Frank Gore has done well for the Colts over the past two years. At 34, it’s unclear how much longer he can do it.
Enter Marlon Mack. The fourth-round pick has had a solid training camp. On Friday, Mack drew praise from coach Chuck Pagano.
“He jumps off the tape,” Pagano told reporters. “He’s popping out here. He’s a talented guy. He’s got great athleticism. He’s showing great vision out there. We’re doing one-on-one pass protection drills against the linebackers and he’s physical. He’s got toughness. He’s not afraid to stick his face in there and pick up blitzers and then he’s a weapon out of the backfield on third down. He’s got a ways to go, like everybody else, but he’s picking things up. If he can master all three phases of being a good running back, he’s going to be a special player I think.”
Mack, who played college football at South Florida, had six touchdowns in 2016 that covered 43 or more yards. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds at the Scouting Combine. If durable at this level (he missed the mandatory minicamp in June with an undisclosed injury), Mack can be a difference maker.
And if he can be a difference maker, he can give the Colts their next workhorse tailback after Frank Gore.