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Vick Ballard hoping to reclaim starting role

Vick Ballard, Tracy Porter AP

Discussion about the Colts running backs usually focuses on Trent Richardson and the question of whether he’ll be able to perform at a level high enough to start justifying the price the Colts paid for him in a trade with the Browns last year.

Richardson isn’t the only back on the Colts’ roster, though, nor is he the only back with questions about his status. Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw both had their seasons cut short by injuries in 2013, raising concern about how well stocked the Colts are at the position if Richardson’s increased knowledge of the offense doesn’t translate to better results.

Bradshaw believes the team will get better offensive line play that will help everyone produce at a higher level last season. For his part, Ballard says that he’s almost 100 percent after tearing his ACL last September and that he’s aiming to reclaim the starting job that went to Richardson after Ballard was hurt.

“I understand the situation, but I was the starter before I got hurt,” Ballard said, via ESPN.com. “I would have done the same thing if I was the GM. It’s a business and at the end of the day, I understand what they did, but I want to be the H-back.”

The Colts turned from Richardson to Donald Brown down the stretch last season, so there’s every reason to believe that the coaches will give Ballard and Bradshaw the opportunity to take the job. It won’t say much about the wisdom of the trade for Richardson if one of them takes it, but it may wind up being the best thing for the Colts in the long run.

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13 Responses to “Vick Ballard hoping to reclaim starting role”
  1. claymatthewshairplugs says: May 5, 2014 11:30 AM

    Damn the colts got a crappy RB situation. When you got 4 rbs that means none of them good.

  2. mjhutmkr says: May 5, 2014 11:31 AM

    He will easily!

  3. winstonjed44 says: May 5, 2014 11:40 AM

    I agree with Bradshaw, the improved offensive line play will help everyone, especially Luck. Ballard is a good back, showed promise down the stretch of his rookie season so I wouldn’t be shocked if he does win the job. Getting anything from Richardson will be a bonus and I honestly don’t think he could be worse than last year.

  4. barsfordays says: May 5, 2014 11:42 AM

    Cut this guy. He’s obviously on some kind of drugs if he thinks he can beat out T-Rich and Ahmad Bradshaw.

  5. robert831 says: May 5, 2014 11:44 AM

    Why they thought Richardson was every better than Brown is beyond me…

  6. jkirby317 says: May 5, 2014 11:53 AM

    If all the RB’s are healthy (IF) then the Colts have a nice stable of running backs.
    All of them will have spend some time as THE”H-Back” and ALL will want to perform well to prove the doubters wrong.
    Multiple running backs is not a bad problem to have in today’s NFL.

  7. jdphx says: May 5, 2014 11:58 AM

    Richardson starts. Bradshaw and Ballard get mixed in. Then if/when Trent falters, Ballard should have
    his strength and confidence back, he takes over.

  8. 12444uggg says: May 5, 2014 12:04 PM

    All 3 are going to have plenty of opportunities to produce. If Bradshaw doesn’t break down again, I think he’s the guy.

  9. schmitty2 says: May 5, 2014 12:19 PM

    Bradshaw can’t stay healthy and and if he can average over 3 yards a carry then he should beat out Richardson for the starting role.

  10. aldavis4president says: May 5, 2014 12:32 PM

    For the record, Donald Brown had been pretty bad his entire career untill last year. T-rich will start because they traded a 1st for him, and mix in Bradshaw and ballard. Not a bad 3back set right there. We all know Bradshaw can perform its just his injury history.

  11. vikesr4reel says: May 5, 2014 12:34 PM

    Andrew luck is simply an awful QB
    What do they see in him???

  12. jetsfaninindy says: May 5, 2014 1:37 PM

    The Colts and their fans are delusional if they think Ballard is the answer. He is a backup RB at best on a good team. They will miss Donald Brown!

  13. john242322 says: May 15, 2014 12:36 PM

    Colts have the best Running back committee in the whole NFL hands down. 3 headed monster

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