Can the Colts Really Lean on Vick Ballard as a Feature Back in 2013?

June 7, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Indianapolis Colts' flirtation with free-agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw should not be confused for dissatisfaction with Vick Ballard as the lead running back. 
A fifth-round pick in 2012, Ballard has earned the right to carry the responsibilities of a No. 1 back next season. Bradshaw, while possessing an attractive skill set when healthy, should be viewed only as a capable backup behind Ballard. 
According to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, the Colts remain in negotiations with Bradshaw after hosting the former New York Giants running back on a visit Thursday. It's possible a deal could be struck before the weekend.
Ballard has very little reason to think his role in the Colts offense is in danger, even if Bradshaw is signed. 
In fact, if Ballard had started the 2012 season as the Colts primary ball carrier, a discussion of his place as the lead back likely wouldn't be necessary now.
Note that through the first five games...

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