Colts RB Marlon Mack’s contributions following his season-ending injury should convince the team to re-sign him.
The Indianapolis Colts’ injury woes began just two quarters into 2020 campaign when starting running back Marlon Mack went down with what was ultimately diagnosed as a torn Achilles, which devastatingly ended his season.
The sheer heartbreak fans felt after that news was confirmed stemmed from the fact that Mack was in a contract year and likely needed a big season to prove that he was worthy of a new extension from the Colts following the selection of Wisconsin superstar Jonathan Taylor in the second round back in April.
Fast forward to the present, however, and Mack’s importance to the team has only been accentuated by the continued struggles of the rushing attack, which currently ranks 29th in the NFL with just 98 yards per game. Playing from behind in recent weeks hasn’t helped the situation, but there’s no hiding from the fact that the Colts have really struggled to establish the run early on in games.
Amazingly enough, Mack is also taking matters into his own hands as it pertains to impacting the team. Per Zak Keefer of The Athletic, the former fourth-round pick has remained in Indianapolis and emerged as a prominent voice in running back meetings each week.
If this doesn’t convince the Colts to re-sign Mack after the season, we don’t know what will. It’s abundantly clear that he’s fully committed to the franchise and the fact that he’s spewing knowledge in meetings despite being faced with the reality that he could never suit up for the team again is as inspiring as it gets.
Running back obviously isn’t a position of need for Indianapolis, but there’s zero chance that Mack commands top dollar after suffering such a serious injury. In all likelihood, the Colts would be able to re-sign him for a bargain and we really see no reason why they shouldn’t.
Since becoming the full-time starter in 2018, Mack has 446 carries for 2,025 yards, which is good for 4.5 yards per attempt, and a whopping 17 touchdowns. Assuming he makes a full recovery and is eased in after being cleared, he would serve as arguably the top backup option in the league.
Mack is one of the most unappreciated RBs out there, and you can’t deny that the Colts running game hasn’t been the same without him. Throw in the fact that he’s a consummate professional and would likely have zero problem with (potentially) taking on a secondary role next season and beyond, and re-signing him makes even more sense.