Colts’ Jonathan Taylor speaks out on how he’s approaching his role behind Marlon Mack
The Indianapolis Colts selected Jonathan Taylor in the 2020 NFL Draft and they expect him to share touches with Marlon Mack. Upon joining the Colts, Taylor spoke about how he’s approaching his role alongside Mack.
Despite likely seeing a split workload, Taylor told Andrew Walker of the team’s official website that he wants to maximize the reps he does receive:
“I think it’s another level of focus here,” Taylor said. “I mean, you think about in college, you’re already focused, especially when you’re in your second, third year of college you’re kind of ready, you know what to expect. I mean, it’s even another level of focus at this level. I can just already tell — you don’t count the reps, you make the reps count. So whenever you’re in, you’re on. Make sure you’re 100 percent.
During his collegiate career at Wisconsin, Taylor didn’t have many holes in his game. The standout running back would accumulate 6,581 yards from scrimmage and 55 total touchdowns in three seasons at Wisconsin.
Meanwhile, he would take advantage of every touch he got, averaging 6.8 yards per touch. The rookie running back also spoke about how he wants to make sure he’s prepared when his number is called:
“I mean, think about it: you’re a professional now,” Taylor continued. “When people are at their jobs — I know my mother is at her job; she likes to do everything correctly to a T, as perfect as possible. And I’m taking the same approach here. I mean, whenever my number is called, I’m making sure that I’m on at all times because it’s my job now.”
Head coach Frank Reich has shared his excitement on getting to feature Taylor in the offense in 2020. On the other hand, Taylor is prepared to succeed as a rookie.