The Colts worked out a plethora of RBs despite having a stacked backfield.
If there’s one position on the Indianapolis Colts that would be better left untouched, it’s running back. After all, the group — which figures to be led by Marlon Mack and Jonathan Taylor, with Nyheim Hines mixing in on passing downs, and Jordan Wilkins waiting in the wings — is arguably one of the deepest in the NFL.
However, that isn’t stopping general manager Chris Ballard from keeping tabs on potential insurance policies if any of Indianapolis’ lead studs were to go down with injury.
Per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Colts brought in a handful fo RBs for a workout on Tuesday, the most notable of which were CJ Prosise and Jordan Scarlett.
Prosise is really the big takeaway from this list, as he showed tremendous potential as a rookie with the Seattle Seahawks in 2016, who selected him in the third round of the NFL Draft that year. In six games (two starts), he totaled 30 carries for 172 yards.
The Notre Dame product also impressed as a receiver out of the backfield, logging 17 receptions for 208 yards, but a slew of injuries have prevented him from gaining his footing in the league since then.
As previously mentioned, Scarlett is a name you might remember from his days at Florida, where he recorded over 1,800 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 5.2 yards per carry across three seasons. The former Gator isn’t a flashy runner, but his stocky frame could be extremely effective in goal line situations.
We’re not saying that Indianapolis is looking to add another running back, but these are definitely two names to keep an eye on if any of their three main guys suffered an injury.
The Colts did release fullback Roosevelt Nix this week, so them working out several running backs could be nothing more than a due diligence exercise, as many fans believed that move locked down a roster spot for projected fourth-stringer Jordan Wilkins.
We wouldn’t read too much into this news, but it’s definitely interesting that running back is the one position that Indy decided to work out this week, and they did so in spades. Flat-out odd.