The Colts signed Bradshaw to a one year deal yesterday, bringing in the veteran back to compete for a spot in a crowded Colts backfield. Although Bradshaw understands that part of his job will be to tutor a young Vick Ballard, he told reporters yesterday during a conference call he’s not just looking to be a coach in pads.
“We just see a huge opportunity for me to come and help Vick (Ballard) and those guys out…I’ve always considered [myself a three-down back] and I guess we’ll let the coach and the coaching staff decide that factor. With me, I feel that I can touch the ball every down and be effective.”
Bradshaw will have to earn a spot in a crowded Colts backfield that includes Vick Ballard, Donald Brown, Delone Carter and rookie Kerwynn Williams. He’s also coming off a January foot surgery that will keep him sidelined for a while longer, though he doesn’t think he’ll miss any of training camp.
“I’m taking it slow right now. I’m definitely going to continue my rehab. I’d love to be out there and get acquainted with those guys but my focus is to learn the offense and get healthy and to be prepared for training camp and the end of the season.”
Bradshaw said that he saw Indianapolis as a “perfect fit” and someplace he could help right away. Make no mistake, at 27 and having battled injuries, Bradshaw realizes that he’s in the twilight years for an NFL running back. He’s ready to win now.
“Any team that gets to the playoffs has a chance. Like I said, with these guys being young, with Andrew Luck growing every year, last year coming in the league and proving what he can do, I think this team has great potential to be a contender. That’s also a big reason why Indiana was my choice.”
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