INDIANAPOLIS – Half of the Colts running backs from this past season are free agents in 2017.
Jordan Todman is much more known for his kick returning, than his running back duties after one season in Indianapolis.
It was Todman who sparked the best win of the season for the Colts.
Todman's 99-yard opening kick return for a touchdown was the first the team has had since 2012.
A 61-yard return later in the road upset win over the Packers sealed up AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for Todman.
What Todman did on special teams in 2016 highlights his free agency resume.
The Colts hardly used Todman at running back. Todman played just 14 snaps on offense (all coming in the final seven weeks of the season. When Todman did get touches on offense, he ran for 59 yards on nine carries.
Once the Colts stopped using Josh Ferguson as a reserve running back around mid-October, the Colts deferred to lean more on Frank Gore and Robert Turbin, instead of incorporating a third running back in the weekly game plan.
What could hurt Todman's candidacy in coming back to Indianapolis is a healthy Quan Bray in 2017.
Bray, the team's starting return man last season and an exclusive rights free agent this offseason, went on injured reserve in early October with an ankle injury.
That thrusted Todman into the kick return position for the rest of the season. Even without Bray, the Colts still finished the year with the NFL's fourth-best kick return average.
Will the Colts again have room for Todman in 2017, if he's not the kick returner and isn't expected to play many offensive snaps?*
*2017 Free Agent Watch
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