INDIANAPOLIS – It is potential insurance for a position that means more to the Colts than most?
It is trying to find a safety net that no longer has as obvious of a choice for that on the roster?
Jonathan Taylor has never missed a game due to injury in his football career, but you have to prepare for the worst in building an entire roster.
So, the Colts are looking into re-inventing some Phillip Lindsay juice.
Lindsay is agreeing to a one-year deal with the Colts, per his agent Mike McCartney.
With Jordan Wilkins no longer on the Colts roster, and Marlon Mack’s career moving on to Houston, the Colts had a void for a proven running back behind their obvious names at the top of the depth chart.
If Lindsay makes the team, his weekly role is likely minimal. But he’s one injury away, albeit an unlikely one, given Taylor’s impressive durability, from potentially ascending to a RB1 type workload.
Taylor is the obvious lead back, carrying a unique workload for today’s running backs.
While Nyheim Hines is listed as RB2, his role as a slot wideout option has been well documented entering 2022.
But that third running back slot, which Mack occupied last year, and Wilkins held down nicely before that, remained a question this offseason. One of Mack’s biggest issues in being active on game day last year was his inability to help on special teams, something Lindsay has done very little of in his career.
Deon Jackson, an undrafted free agent of the Colts in 2021, returns after impressing the staff last year behind the scenes.
The Colts also signed 3 running back to their 2022 undrafted class, getting an early glimpse at that trio during the team’s rookie minicamp last weekend.
Lindsay’s career nosedived since rushing for 1,000 yards in 2018 and 2019 for the Broncos. That 2018 season came with current Colts offensive line coach Chris Strausser on the staff in Denver. It was quite the start to Lindsay’s NFL career, which began as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado.
In 2021, Lindsay averaged just 2.6 yards per carry in 10 games with the Texans. He ended the season with Miami, averaging just 3.1 yards per carry in 4 games. Both of those YPC numbers were below the respective team averages for the NFL’s two poorest rushing teams last year.
By no means is Lindsay, who turns 28 years old this summer, a lock to make the Colts roster.
But the hope is that he can revive some of his older rushing days and earn the ‘in case of emergency’ spot on the Colts running back depth chart.
This signing shouldn’t not be a significant cap hit on the remaining $12-13 million of open space the Colts have this year.