|ADP:||Round: 6, Pick: 7|
|Ht / Wt:||5'11" / 213 lb.|
|Born:||March 7, 1996|
|Drafted:||2017 / Rd. 4 (143)|
The Colts placed Mack (Achilles) on injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: Mack is set to miss the remainder of the 2020 season after rupturing his right Achilles' tendon in the Colts' Week 1 loss to the Jaguars over the weekend. The season-ending injury comes at an unfortunate time for Mack, an impending free agent who was hoping to play well in the final year of his rookie deal and potentially cash in this spring. With Mack out of the mix, rookie second-round pick Jonathan Taylor steps in as the Colts' top ballcarrier, while Nyheim Hines could be in store for a heightened role as Indianapolis' top change-of-pace option out of the backfield. The Colts elevated receiver Daurice Fountain from the practice squad to take Mack's spot on the 53-man roster.
Mack underwent an MRI on Monday, the results of which confirmed his torn Achilles, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The severity of Mack's injury will no doubt cause him to miss the remainder of the 2020 season, leaving Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines in line to handle increased workloads out of Indianapolis' backfield. Mack, who compiled 1,091 rushing yards across 14 games with the Colts in 2019, will lose the rest of his contract year. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
The Colts fear that Mack suffered a torn Achilles against the Jaguars on Sunday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: If that's the case, Mack -- who has an MRI on tap -- would obviously miss extended time, while Jonathan Taylor would presumably be next up to handle the Colts' early-down work, with Nyheim Hines also in the mix for added carries on top of his pass-catching duties.
Mack (ankle) won't return to Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Before being forced out of the game, Mack recorded four carries for 26 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards. With his day done, Nyheim Hines and rookie Jonathan Taylor will handle the team's rushing duties versus Jacksonville, while Mack will hope to recover in time to play next weekend against the Vikings.
Mack (ankle) won't return to Sunday's game at Jacksonville, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.
Analysis: Mack needed a cart to get off the field in the second quarter, and his right ankle injury will keep him sidelined for the rest of the contest. In Mack's stead, Nyheim Hines and rookie Jonathan Taylor will man the backfield for the Colts.
Mack was carted off the field during Sunday's game against the Jaguars after suffering an ankle injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: As long as Mack is sidelined, Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Taylor are next up for touches out of Indy's backfield. Prior to his exit from Sunday's game, Mack logged four carries for 26 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards.
Mack is listed as the top running back on the Colts' initial unofficial depth chart.
Analysis: While rookie Jonathan Taylor has drawn raves in training camp, head coach Frank Reich has said Mack is still viewed as the starter. Mack was also seen having a strong camp and improved on his receiving skills. While Taylor also drew raves in camp may ultimately win a majority of touches in the back field, Mack looks set to be the first running back on the field. Still, the Indy coaching staff has continued to say they view their backfield as a committee with both Mack and Taylor as a "one-two punch."
Mack was impressive in Monday's scrimmage at at Lucas Oil Stadium, breaking off runs that went for more than 20 and more than 40 yards, the team's official web site reports. The Colts have also been focusing on Mack's usage in the passing game as he caught more passes early in training camp than prior years, SB Nation reports.
Analysis: While rookie Jonathan Taylor has drawn raves in training camp, head coach Frank Reich has said Mack is still viewed as the starer. Reports on Mack's performance in camp have also been positive. The Indy passing game has also emphasized passing to running backs in training camp, an area where Mack could use improvement after catching just 14 of 17 targets for 82 yards and struggling in pass protection last season. If Mack can make an improvement in the passing game, he could get a leg up in a backfield that is expected to be a time share.
Coach Frank Reich noted Wednesday that Mack is still viewed as the Colts' starting running back, Andrew Walker of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: That said, with second-round draft pick Jonathan Taylor also in the mix, Reich continues to suggest that the team will likely employ a one-two backfield punch in 2020. "We're gonna continue to take the same approach we have, where it's week in and week out, hot hand, all of those things," Reich indicated when discussing how the team's running back touches might be divided. Mack rushed for 1,091 yards last season, while logging a 4.4 yards per carry average, but Taylor's combination of skill and draft capital make him the favorite to eventually emerge with the lead role, even if a committee technically headed by Mack is how things proceed early on this season.
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.
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