Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor appears to be edging closer to his return. He becomes eligible to come off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list after just three more games.
Last week, Adam Schefter reported that Taylor passing a physical and being ready to play would not be an issue.
Meanwhile, the Colts are exploring options for replacement running backs, including D’Andre Swift, in case they cannot reach an agreement with Taylor. In the NFL, Week 1 has already demonstrated how a single injury can dramatically alter a team’s needs.
Following Week 1, Maurice Jones-Drew of NFL.com listed the top 5 potential trade destinations for Taylor, and the Baltimore Ravens topped his list. He noted that the Ravens had lost J.K. Dobbins to a season-ending Achilles injury during Week 1 and were considering in-house replacements.
Jones-Drew envisioned a formidable rushing attack in Baltimore with Taylor alongside Lamar Jackson, a combination that could dominate ground defenses and benefit the passing game.
The Chicago Bears were listed as the second option by Jones-Drew. He pointed out that the Bears, like the Colts, had offensive challenges but believed a consistent running game could greatly aid their young quarterback, Justin Fields.
The Miami Dolphins secured the third spot on Jones-Drew’s list, with a mention of Taylor’s potential to enhance their already explosive passing attack.
Jones-Drew highlighted that the Dolphins had shown interest in Taylor before the trade deadline, and their strong offensive performance in Week 1 might incentivize them to meet the Colts’ trade demands if they believe their Super Bowl prospects are promising.
The Minnesota Vikings came in fourth, with concerns arising about the absence of Dalvin Cook, leading to a lackluster rushing game in Week 1.
Finally, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rounded out the top five, with Jones-Drew speculating how Taylor could contribute to maintaining their divisional supremacy.
Among these options, the Dolphins and Ravens seem to be the most logical choices for Taylor, as both teams are eager to make deep playoff runs. Nevertheless, the Indianapolis Colts remain the best fit for Taylor in terms of cost and compatibility. However, if their relationship reaches a point of irreparable damage, there will likely be numerous suitors vying for Taylor’s services if the Colts decide to trade him.
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