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Robert Turbin | Running Back | #33

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/2/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 216
College: Utah State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 4 (106) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Robert Turbin handled five carries for six yards Sunday in the Colts’ preseason loss to the Lions.
Turbin didn’t show much in his three series, managing a long gain of just six yards. He drew the start with veteran Frank Gore getting the afternoon off. Gore out-touched Turbin by an overwhelming 301-73 margin last season, though both finished with eight touchdowns. With Gore getting up there in age, we’d expect a more even carry distribution in 2017. Aug 13 - 4:56 PM

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The Indy Star's Zak Keefer writes Robert Turbin has "been terrific" during camp.

Turbin also stood out in the offseason program, with OC Rob Chudzinski saying he had a "hell of a spring." Keefer believes Turbin's performance will earn him "an expanded role" in the offense. Turbin only touched the ball 73 times last year, but he managed to score eight touchdowns. He is a solid late-round stab in best-ball formats, especially with Frank Gore entering his age-34 season.
Aug 8 - 9:27 AM

Colts OC Rob Chudzinski talked up Robert Turbin for having a "hell of a spring."

"Much better this spring than he was this time of year a year ago," added Chudzinski. Turbin returns as the Colts' clear-cut No. 2 to Frank Gore, and signs point to Turbin being even more involved than he was a year ago when he scored eight touchdowns on 73 touches. Gore is another year older, and the Colts want to keep him fresh. Turbin is worth a late-round pick since he's an injury away from a prominent role in one of the league's best offenses.
Jul 12 - 3:53 PM

The Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer says to "count on" Robert Turbin having a bigger role in 2017.

After scoring seven touchdowns on just 47 offensive touches last year, Turbin is having a "hell of a spring," per OC Rob Chudzinski. "We're really pleased with Turbin. He's developing into a leader." A replacement-level journeyman, coaching staff preference may keep Turbin ahead of fourth-round pick Marlon Mack on the depth chart. Turbin is Frank Gore's best handcuff.
Jun 14 - 1:25 PM

Colts GM Chris Ballard suggested Robert Turbin could have a bigger role this season.

"It’ll be interesting to see if he can progress even more on first and second down and take some of the load off [Frank Gore]," Ballard said. "But that’ll be completely up to our coaching staff and Robert and how he performs." Turbin scored eight total touchdowns in 2016, but he touched the ball just 73 times. That touch total could grow as the Colts look to lessen Gore's workload, but that would likely hinge on what Indy does in the draft. Gore will turn 34 in May.
Apr 10 - 10:12 PM

Colts re-signed RB Robert Turbin to a two-year contract.

The deal is worth "up to" $4.1 million. Turbin was Frank Gore's primary backup last season, and it looks like the Colts could stick with that arrangement for 2017. Turbin vultured seven touchdowns and caught 26 passes in 2016. Indy really needs to inject some young talent into its backfield via the draft.
Mar 13 - 4:06 PM

Robert Turbin rushed three times for 15 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' Week 17 win over the Jaguars.

He added two catches for 18 yards. The vultured touchdown was Turbin's seventh of the season. Now 27, it's Turbin's professed desire to become a bell-cow back, but even with Frank Gore possibly moving on as the Colts' starter, it's an extremely unlikely dream for journeyman Turbin, who averaged 3.48 yards per carry in 2016. Turbin is headed to free agency.
Jan 1 - 6:43 PM

Robert Turbin rushed seven times for 32 yards and two touchdowns and caught 2-of-2 targets for 22 yards in the Colts' Week 15 win over the Vikings.

Turbin is a thorn in the side of Frank Gore owners, but he has become a useful part of the Colts' offense as a short-yardage and red-zone back and can be effective on screen passes. Turbin is not going away as a threat to Gore's touchdown potential. The Colts will travel to Oakland for Week 16.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 03:49:00 PM

Robert Turbin (shoulder, wrist) is practicing in full for Week 6.

Turbin was inactive after being a late addition to the injury report last week. He should only miss one game.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 08:10:00 PM

Robert Turbin is inactive for Week 5 against the Bears.

It is noteworthy because it could translate to more playing time for rookie RB Josh Ferguson, who has been completely ineffective so far but is being peppered with targets. Ferguson, in fact, currently ranks second on the Colts in targets this year. Ferguson is worth owning in most PPR leagues.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 11:49:00 AM

Robert Turbin rushed three times for 10 yards and a touchdown and couldn't haul in his only target Sunday in the Colts' Week 2 loss to the Broncos.

Turbin vultured a five-yard score one play after dropping what would have been a sure touchdown catch. It was a cruel prank to play on Andrew Luck fantasy owners. The touchdown was only the second rushing score of Turbin’s five-year career. Frank Gore out-touched him 17-3 and that’s probably the distribution we’ll see going forward. Turbin belongs on the waiver wire.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 08:17:00 PM

Colts RB Robert Turbin rushed four times for 24 yards and caught his lone target for a gain of six in Saturday night's third preseason game.

Turbin entered before Josh Ferguson, but saw most of his action after Ferguson was done for the night. Ferguson didn't capitalize on the increased opportunity, so Turbin's No. 2 back job is likely safe. He had a long touchdown run negated by a Phillip Dorsett holding penalty, but it still went in the books as a 12-yard gain. Most importantly for Turbin, he is capable in pass protection. That gives him a decisive edge on Ferguson.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 10:30:00 PM

The Indianapolis Star calls Robert Turbin the Colts' "likely No. 2 back."

During an abysmal preseason, spring hype bunny Josh Ferguson has plummeted to No. 4 on the depth chart behind Turbin and Jordan Todman. Todman is also a core special teams player, which assures him a spot on the game-day roster. Assuming Ferguson even makes the 53, he could open the season as a healthy scratch.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 07:41:00 PM

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said the backup running back job is "very fluid."

Undrafted rookie Josh Ferguson opened the preseason as the No. 2, but he has struggled mightily through two weeks. Robert Turbin served as the backup last week, and he would seem to have the best chance to secure the job. Frank Gore is locked in as the starter.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 11:47:00 AM

Robert Turbin worked as the Colts' No. 2 back in Saturday night's preseason game.

Josh Ferguson played ahead of Turbin in the preseason opener. Turbin moved into the No. 2 back role on Saturday night, but appeared sluggish on the ground en route to 18 yards on seven carries and one catch for seven yards. The backup spot behind Frank Gore remains wide open, which also works to the advantage of Gore. Gore is shaping up as a probable workhorse, even at age 33.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 08:51:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Andrew Luck
2Scott Tolzien
3Stephen Morris
4Phillip Walker
RB1Frank Gore
2Robert Turbin
3Marlon Mack
4Josh Ferguson
5Troymaine Pope
GLB1Frank Gore
2Robert Turbin
3RB1Frank Gore
2Robert Turbin
WR11T.Y. Hilton
2Phillip Dorsett
3Quan Bray
4Tevaun Smith
5Fred Brown
WR21Donte Moncrief
2Chester Rogers
3Kamar Aiken
4Valdez Showers
5Bug Howard
WR31Chester Rogers
TE1Jack Doyle
2Erik Swoope
3Brandon Williams
4Darrell Daniels
LT1Anthony Castonzo
2Fahn Cooper
3Andrew Wylie
4Arturo Uzdavinis
LG1Jack Mewhort
2Blake Muir
C1Ryan Kelly
2Deyshawn Bond
3Adam Redmond
RG1Joe Haeg
2Denzelle Good
3Brian Schwenke
RT1Le'Raven Clark
2Zach Banner
3Jeremy Vujnovich
K1Adam Vinatieri