Robert Turbin
RB IND (11)
1 month ago

The Colts likely will use more of a committee approach in the backfield this season, giving Turbin a heavier workload than last season's 47 carries and 35 targets, Mike Chappell of CBS 4 Indianapolis reports.

EDGE Analysis

Turbin only produced 3.5 yards per carry and 5.1 yards per target last season, but he found the end zone on eight of his 73 touches, including three of his his four carries from inside the 5-yard line and seven of his 14 from inside the 10. Fourth-round rookie Marlon Mack may be the flashier option to alleviate some of 34-year-old Frank Gore's workload, but Turbin's strong work in the red zone and as a pass blocker makes him the better bet to handle a significant snap count in Week 1. Turbin still doesn't offer much upside, as he failed to produce a 20-yard gain last season and has a long gain of just 26 yards on 328 career carries. He'd likely share playing time with Mack, and possibly Josh Ferguson, in the event of a Gore injury.

Robert Turbin
RB IND (11)
2 months ago

Turbin will have to battle Josh Ferguson and 2017 fourth-round draft pick Marlon Mack for whatever touches Frank Gore doesn't get, Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, the Colts added backfield competition during the draft, making Mack the 15th running back selected (at No. 143 overall) in a strong class for the position. Turbin signed a two-year contract earlier in the offseason, but it's a modest sized deal which suggests he won't be handed the top backup job. Ferguson figures to compete for playing time on passing downs, while Mack is an immediate threat to supplant Turbin as the No. 2 option for carries.

Robert Turbin
RB IND (11)
3 months ago

Colts general manager Chris Ballard suggested Turbin could get more early-down work this upcoming season, Kevin Bowen of the team's official website reports. "Robert's had success in this league and he really niched out a role for us last year," said Ballard. "It'll be interesting to see if he can progress even more on first and second down and take some of the load off (Gore). But that'll be completely up to our coaching staff and Robert and how he performs."

EDGE Analysis

Undrafted rookie Josh Ferguson handled most of the passing-down work early last season, catching 19 balls in his first five games but then adding just one more reception the rest of the year. Turbin and Frank Gore were the only running backs involved in the offense after Week 5, with the former serving as the clear backup to the latter while also handling a sizable chunk of the passing-down snaps. Although the Colts probably want to lighten Gore's workload in his age-34 season, Turbin won't necessarily have a larger role in the offense, as he'll likely have to compete with Ferguson and at least one rookie. Turbin re-signed with the Colts this offseason on a modest two-year, $2.7 million contract that could be worth up to $4 million with incentives. The deal suggests he could ultimately be resigned to No. 3 status on the depth chart -- especially if the Colts select Gore's eventual replacement in the draft.

Robert Turbin
RB IND (11)
4 months ago

Turbin's two-year contract is for $2.7 million, with the potential for more based on playing time incentives, FOX 59's Mike Chappell reports.

EDGE Analysis

The contract reportedly has a maximum value above $4 million, but that presumably includes some incentives which nobody expects him to reach. In reality, Turbin's contract is rather modest, paying him like a borderline No. 2/3 running back -- an accurate assessment of his ability. With Frank Gore turning 34 in May and the backup situation still a bit shaky, Turbin's new contract shouldn't preclude the Colts from taking a long look at some of the top running backs in the upcoming draft. The team also has 2016 UDFA Josh Ferguson, who handled much of the passing-down work early in his rookie season but essentially disappeared down the stretch. Turbin has a tenuous hold on the top backup job.

Robert Turbin
RB IND (11)
4 months ago

Turbin has agreed to a two-year contract to remain with the Colts, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Turbin's deal could reportedly rise to above $4 million, which represents good overall value for someone that quietly finished last season with eight total touchdowns. Although the presence of veteran workhorse Frank Gore leaves Turbin in a reserve role, he'll appreciate the stability of his situation after splitting the 2015 campaign between the Cowboys and Browns.

Robert Turbin
RB IND (11)
7 months ago

Turbin had three carries for 15 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown, and two receptions for 18 yards on four targets in Sunday's win over Jacksonville.

EDGE Analysis

Turbin had a career revival with seven rushing touchdowns mostly as a goal-line back, and also added a receiving touchdown. The impending free agent will likely find a strong market for his services if he doesn't return to the Colts.

Robert Turbin
RB IND (11)
7 months ago

Turbin rushed for 18 yards on six carries and added 11 yards and a score on two catches in Saturday's loss to Oakland.

EDGE Analysis

Turbin slipped out into the flat late in the third quarter and was wide open for a three-yard touchdown catch. The score was Turbin's fifth in six games after just two touchdowns in his first eight contests. The soon-to-be free agent doesn't get many touches, but when he does they tend to be around the end zone. Of his 26 carries since the bye, 10 have come in the red zone.

Robert Turbin
RB IND (11)
7 months ago

Turbin had seven carries for 32 yards, including two touchdowns, in Sunday's win at Minnesota. He also had two receptions for 22 yards.

EDGE Analysis

While Frank Gore had 101 yards rushing, it was Turbin who got the touchdowns in short-yardage situations (one-yard and six-yard touchdown runs). Indianapolis emphasized the run against the Vikings and got a large lead, so don't expect Turbin to get this large a workload the next two weeks as long as Gore is healthy.

Robert Turbin
RB IND (11)
7 months ago

Turbin had three carries for ten yards and four receptions for 33 yards in Sunday's loss to Houston.

EDGE Analysis

Turbin played a season-high 35 snaps on offense as he got a bit more playing time behind starter Frank Gore. However, he typically has a limited backup role with the occasional touchdown as a goal-line back.

Robert Turbin
RB IND (11)
7 months ago

Turbin had six carries for 16 yards, including a five-yard touchdown, in Monday's win over the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

Turbin had a season-high six carries as he got extra playing time when the game became a blowout. Turbin doesn't get many carries per game, but will score the occasional touchdown as a goal-line back. He scored his fourth touchdown in Monday's win.