Marlon Mack

Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #25
Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #25
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Marlon Mack News

Inactive again

Mack is inactive for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: As long as Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines are healthy and available to lead the Colts' backfield, Mack will remain the odd man out of the mix on a weekly basis.

Nov 28, 2021 8:53 AM EST


Healthy scratch Sunday

Mack (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Buffalo.

Analysis: It's the third straight game Mack has been made a healthy scratch. Deon Jackson will be the available depth running back behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines.

Nov 21, 2021 8:58 AM EST



Inactive again Sunday

Mack (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Jaguars.

Analysis: Mack is a healthy scratch for the second straight contest while the Colts again roll with Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines and Deon Jackson as their available running backs.

Nov 14, 2021 8:56 AM EST


Made inactive Thursday night

Mack is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Jets.

Analysis: With Mack a healthy scratch Thursday night, Deon Jackson is slated to serve as the Colts' No. 3 back behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines.

Nov 4, 2021 4:07 PM EST


Not moved at trade deadline

Despite Mack and the Colts mutually agreeing to seek a trade, he was mot moved by Tuesday's trade deadline as the market for running backs was quiet, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Mack played just one snap on offense in last week's loss to Tennessee. He'll keep his small role on offense unless Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines were to get hurt. Mack hasn't given any indications that he'll ask for his release after not being traded.

Nov 3, 2021 12:32 PM EST



Just three carries Sunday

Mack had three carries for four yards in Sunday's win at San Francisco.

Analysis: Mack played on just four snaps on offense as his small role was slightly lower than his past three games since Johnathan Taylor was on a roll (18 carries for 107 yards). The larger question for Mack's fantasy value is if he's moved before the Nov. 2 trade deadline since Mack and the Colts mutually agreed to seek a trade two weeks ago.

Oct 25, 2021 11:42 AM EST


Five carries in blowout win

Mack had five carries for 12 yards in Sunday's win over Houston.

Analysis: Mack played nine snaps and got some work in a blowout win. It looks like Mack will continue to get about five carries a game in a reserve role. He's also a candidate to be traded after Mack and the Colts mutually agreed to seek a trade two weeks ago.

Oct 18, 2021 12:30 PM EST


Has 47 yards rushing

Mack had five carries for 47 yards and one reception for seven yards on two targets in Monday's loss to Baltimore.

Analysis: Mack played just ten snaps on offense, but had a combined seven carries and targets in a game with both Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines healthy. Head coach Frank Reich last week said he ideally would give Mack five carries a week, which seems odd given his third spot on the depth chart and with him demanding a trade two weeks ago. Still, it looks like he may continue to have a steady, but small, role in the offense.

Oct 12, 2021 12:37 PM EST


Gets ten carries Sunday

Mack had 10 carries for 22 yards and one reception on two targets for one yard in Sunday's win at Miami. "In my mind, the starting point is Jonathan [Taylor] with 20 carries, Nyheim with five and Marlon [Mack] with five,'' Frank Reich told Fox 59 TV Indianapolis after the game. "But there's give-and-take depending on how the game goes.''

Analysis: Mack had received just five carries in Week 2 and no touches the other two weeks. He got more carries in a game where the Colts were rushing the ball well (Taylor had 103 yards) which makes sense. However, it's a little odd he had increased usage and Reich gave him a vote of confidence just days after Mack and the Colts mutually agreed to seek a trade. Unless he's traded to a team with a need at running back, he's still likely to have a minimal role off the bench for the Colts unless Taylor or Nyheim Hines gets hurt.

Oct 4, 2021 3:28 PM EST


Back in the mix Sunday

Mack is active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: As is Jonathan Taylor, who has been managing a knee issue, as well as change-of-pace back Nyheim Hines. In that context, Mack and Jordan Wilkins are on hand in reserve, but don't appear destined for high-volume roles in Week 4, barring in-game developments that would change that.

Oct 3, 2021 8:59 AM EST


Available on trade market

The Colts and Mack mutually agreed to seek a trade after he was a healthy inactive for Sunday's 25-16 loss to the Titans, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mack entered the 2021 campaign at full health after going down with a season-ending torn Achilles' tendon in Week 1 of 2020, but he played just 12 total snaps through the Colts' first two contests before donning street clothes in Tennessee. With second-year standout Jonathan Taylor carrying the load on the ground and Nyheim Hines locked in as the Colts' top pass-catching option out of the backfield, Mack -- who doesn't contribute on special teams -- was left without much of a role in Indianapolis. According to Pelissero, no Mack trade is imminent at the moment, so the 25-year-old could remain inactive for a few more games until a suitor for his services emerges. Given that he's now healthy, signed to a cost-effective expiring deal and has prior experience in a lead role, Mack could be an appealing trade target for a team whose backfield depth has been tested early on this season.

