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Colts RB Turbin drawing praise from offensive coordinator

By Mark Chichester
Jul 13, 2017
Indianapolis Colts Robert Turbin

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OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 24: Robert Turbin #33 of the Indianapolis Colts carries the ball against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter of their NFL football game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 24, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
  • According to Mike Chappell of CBS Indianapolis, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Rod Chudzinski said RB Robert Turbin has “had a hell of a spring … much better this spring than he was this time of year a year ago.’’ While it’s clear that veteran Frank Gore will remain as the featured back, Chappell predicts that Turbin is in line for more opportunities in 2017.
  • Last season, Turbin was one of the league’s premier short-yardage backs. He was given the ball on 3rd and 3 or less 11 times, and converted 10 of those attempts, for a conversion percentage of 90.9 percent, the highest mark among all backs with at least 10 attempts on 3rd and 3 or less.
  • Turbin’s performance in 2016 merits an increase in carries for 2017. He proved to be good with the ball in his hands, and forced 10 missed tackles on his 47 rushing attempts. He earned a PFF elusive rating of 54.1, the highest of all Indianapolis Colts running backs in 2016.

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