Who is Marlon Mack, besides Frank Gore’s prospective replacement in Indianapolis?
Two of Sunday’s biggest rookie performances didn’t come from blue chip recruits or Day 1 draft choices. Instead, they belonged to fourth-round picks from overlooked college programs.
Hours after the Bears’ Tarik Cohen lit up the Falcons for 113 total yards, Colts tailback Marlon Mack took his turn in the spotlight, taking his first touch as a pro 21 yards to the Rams’ one-yard line. Though he’d be stonewalled in his next two attempts to reach the end zone, the explosive playmaker made sure the Los Angeles defense wouldn’t lose track of him again.
He finally found the end zone three quarters later, plunging in from three yards out to score his team’s first touchdown of the season. He’d add a breakaway 24-yard run as well.
Burfict is entering the final season of a four-year, $19 million deal. He missed the first three games of the 2016 season after being suspended for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown during the 2015 playoffs. His latest suspension is tied to what was deemed an illegal hit on Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman during a preseason game this summer.
The 26-year-old linebacker, undrafted out of Arizona State in 2012, was a Pro Bowl selection in 2013 when he posted a career-high 171 tackles and three sacks. He had 101 tackles last season in just 11 games. Over his career, Burfict has 502 tackles with seven sacks, 23 pass breakups and five interceptions.
In addition to his suspension last season, he was also fined twice for unsportsmanlike conduct. Burfict has a total of eight fines and two suspensions over his five-year career, costing him over $1.4 million.