Colts: Pittman and Taylor could dominate in 2020 under Reich

Michael Pittman fills a clear need for the Colts offense.(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Michael Pittman fills a clear need for the Colts offense.(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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Jonathan Taylor #23 of the Wisconsin Badgers (and now the Indianapolis Colts) (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

When the Colts drafted Taylor, I, like many Colts fans, scratched my head and asked the obvious question: “Why?”

We already had Marlon Mack and Nyhiem Hines, along with Jordan Wilkins, combined with our offensive line. Why did we need to draft a running back? But sometimes, players are there when you want them the most. Chris Ballard targeted Taylor, and it showed in the Colts miniseries on the 2020 NFL Draft, ‘With The First Pick.’ It wasn’t only Ballard, but it was the entire Colts training and coaching staff that talked very highly of the Wisconsin running back.

It’s safe to say that Taylor is one of the great running backs in NCAA history, boasting over 6,000 yards in three seasons in the Big Ten. His junior year, he rushed for 2,003 yards on 320 attempts for a 6.3 yards per rush. He scored 21 touchdowns on the ground and five through the passing game, along with 250 yards receiving. Taylor also led the Big 10 with a 146 yards per game average and scored 26 total touchdowns. Taylor is a speed machine and can outrun everyone in the NFL if he has the chance. Having him behind the offensive line we have and the number of holes they can open up is going to be scary for opposing defenses.

What drew me to Taylor is his love for the game. A few weeks ago, Taylor talked to the media and explained how he was ready to get to work with Rivers and the rest of the offense. Taylor is a bright young man with plenty of character and football talent. The Colts will have a backfield for the ages this season. Imagine on third down and four with Hines, Taylor, Doyle, Hilton, Pittman, and Pascal on the field at the same time; that’s a hard offense to defend for opposing defenses.

This year, the 2020 draft class has plenty of talent and looks to be dominant on the field for the Colts, making sure they can make another playoff run deep into January. And it’s all thanks to Reich and Ballard’s keen sense of need and culture fits.