When it comes to Josh Ferguson, the promise he offered coming into the season has not translated thus far. The Colts had extremely high hopes for him after signing him as an undrafted free agent from Illinois, but he has been frustrating to watch rushing for 9 yards on 13 carries this preseason. That’s not to say he had wide running lanes; the run blocking has been lacking, at best. But throw in the fact that Ferguson has had a couple of missed assignments as a pass protector and one could argue he faces an uphill climb against the veterans.
But the Colts still love Ferguson’s potential.
“He’s a third down match-up nightmare,” Chuck Pagano said.
Related players: Frank Gore
Ferguson hasn't carried his OTA momentum into camp or into the preseason games, so he's fallen behind Turbin, apparently. Turbin is a career 4.0 YPC journeyman who can hold down the fort if anything happens to Gore.
Drug possession charges have been filed against former Utah State football player Robert Turbin, who was reportedly found in possession of marijuana, during a traffic stop in Logan.
Logan City Police Capt. Curtis Hooley said an officer pulled over a black Audi Friday night, near 950 N. 200 W. after the car ran a stop sign.
“The officer made a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, who was Robert Turbin,” said Hooley. “Upon contact, the officer immediately smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle.”
Related players: Josh Ferguson
Owner Jim Irsay had been openly pining for an elusive Darren Sproles-style satellite back. That's the role offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski dangled in front of Ferguson in a post-draft recruiting pitch.
With the underwhelming quartet of Robert Turbin, Jordan Todman, Trey Williams and Tyler Varga behind 33-year-old starter Frank Gore, Ferguson used offseason practices to climb the depth chart and make a lasting impression on the coaching staff.
"It's just in shorts, but he looks really good," coach Chuck Pagano said last week as the Colts wrapped up minicamp. "He's smart. He picks things up in a hurry. He's very, very athletic. He's a great receiver out of the back field. We can split him wide, we can displace him formationally. He's a mismatch out in space. He's got juice. He can go. He's got great vision."
We like Frank Gore as a value pick this year, but Ferguson could surprise in PPR formats even if Gore stays healthy.
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Although Darren McFadden has received the majority of the team's carries the last four games, his workload could be reduced in what will likely be wet conditions at Miami's Sun Life Stadium.
If McFadden is healthy enough to play, we expect that he'll get the vast majority of the touches considering that the apparent RB2 (Turbin, not Smith) just recently joined the team.
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But Turbin’s tenure was short. He saw his first action in Week 6 and he played three games with 18 carries for 60 yards. He dropped two fumbles Nov. 1 against Arizona, then didn’t play Thursday night against Cincinnati because of a coach’s decision.
The team recently cut Terrance West, so it now leaves them with Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell. Johnson has been excelling in the passing game making him a solid PPR play, but hasn't really been all that much of a factor running the ball. Last week, Crowell carried 10 times for 38 yards. The Browns will likely have to make a move for another back.
So, now what?
“People look at that (competition) as a problem, but we see it as a good problem to have,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “I don’t think we’re going to go into a game and say, ‘Hey, we want to get X number of touches to each of these guys.’ Some of that will be a function of what the defense is giving us, how they want to play us, and then at the same time, Flip (offensive coordinator John DeFilippo) will have it coordinated where certain plays will be for certain backs, and he’ll have those personnel groupings tagged accordingly.”
The story said some of the Browns’ best rushing performances last season came when three different players received five or more carries. That wasn’t much of an option this year until Turbin returned, as Shaun Draughn, who was released this week, was primarily used on special teams. This is likely a fantasy situation to avoid, perhaps other than Duke Johnson in PPR leagues, who should continue to be a big threat in the passing game.
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