Jonathan Taylor

Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #28
Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #28
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Jonathan Taylor News

Possible high ankle sprain

The Colts fear that Taylor may have suffered a high ankle sprain during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Titans, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: When asked Sunday about his availability for Thursday night's game against Denver, Taylor noted "I'm not sure yet. We'll see how things happen tomorrow morning." If Taylor is out or limited in Week 5, Nyheim Hines and Deon Jackson could see added backfield work versus the Broncos, while Phillip Lindsay and D'vonte Price are candidates to be elevated from the Colts' practice squad.

Oct 2, 2022 2:53 PM EST


Hurts ankle Sunday

Taylor was forced out of Sunday's game against the Titans with an ankle injury, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Prior to exiting the contest, Taylor logged 20 carries for 42 yards caught one pass for one yard. With the Colts playing again Thursday against the Broncos, Taylor's status will be worth monitoring closely in the coming days. Next up for the team's carries if Taylor is limited or out in Week 5 are Nyheim Hines and Deon Jackson.

Oct 2, 2022 12:56 PM EST



Practices fully Thursday

Taylor (toe) returned to a full practice Thursday.

Analysis: After Taylor sat out Wednesday's session, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network suggested that the running back's absence was precautionary. With his return to a full practice Thursday, Taylor is now slated to continue to lead the Colts' backfield Sunday against the Titans. Three games into the season, he's logged a total of 61 carries and 13 targets, while Indy's change-of-pace back Nyheim Hines has recorded seven carries and 17 targets in that span.

Sep 29, 2022 1:12 PM EST


Back at practice

Taylor (toe) was present for Thursday's practice, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: After sitting out Wednesday's session, Taylor's return to the field Thursday is encouraging, though it remains to be seen how the Colts will officially list his participation level. In order to approach Sunday's game against the Titans minus an injury designation, however, Taylor will presumably need to log a full practice by Friday.

Sep 29, 2022 10:54 AM EST


Sits out practice Wednesday

Taylor (toe) didn't practice Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Pelissero notes that it's his understanding Taylor's absence is precautionary after the running back came out of Week 3 action with some soreness in his toe. As for Taylor's status for this Sunday's game against the Titans, Pelissero's source suggests that the Colts' franchise back will be "ready to roll."

Sep 28, 2022 1:17 PM EST



Workhorse role in Week 3 win

Taylor carried 21 times for 71 yards and brought in three of five targets for 20 yards in the Colts' 20-17 win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

Analysis: Taylor was frequently stymied by a tough Chiefs front, with his longest run of the day going for a modest 13 yards. Taylor's involvement in the passing game was a nice bonus, however, and the star back now has 13 targets through three games. The 2020 second-round pick now has two straight sub-100-yard games, but he looks as explosive as last season and draws a very favorable statistical matchup against the Titans' suspect run defense in a Week 4 home divisional clash.

Sep 25, 2022 2:46 PM EST


Limited volume in blowout loss

Taylor carried the ball nine times for 54 yards in Sunday's 24-0 loss to the Jaguars. He added one reception for nine yards.

Analysis: Taylor was scripted out of making an impact in the loss, as the Colts ran only 48 offensive plays and Matt Ryan took to the air 30 times. Even with the limited opportunity, Taylor made a pair of splash gains, tallying two rushes of 21 yards. While Taylor was able to overcome the poor offensive environment around him in Week 1, the Colts have been lackluster with Matt Ryan at the helm early on, which could ultimately cost Taylor opportunity moving forward.

Sep 18, 2022 4:40 PM EST


Tramples Texans again Sunday

Taylor rushed 31 times for 161 yards and a touchdown and brought in four of seven targets for 14 yards in the Colts' 20-20 tie with the Texans on Sunday.

Analysis: It's difficult to believe the Colts didn't prevail in a game during which Taylor furnished such a spectacular stat line, as the Pro Bowl running back seemingly did everything within his power to facilitate a victory. The spectacular rushing numbers are par for the course for Taylor against the Texans, which he victimized for 288 yards and four touchdowns in two games last season. The mammoth yardage total was complemented by a two-yard fourth-quarter touchdown that began the Colts' comeback, and Taylor will now take on the challenging task of mounting a successful encore to the season-opening breakout in a Week 2 road matchup against the Jaguars next Sunday.

