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Colts RB Jonathan Taylor ready to ‘pick up where I left off’ after prolific 2020 season

by Lewis hawkins
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Injuries created major questions surrounding the Indianapolis Colts ahead of the 2021 season. One thing not in question: Jonathan Taylor playing a big role in Frank Reich’s offense.

After struggling early in his rookie campaign, the running back hit his stride down the stretch, compiling 741 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 119 attempts in the final six regular-season games. Averaging 123.5 rushing yards per tilt over that span and 6.23 yards per rush, Taylor showed he’s a bulldozer with the speed to run away from defensive backs.

Joining NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Wednesday, Taylor said the excellent finish to the season has helped him prepare for an even better 2021.

“It really primed me, catapulted me into the offseason, understanding that that’s going to be the expectations now from my coaches and teammates,” he said. “You put those things on film. They say your film is your resume. So now that my teammates are expecting it out of me, my coaches are catapulting me into the offseason to continue working and training to try and come into this training camp being able to be prepared and pick up where I left off.”

The return of Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines seeing increased snaps could put some damper on Taylor’s expectations. However, everything we’ve seen and heard from Colts camp this summer indicates that the second-year RB will see the lion’s share of the snaps, barring injury.

A bigger issue than the crowded backfield when projecting Taylor to have a season that rivals the best in the game is questions along the offensive line, which has dealt with injuries throughout the early part of camp. The biggest news was star guard Quenton Nelson having foot surgery that could have him out for the first chunk of the season.

Taylor, however, boasted that while missing Nelson would be enormous, he doesn’t believe it would sink the rushing attack.

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