Dan Herron RB IND 4 months ago1 Comment

The Colts made an exclusive-rights tender to Herron on Thursday, the team's official website reports.

Herron is an exclusive-rights free agent, which means he really isn't a free agent at all. He'll be back with the Colts in 2015, after leading the team's backfield during the 2014 postseason. He showcased a solid combination of tough running and receiving skills, but the Colts will likely want to bring in some competition for touches, at the very least. Indianapolis has been linked to some of the big-name running backs that will soon become free agents, so Herron's stock largely depends on how the rest of the offseason plays out. Trent Richardson is unlikely to be back with the Colts, and Ahmad Bradshaw (leg) -- an impending free agent himself -- is a perpetual injury concern.

Dan Herron RB IND 5 months ago

Herron carried 10 times for 51 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards in Sunday's 45-7 loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

Herron finished up the season as the team's lead back, after overtaking Trent Richardson in that role, but it's a little too early to get a good read on Herron's 2015 fantasy prospects, with the Colts quite possibly of a mind to tinker with the composition of their backfield depth chart this coming offseason.

Dan Herron RB IND 6 months ago

Herron had 23 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown, adding eight receptions for 32 yards on eight targets, in Sunday's 24-13 win over the Broncos.

Herron had to fight for every inch against an excellent Denver front seven, with his longest run going for just eight yards, and his longest reception going for 10. He appeared to hurt his arm early in the game, but he only missed a snap or two, and then continued to run hard. He did seem to be favoring his arm at times, and he was often slow to get up. Zurlon Tipton still had just two carries and one reception, and Trent Richardson was a healthy scratch. While not to be mistaken for one of the league's more talented runners, Herron offers a nice combination of power, determination and receiving skills. Assuming he's not too banged up from Sunday's game, he figures to once again lead the Indy backfield in a difficult AFC Championship Game matchup with the Patriots. New England did an excellent job against the run after the first few weeks of the season, but Baltimore's Justin Forsett had a big game Saturday. Perhaps more relevant for Herron, the Patriots were middle-of-the-pack in terms of receiving production allowed to running backs. Though Herron's final rushing line might seem to indicate otherwise, the Colts expectedly came out with a pass-heavy gameplan Sunday afternoon. 10 of Herron's carries came in the fourth quarter, while four of his receptions came on the first two drives.

Dan Herron RB IND 6 months ago

Herron is slated to remain in the Colts' starting lineup Sunday against the Broncos, ESPN.com reports.

Herron rushed 12 times for 56 yards in this past Sunday's win over the Bengals, while also recording 10 catches for 85 yards, but he ended up losing carries to Zurlon Tipton as the game progressed, after fumbling twice -- losing one. In any case, the Colts seem inclined to stick with Herron as their lead back, with coach Chuck Pagano noting with regard to the running back's recent fumbling woes, "he's going to do his part and he'll get it fixed." Herron will do so this weekend against Broncos' run defense that gave up an average of 79.8 yards rushing yards per game during the regular season. Only the Lions (69.3) gave up less.

Dan Herron RB IND 6 months ago

Herron rushed 12 times for 56 yards and a TD and caught ten passes (on 11 targets) for 85 receiving yards in Sunday's 26-10 wild card win over the Bengals.

Herron did fumble twice, losing one, which led to Zurlon Tipton seeing added work (11 carries for 40 yards) as the game progressed. Meanwhile, Trent Richardson -- who was listed as questionable/illness heading into Sunday's game -- did not record a touch. Next up for Herron and the Bengals is a matchup next weekend against the Broncos, a contest in which we'd expect Herron to continue to head the Colts' backfield committee, provided he is able to take better care of the ball than he did this Sunday.

Dan Herron RB IND 6 months ago

Herron got the start Sunday against the Titans and rushed 10 times for 35 yards and caught three passes on three targets for 31 receiving yards.

Backup Trent Richardson finished with just 11 yards on six carries, while Zurlon Tipton had nine carries for 21 yards, though the latter got most of his work with the game well in hand. Herron finishes the regular season with 78 carries for 351 yards and a touchdown, and he'll likely be the starter in the first-round of the playoffs against either the Steelers or Bengals.

Dan Herron RB IND 6 months ago

Herron had seven carries for just three yards in Sunday's 42-7 loss to the Cowboys. He added three receptions for 37 yards.

Because of the lopsided score, the Colts attempted just 10 rushes all game. Herron got seven of the 10, which is a good sign as far as his status on the depth chart is concerned, but the total lack of rushing production is what stands out. He should get more work and be more productive next week in Tennessee against the league's worst run defense.

Dan Herron RB IND 7 months ago

Herron had 11 carries for 60 rushing yards and two catches on three targets for 13 receiving yards during Sunday's win over the Texans.

Herron outplayed Trent Richardson yet again, as the latter finished with just 32 rushing yards on nine carries and nine receiving yards on two receptions. Herron has clearly shown that he's able to produce more than Richardson, but the Colts seem intent on running them both out there, which obviously limits both of their fantasy upsides. Up next is a Week 16 matchup against a Cowboys defense that has allowed the fourth-most rushing touchdowns this season.

Dan Herron RB IND 7 months ago

Herron had eight carries for 26 yards and caught 4-of-7 targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 25-24 come-from-behind win at Cleveland.

As a rusher, Herron was slightly less productive than Trent Richardson, who finished with seven carries for 30 yards. Richardson wasn't targeted as a pass catcher though, and Herron was trusted in a huge situation in the final two minutes, picking up a 4th down conversion inside the Browns' 10-yard line. On the play, Herron appeared to be stopped, which would have ended the game, but he kept moving his legs and made a nice spin move to get the 1st down. Andrew Luck ended up throwing the game-winning touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton with only 32 seconds remaining. Despite the modest numbers, Herron seems to be trending in the right direction, and he'll face the Texans at home next week.

Dan Herron RB IND 7 months ago13 Comments

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said he is not ready to give Herron the majority of carries in the backfield committee over Trent Richardson. "We're not there," Pagano told ESPN. "You guys might be, but I'm not."

Richardson started last week after Herron started in Week 12. Both got eight carries last week and while Richardson played two more snaps on offense then Herron, Herron outperformed Richardson with 88 yards rushing and a touchdown compared to 12 yards rushing for Richardson. If Herron can keep a hold of the ball (he lost a fumble for a second consecutive game last week), it seems inevitable that he'll get the bulk of playing time since Richardson continues to struggle.