This is the type of volume we want to see if we’re going to invest a relatively high draft pick in someone for 2019. Before his game against Dallas, Marlon Mack only saw one game over 20 carries, but since Week 15, he racked up 27/139/2 against Dallas, 25/119/1 against Tennessee, and went 24/148/1 against Houston in the Colts’ wildcard game. Dallas and Houston have been two of the most stout defenses against the run, but Mack and that Colts offensive line were able to produce regardless.
Jordan Wilkins has looked good in flashes, and Nyheim Hines has definitely played a sizable role this season, but neither went over 10 snaps this past week. This late season workhorse role for Mack has to give us more confidence that he’s able to handle a big workload, but also perform with it against good defenses. Being on a good offense also helps; he’s scored at least once in each of his last 5 games.
Hines will always be the preferred passing down back, but being the early down back on an Andrew Luck-led offense will always pay dividends. There was even the question of whether Wilkins will play a role late in the season, and it looks like he never had a shot with Mack healthy. If the Colts defense can continue to improve, they might have plenty of opportunity to feed Mack in positive game scripts in 2019.