– The Colts finished seventh in the league in rushing a year ago – just 1.5 yards per game from the top five – and now they’re adding talented rookie Taylor to the mix, who ended his college career at the Wisconsin as the No. 6 all-time rusher in NCAA history. Mack, of course, returns as a starter after scoring his first career 1,000-yard performance last year, despite missing time with a broken hand. Hines is also back, a great pass-catching option out of Rivers’ backfield, and Wilkins, who has one of the best yards-per-reach averages of any NFL running back in the past two seasons. .
– With better health, the Colts expect big things from their large receiving body in 2020. Hilton and Campbell could only play 10 and seven games, respectively, in 2019, but enter this season in full swing health and key focal points for a new quarterback at Rivers, who loves to push the ball down the field. Pascal has just completed a career year in 2019 and will be counted on to line up with the entire roster and provide a tough race block, while exciting rookie Pittman Jr. is the team’s main X receiver at the ‘outside. The squad is completed by Dulin, one of the team’s best special teams players a year ago, and rookie Patmon, who has managed to earn a spot through a solid and consistent training camp.
– The Colts are once again boasting of a very tight end squad in 2020, a staple of head coach Frank Reich’s attack. Returning are Doyle, who just completed his second Pro Bowl selection in 2019, and Alie-Cox, who continues to improve both as a blocker and in the passing game. On Saturday, the Colts called Togiai for waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles; An undrafted rookie from Oregon State, Togiai had 102 receptions for 1,048 yards and 10 touchdowns in 44 games with 37 starts for the Beavers. Another newcomer Trey Burton, who is strong in the running game and a powerful weapon as a catcher, was placed on the casualty reserve today due to a calf injury, so he will at least miss the first three games of the season.
– The 2020 season will be the third consecutive year the Colts return one of the best units in the league’s starting offensive line to Castonzo-Nelson-Kelly-Glowinski-Smith; since 2018, Indy has allowed the NFL’s third-fewest sacks (50) and ninth-most rushing yards (120.3 per game). Last year, veteran Castonzo was selected as a Pro Bowl replacement for the first time in his career; Nelson was selected to the First Team All-Pro and Pro Bowler for a second consecutive season; and Kelly got her first Pro Bowl nod last year. However, depth up front will also be key. Danny Pinter, the 2020 fifth-round pick, will serve as the top inside reinforcement for both guard and center, while Le’Raven Clark and Chaz Green will provide depth on the tackle.