On Monday, it was announced that the Indianapolis Colts are opening the 21-day practice window for star running back Jonathan Taylor. By opening the window, Taylor is now allowed to practice with the team, making way for him to be officially activated. Of course, this announcement generated a ton of excitement amongst NFL fans.
Taylor’s teammates are also excited to see the All-Pro running back back on the field. Second-year tight end Drew Ogletree, who hasn’t played in a game with Taylor yet, raved about how Taylor is arguably the best running back in all of football, saying, “He's so dynamic… He can catch the ball. He can run the ball, and obviously has breakaway speed. Him and AR in the backfield is definitely gonna be something dangerous.”
Wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., who was drafted with Taylor by the Colts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, spoke with Kay Adams about how he’s ready to have his running mate back. Pittman explained that he respects and supports Taylor’s fight for a contract and the running back market, and also detailed how it’s different than Pittman’s contract situation. The wide receiver went on to say that the team is excited to have him back on the field, and that the entire saga will be water under the bridge once Taylor returns to dominating.
Colts are excited about how dangerous they can be with Jonathan Taylor
Indianapolis offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter also joined in on the party, telling the media that there aren’t many people who can play with a healthy Jonathan Taylor. By all accounts, a healthy Jonathan Taylor is exactly what the Colts are getting right now. Seeing that he hasn’t practiced or played since last season, the only question will be his conditioning.
Regardless, Indy has been better than expected as a team, and adding Taylor into the mix makes for a promising outcome. Even if Taylor does have to get his conditioning up to speed, the Colts have Anthony Richardson and Zack Moss in the backfield, allowing Taylor to make an easy transition back into his role as a lead back. It shouldn’t take long for Taylor and the Colts to be running all over the rest of the NFL.