Colts Running Back Jonathan Taylor Feels Change of Mindset Key to Reversing Dip in Form

Published 01/07/2021, 10:47 AM EST
Dec 20, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) runs the ball in the second half against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


Indianapolis Colts’ rookie running back, Jonathan Taylor, has enjoyed a solid start to his career in the NFL. Apart from a minor dip in form midway through the season, the Wisconsin product has been a reliable rushing option for the Colts when called upon.

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Registering 1,000+ rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in his rookie season, Taylor took some time to get settled to the fast-paced nature of the NFL. But if recent form is anything to go by, he looks to have finally found his footing in the league.

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Jonathan Taylor, during a segment of the Rich Eisen Show, talked about how a change in mindset played a key role in addressing his dip in form.

“Yeah, it was definitely a mindset change. You know in college you know you’re kind of used to being on the field for a lot of time. But coming into this league, you have a lot of elite talent around you,” he said.

Jan 3, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) scores a touchdown in the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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“One has to understand that you don’t necessarily need to have the ball or plays called around you 100% of the time. Because you have guys who are more than capable of playing at the highest level.”

Jonathan Taylor ready to perform when called upon

In only his rookie year, the running back finished 3rd overall for rushing yards in the league. The 41st overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Taylor has also been a potent aerial threat for the Colts. Falling just a yard short of the 300-yard receiving-mark, he has been a dependable outlet for QB Phillip Rivers to aim at. 

Despite the dip, Taylor said he was focused on performing to the best of his abilities when called upon. 

“What matters is when your number is called, will you be ready to play at the highest level. Make the most out of that opportunity,” said Taylor.

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“I had an understanding that no matter when or how my number’s called, (I have) to be able to do my job at a high level. No matter if it’s with the ball or without it.”

Taylor has quite a challenge set ahead of him. The Colts take on the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card Round. And if the Colts are to thwart the Bills party, Taylor will have to bring his A-game to the table.   

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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