With camp finally starting next week, it’s time to look at every position group. Yesterday was receivers, now we move to running backs.
The Colts open training camp next week as they get ready for the 2019 season. They know that they have an opportunity to make some noise with the team that they have. A big part of that possible success would come with good play from the running backs.
Marlon Mack is the undisputed starter on this team. He really came on late in the year and had some great games at the end. The key for him is his health. If he can stay healthy, he could have an even better year this year with the revamped offensive line.
If Mack can’t stay healthy, new back Spencer Ware has starting experience and could fill in well. He comes over after playing with the Chiefs for most of his career. He is still a solid backup for this team, but his addition makes the running back room a little crowded.
Second-year back Nyheim Hines is part of that room. His carries will go down now that Ware has joined the fold. But Hines will be used more as a receiver, as he has good hands. He could even end up as the primary returner if he can fix his fumbling issues that plagued him early last year.
Jordan Wilkins could be the odd man out of this room. He is also in his second year and did show some spunk at times last season. He could still get some carries in short-yardage situations, but he is the one who will lose the most playing time.
Overall, this is a good group of players and very deep. The Colts have to be happy with the players they have. They want to run the ball more, and feeding Mack is a great gameplan. He is one of the best game breakers the team has and is extremely dangerous in the open field.
We will be looking at all of the position groups before camp, so stay tuned for more previews.