Sep 28, 2021 9:43 AM EST


Inactive Sunday

Mack is inactive for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis suggests that Mack was made a scratch to open up an extra spot on Sunday's roster for a third QB. With Mack not in the team's Week 3 backfield mix, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins are on hand to work in complementary roles behind Jonathan Taylor.

Sep 26, 2021 8:51 AM EST


Gets first carries of season

Mack had five carries for 16 yards and didn't have a reception on his lone target in Sunday's loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Mack didn't play in Week 1 despite being healthy, so this is a positive step despite his small role. Mack played 12 snaps on offense compared to 25 snaps for Nyheim Hines and 30 snaps for Jonathan Taylor. Mack's role could increase, but he'll still be the distant third option in the Indy backfield if the top two backs are healthy.

Sep 20, 2021 10:59 AM EST


Doesn't play in season opener

Mack was active but did not play in Sunday's loss to Seattle.

Analysis: Mack returned from a season-ending Achilles' tendon tear in Week 1 of last season, but he's clearly behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines on the depth chart. Still, it's somewhat surprising he didn't get any action in the game since he's said to be back to full strength. It will likely take an injury to Taylor or Hines for him to have a significant role.

Sep 13, 2021 11:08 AM EST


Listed as No. 3 back

Indianapolis lists Mack as its No. 3 running back behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines on the team's unofficial Week 1 depth chart released Tuesday, JJ Stankevitz of the Colts' official site reports.

Analysis: While Mack is the most likely candidate to take over as the Colts' early down back in the event Taylor misses time in 2021, Hines is expected to have more involvement in Indianapolis' weekly game plans in light of his status as the team's top pass-catching option out of the backfield. With that in mind, Hines' presence ahead of Mack on the depth chart comes as little surprise, since Hines projects to play more snaps and hold more fantasy value than Mack -- particularly in PPR formats -- while Taylor is healthy. After Mack went down with a season-ending Achilles' tendon tear Week 1 of last season, head coach Frank Reich often favored a three-man committee headlined by Taylor and featuring doses of Hines and Jordan Wilkins. With Taylor having established himself as the clear No. 1 option, Mack will most likely step into the Wilkins role in 2021, which should translate to a handful of touches per game.

Sep 7, 2021 6:37 AM EST


Five touches in preseason debut

Mack (Achilles) rushed four times for 12 yards and caught one pass for three more yards in Sunday's 21-18 preseason win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Mack has been recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon that happened back in Week 1 of the 2020 season. The fact that the veteran back was even out there in the first preseason contest is a positive sign that his leg is back to 100 percent. In his absence, Jonathan Taylor took over as the Colts' workhorse, which leaves Mack primarily as a backup rusher (with Nyheim Hines serving as the receiving back).

Aug 15, 2021 2:56 PM EST


Ready for training camp

Mack (Achilles) will ready to fully participate in practice at the start of training camp according to GM Chris Ballard, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mack participated in activities with the Colts during voluntary offseason workouts, but wasn't seen participating in practice. Mack suffered a ruptured right Achilles' tendon in Week 1 last year and missed the remainder of the season. If he's back to his pre-injury form, his role will be something to watch this summer as it's not clear how the touches will be distributed in the Indy backfield other than Jonathan Taylor being the clear lead back.

Jul 26, 2021 8:37 AM EST


Participating in workouts

Mack (Achilles) has been participating in athletic activities with the Colts during voluntary offseason workouts being held at team headquarters, but has not been seen participating in practice, The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mack suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon Week 1 and missed the remainder of the season. It sounds like he's on track to be ready by the start of training camp but is taking it slow this spring. If healthy, he'll slot in behind Jonathan Taylor to start the 2021 campaign, leaving him in line to fill a complementary role along with Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins.

May 26, 2021 10:21 PM EST


Stays with Colts

Mack has signed a one-year, $2 million deal to remain with the Colts, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mack suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon during Week 1 action last season, but his recovery has progressed to the point that he's expected to be full-go by the time training camp rolls around, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. At this point, Mack's recovery is estimated to be at 80 to 90 percent, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio notes. By returning to the Colts, Mack will remain in an offense that he's familiar with as he works his way back to 100 percent. Either way, the 25-year-old will presumably slot in behind Jonathan Taylor to start the 2021 campaign and should thus be in the mix for complementary backfield work along with Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins.

Mar 17, 2021 1:26 PM EST


Recovery progressing well

Mack (Achilles) is making progress in his rehab and on track for full clearance by the tentative start of training camp, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Mack suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon Week 1 of the 2020 campaign, paving the way for Jonathan Taylor to operate as Indianapolis' top between-the-tackles option right out of the gate. The 25-year-old appears destined to hit free agency mid-March, so giving teams confidence in his health will be key to his contract prospects. Though Mack could have a tough time earning a multi-year deal with substantial guaranteed money, he shouldn't have much trouble drawing interest from teams in need of a reliable tailback. He's just one year removed from a 1,091-yard rushing season, in which he also scored eight times on the ground across 14 appearances.

Mar 12, 2021 12:17 PM EST


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