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.
Houston Texans v Indianapolis Colts
Houston Texans v Indianapolis Colts / Justin Casterline/GettyImages
4 of 4

1. Zack Moss

With Jonathan Taylor being out last season, the Colts needed to go out and get a running back, and that they did by acquiring Zack Moss from the Buffalo Bills. The team gave up the electrifying Nyheim Hynes in the process, but Moss proved his worth last season.

In just eight games, he took 76 carries for 365 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry for this Indianapolis backfield. The Colts have already seen that duo of Moss and Jackson, and while they hoped to be using Taylor again this season, these two players can be relied upon.

Moss however is the most talented player in the current room, he just returned to practice on Wednesday so it will be interesting to see if on Sunday he gets the bulk of the carries and plays at 100 percent. But Moss just has to continue to be Zack Moss to retain his role as the starting running back in Taylor's absence.

At 5-foot-9 he does not have the size of Jackson, but Moss is the more versatile and experienced runner, and that is usually enough to begin the season as the starter with this team having to pick up the pieces from the Taylor saga. Moss does not play as much when it comes to the receiving game, as he was only targeted five times in a Colts uniform, but his ability as a runner allowed him to hold on to that lead role.

Expect Moss to continue to be the every-down back while Taylor gets healthy, and waits to see if he plays at all. But this room does have a few solid players that can hold down the fort, and time will tell if one of them has a breakout year with this opportunity.