The Indianapolis Colts are in search of some good news. With Andrew Luck now sidelined from off season shoulder surgery, maybe, now, for the rest of the year, and a 2-4 record headed to Sunday’s match-up with the Jaguars, there’s reason for doom and gloom.
However, a potential bright light is rookie running back Marlon Mack from USF, who is in position to get more touches starting this week.
The Colts put veteran Robert Turbin on injured reserve earlier this week, which paves the way for Mack to see the field more directly behind veteran Pro Bowler, but 34 year old, Frank Gore.
While Mack only touched the ball with two carries last Monday in Tennessee, it was in part because Indy was using Robert Turbin some in short yardage and also third and long for check down throws. As a result, Turbin had three carries for just three yards. But, also caught four balls for 37 yards including a 16 yard catch and run.
In the previous game with the 49ers, Mack carried nine times for 91 yards including a 35 yarder and a touchdown. He also had one catch in that game. More importantly, Turbin had four carries and caught two passes.
So what we can surmise is that Mack should get the ball somewhere between 10-12 times at least on Sunday, and maybe more.
Now, as for the Jaguars defense, they have been good with sacks and takeaways in three easy victories. However, they have been susceptible to big games on the ground.
Todd Gurley went over 100 yards in the Rams win last week, Bilal Powell of the Jets also had 100+ yards, including a 65 yard TD run. And even in game two, Derrick Henry rushed for 92 yards on 17 carries in an easy Titans win.
The point is, Jacksonville, is giving up 145.7 yards per game which is 31st in the NFL and 5.2 yards per carry, which is dead last in the league.
And the explosive Mack, the USF Bulls all time leading rusher, will be getting more chances against that defense.
Maybe, the former Cane Gore will succeed first, but clearly, Marlon Mack has opportunity staring him right in the face and could start to become the future in Indianapolis.