This article is part of our Job Battles series.
After addressing the Detroit RBs, Washington RBs, and Philadelphia WRs, this article will break down the Indianapolis RBs, and then the RBs and WRs both for San Francisco. Click here to read the previous article.
Indianapolis Running Backs
Darius and Bruce Anderson are on the roster too, but we can expect them to get cut if the four named above remain healthy before the season's start.
Taylor, Mack, and Hines are roster locks. Wilkins is a third-year former fifth-round pick who's shown valuable elusiveness off the bench (643 yards on 111 carries, 5.8 YPC), so the Colts could decide to keep him too, especially if Taylor or Mack miss any training camp reps due to injury.
With all that noted, the main story with this backfield is of course the arrival of Taylor, the second-round pick out of Wisconsin. Mack had been the team's workhorse runner the prior two years, amassing 442 carries for 1,999 yards (4.5 YPC) and 17 touchdowns on 960 snaps, but there's reason to believe that Mack is merely a replacement-level talent rather than a truly standout running back. The main reason is that the Colts offensive line is one of the best in the league, and Mack's otherwise decent numbers don't do as much lifting as they would on a team with a worse rushing baseline. The superior rushing efficiency of Wilkins and 2019 back Jonathan Williams gives further reason to suspect that Mack's talent is replaceable.