Colts players think Jonathan Taylor should be in the MVP conversation

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Colts running back Jonathan Taylor joined the short list of players who have scored five touchdowns in a single game during Sunday’s 41-15 rout of the Bills

Taylor now leads the NFL in touchdowns for the season and he also broke a tie with Derrick Henry for the league’s rushing lead without anyone else close to him as we head toward Thanksgiving. It’s a point the league calendar when thoughts start to turn to the postseason, including which player will be winning awards a few nights before the Super Bowl.

Taylor’s fellow running back Nyheim Hines and Colts linebacker Darius Leonard think that Taylor should be a candidate for the biggest individual prize of them all.

“He’s sending a message to the league,” Hines said, via Mike Wells of ESPN.com. “It’s been amazing watching him play. Great to watch him finish runs and make people miss. He’s a complete back . . . If there’s any skill position [for MVP], Jonathan Taylor needs to be in it. Him and Cooper Kupp. JT is the first in line for a non-quarterback player.”

According to the NFL, Taylor is the third player — Clinton Portis and Gale Sayers are the others — under 23 to score five touchdowns in a game and the third player — LaDainian Tomlinson and Lydell Mitchell are the others — with at least 100 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in eight consecutive games. He’s also joined Tomlinson, Portis, and Adrian Peterson as the only players with more than 1,000 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns in their first two seasons.

If he keeps doing things that put him in that kind of company, Hines is likely to have company on the Taylor for MVP train.

15 responses to “Colts players think Jonathan Taylor should be in the MVP conversation

  1. lol!!!

    When the Pats take him out in 3 weeks, we’ll see how dumb this looks.

    Mr Fumbles will return.

  2. touchback6 says:
    November 21, 2021 at 8:17 pm
    lol!!!

    When the Pats take him out in 3 weeks, we’ll see how dumb this looks.

    Mr Fumbles will return.

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    Your team played on Thursday. Isn’t there anything to do in Boston on weekends, other than just be here all day?

  3. I would love to see a legit stud at RB win the MVP and Taylor should absolutely be in that discussion, just as Henry was before his injury. Unfortunately sports writers tend to almost always give it to the QB with the best stats.

  4. The NFL needs to take a page from the MLB. Give the QB the “Cy Young Award” equivalent for the NFL. Call it the Johnny Unitas Award, Bart Starr Award, Pick-Your-Favorite-Dead-QB Award and then give the MVP to any other non-QB. That will solve this problem. It’s not complicated.

  5. Feels like if there’s a year for a running back to win the award again it’s this year. Murray has missed too much time, Mahomes has too many turnovers, Rodgers isn’t what he was last year, Dak has been too inconsistent and Josh Allen has taken a bit of a step back. Without a clear qb favorite, Taylor could certainly make a case.

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