Ballard Broken, Bradshaw Gets Boost, Brown a Bump

Sep 13, 2013

Ahmad Bradshaw Colts
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It was only a matter of time before Ahmad Bradshaw was the lead back for the Indianapolis Colts. Vick Ballard would still get his share of touches, but he would easily reverse the 14 to 8 touches ratio that favored Ballard in Week 1.
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It turns out the changing of the guard came sooner…and permanently as Vick Ballard was lost for the season to a knee injury. This is a big blow to the Indianapolis Colts as Ballard had a good rapport with Andrew Luck. Just a fifth-round pick a year ago, Ballard beat the odds to finish with 966 total yards and three touchdowns. He averaged a pedestrian 3.9 yards per carry.
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Ballard got off on the right foot though, averaging 4.8 yards as he gained 63 yards on 13 carries in the season opener against the Oakland Raiders. He caught one pass, but that went for a five yard loss.
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Meanwhile Bradshaw eased into action with seven carries for 26 yards (3.7 ypc) and one catch for seven yards. Bradshaw (foot) has been limited to 26 games and 392 touches over the past two season. As long as he can stay healthy, he should easily improve on those numbers.
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Donald Brown did not touch the ball in the first game, but he should take a few touches from Bradshaw. Not enough to be a threat, but enough to keep Bradshaw from having too heavy of a workload before he’s up for it. Given Bradshaw’s injury history, Brown is one to keep an eye on.
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Bradshaw has a tough matchup against the Miami Dolphins. He is a low-end RB2, but don’t expect the extra workload to propel him to a big game.
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Long term, Bradshaw owners just received some good news.
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