Checking in on Colts' RB timeshare
September, 10, 2013
By Tom Carpenter | ESPN Insider
In their Week 1 win over the Oakland Raiders, the Indianapolis Colts leaned mostly on Andrew Luck's arm and legs, but their rushing game did pretty well in the limited work they got. Vick Ballard led the way with 63 yards on 13 carries (4.8 YPC) and Ahmad Bradshaw chipped in seven carries for 26 yards (3.7 YPC). Not exactly the kind of numbers that get fantasy folks drooling, but not too bad for a light workload.
Ballard also impressed on pass protect situations. Coach Chuck Pagano said Monday that Ballard was "unbelievable" in blitz pickups, going 6-for-6 in such situations, according to Jeremiah Johnson of Fox 59 Indianapolis.
The fact that Ballard appears to have stepped up his abilities in pass pro could allow the Colts to really ease Bradshaw into the '13 campaign slowly. That would be helpful in the short term, as he gets into football shape after recovering from foot surgery. It would also increase the likelihood that the injury-prone RB would be at full speed later in the season for a playoff push.