Zack Moss

Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #20
Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #20

Zack Moss News

Eclipses century mark in loss

Moss rushed 18 times for 114 yards and a touchdown and brought in all three targets for seven yards in the Colts' 32-31 loss to the Texans on Sunday.

Analysis: Moss finished off his late-season surge with a flourish Sunday, eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the first time as a pro in the process. The third-year back certainly seems to have benefited from a combination of interim head coach Jeff Saturday's commitment to the run game and the fresh legs he had late in the season after being used sparingly prior to the final month, as he recorded 65 rushing yards or more in each of the last four contests despite a revolving door at quarterback for Indianapolis. Moss enters the final year of his rookie contract in 2023 and is therefore far from a cap liability, meaning he could certainly have a chance to lay claim to the No. 2 running back role behind Jonathan Taylor (IR-ankle) heading into next season, irrespective of what happens with the team's head coaching job.

Jan 8, 2023 2:33 PM EST

Productive rushing day in loss

Moss rushed 15 times for 74 yards in the Colts' 38-10 loss to the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Moss was one of the few bright spots on the day for Indianapolis, comfortably pacing the team in rushing yards in what was an extension of what's turning into a late-season audition. Moss has logged double-digit carries in each of his last three contests and has parlayed that opportunity into 208 yards. The fourth-year pro should have another elevated role in the Week 18 finale at home against the Texans' vulnerable run defense.

Jan 1, 2023 4:04 PM EST

Leads backfield again

Moss rushed the ball 12 times for 65 yards in Monday's 20-3 loss to the Chargers. He added one reception for five yards.

Analysis: The Colts played from behind for the majority of the game, though Moss still saw 13 total touches as compared to only three for Deon Jackson. Moss was one of the few bright spots for the Indianapolis offense, as he averaged 5.4 yards per carry and ripped off a 14-yard gain midway through the third quarter -- his longest rush of the day. With Jonathan Taylor (ankle) sidelined for the rest of the season, Moss looks likely to lead the Colts' backfield in the final two contests of the campaign.

Dec 26, 2022 9:07 PM EST

In line to rotate with Jackson

With Jonathan Taylor (ankle) on IR, coach Jeff Saturday noted that the Colts plan to rotate between Moss and Deon Jackson when the team faces the Chargers on Monday, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The report indicates that who gets the start is in line to be a game-time decision, but a time-share appears to be looming between Moss and Jackson, with Jordan Wilkins a candidate to see Week 16 snaps as well. With Taylor limited to just two snaps in this past Saturday's 39-36 loss to the Vikings, Moss logged 53 snaps en route to carrying 24 times for 81 yards, while Jackson was out there for 25 snaps, rushing 13 times for 55 yards and catching his only target for a one-yard TD. With both backs in line to see their share of touches down the stretch, Moss and Jackson are on the fantasy radar, but it's plausible that the Colts end up using a 'hot hand' approach in terms of dividing the carries through the team's final three contests.

Dec 23, 2022 11:12 AM EST

Larger role awaits sans Taylor

Moss and Deon Jackson are expected to serve as the Colts' primary options out of the backfield for the final three games of the season with Jonathan Taylor considered unlikely to suit up again during the 2022 campaign after suffering a high-ankle sprain in Saturday's 39-36 overtime loss to the Vikings, Matt Adams and Mike Chappell of Fox 59 Indianapolis report.

Analysis: When Taylor departed after playing just two snaps in Saturday's contest, Moss operated as the Colts' clear lead ball carrier, toting the rock 24 times for 81 yards. Jackson was still highly involved in his own right, taking 13 carries for 55 yards and hauling in his lone target for a one-yard touchdown. Given that they mounted a 33-point halftime lead before suffering the biggest collapse in NFL history, the Colts leaned on an extremely run-heavy attack for most of the day, but 37 carries between their top two backs likely won't be a sustainable approach over the final three weeks. Based on their usage against the Vikings, Moss looks like he may be Option 1A on the ground heading into the Colts' Week 16 matchup with the Chargers, with Jackson perhaps handling more of the passing-down work as part of their timeshare in the backfield.

