The Indianapolis Colts, though they’ve mostly stayed stagnant during NFL free agency, still seem poised to very much compete in the AFC next year.
After all, their returning players are nothing to sneeze at.
DeForest Buckner and Grover Stewart are still on the defensive line, despite the departure of Denico Autry (and possibly Justin Houston). Anthony Castonzo is gone up front, but Quenton Nelson remains.
And, thanks to TY Hilton’s re-signing, the entire offense remains intact — with Carson Wentz at the helm instead of the aging Philip Rivers. Not bad, and that’s made second-year back Jonathan Taylor pretty excited.
Taylor, following a beastly first season in Indianapolis where he found his footing midway through the campaign, is very much ready for the Wentz Experience in Year 2.
The ‘back hopped on NFL Total Access on Tuesday to describe exactly what the new dynamic Wentz brings to the offense will look like in practice.
Colts RB Jonathan Taylor explains Carson Wentz’s impact.
Taylor was still speaking from estimation, not experience; it didn’t appear he’d gone into the trenches with Wentz yet.
But after praising his offensive line and detailing the adjustments it took to get acclimated to Indianapolis during a year unlike any other, Taylor lit up thinking about the dynamism of a Wentz-led mobile offense.
“I think he’ll bring a new dynamic. You watch the highlight tapes, you can see the plays he makes with his legs. He can make plays with his arms as well,” Taylor told NFL Network. “He’s really comfortable with this system. He’s been in this system before. I can’t wait to see the added dynamic that he brings.”
Of course, Taylor did fairly well himself in the previous offense, in which Frank Reich attempted to fit Rivers into the round hole he’d definitely created with a mobile QB like Wentz in mind.
Though he started slow in 2020, Taylor eventually closed the campaign as the highest-graded rookie ‘back in the league, per PFF.
With all returning pieces and a quarterback who trusts his offense to carry him (haven’t you seen what he did with a bunch of backups in Philly in 2019?), Taylor should be expecting to reach new heights in an exciting Year 2.