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Colts 2016 player preview: Running back Jordan Todman

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The Indianapolis Colts will report to training camp on July 26 with their 90-man roster, which will be cut down to 53 players by the end of the preseason.  To pass the time until camp, we're taking a look at every player on the Colts' 90-man roster.  Today, we're looking at running back Jordan Todman.

Who is he?

The Colts used a couple of moves this offseason to address their running back position, and one such move was to bring in Jordan Todman.  Drafted in the sixth round out of Connecticut by the San Diego Chargers in 2011, he spent his first season in the NFL with the Chargers -€” both the practice squad and the active roster.  Late in the 2011 season, while on the practice squad, the Minnesota Vikings signed him away form the Chargers before ultimately waiving him after training camp in 2012.  He went unclaimed, leading to him signing with the Vikings on their practice squad.  Once again he was signed away from the practice squad, however, as the Jacksonville Jaguars signed him off of Minnesota's practice squad midway through the 2012 season.  Todman spent three years with the Jaguars (2012-2014) and played in 33 games (starting three), and then the Carolina Panthers signed him as a free agent in 2015.  After the preseason ended, they waived him -€” only for the Pittsburgh Steelers to sign him to their active roster for the 2015 season (playing in eleven games).  Todman is entering his sixth season and is on his sixth team in the NFL, and he has played in 44 career games (starting three) while rushing for 472 yards and three touchdowns on 115 carries, averaging 4.1 yards per rush.  He also has caught 40 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns, totaling 786 yards and five scores.

What is his role?

While Frank Gore is the unquestioned starter at running back for the Colts in 2016, they are actively looking for depth behind him.  Undrafted rookie Josh Ferguson is competing for the spot, as are the two free agents signed by the team -€” Robert Turbin and, of course, Jordan Todman.  The Colts likely have two or three spots open on the roster at running back behind Gore, and Todman could very well earn one of them.  Whether that's for contributing on special teams or actually having a role in the offense, he's a guy not to overlook.  A major reason for that is because of the openness of the competition, but Jordan Todman should compete for a depth spot nonetheless.

What are his chances?

Far from certain, but he'll get a chance to compete for a depth position at running back.