Dec 19, 2022 6:59 AM EST

Gets 24 carries after Taylor injury

Moss rushed 24 times for 81 yards and failed to catch his only target in Saturday's 39-36 overtime loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Moss got four rushing attempts on the opening drive after Jonathan Taylor injured his ankle. The last two came from inside Minnesota's five-yard line but netted minus-4 yards. Indianapolis got back in scoring range on the next drive but opted to use Deon Jackson in the backfield instead, and Jackson rewarded that decision by catching a one-yard touchdown. Moss finished with 24 carries to 13 for Jackson, but the Colts could have used Taylor as they let a 33-point lead slip away. If Taylor can't play in Week 16, Moss and Jackson would likely split carries again, though Taylor has an extra day to heal before the Chargers come to town for MNF.

Dec 17, 2022 2:39 PM EST

Gets a few carries in blowout

Moss had three carries for 18 yards in Sunday's loss at Dallas.

Analysis: Moss played just five snaps on offense as he got carries late amid a blowout loss. Despite his trade to the Colts, he's buried on the depth chart behind starter Jonathan Taylor and Deon Jackson.

Dec 6, 2022 1:38 PM EST

Handles one carry in loss

Moss carried the ball once and wasn't targeted in Monday's 24-17 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Moss was a complete non-factor Monday, as the running back played just one of the Colts' 64 offensive snaps. Meanwhile, Deon Jackson played just four snaps in the contest, and Jonathan Taylor played all but five offensive snaps in the contest. With Taylor commanding such a heavy workload out of the Indianapolis backfield, Moss should remain far off the fantasy radar when the Colts visit the Cowboys in Week 13.

Nov 29, 2022 10:07 PM EST

Two carries in loss

Moss rushed twice for seven yards and wasn't targeted in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Moss finished a distant third in touches behind Jonathan Taylor (25) and Deon Jackson (five) among Colts running backs. As long as Taylor stays healthy, Moss won't see the field enough to gain fantasy relevance.

Nov 21, 2022 10:23 AM EST

Just one carry in Colts debut

Moss had one carry for four yards in Sunday's win at Las Vegas.

Analysis: It was his only snap on offense as he may not be much more than an insurance policy after coming over in a trade from Buffalo. He could have a goal-line role, however, given Indy's struggles in the red zone for much of the season.

Nov 14, 2022 1:58 PM EST

Listed as active Sunday

Moss is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Analysis: Starting RB Jonathan Taylor is back in action Sunday, but with Deon Jackson (knee) ruled out for the contest, Moss is poised to make his debut with the Colts and figures to log complementary snaps in Week 10, along with Jordan Wilkins.

Nov 13, 2022 11:53 AM EST

Won't play Sunday

Moss is inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Moss who was traded from the Bills along with a conditional 2023 sixth-round pick on Tuesday in exchange for Nyheim Hines, will sit this one out, with Deon Jackson, Phillip Lindsay and Jordan Wilkins slated to handle the Colts' Week 9 backfield duties, given that top back Jonathan Taylor (ankle) is inactive.

Nov 6, 2022 8:48 AM EST

Status for Week 9 undetermined

Moss is a candidate to fill in for Jonathan Taylor in the Colts backfield Sunday at New England, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Moss was among the compensation in the Nyheim Hines trade to the Bills, but with a short turnaround to prepare with a new squad there's a chance the former won't be active this weekend. "We're trying to ramp him up as fast as we can," coach Frank Reich said of Moss on Friday. "If we feel like he can be ready, then he'll be up. If we feel like he can't, then we might have to consider moving up Jordan Wilkins." No matter who gets the call between Moss or Wilkins, Deon Jackson is poised to be Indy's lead runner Sunday, while Phillip Lindsay likely will be elevated from the practice squad to serve as the No. 2.

