By Kevin Hickey
The Indianapolis Colts are dealing with some injuries to the backfield as they enter preparation for their second preseason game, and rookie running back Jordan Wilkins has a chance to prove his worth to the offense.
With Marlon Mack (hamstring), Robert Turbin (ankle) and Josh Ferguson (hamstring) all dealing with their respective injuries, there are plenty of snaps up for grabs.
Wilkins, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, could be in line to see first-team reps with the depth depleted. He likely will have to share some reps with veteran Christine Michael, but the opportunity will be there.
The Colts showcased Wilkins as the last running back during the preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks, and the Ole Miss product had a nice showing to close out the game.
Wilkins showed throughout the fourth quarter of the game some nice balance as well as the vision that was advertised by general manager Chris Ballard shortly after the draft.
The rookie also showed an ability to fight through contact and fall for some extra-yardage, which helped the Colts in one case convert a third down at the two-minute warning. That essentially sealed the victory at CenturyLink...