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Colts’ Jonathan Taylor emphasizes ‘different level of focus’ for 2020

The Indianapolis Colts had a surprise in store for fans when they selected former Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Colts already had a trio of effective backs: Marlon Mack, Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines. While free agency is on the horizon for both Mack and Wilkins, it would seem to be a question of where Taylor would fit in the mix.

The Colts’ rookie is not worried about his place in the backfield. Rather, Taylor said he has been insistent on ensuring he is prepared for training camp (via Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk):

“You know you’ve got to be ready,” Taylor said in an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio. “You’ve got to do all these things to ensure you’re prepared and you understand you don’t have that time with the strength and conditioning coaches and your teammates to kind of get ready together. Now more than ever it’s kind of that period where you know you’ve got to be ready but now it’s just a different level of focus. You got to do everything in your power to make sure you’re ready on your own.”

Taylor was prolific during his time with the Badgers, leaving as the second-leading rusher in program history behind Ron Dayne. But the 21-year-old also dealt with some fumbling issues throughout his career. Still, Taylor was widely regarded as one of the best pure runners in the draft. The Colts are excited.

Although Mack is the incumbent starter, it would not be a surprise if Taylor pushed both he and Wilkins for reps in Colts training camp.