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Colts 2016 player preview: Running back Robert Turbin

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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 Robert Turbin.

Who is he?

One of the Colts' few veteran free agent signings this year, Robert Turbin was brought in to compete for a backup spot behind Frank Gore.  Turbin was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Utah State, and he spent his first three years in Seattle.  During that time he played in 48 games (starting three), and he also had the chance to play in two Super Bowls (he had 49 total yards in Seattle's Super Bowl victory).  Last year, he spent time with both the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys after being waived by the Seahawks with an injury settlement after the preseason.  In his career, Turbin has appeared in 58 games (three starts) and has rushed for 1,127 yards and a touchdown on 281 carries (4 yards per rush) and has added 50 receptions for 450 yards and two scores -€” combining for 1,577 total yards and three total touchdowns.

What is his role?

The Colts have plenty of question marks behind Frank Gore at running back.  Gore is clearly the starter and still has enough left in the tank, but the Colts need to find someone to play behind him and provide that change of pace role.  There are other intriguing names -€” including talented undrafted rookie Josh Ferguson and free agent signing Jordan Todman -€” but Robert Turbin will have a legitimate shot at winning the role.  At the very least, Turbin figures to seriously compete for one of the depth spots, whether it's the number two job or the number three back.

What are his chances?

Turbin has a good chance to make the roster as one of the depth running backs.