Sep 11, 2022 2:07 PM EST


Getting ready for Week 1

Taylor and fellow running back Nyhiem Hines will sit out the team's final preseason game to rest and prepare for Week 1 at Houston, Joel Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: While neither Taylor nor Hines has missed an NFL game due to injury, coach Frank Reich is wise to hold them out given the high injury rate among RBs in general. Reich made at least two comments this summer suggesting Hines will be more involved in the passing game than he was last year, but that's about the only negative for Taylor, who caught 36 passes as a rookie and 40 last season. He'll still get some targets and dominate carries while running behind a top offensive line, and QB Matt Ryan figures to be at least a slight upgrade on Carson Wentz. Both Taylor and Ryan get nice matchups to start the season, facing a Houston defense that looks average or worse at every position group.

Aug 25, 2022 10:38 AM EST


Preseason action unlikely

Taylor, who didn't play in Saturday's preseason loss to the Bills, is unlikely to see game action in the Colts' remaining two exhibition contests according to coach Frank Reich, JJ Stankevitz of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: "That's really what Chris (Ballard) and I talked about," Reich noted of the likelihood that the Colts would play it safe in the preseason with their franchise back. "I can't see that changing for any reason. So, he's looked good, he's in shape, I feel like we're getting good work in practice versus our defense." With Taylor entrenched as Indy's lead back and Nyheim Hines in line to serve as the squad's primary change-of-pace option, depth slotting behind them is up for grabs, leaving Phillip Lindsay, Ty'Son Williams, Deon Jackson, D'Vonte Price and CJ Verdell currently competing for roster spots ahead of Week 1.

Aug 14, 2022 1:54 PM EST


Not likely to play Saturday

Taylor isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Bills, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

Analysis: The report notes that starting QB Matt Ryan is expected to play about one quarter in the contest. However, coming off a huge 2021 campaign Taylor doesn't have anything to prove in the preseason and the Colts seem likely to play it safe with their star back this weekend and quite possibly in their next two exhibition outings as well.

Aug 11, 2022 3:34 PM EST


Set to reprise lead role

As training camp approaches, Taylor continues to head an Indianapolis backfield that also includes returnee Nyheim Hines and newcomer Phillip Lindsay, Kevin Hickey of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Taylor is thus set to reprise his lead role this coming season, one that yielded a league-high 1,811 rushing yards to go along with 18 TDs on 322 carries in 17 games in 2021. The 23-year-old also chipped in 40 catches on 51 targets for 360 yards and two more scores in an effort that has his name currently atop most 2022 fantasy draft boards. While Taylor is the team's clear-cut top early-down option and in the process is poised to maintain elite fantasy status, Hines will continue to provide a pass-catching/change-of-pace presence out of the Colts' backfield, with Lindsay the favorite to secure the team's No. 3 RB role, now that Marlon Mack is no longer in the mix. Also vying for depth chart slotting will be Deon Jackson, Ty'Son Williams, D'Vonte Price and CJ Verdell.

Jul 25, 2022 3:11 PM EST


Season ends on sour note

Taylor recorded 15 rushes for 77 yards in Sunday's 26-11 loss to the Jaguars. He added three receptions on four targets for 18 yards.

Analysis: As expected, Taylor worked efficiently against Jacksonville's defense, an effort that was aided by runs of 23 and 13 yards. However, he was stuffed on fourth down multiple times, including once at the goal line at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Taylor also had game script working against him, with the Colts unexpectedly working from behind after the opening possession. The result was his lowest carry total since Week 6, and the first time he hasn't attempted at least 20 rushes in his last four contests. Despite the disappointing close to the campaign on both an individual and team level, Taylor racked up 2,171 total yards from scrimmage with 20 trips to the end zone across 17 games.

Jan 9, 2022 2:36 PM EST


Tops 100 yards, scores

Taylor recorded 20 rushes for 108 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Raiders. He added one reception for six yards.

Analysis: Taylor turned in a middling performance by his lofty standards, yet he still managed his 11th game of the season with more than 100 rushing yards. He ripped off several big gains to get to that mark, including rushes of 24 and 14 yards. Taylor also scored his 20th touchdown of the season on a one-yard plunge with only one second remaining in the first half. He'll close out the 2022 regular season with a matchup against Jacksonville, which sets him up for another very productive performance.

Jan 2, 2022 3:13 PM EST


Logs another 100-yard effort

Taylor rushed 27 times for 108 yards and didn't haul in either of his targets during Saturday's 22-16 win at Arizona.

