The Indianapolis Colts’ backfield is about to have a big season in 2020.
Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck’s retirement took the NFL by surprise in 2019, to say the least, and left the franchise without a true identity for the first time since he entered the league as the No. 1 overall pick back in 2012.
However, after years of rebuilding the offensive line through the Draft, it appears that Indy finally has a new approach on offense: run the damn ball. The Colts nabbed Wisconsin stud Jonathan Taylor in the second round this year, and he figures to add to what is undoubtedly an already dynamic backfield.
In fact, two of head coach Frank Reich’s running backs, Taylor and Nyheim Hines, rank inside the top 10 of Madden 21’s fastest players at the position.
We get that we’re talking about a video game which features ratings that aren’t necessarily held in high regard among fans, but this HAS to get Colts Nation excited about the potential of their backfield in 2020.
If Reich plays his cards right, he could blend Taylor and Hines’ agility as a perfect complement to lead power back Marlon Mack, who tallied 1,091 yards and eight touchdowns on 4.4 yards per carry last season. Running back committees aren’t the most appealing prospect in the eyes of football fans, but they are undeniably effective.
Look no further than the success that the likes of the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, and Kansas City Chiefs have enjoyed in recent seasons.
We’re obviously not holding the Colts to the standard of those perennial Super Bowl contenders, but the versatility of their backfield is palpable, and could sneakily be one of the best in the NFL this upcoming season (and the quickest, pound for pound). Don’t say we didn’t warn you.