WESTFIELD, Ind. – Last week, the Indianapolis Colts general director Chris Ballard told the media that Marlon Mack was ready to go to training camp. Today we heard it from the mouth of the Colts.
Mack has been recovered from the out-of-home operation to repair a tattered labrum he suffered as a beginner in training camp last year. The recovery and subsequent rehab caused him to miss the off-field portion of the offseason program and mini-camp this spring, but Mack is now ready to begin the training camp.
Mack told reporters on Wednesday that he will not have any restrictions on day one
The Colts will have a new backfield after Frank Gore has gone into the offseason for the Miami Dolphins and brought in some new faces were.
On paper, Mack could be the leader in the clubhouse to start running back. He has shown a lot of potential last year ̵
Announced That Robert Turbin would be suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season, the Colts will certainly need someone with experience.
Some believe that all signs point to Mack in this regard. However, he does not think so.
When asked if he sees himself as a starter, Mack said, "Not really, you have to earn it, and I've learned that everything in this league is deserved, I definitely do not see myself as an appetizer, I'm out here and working just like the other guys. "
The Colts designed two highly talented rookies this spring in Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. Together with Mack and veterans Christine Michael and Josh Ferguson, they will fight for the first two places in the back of the Colts, especially in the first four weeks of the season, while Turbin takes his place.
Colt coach Frank Reich even said With Turbin's absence, he likes what he has in the backfield.
"I like the fact that our guys usually have three downbacks, they can play mostly all three lows, and what I've seen are these guys who are all good at passport protection," Reich said.
"What I like is the versatility of our players, so all we have to do is see who has the ball in their hands to get the guys to break (and) tackles, we need to find out. "
Someone has to be the starter. It may make sense for Mack to be a veteran playmaker veteran, but he's just focused on putting himself back in the swing of things right now.