Jonathan Taylor

Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #28
Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #28
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Questions remain about workload

Although Taylor will be the primary running back for the Colts this year, head coach Frank Reich still plans to ride the hot hand and also base carries on matchups with Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines in the mix, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Keefer speculates that Taylor will get 60 percent of the carries with Mack around 25 percent. Much depends on Mack's health, as he's returning from a ruptured right Achilles' tendon. And this could just be coach speak just to keep all the running backs (along with Jordan Wilkins) motivated in the offseason. However, there's a risk Taylor won't get the workload many expect after he came on strong at the end of his rookie season (He amassed 741 rushing yards and seven TDs over his last six games). Still, Taylor has huge upside if he can build upon his serviceable role in the passing game (36 receptions and 92.3% catch rate) and get more work at the goal line (he had just 54% of the team's Red Zone rushing attempts).

Jun 30, 2021 12:59 PM EST

Finds end zone in playoff debut

Taylor rushed 21 times for 78 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 27-24 wild-card round loss to the Bills. He added two catches for six yards on four targets.

Analysis: Taylor gave the Colts a 10-7 lead with a one-yard touchdown plunge in the second quarter but lost three yards on a dubious 3rd-and-goal toss play from the one-yard line later in the quarter on a drive that ended without points following an incomplete pass on the ensuing play. The rookie second-round pick established himself as the Colts' clear lead back down the stretch, and Taylor is positioned to finish among the league's rushing leaders next season if he can maintain that role while running behind one of the league's best offensive lines.

Jan 9, 2021 2:00 PM EST

Cleared to play Saturday

Taylor (shoulder) doesn't carry an injury designation for Saturday's playoff game against the Bills.

Analysis: Though Taylor -- who racked up 30 carries for 253 yards and two TDs in Week 17 -- was listed as a limited practice participant this week, he previously indicated that he'd be ready to roll versus the Bills and his final injury designation for wild-card weekend confirms that.

Jan 7, 2021 12:50 PM EST

Listed as questionable

Taylor (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff game against the Bills after practicing in a limited fashion this week, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Though Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis relays that Taylor -- who logged 30 carries for a 253 yards and two TDs in Week 17 -- sported a red (non-contact) jersey at practice Thursday, the running back previously indicated that he'd be "ready to roll" versus the Bills. In any case, official confirmation of his status for wild-card weekend is set to arrive about 90 minutes before Saturday's 1:05 ET kickoff.

Jan 7, 2021 12:39 PM EST

Listed as limited on practice estimate

Taylor (shoulder) was listed as limited on Wednesday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Despite being listed as limited on the Colts' injury report, Taylor -- who logged 30 carries in Week 17 -- isn't concerned about his status for Saturday's playoff opener against the Bills, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports. "We are definitely ready to roll this Saturday," the running back noted Wednesday.

Jan 6, 2021 2:46 PM EST

Listed as limited on practice estimate

Taylor (shoulder) was listed as limited on Tuesday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Taylor was on the field for 55 of the Colts' 67 snaps on offense in this past Sunday's win over the Jaguars, en route to rushing 30 times for 253 yards and two TDs. Though his listed limitations Tuesday indicate that Taylor may have come out of the contest banged up, so far there's nothing to suggest that the Colts' top back is in any danger of missing Saturday's playoff opener against the Bills.

Jan 5, 2021 1:23 PM EST

Explodes for career-best effort

Taylor rushed 30 times for 253 yards and two touchdowns and brought in one of two targets for one yard in the Colts' 28-14 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: As his final numbers imply, Taylor consistently terrorized the Jaguars defense, ripping off a game-long 56-yard run on his second carry of the day and subsequently notching touchdowns of one and 45 yards in the second and fourth quarter, respectively. The rookie had an uneven first nine games as a pro, but hey bounced back to finish with 74 or more rushing yards in each of his last six contests, including seven touchdowns over his last four games. Taylor also proved to be a solid receiver with a 35-298-1 line through the air, and he'll now look to carry over the significant momentum of this performance into a wild-card matchup against the Bills on the road next weekend.

