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Mack has been someone our own John Paulsen has touted as a Sneaky Start in the past, and giving him more work would be a good idea by the Colts. But we need to see it to believe it. Coming off a 91-yard performance (on 9 rushing attempts) in Week 5, Mack ran the ball only twice last week. Until the Colts do give Mack more work, it's hard to justify using him as anything more than an RB2/RB3 or flex option. We have him ranked outside our top-40 RBs this week.
This should be good news for Mack owners. The team said they wanted to get Mack more involved heading into Week 6, but that didn't happen. He had just two carries while Turbin carried three times and caught four passes. One would think Mack could eat up a good portion of Turbin's workload moving forward.
Based on coach Chuck Pagano's comments earlier this week, the fourth-round pick should see an increase in his workload in the backfield that also features Gore and Robert Turbin. Gore is still the team's primary running back, while Turbin excels in short-yardage situations.
It's also important to note Pagano also said this week Mack is not ready to be an every down back or third down back. And then he also said this during the week:
"I think it'd be wise to try to find ways to get him the football and get him more involved," Pagano said about Mack. "I think that would've happened by itself had he been available the entire time. Marlon is a change-of-pace guy, he's a speed guy. He's an edge guy. When he gets outside on the perimeter he's dangerous, and we all saw that."
The only clarity we have here is that Chuck Pagano thinks Marlon Mack (maybe) needs more touches, but he doesn't view him as an every down back. Perhaps, the Colts view Mack as a satellite back only for 2017. Frank Gore is not going to lose his job unless he gets injured (which he never does) because he's an elite pass protector. That's huge for the Colts who have had an injured franchise quarterback. As for Mack, he's seen 11, 7, and 10 touches in his three games this year. Like Washington's Chris Thompson, he'll likely need to remain extremely efficient with his touches to be fantasy relevant each week with Gore still in the picture.
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Jones is more of an early down back, but could eventually cut into Turbin's touches as Gore's backup. Turbin and Mack should remain safe in the passing game.
In a time when injuries and inconsistent play have been the norm, the Indianapolis Colts finally had a member of their rookie class step to the forefront and give an indication that he could have an impact this season.
First-round pick Malik Hooker? Nope, he’s been dinged up so far. Second-round Quincy Wilson? He left Saturday’s preseason game at Dallas with a knee injury. Third-round pick Tarell Basham? There’s glaring need for pass-rushers, but Basham has yet to seize the opportunity.
It’s running back Marlon Mack.
The fourth-round pick out of the University of South Florida rushed for 45 yards on five carries against the Cowboys. What made Mack’s debut even more impressive was that he had runs of 10, 13 and 23 yards.
Mack was one of the few bright spots for an offense that continues to sputter along without starting quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) during the preseason, the story said. Mack, who also had two receptions for 14 yards, missed the preseason opener against Detroit on Aug. 13 with a shoulder injury. The Colts are looking to ease up on Gore's workload and keep him healthy for what they hope is a playoff run, so if Mack continues to excel, he could pop up on the fantasy radar.
The 2017 season is the final year of the three-year deal Frank Gore signed with the Colts back during the 2015 offseason. Gore stated on Monday that he wants to keep on playing past the 2017 season. Considering Gore’s recent resume (hasn’t missed a game since 2010 and coming off a 1,000-yard season last year) should lead to teams not afraid to sign a back that will be 35 years old in 2018.
Focusing on 2017, the Colts are scaling Gore back a bit this offseason, due to an ankle injury. Gore is still practicing, but we’ve seen a good amount of Robert Turbin, and even Josh Ferguson, with the first-team offense. It’s all about building up to Week 1, says Gore, who will undoubtedly be the starter for the regular season opener.
Gore said, "Someone will pick me up, if it's not here," according to the story. Gore is expected to get his share of the work in 2017, but Turbin impressed at times last year and the Colts seem to like him. This isn't the first time we heard Turbin will have an increased role.
The Colts have talked about furthering the usage of Turbin this coming season.
After the team’s 2017 offseason program, both offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and general manager Chris Ballard were extremely high on Turbin.
Of course, more Turbin means less Frank Gore.
Related players: Marlon Mack
Using Turbin on earlier downs and possibly having him start a series or two makes complete sense, the story said. Mack likely also plays a role as a third down back, as long as he picks up the blocking aspect of the game, which is obviously a big deal. The story said Mack is no sure thing when it comes to projecting his workload, so perhaps expect a lot of Gore and Turbin early in the season. But the Colts are definitely looking to keep Gore healthy for what they expect to be playoff football in January.
No running back in league history has ever started all 16 games at age 34 or older.
But the Colts will certainly involve some other ball carriers behind their Hall of Famer.
Related players: Robert Turbin
Robert Turbin wants a more expanded role in 2017, the story said. And GM Chris Ballard believes Turbin has potential for more first and second down work as well. With Gore another year older, and Turbin showing off his skills last season, using the latter more in 2017 could very well be in the works. Turbin contributed in several ways last year. Short-yardage and third down were the two main areas the Colts found plenty of success in using Turbin. The team could also draft a RB in what is supposed to be a deep class.
Monday, March 13, 2017, 4:03pm
Robert Turbin is going back to Indy. 2-yr deal worth up to $4.1 M.
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