Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano commented on the team’s running back depth. With a ton of talent in the group, the Colts hope for a productive running game in 2016.
The Indianapolis Colts over the last few years have never been a great running team — having an offense under quarterback Andrew Luck that focuses more on passing than anything.
The Colts signed veteran running back Frank Gore to a three-year contract prior to the 2015 season. Despite the team’s lackluster play from the offensive line and Gore’s age as a running back (32 years old), he still managed to start in all 16 games for the Colts, rushing for 967 yards with six touchdowns.
The Colts’ current running back situation appears to be looking in good shape heading into the regular season. Robert Turbin has a strong chance to be Gore’s backup, but the Colts have a few other players at the position that have the skills necessary to be competent backs in the NFL.
As of right now, the Colts have Frank Gore, Robert Turbin, Jordan Todman, Trey Williams and Josh Ferguson on the roster. With teams league-wide trimming down their rosters to the 53-player maximum, the Colts will have some decisions to make as to who to keep at the running back position.
Head coach Chuck Pagano likes the team’s running back situation, calling the group “very fluid.”
"“Still waiting,” Pagano said. “Some guys have done some good things. All those guys got better from Week 1 to Week 2. Robert played better. Todman’s got a skillset that’s pretty darn good. He’s an excellent special teams guy. Trey’s got a skill set that’s different and unique. Fergie has a unique running style and skillset. He’s third down matchup nightmare. We can do a lot of things with him. We’ve got a lot of interesting pieces there, so it’ll be interesting to see how that one shakes out.”"
With two more preseason games remaining for the Colts, they should play a crucial role in determining who will make the final cuts come early September.
Expect the Colts’ starters to play at least a half of the game on Saturday against the Philadelphia Eagles. This means that any players who find themselves in danger of not making the roster will need to have a great performance and stick out.
The Colts take on the Eagles in Indianapolis Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. ET.
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