Jan 3, 2021 5:08 PM EST

Continues TD binge vs. Steelers

Taylor carried 18 times for 74 yards and two touchdowns while failing to bring in his lone target during Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Taylor averaged a respectable 4.1 yards per carry against a tough defensive unit while adding a pair of short touchdown runs in the first half. He was uncharacteristically quiet as a pass-catcher, which capped his overall production, but his five touchdowns in the last three games are surely keeping fantasy managers happy. Taylor now has 11 total touchdowns on the season and will look to head into the postseason on a high note in next Sunday's inviting matchup with the Jaguars.

Dec 27, 2020 1:54 PM EST

Paces backfield again

Taylor rushed 16 times for 83 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Texans. He added four receptions for 12 yards as a receiver.

Analysis: Taylor dominated the work out of the Colts' backfield, accounting for 16 of the 21 running back touches. He worked efficiently, tallying a long run of 14 yards and also rushed for at least five yards on eight of his attempts. Taylor opened the scoring with a five-yard touchdown plunge, his second consecutive game with a score. Also encouraging was Taylor's continued work as a receiver, as he doubled Nyheim Hines' reception total. He should maintain his status as the clear lead back in a Week 16 matchup against Pittsburgh.

Dec 20, 2020 2:47 PM EST

Enjoys career game in dominant win

Taylor carried 20 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns while adding two catches (on two targets) for 15 yards during Sunday's 44-27 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Taylor gashed the beatable Las Vegas run defense for 7.5 yards per carry as he easily set a new career high in rushing yardage. His 62-yard touchdown in the third quarter was also his longest of the season and he later added a three-yard score for his first multi-touchdown game. Taylor came into this one in great form and will look to feast again next Sunday against a Texans defense that ranks near the bottom of the league in virtually every category related to stopping opposing running backs.

Dec 13, 2020 4:27 PM EST

Scores with 135 scrimmage yards

Taylor carried 13 times for 91 yards and caught all three of his targets for 44 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 26-20 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Taylor gashed the porous Houston defense for 7.0 yards per carry as he delivered his best rushing output since Week 2. He also notched his third-best receiving output of the season and scored his first receiving touchdown on a 39-yard play on fourth down in the second quarter. Taylor has racked up 249 scrimmage yards on 42 touches over the last two games and will look to continue his recent success in a favorable matchup against the Raiders next Sunday.

Dec 6, 2020 2:02 PM EST

Comes off COVID-19 list

Taylor has been activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Taylor, who missed this past Sunday's game against the Titans, will practice Wednesday, which sets the stage for him to return to action and head Indy's backfield this weekend against the Texans, who've allowed an average of 154.7 rushing yards per game. Only Dallas (156.4) has surrendered more.

Dec 2, 2020 9:40 AM EST

Placed on COVID-19 list

Taylor was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday and will not play Sunday against the Titans.

Analysis: It's unclear whether Taylor himself tested positive for COVID-19 or was merely in close proximity to someone who tested positive, but regardless the designation Saturday means the rookie running back will not play in the team's important divisional matchup against the Titans on Sunday. As of now, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins are the only two healthy running backs on the active roster, although the team could still choose to activate player's off the practice squad later in the day.

Nov 28, 2020 9:11 AM EST

Delivers against Packers

Taylor rushed the ball 22 times for 90 yards in Week 11 against the Packers. He added four receptions for 24 yards.

Analysis: One week after being minimized in the offense, Taylor earned his first workhorse role. He looked comfortable, keeping the offense on schedule while also ripping off some big runs of 18 and 14 yards. Encouragingly, Taylor also remained involved in the passing attack and led the backfield with four receptions. While the Packers have been a soft matchup for running backs all season, the performance may have been what Taylor needed to find his footing during an uneven rookie campaign. He'll look to build on his best performance as a pro in Week 12 against the Titans.

