Jonathan Taylor is already starting to get a feel for just how much Tom Rathman hates fumbling.
Two months of watching film with the Indianapolis Colts running backs coach on Zoom have made it clear. Rathman will show a play on tape, run it over and over again, then stop and ask if the back had good ball security.
Taylor starts to answer, double-checks himself, then answers in the affirmative. From where he’s sitting, it looks like good ball security.
Only to find out it’s not good enough for Rathman.
“He’s saying, ‘Hey, I think he could have been able to have it in this position a little bit better,’” Taylor said. “Or even more, ‘See right there? You can eliminate that right there.’”
This is exactly the kind of coaching he needed. Taylor, the Colts’ second-round pick out of Wisconsin, is a near-flawless prospect as a runner, a remarkable combination of 4.39-second speed and size at 226 pounds, and when the Badgers finally stopped resting him on third down and gave him a chance to prove his worth in the receiving game as a junior, Taylor proved he has the hands to contribute in the passing game.