Stay or Go: Colts Free Agency 2017 Edition
Robert Turbin, Running Back
Having signed with the Colts this past offseason, Robert Turbin emerged as a reliable backup running back to starter Frank Gore.
Utilized primarily in short yardage and 3rd down situations, Turbin rushed for 164 total rush yards on 47 carries (3.5 ypc avg)–including a team high 7 rushing touchdowns, as the 5’10”, 225 pound bruiser showed a knack for moving the chains or crossing the goal line when called upon.
However, one underrated aspect of Turbin’s game was his pass blocking, as per Pro Football Focus (subscription), he was ranked as the league’s 2nd best pass blocking running back with a +85.1 grade.
Not to mention, the 5th-year veteran also became a reliable dump-off option for starting quarterback Andrew Luck by season’s end, catching 26 receptions for 179 total receiving yards and a touchdown reception.
If Turbin is expecting to be paid like a starting running back, the Colts should clearly pass.
However, as a situational short yardage/3rd down running back, he’s proven that he can not only play such a useful role, but also play it very well.