Vick Ballard tore his ACL last September and the Colts would soon trade for Trent Richardson to make up for the loss.
Ballard stated that he is now 100 percent healthy from the injury, and looks to reclaim his starting role, even with a healthy Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson. He told ESPN.com ” I would have done the same thing if I was a GM. It’s a business and at the end of the day, I understand what they did, but I was to be the H-back.”
The former 5th round pick had promising rookie season when he lead the team with 814 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and was named the starter entering the 2013 season. He appeared in the first game of the season and averaged 4.8 yards per carry, far better than Richardson’s 2.9 YPC.
With Richardson finally having a full offseason to learn the playbook, the coaching staff is obligated to give him a chance at regaining the starting spot, but a healthy Ballard will have something to say about that. The two running backs from the 2012 class were selected 167 picks apart, but from production value Ballard has been far more promising than the former third overall pick.
Both Richardson and Ballard will be competing for the starting spot this offseason, and while some will think the backfield is too crowded, a healthy competition for the Colts will be the best thing that could happen for the team as a whole.