Is it time to give the Colts a draft/original RB for Jonathan Taylor?

Is it time to give the Colts a draft/original RB for Jonathan Taylor?

 

INDIANAPOLIS – It was a textbook definition of a balancing act.
Jonathan Taylor was responsible for 50 percent of the Indianapolis Colts’ offense (35 of 70) against Cleveland on Sunday.

That’s right, Jack Moss.
Taylor added 18 touchdowns and three receptions.

Moss completed 18 attempts and had one reception.
But how long will it be before the scales tip in Taylor’s favor?

His 21 carries totaled a season-high 120 yards and his first touchdown since late November.
That included a 24-yard run and receptions of 20 and 19 yards. Moss contributed to the 70-foot blast.
Isn’t it time for more Taylor and less Moss?
Trust us.
We’re not throwing any shade at Moss.
“Yeah, we’ll continue to evaluate,” Colts coach Shane Steichen said Monday afternoon.

In most scenarios, there’s no reason to think about it.
Remember, Taylor is a 2021 NFL quarterback on the back foot after missing the first four games of the season while rehabbing from right ankle surgery in January, and a 42 million extension is in effect of dollars.

It takes time, as reflected in his rushing numbers in the first three games. 15% vs. Tennessee, 42% vs. Jacksonville, 50% vs. Browns.
But things got complicated with Moss.
Despite missing the season opener while recovering from a wrist injury, the fourth-year quarterback is the NFL’s second-leading tackler. His 523 yards are already a career high behind only San Francisco’s Christian McCaffrey (553 yards).

“Zach is doing really well,” Steichen said.
“I think we have two very good backs.

“Obviously Jonathan is a threat for us and we’ll continue to evaluate him, but we like where those two guys are at right now.”

Taylor has not publicly attempted to reprise her lead role.
We take it every day.

Despite Moss’ strong start to the season, that day will remain close.
Pro Bowl center Ryan Kelly saw Taylor handle the business side of the NFL and get back on offense.

“The other part of the story is the contracts.” He said after Sunday’s 39-38 loss to the Browns.
“This game is not free.
It asks a lot of you.
“I think it would be great if you could give him some props to see him get through it and see him come back. When it hit the ground, the whole place exploded and so did we.
See the fire in it. The passion is still there and always will be.

The threat that Taylor brings is right there.
The more it touches, the more likely something will happen.

His brutal style was on display after Dustin Hopkins’ 54-yard field goal gave Cleveland a 30-21 lead at 9:23 of the third quarter.
The Colts’ previous four possessions consisted of 11 plays and 1 yard.
In the end zone, Gardner Minshew II had a sack/fumble/touchdown, two triples and an interception by Minshew.
The Colts followed Taylor’s lead after Minshew sparked the next eight-play drive with a 20-yard reception to Josh Downs. He carried it six times for 30 yards, ran a 5-yard TD up the middle and added a 20-yard catch and run on a screen.
“If (the Colts) need this series, if they need this play, let me know,” Taylor told reporters in the locker room.
“We’re going to do everything we can to make that happen.”

Steichen only scratched the surface of how to improve Taylor’s skills.
Sunday, Taylor:

* Three real-time photos were taken of the wildcat lineup.

*There was a 20 meter reception on the left screen.
* The 19-year-old turned left against Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoa, who secured Minshew’s pass before Juan Thornhill beat him.

* Thrown 24 meters to the right.
In Jacksonville, he made a big break down the right and attempted a shallow cross that he converted 40 yards.

“With Shane’s book, you can call anything,” Taylor said.
Corresponding coverage flag information

Steichen gave up two critical/controversial penalties against Darrell Baker Jr. in the final minutes of Sunday’s loss.
The first was illegal contact on Amari Cooper and the second was a Donovan Peoples-Jones fumble in the end zone that gave the Browns a first down, first down.
But Steichen’s response seemed to indicate that he strongly disagreed.

“I think it was a difficult decision,” he said.
“I’m not going to discuss that situation with a lot of people involved. As a team we have to do a better job of not being left in that situation at the end of the game and not being left in that situation at the end.
“Noisy phone. They did and that was that.
We must continue to learn from them.”

Each week, teams send video clips to NFL headquarters to comment on certain plays.
Will they find their way to New York?
“We’re looking at those things,” Steichen said.
“We ship certain things every week.”

And those two phone calls are connected?
“May be.” he said smiling.

Steichen noted that the Colts believe Baker could play an extended role if rookie JuJu Brents misses time with a quadriceps injury.
Baker started the first two games before being benched.

“Yeah, DJ did a good job,” Steichen said.
“He had a good training camp.
JuJu went down, DJ took over that role and continues to work and improve every week.”

About Pittman

Michael Pittman Jr. had two receptions, an 83-yarder and a 75-yard field goal to give the Colts a 38-33 lead with 5:38 left in the fourth quarter.
He wanted more.
That’s certainly more than his season low of five goals.
“They didn’t attack me today for any reason,” Pittman told IndyStar’s Nate Atkins after the game.
“Maybe they’re not a big part of crime.
“When you catch the ball, you always feel like you’re doing something with it.
Know that they can win big in any situation and on any team.
“I’m trying to show the coaches that I’m there, too,” he said.

It was a strange reaction after Steichen used a run-heavy offense that set season highs in yards (38) and yards (456) against the No. 1 defense.
1 of the NFL. Minshew had just 27 dropbacks and the Colts turned the ball over 40 times.
Only Josh Downs had more targets (six) than Pittman.

On the season, Pittman leads the Colts in targets (65), receptions (42) and yards (489).
Downs’ 47 goals are as follows:

Steichen’s reaction?
“I think Pittman is part of this offense and he’s the best competitor,” he said.
“I think very good players want the ball and sometimes they show their emotions.
“That is part of this competition and we will do everything we can to help him develop in football.”

Injury Update

Brent defensive tackle Eric Johnson II left Sunday’s game (groin). Steichen could not provide an update on this either.

 

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