Vick Ballard RB IND 6 Months
Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said his running back pecking order for Week 1 is "yet to be determined."
If there's ever going to be a time when Vick Ballard gets a big workload, this is it. Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is still working his way into the mix and the Colts figure to be nursing a big lead against the lowly Raiders. Eventually, we're expecting Ballard to take a clear backseat to Bradshaw in the Colts' committee.
Vick Ballard RB IND 9 Months
Vick Ballard is expected to open the season as the Colts' No. 2 back.
The Ahmad Bradshaw signing was a clear indication of GM Ryan Grigson's feelings about his running back corps; he recognized it wasn't good enough with Ballard in the lead role. Ballard will be no more than a low-end flex pick in fantasy drafts. In his AFC Team-by-Team Notes column accessible at the link below, Rotoworld's Evan Silva breaks down the Colts' projected 2013 backfield.
Vick Ballard RB IND 9 Months
New Colts OC Pep Hamilton wants his offense to be "able to run the football."
"You have to have balance in your offense," Hamilton said. "The teams I've been a part of where the quarterback has been effective and offensively we've had success consistently were the teams that were able to run the football." The Colts ran the ball just 39.7 percent of the time last season under Bruce Arians, but that will change this season. Coach Chuck Pagano recently confirmed that Vick Ballard is his "lead guy," but we don't like him as much more than a low RB2.
Vick Ballard RB IND Jan 07 '13
The Indianapolis Star believes the Colts have found a "workhorse" in Vick Ballard.
GM Ryan Grigson's top priorities will be fixing Andrew Luck's pass protection on the offensive line and upgrading the run defense. The Colts have enough holes that running back is relatively low on the list. Ballard has moved ahead of Donald Brown in the organization's eyes. Expect him to enter next season as the feature back.
Vick Ballard RB IND Jan 06 '13
Vick Ballard rushed 22 times for 91 yards and added one reception for three yards at Baltimore in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
Ballard was stopped for a gain of two yards or less on nine of his carries in an inconsistent ground attack. The Colts never got close enough to the end zone for a goal-line opportunity. A workhorse back down the stretch, the fifth-rounder from Mississippi State finished the season as fantasy's No. 27 back. While Ballard is the favorite to enter next season as the starter, the Colts may bring in stiffer competition at the position.
Vick Ballard RB IND Dec 30 '12
Vick Ballard rushed 27 times for 78 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Texans.
He added two catches for nine yards. Ballard failed to convert on two goal-line carries on the Colts' opening drive, but made up for it with a one-yard touchdown at the end of the first half. Despite his lack of big-play ability, Ballard has been a workhorse since taking over for Donald Brown (ankle) in Week 6 and will end the regular season with 966 total yards and three touchdowns. The Colts are expected to get Delone Carter (ankle) back for their wildcard matchup with the Ravens. Mewelde Moore has been a non-factor since being re-signed and will be relegated to special teams.
Vick Ballard RB IND Dec 17 '12
Interim coach Bruce Arians continued to heap praise on Vick Ballard following Sunday's loss to the Texans.
Ballard impressively racked up 105 yards on just 18 carries against Houston's staunch defensive front. "He's where I think he should be right now," Arians said. "He had the ability to make people miss and he found some great holes. He ran the ball extremely well." Arians also expressed regret for not having Ballard in for a goal-line play that Mewelde Moore fumbled away in the first quarter. Expect another 18-plus carries and the goal-line work against the Chiefs in Week 16.
Vick Ballard RB IND Dec 16 '12
Vick Ballard rushed 18 times for 105 yards in the Colts' Week 15 loss to the Texans.
The Colts ought to be kicking themselves for using Mewelde Moore at all. Moore (four rushes, six yards) got a first-half goal-line carry ahead of Ballard and was stripped by J.J. Watt, costing Indianapolis at least three points and probably seven. Meanwhile, Ballard ran with power and competitiveness between the tackles, and is clearly Indianapolis' best running back. He'll be worth a long look as a flex play in Week 16 at Kansas City.
Vick Ballard RB IND Dec 13 '12
Interim coach Bruce Arians confirmed Vick Ballard is in for a heavy workload in Sunday's game against the Texans.
With Delone Carter and Donald Brown sidelined by ankle injuries, Ballard will be backed up by street free agents Mewelde Moore and Deji Karim. "As long as he can stay in there he'll stay in there and when he needs to tap out, Mewelde will go in," Arians said. Ballard can safely expect to push for 20 touches, but the concern is that the Texans' defense eat up the Colts' depleted offensive line. They figure to come out focused and angry following Monday night's humiliation at the hands of the Patriots, leaving Ballard as a mere flex option.