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Colts Rookie RB Jonathan Taylor Named to PFF’s ‘Week 11: Team of the Week’

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According to Pro Football Focus, Indianapolis Colts rookie running back Jonathan Taylor has been named to the advanced grade web site’s ‘Week 11: PFF Team of the Week’ for his standout performance against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday:

PFF TEAM OF THE WEEK

Offense

QB: Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

RB: Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts

WR: Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings

WR: Damiere Byrd, New England Patriots

TE: Jordan Akins, Houston Texans

FLEX: Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders

LT: Isaiah Wynn, New England Patriots

LG: Wes Schweitzer, Washington Football Team

C: Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles

RG: Brandon Scherff, Washington Football Team

RT: Taylor Moton, Carolina Panthers

Defense

DI: Tim Settle, Washington Football Team

DI: Raekwon Davis, Miami Dolphins

EDGE: Olivier Vernon, Cleveland Browns

EDGE: Bradley Chubb, Denver Broncos

LB: Reggie Ragland, Detroit Lions

LB: Eric Kendricks, Minnesota Vikings

CB: Amani Oruwariye, Detroit Lions

CB: Janoris Jenkins, New Orleans Saints

S: Justin Simmons, Denver Broncos

S: Terrell Edmunds, Pittsburgh Steelers

FLEX D: Xavien Howard, Miami Dolphins

The 41st overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft has had his fair share of rookie struggles in more recent weeks, but he ran hard with decisiveness on Sunday afternoon—while also showcasing his patience, power, and ‘sweet feet’ en route to 22 carries on 90 yards (4.1 ypc. avg.)—featuring 5 forced missed tackles.

The funny thing is that at halftime, Taylor had just 7 carries for 18 total rushing yards (2.57 ypc. avg.)—which was certainly nothing to write home about.

However, something must have clicked at the half or head coach Frank Reich made one heck of a halftime speech because Taylor ran like a running back possessed in the second half with 72 rushing yards on 15 carries (4.8 ypc. avg.).

The Colts opened the second half with six straight runs to Taylor, which may have revved up the rookie workhorse’s engine.

This was Taylor’s best run during the game—as he showed vision, his advanced cutting ability, and the strength to simply bowl over opposing defenders—fighting for extra yards:

Taylor would’ve had a touchdown too when with 9:40 left in the 4th quarter, he broke away from the Packers defense for 20 yards to the house—but it was called back by an offensive holding penalty on wide receiver Zach Pascal.

It’s a shame because it would’ve cemented the rookie’s big career day—while also giving the Colts more of a cushioned lead to better distance themselves from opposing superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the prolific Packers offense.

While Taylor hit the proverbial ‘rookie wall’ a few weeks ago, it’s important to practice patience with the young talented running back—who might be starting to hit his stride during his debut campaign—as things might be finally slowing down for him.

Despite some of the initial ‘growing pains’, Taylor has a really bright future and remains one of the league’s top rookies—having shown some serious flashes on Sunday of what he’s fully capable of once he starts getting more comfortable and confident within the Colts offense and the speed/physicality of the NFL level: