Former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is working out for the Indianapolis Colts today at the team's Indiana Farm Bureau practice center. Pro Football Talk's Evan Silva first reported the news today via Twitter.
If Bradshaw is healthy (foot problems plagued him in New York) he would make an excellent addition to the Colts' offense. The team currently has Vick Ballard, Donald Brown, Delone Carter and rookie Kerwynn Williams listed on their depth chart at feature back. Stanley Havili and Dan Moore are also, listed, but will compete for a spot at fullback, a new addition with Pep Hamilton's offense.
Vick Ballard heads into next week's mini-camp as the clear favorite to start. Beyond that, the Colts have some doubts. Donald Brown has shown flashes of greatness, like when he romped 80 yards for a score against the Titans in 2011. He's also shown flashes of complete absence like he did early last year against the Chicago Bears. Carter is pretty much a short yardage option, something that won't be needed with the Colts carrying a fullback. Carter's ball security has also been very suspect.
All three backs have question marks in an area where Bradshaw would bring an immediate improvement: pass protection. Ballard fared well for a rookie last season in picking up blitzes, but is still a novice. Blitz pickup has been a weakness for Brown all through his pro career.
With GM Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano emphasizing reducing the hits on Andrew Luck this season, Bradshaw would be the perfect complement to Ballard in the backfield.
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