mack now likely to miss extended time, the promising Taylor's early down profile, and in turn, his fantasy upside, now appear destined to increase.

September 8, 2020 03:12 AM
Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Listed as No. 2 RB
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor is listed as the No. 2 running back on the Colts' initial unofficial depth chart. Marlon Mack is listed as the starter.

While rookie Taylor has drawn rave reviews in training camp, head coach Frank Reich has said Mack is still viewed as the starter. Still, the Indy coaching staff has continued to say they view their backfield as a committee with both Mack and Taylor as a "one-two punch." Taylor will need to improve as a receiver to claim a larger share of the touches in the backfield, as he struggled at times with drops in college. He had mixed reports in training camp on his receiving abilities with some drops in scrimmages but also some reports of strong showings in the passing game.

August 30, 2020 03:00 AM
Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Drops two passes in scrimmage
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor had two dropped passes in Saturday's scrimmage, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 FM The Fan Indianapolis reports.

While Taylor has drawn raves in training camp, he'll need to improve as a receiver to claim a larger share of the touches in the backfield, where he's expected to split time with Marlon Mack. Taylor had issues with drops in college, so his 4-5 drops during training camp, according to Bowen, are a cause for concern.

August 12, 2020 10:32 PM
Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Not viewed as starter just yet
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Frank Reich said Wednesday that he still views Marlon Mack as his starting running back, but Reich noted Taylor will have an opportunity to catch the "hot hand," Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.

It would be unusual for an NFL coach to come out and say anything else when there's a rookie challenger to a starter with a solid track record. The atypical circumstances of 2020 seem to work in favor of veterans like Mack, but Taylor has both draft capital (41st overall) and physical talent (225 pounds, 4.39 40-yard dash time) working in his favor. Expect both players to see carries early in the season, with Nyheim Hines also mixing in for passing situations. The extent of Taylor's workload may largely depend on the quality of his performance.

May 12, 2020 06:08 PM
Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Viewed as 1-1 punch with Mack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 25, 2020 06:04 AM
Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Indianapolis selects in second
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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