|ADP:||Round: 4, Pick: 5|
|Ht / Wt:||5'11" / 213 lb.|
|Born:||March 7, 1996|
|Drafted:||2017 / Rd. 4 (143)|
Coach Frank Reich envisions Mack and Jonathan Taylor as a "one-two punch" in the backfield, ESPN.com's Mike Wells reports.
Analysis: Taylor's combination of talent and draft capital makes him the favorite to emerge with the lead role sooner than later, though custom dictates that it'll be Mack getting the first snap with the starting offense once the Colts are able to practice. Reich believes the two backs will complement each other, pointing to Mack's vision, acceleration and comfort level running outside zone, while Taylor earns praise for his size, speed and explosiveness. The idea of splitting work isn't unreasonable, but it becomes a real crunch with passing-down specialist Nyheim Hines also getting regular snaps. While the Colt seemingly still have a plan for Mack in the final year of his rookie contract, it won't come as any surprise if his role is eventually minimized.
Mack faces increased competition for playing time in the Indianapolis backfield after the Colts took Jonathan Taylor with the 41st pick in the NFL draft. "Marlon is a good kid. He's a special teammate. He knows that Taylor is going to make us better and that he's going to make Marlon better," GM Chris Ballard told The Fan 1070 am Indianapolis.
Analysis: Ballard said that he texted Mack about the pick and Mack responded with "Let's go. Let's go win.'" Mack is entering the final season of his rookie contract and the team hadn't been talking to him about a contract extension, so this could be his last year with the Colts. Mack's work on the ground has been solid, but he's missed multiple games in each of his three seasons, and his PFF grades for pass blocking and receiving have consistently been poor. The Colts haven't indicated yet how the workload in the backfield will be divided but Mack no longer can be seen as true lead ball carrier when healthy.
Colts owner Jim Irsay denied reports about Mack discussing a contract extension with the team, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.
Analysis: This doesn't mean an extension isn't in play, but it does suggest the Colts have bigger offseason priorities, including a potential quarterback upgrade and convincing left tackle Anthony Castonzo not to retire. Mack is entering the final season of his rookie contract, after averaging 75.7 and 77.9 rushing yards per game the past two years. His work on the ground has been solid, but he's missed multiple games in each of his three seasons, and his PFF grades for pass blocking and receiving have consistently been poor. The Indianapolis offense could benefit from adding a running back with a more balanced skill set, rather than rotating between Mack and passing-down specialist Nyheim Hines. It remains to seen if the Colts actually take that step, as there is a lot to be said for deploying a dirt-cheap rotation instead of using significant cap space or an early draft pick on the position.
Mack rushed 15 times for 77 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 38-20 loss to Jacksonville.
Analysis: Mack was the lone bright spot for the Colts from a fantasy perspective, providing the only two offensive touchdowns the team could muster against the Jaguars' defense. The 23-year-old was able to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the first time in his career, proving that last year's modest breakout (908 yards and nine touchdowns over 12 games) was no fluke. He didn't provide much in terms of receiving (14 receptions for 82 yards ), ceding most of that work to Nyheim Hines. Mack is in line to remain Indianapolis' early-down back next season -- although his $735,000 salary could create a potential holdout -- a situation that makes him an excellent fantasy option in non-PPR formats.
Mack ran for 95 yards on 16 carries and added six yards on two catches during Sunday's 38-6 win over the Panthers.
Analysis: Mack had had a rough time of it in Weeks 14 and 15, but rebounded in a big way against Carolina's poor run defense. He plunged for a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter and helped run out the game with a 30-yard rumble in the fourth quarter. Mack has run hot and cold this season, but has an opportunity to end the season on a high note. The Colts wrap up against the Jaguars Sunday, against whom Mack ran for 109 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in Week 11. His 7.8 yards per carry during that game stands as Mack's highest since Week 6 of the 2017 season.
Mack rushed 11 times for 19 yards and was not targeted in Monday night's 34-7 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Mack could hardly find room to run against a swarming New Orleans front seven, and the Colts falling behind early prevented them from running more often. When they did manage to get in scoring position, it was Jordan Wilkins who was handed a one-yard touchdown out of Indy's backfield. Although his team has now been eliminated from playoff contention, Mack at least has a favorable matchup in Week 16 versus the Panthers, who've allowed the third-most rushing yards this season.
Mack (hand) rushed 13 times for 38 yards and a touchdown but wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 38-25 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Mack wasn't effective on a per-carry basis against the stingy Tampa Bay front in his return from a hand injury, but he found the end zone from two yards out in the second quarter. That was his fifth touchdown of the season, and it salvaged an otherwise forgettable performance. Mack has now reached the 900-yard mark on the ground in consecutive seasons, and he'll serve as the Colts' featured back when the team visits New Orleans in Week 15.
Coach Frank Reich confirmed that Mack (hand) will be available for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, barring any setbacks, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: After experiencing no complications with his fractured right hand following his full practice Thursday, Mack will enter the weekend minus an injury designation and put an end to a two-game absence. Since Mack wasn't sidelined for a long period due to the injury, his conditioning shouldn't be an issue once Sunday arrives, so expect him to slot back into the lead role in the Indianapolis backfield. Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams should see steady downturns in their involvement in the ground as a result, though Nyheim Hines shouldn't lose out on too many snaps on passing downs.
Mack (hand) practiced fully Thursday.
