Las Vegas Raiders: 10 free agent running backs and their fit
Marlon Mack looked like he was on his way to being one of the better backs in the NFL after a tremendous second year with the Indianapolis Colts. He made little impact in his rookie season but when handed the starting the job in 2018, Mack responded with over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and ten touchdowns.
Mack continued that trend with an excellent 2019 season where he rushed for 1,091 yards in 14 games. Perhaps the Colts saw the decline coming as they drafted Jonathan Taylor in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft and he became the starter after Mack tore his Achilles in Week 1 of the 2020 season.
The former USF Bull has shown plenty of talent and burst when given the opportunity but the injury is troubling for his future prospects. An Achilles injury is not a career-ender but it could mean the loss of some explosiveness and speed which is a concern for a back on the smaller side of the scale.
Mack has shown that he can be a 1,000 yard rusher and would likely be available for the minimum given his injury history but it may not be a gamble the Raiders are worth taking. He has plenty of upside however and is just 25 so he could be a sneaky good signing if he is back to his old self.