Colts Running Back Burning Questions Heading Into 2019 Training Camp

Colts Running Back Burning Questions Heading Into 2019 Training Camp

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Colts Running Back Burning Questions Heading Into 2019 Training Camp

Our burning questions series is back on What are the major questions about the running backs of the Indianapolis Colts going into the 2019 Training Camp?

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INDIANAPOLISWe are barely over two weeks away from Training Camp starting for the Indianapolis Colts.


A second year of camp at Grand Park will have the Colts on the practice field starting July 25, with 16 open sessions to the public up in Westfield, Indiana.


So it’s time to pick back up our ‘burning questions’ series on


Here are our burning questions at the running back position heading into the 2019 Training Camp:

1. Is Marlon Mack headed for a Pro Bowl season?


If you were going off ‘per game numbers’ from last season, Marlon Mack would have had a resume worthy of Pro Bowl consideration.


But durability and availability are a massive part of a running back’s role. And the 4 and a half missed games by Mack proved to be too costly to his season total numbers of 195 carries for 908 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and 9 touchdowns.


With a more committed approach to the run in 2019, if Mack can stay healthy, he’s going to have a very good chance to produce that strong Pro Bowl resume.


The Colts are steadfast in saying Mack is their feature back and the carry numbers late last season back that up.


Mack establishing himself as a weapon that can consistently do the heavy lifting in winning efforts would push this offense into a stratosphere that they have not sniffed in the Andrew Luck era.

2. How much will Nyheim Hines’ role change in 2019?


Fantasy football owners in deep leagues have to be very curious to how this question will play out come September.


Hines averaged a little more than 8 touches per game last year. It’s hard to see that number being higher than about 5-6 in 2019 though.


The addition of Parris Campbell could definitely impact how much the Colts need/want to use Hines in his hybrid slot receiver role from last year.


As a rookie, Hines averaged just 3.7 yards per carry and that’s a number that the 2018 fourth-round pick knows must improve if his playing time is going to stay relatively high this coming season.


Frank Reich has said though that Hines should be viewed as the team’s third-down back in 2019, and we know how important of a role that is for NFL teams.


3. Will Frank Reich want to go deeper into his running back depth chart?


This is something that definitely did not happen much in 2018.


Even in the playoffs last year, we saw the usage for Nyheim Hines really shrink.


Frank Reich elected to lean heavily on Marlon Mack and hardly ever employed a third running back in an offensive game plan.


Well, Reich will have some options if he does want to alter that thinking in 2019.


Spencer Ware has arrived and gives the Colts an in-between the tackles focus, along with some proven production in this league.


Jordan Wilkins, last year’s opening day starter at running back, has bulked up a bit going into his second NFL season.


Lastly, Jonathan Williams is a player the Colts remain high on, even though he was often a healthy scratch last year.



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