Ahmad Bradshaw is the Colts “Newcomer of the Week”: 49ers Edition
Throughout the course of the season, Colts.com will run a “Newcomer of the Week” following each regular season game. With the Colts having an influx of the newcomers this season here’s a look at the” Newcomer of the Week” from San Francisco.
For the second straight week, running back Ahmad Bradshaw takes home the honor and this one comes after a week in which he fell under the radar.
New Colts running back Trent Richardson received the headlines late in the week but it was Bradshaw’s “angry” running style that sealed the victory on Sunday.
Bradshaw had 19 carries for 95 and a touchdown in the 27-7 win. He also added three catches for 16 yards.
Following halftime, Bradshaw rushed for 62 yards and it was his three-carry, 42-yard stretch on the fourth quarter, seven-minute touchdown drive that sealed the game.
Early in the second quarter, Bradshaw was shaken up following a one-yard rush and it looked as if the Colts would have to rely on Trent Richardson and Donald Brown for the rest of the afternoon.
However, the toughness of Bradshaw was evident when he returned later in the quarter and that was needed considering how little of the playbook Richardson had learned since Thursday.
The physical nature that Bradshaw brings to the running back position is something his teammates continually rave about and those runs were a major reason why the Colts knocked off the defending NFC Champions on Sunday.
“A lot of people didn’t believe we were physical. A lot of people thought we were just finesse,” defensive end Ricky Jean Francois said after the game.
“But we can do both and when you have both, that’s a dangerous weapon to have. We want to show the Porterhouse steak and the meat and potatoes with the gravy on it.”
Other Newcomers of Note:
-Running back Trent Richardson ran for 35 yards on 13 carries and scored a one-yard touchdown in his first game with the Colts. Richardson’s touchdown on his first ever rushing attempt with the Colts marks the first time a player achieved such a feat since Gordon Brown on 10/4/87.
-Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey had five catches for 59 yards on Sunday and his yards after the catch were particularly effective.
-Offensive guard Hugh Thornton started his first NFL game on Sunday. Playing left guard, Thornton helped the Colts offense amass 172 rushing yards on 39 carries on Sunday.