1. Jordan Wilkins
The Colts won’t have room for Jordan Wilkins.
Apologies to Jordan Wilkins, but this one was written in stone the second Jonathan Taylor was selected in the 2020 draft.
Marlon Mack was the NFL’s 11th-leading rusher in 2019 in part-time duty. Nyheim Hines became more essential than ever with the arrival of Philip Rivers, ready to fulfill the Darren Sproles role out of the backfield.
Taylor himself has spent the entire shortened training camp trucking dudes very hard in the open field — dudes who just signed on to be Colts last week, in fact, since this team was so desperate for secondary help. Sorry, dudes.
The 2018 fifth-rounder out of Ole Miss racked up yardage at the tail end of the 2019 season, having an excellent finale against Carolina (9 attempts, 84 yards rushing, and a TD). He’s shown a good amount of promise in a short amount of time, and if Indy had their druthers, they’d probably keep him lingering on the fringes of the roster.
But they’d be fooling themselves.
This is too good a team to waste a roster spot on a redundant fourth back. The team may opt to try to sneak Wilkins past the goalie in the event that they don’t bring back Marlon Mack next season, but we think it’s far more likely they bite the bullet and cut bait, especially with a need for training camp bodies in other areas of need, like the secondary.