Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor

23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Indianapolis Colts
2022 Fantasy Outlook
After a solid rookie season that finished with a bang, expectations were high for Taylor coming into 2021, and he exceeded them by a mile. He won his first of potentially many rushing crowns, and he nearly lapped the field doing it, as the 552-yard gap between Taylor and second-place Nick Chubb was the largest since 2009. Taylor's the total package as a runner, showing power, agility, vision and speed, but it's the latter trait that puts him over the top among his peers. He posted three of the five fastest top speeds recorded on touchdowns last year, including an NFL- best 22.13 mph on a 67-yard scamper Week 15 against the Patriots. The power and agility were highlighted by his 2.6 yards per carry after contact, good for third in the league. If there's a flaw in his skill set, it's that Taylor isn't a natural receiver out of the backfield, but the Colts have Nyheim Hines to handle those duties, and Taylor is still capable of contributing. Indianapolis' elite offensive line showed a couple cracks in 2021, and some natural regression could be coming for Taylor's league-leading 89 red-zone carries (more than 40 ahead of second-place Austin Ekeler), but the addition of Matt Ryan to replace Carson Wentz at quarterback shouldn't change the focal point of Frank Reich's offense. Expect Taylor to see big volume again in 2022 and consistently burn defenders with those touches. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $7.83 million contract with the Colts in May of 2020.
Season ends on sour note
RBIndianapolis Colts
January 9, 2022
Taylor recorded 15 rushes for 77 yards in Sunday's 26-11 loss to the Jaguars. He added three receptions on four targets for 18 yards.
ANALYSIS
As expected, Taylor worked efficiently against Jacksonville's defense, an effort that was aided by runs of 23 and 13 yards. However, he was stuffed on fourth down multiple times, including once at the goal line at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Taylor also had game script working against him, with the Colts unexpectedly working from behind after the opening possession. The result was his lowest carry total since Week 6, and the first time he hasn't attempted at least 20 rushes in his last four contests. Despite the disappointing close to the campaign on both an individual and team level, Taylor racked up 2,171 total yards from scrimmage with 20 trips to the end zone across 17 games.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Jonathan Taylor's 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
16.3%
 
Positive Run %
81.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
60.4%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.3
 
Rushing TD %
5.4%
 
Touches Per Game
21.9
 
% Snaps w/Touch
51.0%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-2.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.06
 
% Team Air Yards
-1.2%
 
% Team Targets
10.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.9 Yds
 
Catch Rate
78.4%
 
Drop Rate
5.9%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
10.1
 
% Targeted On Route
17.3%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.22
 
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575%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Jonathan Taylor's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
226 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.39 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Broad Jump
123 in
 
Bench Press
17 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
31.13 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
2020
When Marlon Mack ruptured his Achilles in Week 1 it was assumed Taylor would immediately erupt, and while the rookie did post his first 100-yard rushing game in Week 2, it took him a while to get going after that. Between Weeks 3 and 10, he failed to top 68 yards as he adjusted to the NFL, but down the stretch Taylor broke through and became the player Indianapolis thought it was drafting in the second round. Over his final six regular-season games, Taylor amassed 741 rushing yards and seven TDs, including a mammoth 253 yards and two scores in Week 17 to help the Colts lock up a playoff spot. The 22-year-old has an enviable blend of power, speed and agility, and he showed good patience in waiting for Indy's elite offensive line to open holes that would allow him to explode into the second level. Taylor isn't a natural pass catcher, but he's adequate in that area, and with Nyheim Hines on the roster he won't have to handle the bulk of those duties. Mack also signed a one-year deal to return and provide some insurance, but after the way Taylor closed out 2020, it's hard to see him working in any kind of committee. He hasn't yet reached his ceiling, and more work at the goal line (he barely saw half of the Colts' red-zone carries, a rate well behind the likes of Josh Jacobs or Ezekiel Elliott) could push his production into the stratosphere.
The latest in a long line of Wisconsin RBs with impressive college resumes, Taylor was the second player in FBS history to post consecutive 2,000-yard rushing seasons (after Iowa State's Troy Davis) and the second to win consecutive Doak Walker awards (after Darren McFadden). Taylor is a premier physical specimen, running a 4.39 40 at the combine at a rock-solid 226 pounds. That combination of size and speed allows him to bowl over defenders while also providing a home-run threat. Taylor even showed improvement as a receiver in 2019, and his balance and power through contact make him more than just a scheme-dependent weapon. His hands are a concern, however, both in terms of fumbles - 18 on 968 touches at Wisconsin - and drops. Taylor's mammoth college workload could also impact his shelf life in the NFL, and like many Badger RBs, the patience he developed behind a dominant offensive line won't always serve him well in the NFL. Fortunately, he landed with an Indianapolis squad that has a strong argument for best O-line in the league. The downside of Taylor's new home is that he'll have tough competition for both carries and targets, with Marlon Mack in the mix for the former and Nyheim Hines likely accounting for a good portion of the latter. Taylor should eventually get a big workload, but it isn't clear if that will happen Week 1, midseason or in 2021.
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Tops 100 yards, scores
RBIndianapolis Colts
January 2, 2022
Taylor recorded 20 rushes for 108 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Raiders. He added one reception for six yards.
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Logs another 100-yard effort
RBIndianapolis Colts
December 25, 2021
Taylor rushed 27 times for 108 yards and didn't haul in either of his targets during Saturday's 22-16 win at Arizona.
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Extends TD streak to 11 games
RBIndianapolis Colts
December 18, 2021
Taylor carried the ball 29 times for 170 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 27-17 win over the Patriots.
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Another big performance
RBIndianapolis Colts
December 5, 2021
Taylor rushed 32 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns but lost a fumble in Sunday's 31-0 win over the Texans.
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Solid performance in tough matchup
RBIndianapolis Colts
November 28, 2021
Taylor rushed 16 times for 83 yards and a touchdown and brought in four of five targets for 14 yards in the Colts' 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
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