Colts RB Jonathan Taylor wins Fedex Ground Player of the Year

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Colts running back Jonathan Taylor on Thursday’s annual “NFL Honors” added another award to his impressive collection of accolades.

Taylor was named the 2021 FedEx Ground Player of the Year, an award given annually to the top running back in the NFL. And there was no debate over the best running back in the league last season.

Taylor led the NFL in rushing with 1,811 yards — 522 yards more than the Browns’ Nick Chubb, who was second in rushing. That yardage gap is the largest the NFL has seen between its No. 1 and No. 2 rushers since 2009. His 1,811 yards set a new franchise record, beating Hall of Famer Edgerrin James’ previous mark of 1 709 yards established in 2000.

In his second year with the Colts, Taylor also led the NFL in rushing attempts (32), rushing touchdowns (18), rushing yards per game (106.5), first rushing (107) and longest rush (83 yards).

Taylor also led the NFL in every explosive running game category:

  • Races over 10 meters (50)
  • Races over 20 meters (14)
  • Races over 30 meters (8)
  • Races over 40 meters (5)
  • Races over 50 meters (3)
  • Races over 60 meters (3)
  • Races over 70 meters (2)
  • Races over 80 meters (1)

Taylor snatched 76-yard (against the Jets) and 67-yard (against the Patriots) touchdown passes, the latter of which sealed the Colts’ Week 15 prime-time win over New England. His game of five touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills in Week 11 – four of which were rushed scores – set a franchise record, and he became just the 13th player in NFL history to score in the minus five touchdowns in a single game.

At the age of 22, Taylor became the youngest player in NFL history to have over 20 total touchdowns and over 2,000 scrimmage yards in a single season.

Taylor has been named FedEx Ground Player of the Week four times in 2021 (weeks 6, 10, 13 and 15). He earned AFC Offensive Player of the Month honors in October and November, was the top NFL fan voter for the 2022 Pro Bowl, and was a unanimous first-team AP All-Pro selection.

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