How each Colts running back can emerge as a lead back while Jonathan Taylor is out

With Jonathan Taylor sidelined for the Indianapolis Colts for at least four weeks, Indy’s other running backs will have the chance to emerge as a lead back.

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2. Deon Jackson

Deon Jackson and Zack Moss are realistically going to be the one-two punch that Indianapolis will be using during however long Taylor is out, but Jackson has already shown out in a Colts uniform.

The running back out of Duke was a reliable option while Taylor was hurt last year, his 3.5 yards per carry on 68 carries doesn't stick out a ton, but he hit his stride a bit more as the season went along. He is a 6-foot, strong and sturdy running back who can take care of some goalline and short-yardage work, and looks to improve upon his speed from last year.

What also makes Jackson a solid option is his ability in the receiving game, he hauled in 34 targets for 30 receptions putting up 209 yards in the process, which was just around how many rushing yards he put up. His game is balanced, he does not do one thing extraordinary, but he can do whatever is asked of him and be a decent option.

Jackson will have to show a good improvement in his agility if he wants to take on the lead role from Moss, and if he continues to be a strong force in the receiving game, he will also continue to shine and get consistent snaps. This Colts room is running back by committee for now, but Jackson has the potential to change that if he shows improvement from his campaign a year ago, but time will tell if he performs.