Colts news: Marlon Mack returns with 'inherent respect' from Frank Reich
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Marlon Mack comes back with ‘inherent respect’ from Frank Reich

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The Indianapolis Colts added Jonathan Taylor in the 2020 NFL Draft, casting doubt on Marlon Mack’s future with the organization. Despite the selection of Taylor, Frank Reich has ‘inherent respect’ for Mack returning as the starter.

“There’s definitely inherent respect for the starter returning,” the Colts coach said, via Kevin Bowen of “And that’s the way I see this. . . . I see it as a 1-1 [punch]. The way the league has gone and the way role playing has been elevated in our league, it’s made it prominent. . . . You look at a guy like Nyehim Hines. We talk about Marlon and Jonathan, but what about Nyheim? He’s such a good third-down back that he’ll play a prominent [role]. In some ways, [Hines] is a starter. He’s a role-playing starter.”

Over the past two seasons, Mack has solidified himself as the No. 1 running back in the Colts backfield. Last season, the former fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft rushed for a career-high 1,091 yards and eight touchdowns.

Nevertheless, as he enters the final year of his rookie contract, Indianapolis chose to draft Taylor in the second round of this year’s draft. While Taylor is expected to be the future starter, Reich sees him and Mack coexisting together in 2020. Not to mention, Reich believes Nyheim Hines will also have a crucial role in the Colts offense.

Most running backs in Mack’s situation would have gotten upset at the franchise itself. Instead, Mack has wholeheartedly accepted the fact that he’ll be sharing touches with Taylor and Hines in the upcoming season. As a result, it makes a lot easier for Reich to continue deploying Mack as the starter for the Colts in 2020.