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Colts ‘ramping up’ Jonathan Taylor’s reps in practice; Should see more snaps on Sunday

As the Colts Jonathan Taylor’s conditioning gets up to speed, he should assume more and more carries on game days.

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According to head coach Shane Steichen, the Indianapolis Colts are ‘ramping up’ running back Jonathan Taylor’s practice reps—with the team being in pads on Wednesday (via ESPN’s Stephen Holder):

The Colts didn’t just make Taylor one of the highest paid running backs in football to see him get 6 carries per game going forward, so there was no question he was going to assume a greater workload once he continues to get his conditioning back to full form.

That being said, coming off a career-game in which he had 23 carries for 165 total rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns, it’s clear Zack Moss has carved out a role in this backfield.

Given that Taylor has at least a handful of game day snaps under his belt now, I would expect this to be closer to a 60-40 split on Sunday in favor of Moss seeing slightly more snaps. However, it’s getting closer to an even platoon, and eventually in a few weeks, I would expect to see Taylor regain the majority of carries again, earning workhorse status.

It’s a luxury right now that the Colts have a superstar running back working back from PUP, Taylor, as well as a revelation at running back, Moss, who’s run really well so far.

While this will ultimately be Taylor’s backfield again, I would expect Moss to still see meaningful snaps, which is a good thing—because it can better keep Taylor fresh for the stretch run and even a potential AFC playoff run.