Nov 4, 2022 2:54 PM EST

Sent off to Indy

The Colts acquired Moss and a conditional 2023 sixth-round pick from the Bills on Tuesday in exchange for Nyheim Hines.

Analysis: With one of the NFL's top running backs in Jonathan Taylor atop the depth chart in Indianapolis, Moss won't have a path to extensive playing time in his new locale, but he'll at least have a better chance at being active in game days. In Buffalo, Moss had been inactive for the past two games while Devin Singletary and rookie James Cook slotted ahead of him, but the 24-year-old could get a fair opportunity to usurp Deon Jackson for Hines' vacated No. 2 role out of the backfield in Indianapolis. In the five games he played this season, Moss carried 17 times for 91 yards (5.4 YPC) and reeled in seven of his eight targets for 27 yards.

Nov 1, 2022 1:20 PM EST

Back in the mix Sunday

Moss is active for Sunday night's game against the Packers.

Analysis: Moss was inactive for the Bills' Week 6 win over Kansas City, but he'll be in uniform versus Green Bay, along with fellow running backs Devin Singletary, James Cook and Taiwan Jones. In that context, Moss isn't a high-percentage fantasy lineup option, given that's he's logged limited touches in the last two contests he's suited up for.

Oct 30, 2022 4:02 PM EST

Inactive Sunday

Moss is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Analysis: With Moss inactive, James Cook is slated to work behind Devin Singletary on Sunday, with Taiwan Jones in reserve. Moss' next chance to suit up will arrive in Week 8, with the Bills on bye next week.

Oct 16, 2022 12:06 PM EST

Quiet in win

Moss rushed three times for six yards in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Moss played just six offensive snaps in Week 4, marking his lowest total of the season thus far. On the other hand, starter Devin Singletary played 88 percent of the Bills' offensive snaps in the contest, which was his highest snap percentage in the first four weeks. Taking a major backseat to Singletary, Moss is becoming increasingly difficult to trust for fantasy. The veteran's limited opportunities are a concerning trend, and he should be ignored for fantasy purposes when the Bills host the Steelers in Week 5.

Oct 5, 2022 2:25 AM EST

One big play in Sunday's loss

Moss ran four times for 46 yards and caught his only target for six yards in Sunday's loss to Miami.

Analysis: Moss did have a key play in the game when he ripped off a career-best 43-yarder down the sideline, a run where he showed nice burst for a bulkier back. Moss remains a bit player in the high-powered Buffalo offense, getting between three and six carries in each game this season. If there's anything to learn beyond this, it's that he seems to be ahead of rookie James Cook in the pecking order -- if only by a slight margin -- behind starter Devin Singletary, who's far more advanced in the passing game than either of his teammates.

Sep 26, 2022 9:55 AM EST

Just three touches on MNF

Moss rushed three times for 17 yards and didn't catch his only target in Monday's 41-7 win over the Titans.

Analysis: Devin Singletary got most of the touches in Buffalo's backfield while this game was competitive, while rookie second-round pick James Cook was the primary option after Josh Allen took a seat for the fourth quarter. With the dominant Bills limiting Moss's role even in blowouts, he doesn't have much of a path to touches outside of a Singletary injury.

Sep 19, 2022 8:12 PM EST

Sees more action than Cook

Moss carried the ball six times for 15 yards and caught all six targets for 21 yards in Buffalo's win over the Rams on Thursday night.

Analysis: Devin Singletary -- who saw eight carries for 48 yards -- is the clear leader in the backfield, but it's at least noteworthy that Moss outplayed and outgained second-round rookie James Cook, who coughed up a fumble on his only carry of the game. In the end, Singletary played 59 percent of the offensive snaps, Moss played 37 percent and Cook saw a modest five percent. All that said, this could end up being a backfield where no one has all that much value without an injury, as Josh Allen has plenty of fine receivers to throw to and ended up leading the team in both carries (10) and rushing yards (56).

Sep 9, 2022 5:48 PM EST

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