Colts RB coach Tom Rathman doesn’t think Jonathan Taylor will have fumbling issues

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Running back Jonathan Taylor posted a lot of impressive numbers while at Wisconsin and he wound up as a second-round pick of the Colts in April as a result of that work.

His stat sheet wasn’t without some negatives, however. Taylor fumbled 18 times during his three seasons in school. That topic came up during Colts running backs coach Tom Rathman’s conference call on Thursday and Rathman explained why he doesn’t think fumbling will be a problem at the professional level.

“We’ve talked about it. We’ve talked about our four points of pressure and the way that we carry the football,” Rathman said, via Kevin Bowen of 1075TheFan.com. “I think it’s just the fundamentals of the game and the way you carry the football. He can improve the way he carries the football. Looking at film, he understands that, and he understands what we are asking our players to do when we talk about ball security and how important it is. I don’t really think there’s an issue there and I think that he’ll get it corrected with the development of basic fundamentals that we harp on every day.”

Taylor, Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines will be sharing time in the backfield for Indianapolis this season and fumbles from any of them would be a sure way to fall behind in the pecking order.

5 responses to “Colts RB coach Tom Rathman doesn’t think Jonathan Taylor will have fumbling issues

  1. NFL players are bigger, smarter, stronger and faster than anyone Taylor has ever faced so YES there will be fumbling issues!

  2. The fumbling issue is overblown. Taylor carried the ball over 900 times and had 18 fumbles that’s a 0.019% fumbling rate. Also, Tom Rathman is one of the best in the business, and the Colts only had an RB fumble one-time last year. I’m sure the “problem” will be worked out.

  3. Steve Cunningham says:
    June 4, 2020 at 8:18 pm
    NFL players are bigger, smarter, stronger
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    From the headlines I’ve read lately, they sound like a bunch of wimps.

  4. Peter Pax says:
    June 5, 2020 at 3:18 am

    The fumbling issue is overblown. Taylor carried the ball over 900 times and had 18 fumbles that’s a 0.019% fumbling rate. Also, Tom Rathman is one of the best in the business, and the Colts only had an RB fumble one-time last year. I’m sure the “problem” will be worked out.
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    Ummm….18/926 is a 1.9% fumbling rate, not 0.019%. There’s a big difference. That would put him (by my math) in the bottom 5 (I think 2nd worst) just behind Chris Carson for worst fumble rate in the NFL.

  5. If anyone is going to sort out anything, it’s Rathman. The dude is the best RB coach in football

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