Running back has been a position of interest during the Colts offseason, and fans will be happy to see Robert Turbin generating some buzz at training camp.
The Colts are heading into a period of transition at the running back position.
Frank Gore is entering his 13th NFL season at age 34, and he’s failed to rush for more than 4 yards per carry in each of the past two years.
General manager Chris Ballard drafted Marlon Mack in the fourth round of this year’s draft, and Colts fans are hoping he’s the RB of the future.
However, it’s another running back who has been looking like Frank Gore‘s heir apparent in training camp.
Robert Turbin has reportedly performed very well this offseason. Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski praised Turbin during OTA’s and minicamp saying he had a “hell of a Spring”.
Turbin served as the Colts’ goal-line running back last season scoring 7 rushing touchdowns in his first year in Indianapolis. He also showed some skills as a pass-catcher gaining 179 yards receiving with an additional touchdown through the air.
Turbin has never been close to being a feature back in his five NFL seasons. He’s never had more than 360 yards rushing in a season with his career-high of 354 coming in his rookie season with Seattle.
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Marlon Mack has also received some rave reviews from the Colts’ coaching staff after Chuck Pagano told the media that he thinks he can be a “special player”.
Gore’s role should continue to diminish in 2017, and it will be up to either Turbin or Mack to pick up the slack.
Turbin is more of a known quantity, but Mack could have the potential to become a star.
The battle for the backup running back position will continue to be one to keep an eye on during training camp and the preseason.