Analysis: The Cardinals did a decent job of bottling up Taylor outside of a 43-yard run on the Colts' first snap from scrimmage. That long play aside, he managed just 2.5 yards on his remaining carries, but he still reached the 100-yard milestone on the ground for the ninth occasion this season. Indianapolis has happened to log a victory each time Taylor has done just that, which clearly is their recipe for success. He'll aim to keep the momentum Sunday, Jan. 2 against a Raiders run defense that ranks 25th in the NFL (122.7 yards per game).

Dec 25, 2021 8:27 PM EST


Extends TD streak to 11 games

Taylor carried the ball 29 times for 170 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 27-17 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: The Colts held a 17-0 lead at halftime thanks to a special-teams TD and a bit of trickery to Nyheim Hines, but Taylor was still able to grind his way to another 100-yard performance while the team killed the clock in the second half -- until he erupted for a 67-yard touchdown run with two minutes left in the game, squashing any hope New England might have had of a comeback. Taylor has 19 TDs on the season, leaving him one short of the Colts' franchise record of 20 set by Lenny Moore in 1964, and his 11 consecutive games with a rushing TD ties the single-season NFL record held by LaDainian Tomlinson and John Riggins, although Tomlinson's overall record of 14 straight games across two seasons remains a little further down the road. Taylor will look to keep tracking down history in Week 16 against the Cardinals.

Dec 18, 2021 9:55 PM EST


Another big performance

Taylor rushed 32 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns but lost a fumble in Sunday's 31-0 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Taylor scored on Indianapolis' opening drive in both halves, finding pay dirt from one and three yards out. Despite coughing the ball up, the tailback largely took full advantage of a favorable matchup, tying his season high in carries as the Colts sealed a blowout victory. Although he wasn't targeted for the first time this term, Taylor put together his seventh outing with at least 100 rushing yards, topping 140 for the fourth time. With a touchdown in 10 straight games, Taylor will strive to keep his streak going in difficult matchups against the Patriots and Cardinals once the Colts return from their bye.

Dec 5, 2021 1:13 PM EST


Solid performance in tough matchup

Taylor rushed 16 times for 83 yards and a touchdown and brought in four of five targets for 14 yards in the Colts' 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: The Colts went with a pass-heavy approach for a good portion of the game against the Buccaneers' extremely tough run defense, but coach Frank Reich finally unleashed Taylor on the Colts' game-tying drive in the fourth quarter. The second-year back carried the ball eight times on the 10-play march, recording 58 yards, including a four-yard rushing touchdown. Taylor also continued to enjoy a steady role in the passing game, albeit in not too efficient a fashion in terms of yardage Sunday. Taylor will naturally remain a top play in all formats during a Week 13 home divisional matchup that presents a much more palatable caliber of competition in the form of the Texans.

Nov 28, 2021 1:35 PM EST


Five total TDs in upset win

Taylor rushed 32 times for 185 yards and four touchdowns and brought in all three targets for 19 yards and another score in the Colts' 41-15 win over the Bills on Sunday.

Analysis: Much like in Week 10 against the Jaguars, Taylor got off to a fast start by capping off the Colts' first drive with a three-yard touchdown run, but this time around, he was able to keep up his stellar production for all four quarters despite the extremely difficult matchup. Taylor finished off Indianapolis' next possession with another score, a nifty 23-yard catch and run that saw him deftly elude multiple defenders, and he went on to notch additional rushing touchdowns of two, 10 and one yard. Taylor became the first back this season to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark on the ground, and both his carry and rushing yardage totals were season highs. The MVP candidate will take what is now an eight-game touchdown streak into a Week 12 home matchup against a Buccaneers squad that, on paper, boasts an even tougher run defense than Buffalo's.

Nov 21, 2021 1:31 PM EST


Another 100-yard effort in win

Taylor rushed 21 times for 116 yards and a touchdown and secured six of eight targets for 10 yards in the Colts' 23-17 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Early on, Taylor appeared to be on his way to another prolific day against a Jaguars squad he gained 275 yards against in two games last season. Taylor was featured heavily during a game-opening 10-play, 63-yard drive that culminated in a Michael Badgley field goal, and he did ultimately top 20 carries for the first time all season. However, the Jaguars defense was able to tighten up its work against the run to an extent as the game went on, yet not enough to prevent Taylor from recording his fifth 100-yard effort of the season, all which have come in the last seven contests. Taylor's quest to eclipse the century mark for the third straight time is likely to be an uphill battle in a Week 11 road matchup against the Bills.

Nov 14, 2021 1:58 PM EST


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