When the Colts traded up in the second round of the draft to select running back Jonathan Taylor, it was a bad sign for Marlon Mack: With only one year remaining on his contract, Mack was hoping for a lucrative extension with the Colts, but the arrival of Taylor means that’s probably not happening.
Mack, however, was undeterred. According to Colts coach Frank Reich, he texted Mack after picking Talor, and Mack was on board.
“Just to show you what great teammates we have, I texted Marlon after we picked Taylor,” Reich said in a video released by the Colts. “I said to him, ‘You know how we roll, we spread the wealth at running back. Keep you both fresh and dominate. Every great football team needs a great 1-2 punch in the running game.’ His response was perfect. He said, ‘Yes sir, let’s go, let’s go get it.’ Isn’t that awesome?”
Reich said Mack responded exactly the way he would have hoped.
“With his positive response that he’s ready to go and help the team win, that shows you his class and how much of a teammate he is, and how much confidence he has in his own ability,” Reich said.
Taylor’s presence makes it more likely that Mack will be playing elsewhere in 2021, but in 2020, Mack is ready to share the backfield with Taylor.