Jonathan Taylor and Zach Moss fuel a high-powered Colts offense.

Jonathan Taylor and Zach Moss fuel a high-powered Colts offense.

 

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INDIANAPOLIS – Zach Moss burst through a gap on the right side and drove into the open field for a 41-yard gain.

The Indianapolis Colts’ sideline erupted, with Jonathan Taylor chasing after Moss as he ran with him a few feet away from the crowd’s vantage point.
Moss accepted the usual congratulations, obligatory kickbacks and postgame high fives.
However, some colleagues added:

They make Moss laugh.
Moss later recalled:

Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie acknowledged the request.
“I said, ‘Yeah, I’ve seen you break the run, but the difference with you (Taylor) is I can go next to you,'” McKenzie said.
“It’s business as usual.” same.\”

Moss wasn’t mad. Why did he do that after ranking second in the NFL with 589 yards in Week 9?

Most importantly, the whole scenario highlighted the important differences between Moss and Taylor.
But while they are different as individuals, they are united in the collective strength that makes the Colts one of the best units in the NFL.

Indianapolis ranks ninth in rushing yards per game with 129, despite Taylor, a 2021 All-Pro selection, only joining the lineup in Week 5.
Over the last two games, the Colts are averaging a league-high 166 yards rushing. Now, the duo will look to take the next step Sunday against a weak Carolina Panthers defense (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS) that ranks 28th in rushing yards per attempt (4.7).
“They’re very different,” McKenzie said of Moss and Taylor.
“Zach is much lighter and weighs more.
JT Home run hitter.
But Zach was also very successful.
Both are great.”

Taylor and Moss have shared the same backcourt since Moss was traded to the Colts at the trade deadline last season, but the two barely played together until recent weeks.

Taylor dominated the ball last season when he was healthy enough to play. It wasn’t until December, when Taylor landed on injured reserve with an ankle injury, that Moss saw significant playing time.
With Taylor physically unable to perform at the start of this season and fighting for a contract extension, Moss is once again in charge.
Now they work as a real tandem.

Jonathan Taylor’s speed effectively complements Zach Moss’ patient style.
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They just do it their way.
“He’s a lot faster than me,” Moss said of Taylor.
“And he can also run between the tackles.
So I think we have two different technologies.
He does his job, I have a chance to do my job and finish on defense.
“No two people do the same thing.”

Moss said the defense presents challenges because the two defenses need to be protected in different ways.
Taylor’s explosive one-cut style makes him a scoring threat on every touch.
This distracts the defense from the jump shot.
“When he sees a hole, he has explosive speed,” coach Shane Steichen said.

Moss, on the other hand, is a methodical runner who uses his vision to spot potential creases and rarely gets impatient while waiting for blocks to be placed in front of him.

“He’s really crafty,” Steichen said.
Moss: “I think it’s a bit of an effort.
It’s a feeling.

But the quarterbacks’ collective effort goes beyond their contributions on the field, Taylor said.
They know how their respective perspectives can attack defenses and serve as complementary eyes for each other.

\”So\”How does he play with you?
How are your supporters doing?
Doesn’t that sound similar to what we’ve seen in the movies?
– It is not like that? Or vice versa, Taylor said.
“I’d be out running and he’d be like, ‘Hey, what’s that run?’ What does the defense look like?
Did I exaggerate too much? Did you play slow?
Now we go back and forth on how to use the different talents.

The only factor that could mitigate all of this is Steichen’s game selection.
He faced questions after sitting out the game in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints.
That followed Taylor’s 94-yard run in the first half.
It only went once the rest of the way.
Moss was used a little more in the second half with five rushing attempts.
“Can you run there?” Steichen said the next day.
\”entirely. But I decided to leave it until the end.”

The ability to rely on the running game is a particular concern for starting quarterback Anthony Richardson, coming off a season-ending injury.
Gardner Minshew will be the Colts starter for the rest of the year.
But if the Colts’ running game continues to perform at this level, let him hand the game over to the speedy Taylor or the patient Moss.

 

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