Jonathan Taylor

Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #28
Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #28
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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

Rips off long TD in win

Taylor rushed 19 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns and secured both targets for 28 yards in the Colts' 45-30 win over the Jets on Thursday night. He also fumbled once but recovered.

Analysis: Taylor snapped a 7-7 tie with an impressive 21-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, but he provided the splash play of the night with a 78-yard rumble down the right sideline in the latter portion of the third quarter in which he flashed his elite speed. The second-year back has now eclipsed the 100-yard mark in three of his last four games, and Thursday's pair of scores brought his touchdown tally over the last six games to eight. Taylor also continues to enjoy a steady role in the passing game -- he's recorded multiple grabs on five occasions over that span -- and could be poised for another big performance in a Week 10 divisional matchup against the vulnerable Jaguars a week from Sunday.

Nov 4, 2021 9:09 PM EST

Strong all-around showing in loss

Taylor rushed 16 times for 70 yards and a touchdown and secured three of four targets for 52 yards in the Colts' 34-31 overtime loss to the Titans on Sunday. He also fell on a Carson Wentz fumble.

Analysis: Taylor once again saw his carries capped firmly under 20, but he was efficient with his opportunities and topped off his overall production with a game-tying one-yard touchdown run with 22 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. Taylor's receiving yardage tally was his second highest of the season, and he's now encouragingly supplemented his strong production on the ground with a quartet of three-catch totals in the last four games. Taylor will next look to exploit a vulnerable Jets defense in a Week 9 Thursday night home date.

Oct 31, 2021 2:00 PM EST

Returns to full practice

Taylor (ribs) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: Taylor was limited Wednesday, but he'll be a go Sunday against the Titans, who've allowed an average of 103.3 rushing yards per game to date. In the process, Indy's surging lead back will look to extend his scoring streak to five games and log his third straight 100-plus rushing yard effort.

Oct 28, 2021 2:09 PM EST

Dealing with rib injury

Taylor (ribs) is listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice report.

Analysis: The Colts merely held a walkthrough but estimate that Taylor would've been limited had they actually practiced. He may have gotten a bit banged up during a busy second half in Sunday's 30-18 win over San Francisco, but the Colts' lead back should be ready for a key divisional matchup with Tennessee in Week 8.

Oct 27, 2021 1:33 PM EST

Strong showing in road victory

Taylor rushed 18 times for 107 yards and a touchdown while catching all three targets for three yards in Sunday's 30-18 win over San Francisco.

Analysis: Taylor did lose his first fumble through seven games this year, but all players were dealing with slippery conditions in Santa Clara this evening (seven total fumbles, four lost). The 22-year-old extended his touchdown streak to four games, and has now accounted for six scores and 551 total yards from scrimmage over the last four weeks. While Taylor is undoubtedly trending in the right direction, his streak of soft matchups comes to a close in Week 8 when the Colts take on the Titans, who limited the back to 72 total yards and no scores back in Week 3.

Oct 24, 2021 8:44 PM EST

Two TDs against Texans

Taylor rushed 14 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns while catching one of two targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 31-3 win over Houston.

Analysis: Taylor powered in a four-yard touchdown in the third quarter to cap a drive that he started with an 83-yard run, then scored again from 11 yards out in the fourth. He has now topped 100 scrimmage yards in each of his last three games, with at least one touchdown in each of those contests to boot. Taylor should continue to handle most of the touches in the Colts' backfield against the 49ers in Week 7.

Oct 17, 2021 1:22 PM EST

Huge performance in defeat

Taylor rushed 15 times for 53 yards and a touchdown, and caught three of four targets for 116 yards and another score in Monday night's 31-25 overtime loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Taylor dropped his first target of the night, but then showed his open-field explosiveness by taking a simple swing pass 76 yards for a touchdown on 3rd-and-15 the very next play. The tailback then put together a pair of impressive runs following a Ravens fumble in the second half, ultimately capping that drive with a four-yard touchdown rush, his first of this season. With many strong gains and involvement as a pass-catcher, Taylor turned in comfortably his best performance through five games, and he's now topped 110 scrimmage yards while scoring in back-to-back contests. Despite Monday's disappointing defeat, Taylor's recent play is certainly encouraging ahead of a favorable matchup versus the Texans in Week 6.

Oct 11, 2021 8:54 PM EST

Eclipses century mark in win

Taylor (knee) rushed 16 times for 103 yards and a touchdown and brought in all three targets for 11 yards in the Colts' 27-17 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: Taylor overcame his questionable designation to generate his best fantasy effort of the young season, highlighting his day with a 38-yard run and a 23-yard scoring scamper in the first quarter for the Colts' first points of the day. The matchup against the Dolphins' run defense was an exploitable one, but Taylor's fantasy managers were undoubtedly relieved to see him deliver despite yet another relatively capped workload. The second-year back will look to build on Sunday's effort in a Week 5 road battle versus the Ravens on Monday night, Oct. 11.

Oct 3, 2021 1:39 PM EST

Suits up Sunday

Taylor (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Taylor, who was dealing what Ian Rapoport of NFL Network describes as a little fluid build-up in his knee, will give it a go Sunday, as expected. Assuming no in-game setbacks, he's in line to continue to lead Indy's rushing attack versus Miami, with change-of-pace back Nyheim Hines on hand to spell Taylor should the Colts elect to manage his reps at all. Meanwhile, Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins are also in the team's Week 4 backfield mix.

Oct 3, 2021 8:36 AM EST

In line to play Sunday

Taylor (knee) is expected to play Sunday against the Dolphins, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Per Rapoport, the running back, who was limited at practice this past week, was dealing with a little fluid build-up in his knee, but should be fine for Sunday's contest. Official confirmation of Taylor's status is slated to arrive prior to the first wave of Week 4 kickoffs, with the Colts taking on Miami at 1:00 ET.

Oct 3, 2021 5:08 AM EST

Listed as questionable

Taylor (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins after practicing in a limited fashion this past week.

Analysis: The Colts have already ruled out five players for the contest, with Taylor one of four players listed by the team as questionable. Given that he practiced all week, albeit in a limited fashion, we suspect that he's trending toward Week 4 availability, but the running back's status should nonetheless be monitored as Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff approaches. If Taylor ends up limited or out this weekend, more touches would be available for Nyheim Hines, with Marlon Mack and/or Jordan Wilkins also candidates for added snaps.

Oct 1, 2021 12:26 PM EST

Reps capped again

Taylor (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: For the second straight day, Taylor had his reps capped while he tends to the knee injury. The Indianapolis brass hasn't suggested the injury is anything that jeopardizes Taylor's availability for Sunday's game in Miami, but he may need to turn in a full practice Friday to avoid taking a designation into the weekend.

Sep 30, 2021 1:34 PM EST

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