Nov 22, 2020 7:30 PM EST

Another disappointing effort in win

Taylor rushed seven times for 12 yards and brought in both his targets for 25 yards in the Colts' 34-17 win over the Titans on Thursday night.

Analysis: Taylor once again struggled to get anything going on the ground, and he notably checked in third in carries behind Nyheim Hines (12) and Jordan Wilkins (eight). The rookie committed a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in the Week 9 loss to the Ravens, so his continued diminished role Thursday may be partly attributable to that miscue. Taylor has now logged single-digit carries in back-to-back games for the first time as a pro, leaving his fantasy prospects mixed ahead of a Week 11 interconference matchup against the Packers on Sunday, Nov. 22.

Nov 12, 2020 9:29 PM EST

Salvages day with TD

Taylor rushed six times for 27 yards and a touchdown and brought in both targets for seven yards in the Colts' 24-10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: Taylor once again played second fiddle to Jordan Wilkins in the backfield, but he was able to score from one-yard out in the first quarter to lock in a serviceable fantasy performance. Otherwise, the rookie's modest workload cast a pall over his afternoon, as his carry total was a career-low figure. Coach Frank Reich appears intent on affording Jordan Wilkins more than just a true change-of-pace workload, leaving Taylor's fantasy prospects heading into a Week 10 Thursday night battle against the Titans uncertain.

Nov 8, 2020 3:37 PM EST

Puts in full workout

Taylor (ankle) was a full participant during Thursday's walk-through practice.

Analysis: Though Thursday's session was of the non-contact variety, Taylor's "full" listing implies that the rookie's reps wouldn't have been restricted had the Colts held a traditional practice. As such, Taylor looks ready to go for Sunday's game against the Ravens, but discerning what his role might look like is rather difficult after he was outplayed handily by backups Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines in the Week 8 win over the Lions. Taylor is still likely to start and take the Colts' first backfield reps, but game flow as well as how he fares with his initial touches may be the main determining factors in the extent of his usage on the day.

Nov 5, 2020 1:45 PM EST

Logs limited practice

Taylor (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: As was Jordan Wilkins (groin), but at this stage it doesn't look like either back is in danger of missing Sunday's game against the Ravens. Perhaps the more pressing issue with regard to Taylor's Week 9 fantasy upside is that Wilkins logged 20 carries (for 89 yards and a TD) in the Colts' Week 8 win over the Lions, while Taylor ran the ball 11 times for 22 yards. Additionally, Nyheim Hines handled the bulk of the team's chance-of-pace touches, hauling in three of is five targets for 54 yards and two TDs. Ultimately, Taylor carries the highest long-term value, but Wilkins' effort versus Detroit could result in Taylor's workload being affected this weekend.

Nov 4, 2020 1:25 PM EST

Will practice Wednesday

Taylor (ankle) will return to practice Wednesday, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen whether Taylor practices on a full or limited basis, but between this news and Keefer describing Taylor's ankle injury as "minor", the rookie running back seems unlikely to miss Sunday's clash with the Ravens. If he shows himself to be healthy during practice this week, Taylor should take back the majority of the workload in Indianapolis' backfield after being outplayed by both Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins last week.

Nov 4, 2020 9:36 AM EST

Dealing with minor ankle injury

Coach Frank Reich said Monday that Taylor has "a bit of an ankle injury" following Sunday's win over the Lions, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Perhaps this helps explain Sunday's lackluster performance, as the rookie second-round pick averaged just 2.0 yards per carry and finished with 31 yards on 13 touches. Still, Reich explained that he learned about Taylor's injury after the game, so it still appears that the decision to give Jordan Wilkins more touches (21) than Taylor was based on performance, as Wilkins was more productive with 4.5 yards per carry and a touchdown. It's worth monitoring Taylor's practice status throughout the week, as the team prepares for a home matchup against Baltimore this Sunday.

Nov 2, 2020 10:43 AM EST

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