With Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines, and Phillip Lindsay, the Indianapolis Colts have one of the best backfields in the league.
Last season, Jonathan Taylor established himself as the best running back in the NFL. In his second season in the league, he led the Indianapolis Colts to nine wins and made his first Pro Bowl and All-Pro team.
While he’s the top back in the league, there’s still a question about who’s the best overall backfield. That’s a matter of depth. Are the backup running backs also talented or is it a major drop-off after the top guy?
For the Colts, they’ve been lucky enough to have talented players that could spare Taylor. The primary backup is Nyheim Hines, a versatile do-it-all back that Indy is hoping to get even more involved.
Indy also recently added Phillip Lindsay, a running back entering his fifth year after starting his career with two 1000-yard seasons. With the combination of Taylor, Hines, and Lindsay, Indy has to have one of the best backfields in the NFL.
According to PFF, the Colts have the No. 2 backfield in the league, trailing only the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland has the trio of Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, and D’Ernest Johnson.
Colts ranked No. 2 backfield in NFL
Last season, Jonathan Taylor led all rushers with 1,811 yards and 18 touchdowns. Combined with Hines, they had 2,087 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Lindsay played for the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins last season and only had 249 yards and one touchdown.
The Browns trio on the other hand combined for 2,179 yards and 16 touchdowns. Comparable numbers if Lindsay had his production with Indianapolis.
It’s fair to rank Cleveland’s backfield as No. 1 right now entering the season, but with the increased role that many see for Nyheim Hines, it’s possible that Indy’s backfield separates itself from the pack after next season.