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Will Zack Moss make the Colts regret extending Taylor?

One day after it was announced that the Indianapolis Colts had signed All-Pro running back Jonathan Taylor to a three-year, $42 million contract, Taylor’s replacement became the play of his life.

Zack Moss, who joined the Colts last year after a trade with the Buffalo Bills, exploded against the Tennessee Titans with 23 attempts for 165 yards and two touchdowns. He also gained 30 yards in the air. He provided the highlight of the day, as he had a 56-yard touchdown run that evoked images of Taylor in 2021 as he dominated the league. Moss has been as solid and reliable as the Colts could ask for in the first month of the season. After seeing no action in the Week 1 loss to the Jaguars, Moss stepped up and provided steady production for the Colts on the field. He ran for at least 70 yards in every game and twice topped 100 yards.

Moss’ play, including his breakout against the Titans immediately following Taylor’s extension, might make one wonder if the Colts really should have caved in and paid Taylor. After all, why pay someone $14 million a year if you can achieve the same output at a much lower cost? Of course, Colts fans have seen something similar before.

While it’s natural to wonder if the Colts drafted the wrong wideout after a performance like Moss’, it’s also foolish. Taylor, who only saw a handful of snaps against Tennessee, will gradually become more involved in the offense, especially with Anthony Richardson out for the foreseeable future. The dual threat of him and Moss could give the Colts’ offense a boost and help make up for the loss of explosive plays provided by Richardson.

Moss played very well; There is no debate about that. He could very well land a nice new contract, here or elsewhere, given the quality of his play. His game against Tennessee certainly seemed to dispel rumors that Moss played Stable but not explosive. However, Taylor is the Colts RB1. He’s gotten there and it’s likely we’ll see more of him as he adjusts to hitting and gets used to Shane Steichen’s offense.

With Taylor and Moss on the roster, the Colts find themselves with a luxury at running back. Moss and Taylor are clearly entry-level players. But does Moss’ play mean the Colts will regret extending Taylor?

I think not.

On Monday’s edition of The Ride With JMV, John spoke with ESPN’s Stephen Holder. Stephen and John discussed the Colts’ win over the Titans, Anthony Richardson’s injury and of course, Jonathan Taylor’s contract extension. Listen to this conversation below and tune in to The Ride With JMV weekdays from 3-6pm on 93.5/107.5 The Fan!

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