Analysis: Mack was limited Wednesday, so his full participation Thursday suggests that he'll suit up Sunday against the Buccaneers, barring any setbacks. Friday's final Week 14 injury report will reveal whether the running back -- who hasn't played since Week 11 -- will be listed as questionable, or free of an injury designation heading into the weekend.
Mack (hand) returned to a limited practice Wednesday, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
Analysis: Mack, who's bouncing back from a fractured right hand that he suffered in Week 11, has a chance to play Sunday against the Buccaneers, per coach Frank Reich. In his absence, Jonathan Williams, as well as Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins, have handled the Colts' rushing duties, but once he's up to speed, Mack figures to reclaim his status as Indy's top back.
Coach Frank Reich said Wednesday that Mack (hand) will practice and has "a chance" to return Week 14 against the Buccaneers, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.
Analysis: Mack is nursing a broken right hand suffered Week 12 versus the Jaguars. He's resumed practicing for the first time since sustaining the injury and appears to be trending toward a "limited" designation on Wednesday's injury report. The third-year pro will have two more chances to prove in practice that he's healthy enough to suit up versus Tampa Bay on Sunday. If he were forced to miss any more time, Jordan Wilkins, Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Williams would be in line to share Indianapolis' backfield reps again.
Coach Frank Reich said Monday the Colts will "just monitor" Mack (hand) and "see how it (his recovery) goes" this week before determining whether or not he can return to action Sunday at Tampa Bay, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
Analysis: Mack broke his right hand Week 1 versus the Jaguars and hasn't practiced or played in the interim. On Monday, Reich also mentioned Mack made "good progress" last week, but it remains to be seen if it was enough to be cleared for on-field work. Wednesday's injury report could give the first indication that a return is possible Week 14. If Mack doesn't play this weekend, Jordan Wilkins, Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Williams will share the workload out of the Colts' backfield yet again.
Mack (hand) was spotted working off to the side during Friday's practice, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Mack will be listed as a non-participant during the Colts' final practice of the week and has already been ruled out in advance of Sunday's game against the Titans, marking his second straight absence. Despite his lack of recorded practice activity since he fractured his right hand in the Week 11 win over the Jaguars, Mack's presence on the side field Friday at least represents some form of progress. He was still spotted with a small brace on his right hand, so he'll likely need to shed the protection and advance to full-contact work before the Colts feel confident in his readiness for game action.
Mack (hand) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.
Analysis: This news is expected, as Mack broke his dominant ball-carrying hand in Week 11. There's still no definitive timeline, but coach Frank Reich isn't shy about tipping his hand early in the week. During Week 12's loss to the Texans, Jonathan Williams served as a bell cow with Nyheim Hines rotated in. Williams had success, so the Colts may roll out the same game plan, although Jordan Wilkins should be healthy and ready to fill in as well.
Coach Frank Reich confirmed Monday that Mack underwent a procedure to repair his fractured right hand, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports. The running back has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Texans and is considered out indefinitely.
Analysis: Considering the fracture is to the hand in which Mack typically carries the ball, playing through the injury with a cast on a short week was never a realistic outcome. Though the Colts aren't providing an estimated timeline for Mack's return, the expectation is that he'll be sidelined for multiple games following surgery. In his stead, Reich said that Jonathan Williams and Jordan Wilkins would likely share most of the carries, while pass-catching specialist Nyheim Hines is slated to remain in his hybrid/change-of-pace role, according to Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Mack suffered a broken hand Sunday against the Jaguars and won't suit up for Thursday's game at Houston, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: En route to his third 100-yard rushing performance of the season, Mack was knocked out due to the hand injury. He'll miss at least one game as a result, and further testing will reveal whether he needs surgery and a potential timetable for his recovery.
Mack won't return to Sunday's game against the Jaguars after suffering a hand injury, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Prior to his exit, Mack had logged 14 carries for 109 yards and a TD. With Jordan Wilkins (ankle) already out Sunday, Jonathan Williams and Nyheim Hines will handle the Colts' backfield duties for the remainder of Sunday's contest.
Mack (ankle) rushed 29 times for 132 yards and caught all three of his targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 19-13 win over the Chiefs.
Analysis: Mack was a game-time decision heading into Sunday's primetime matchup due to a balky ankle. Not only did the 23-year-old suit up, but he shouldered a heavy workload and played a big role in controlling the ball (37:15 TOP) in an unlikely victory over the (no longer) undefeated Chiefs. Jacoby Brissett vultured Mack's only potential touchdown, but fantasy owners will find it hard to complain about nearly 150 total yards from scrimmage. The third-year back is picking up where he left off following last season's breakout campaign, as he now has 470 rushing yards (4.7 YPC) and two scores through five games. Mack's ankle will get even more time to heal up during the Colts' upcoming bye week before facing the Texans in Week 7.
Mack (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against the Chiefs.
Analysis: Mack, who was forced out of Week 4's loss to the Raiders, will thus give it a go after practicing fully Friday and evidently progressing favorably through pre-game warm-ups in advance of Sunday night's contest. As long as he avoids any setbacks, Mack is in line to head the Colts' Week 5 backfield, with Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins on hand to serve in change-of pace/complementary roles.
Though Mack (ankle) is listed as a game-time decision, Fox's Jay Glazer said on the Sunday morning preseason show that Mack is 'good to go.'
Analysis: That hopefully can quell the nervous Mack owners who have to make an early decision about him for a Sunday night game.
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