Return of Ahmad Bradshaw makes for a happy Vick Ballard
Late in the 2012 season when Vick Ballard looked towards the Colts sidelines running backs coach David Walker simply just stared back at him.
Ballard was the bell cow and injuries hardly let him catch his breath.
Come Sunday, Ballard will be more than happy to allow other backs get into the fray.
“I’ve been in two-back systems my whole career playing. It’s a way to get the other back rest. And like you said, I feed off the energy of the other back,” Ballard said earlier this week.
Says quarterback Andrew Luck of Bradshaw:
“I know he’s been chomping at the bit. He’s a tough sucker and we’re lucky to have him on our team.”
And the fullback Stanley Havili who will be paving the way on Sunday:
“I’m excited and I think the whole team is excited to get Ahmad out there. We all know what he can do and we all know what Vick and Donald (Brown) can do so we’re just excited to get someone out there fresh that can run the ball.”
Pep Hamilton said on Thursday that he isn’t exactly sure how running back carries will be split up against the Raiders.
Sunday will be Hamilton’s first in-person look at Bradshaw but he likes what he sees on film.
“He’s consistent. He’s a power runner. He can run between the tackles but when he breaks through that first line of defense, he has the ability to score touchdowns,” Hamilton said of Bradshaw.
Whether it’s Ballard, Bradshaw or Brown, the man calling the shots on Sunday knows that multiple backs are required in his offense.
And he’s confident that those backs will be running behind an imposing offensive line.
“Our offensive line, they’ve progressively gotten better since the start of camp and we expect that we’re going to be able to come out and control the line of scrimmage. That’s our ultimate goal,” Hamilton said on Thursday.
“It’s a long season and we expect to be able to run the football. We are sure that there will be enough opportunities to go around.”