The Indianapolis Colts suffered a tough loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. While there aren’t really moral victories in the NFL, there was definitely some good to take away from the game. One of the key positive takeaways was that the offense was able to put up 456 yards and 38 points on a Cleveland defense that had been playing at a historic pace.
A big reason why the offense was so productive was running back Jonathan Taylor. The Colts have been wisely ramping him up after all the time he missed, and on Sunday, he finally got a workload that allowed him to look like the running back that just became the third-highest paid running back in the league.
Jonathan Taylor looks ready to be the engine of the Colts offense
Taylor played 35 of 70 offensive snaps against the Browns. That’s the most snaps he’s played this season, and also the biggest percentage of snaps he’s seen. With the increased snap count, he carried the ball 18 times for 75 yards and one touchdown. He also caught three passes for 45 yards, energizing Indy’s offense every way possible.
There was a point in the game where Taylor briefly took over, picking up chunk run after chunk run. It was at that moment that everyone likely said, oh yea, JT is back. Apparently, the NFL felt the same way, because Taylor had a special gift waiting for him on Monday morning.
The 2021 All-Pro running back took to social media to announce that he was being drug tested by the league, joking that they must’ve been impressed by his performance as well.
A healthy Jonathan Taylor that’s rolling like this is pretty impossible to stop, especially with the way the Colts offensive line is playing, and that’s great news for Indianapolis. With the way he and Zack Moss are running the ball, Indy should be able to pick up wins, as long as Gardner Minshew can protect the football.