The Indianapolis Colts have high expectations for running back Jonathan Taylor, and some of the reason why Taylor displayed on the first score in Sunday’s game with the Houston Texans.

Taylor broke for a 5-yard touchdown run, blowing past Texans defensive end JJ Watt to put the Colts up 7-0 early in the game.

At Wisconsin, Taylor was a dominant force with 926 total carries for an average of 22.6 per game, but at Indy has shared duties with Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins after Marlon Mack blew out his Achilles in the season opener.

Three times this season Taylor has had more than 20 carries, with a season-high 26 in week two against the Minnesota Vikings. That followed with 22 carries against Green Bay and 20 against Las Vegas.

Taylor will be called on more, according to offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni.

“Confidence and reps,’’ Sirianni said when asked about Taylor’s recent burst. “Really, that is as simple as it can be – confidence and reps. He just keeps getting reps, keeps getting better. He just keeps seeing it over and over and over again, and he is building confidence from that.

“You can really see that. Confidence is a crazy thing, and momentum and confidence (are) a great thing to have. He’s got that and he’s playing really good football right now.’’