Looking past Vick Ballard would be a mistake for Colts
A fifth round selection of the Indianapolis Colts, Vick Ballard emerged as one of the bright spots for a young emerging team. Ballard rushed for a team high 814 rushing yards and started to show a glimpse of his full potential towards the end of the season. He was thought to be just another option behind first-round selection Donald Brown, but it was Brown who lost the starting job only six games into the 2012 NFL season. The signing of Ahmad Bradshaw has sparked questions as to who the starter should be for the Colts going into 2013.
Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw are practically the same size and there’s more left in the tank for the second-year Ballard. In Bradshaw’s six years for the New York Giants, he only managed to rush for over 1,000 yards twice. (2010,2012) He did manage to win two Super Bowl’s and did score the winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLVI.
The injury bug has hit Bradshaw often with multiple right foot surgeries and a sprained knee last season. The most recent foot surgery was only this last January and he’s still unable to participate while wearing a protective boot.
The Colts had nothing to lose by signing Bradshaw money wise, but the development of Vick Ballard could suffer if he again must compete by committee.