Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports

Colts Have Four Backups To Frank Gore

Jordan Todman joins Colts Friday as another reserve running back.

On an eventful Friday when quarterback Peyton Manning returned to Indianapolis to be honored by the Colts, it was easy to overlook a free-agent addition from a team that has kept quiet so far during the signing period.

The Colts agreed to terms with running back Jordan Todman, who most recently played as a reserve for the Pittsburgh Steelers and has also spent time with Jacksonville, San Diego and Minnesota.

Running back Robert Turbin was also recently signed to compete for the job of being Frank Gore’s backup. The roster options for this reserve role are now Todman, Turbin, Tyler Varga and Trey Williams.

The Colts’ only other signing since free agency began was quarterback Scott Tolzien, a sixth-year pro expected to be Andrew Luck’s backup.

So three reserves signed and counting, not exactly much movement for an 8-8 team with defensive deficiencies as well as offensive line issues.

Todman, 5-10 and 200, has played in 44 NFL games with three starts. He’s rushed for 472 yards on 115 carries with three touchdowns. he’s also caught 40 passes for 314 yards and two scores. Like Turbin, he can be used as a kick returner. Todman has 60 kickoff returns 1,784 yards.

The fifth-year pro played in 11 games as a reserve for the Steelers last season, but he wasn’t used much. He had four rushes for 22 yards and one 22-yard kickoff return. He did see action in two playoff games and ran for 71 yards on 16 carries.

Todman was with Jacksonville from 2012 to 2014. He played in all 16 games in 2014 and 2013, the latter season the best of his career, when he rushed for 256 yards on 76 carries with two scores as well as 14 receptions for 116 yards and one score. He also returned 26 kickoffs for 712 yards.

He was originally selected by the San Diego Chargers in the sixth round in 2011. The Vikings signed him off the Chargers’ practice squad during his rookie year. After spending much of 2012 on the Vikings’ practice squad, the Jaguars signed him to their active roster.

Phillip B. Wilson also can be found on Facebook and Google+.


Colts Blitz Top Stories