This past weekend was a big one for Ole Miss football fans who were enjoying the Rebels season home opener and the first weekend of the 2018 NFL season.
Sunday while Ole Miss football fans were still enjoying Saturdays 76-41 blowout of Southern Illinois the NFL was in the first weekend of the 2018 regular season. With 25 NFL Rebels on active rosters we knew there were a number of former Rebels who would see the field in the opening weekend. With a number of those entering their rookie seasons we had been watching them thru the preseason and hoping they would get their shots.
Former Rebels and now current Indianapolis Colts running back Jordan Wilkins was a NFL Rebel we’ve had our eye on since he arrived in Indy. Wilkins who was the primary running back for the Colts for the preseason drew his first NFL start Sunday as Indy kicked off the 2018 season. Wilkins finished his NFL regular season debut with 14 carries for 40 yards and 3 receptions for 21 yards. While the performance wasn’t what Wilkins or Colts fans had hoped for he did finish leading the Colts RBs in rushing and receiving.
Wilkins Going Forward
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Jordan Wilkins finds himself in a very unique position when it comes to remaining in the starting spot. Marlon Mack was expected to be a huge part of the Colts running game in 2018 but has been dealing with a nagging hamstring issue which began in the preseason. As of today Mack was still expected to be limited in practice and listed as questionable for wee-two.
Then there is Robert Turbin who is currently serving a four game suspension for banned substances. Factor in Nyheim Hines and Christine Michael combining for only 7 carries in the Colts opener and it seems Wilkins will be the lead back for now and after him proving his durability throughout the preseason the Colts seem to be impressed enough to stick with Wilkins.
Ole Miss football fans already know what the Colts are getting with Jordan Wilkins. Of course, we watched him have a very impressive career at Ole Miss and knew he would find his way to the NFL. We look forward to seeing more of Wilkins as the season continues. The Colts will be back in action this week as they take on the Washington Redskins. Good luck Jordan. Hotty Toddy!