Eight more weeks until the Colts report to training camp. and eight more weeks until the race for the starting running back spot will actually begin.
The potential of a three headed monster in the backfield is plausible, but all three players are coming off injuries and surgeries right now. Vick Ballard is still rehabbing a torn ACL, Trent Richardson is working his way back from shoulder surgery earlier in the year, and Ahmad Bradshaw is recovering from the neck injury.
All three have the chance to win the starting spot, but if it came down to potential alone, it would be Richardson. After a dismal first year with the Colts, Pagano has left the spot completely open. Ballard was the starter last year until his injury, and same with Bradshaw. That left Pagano to start TR and watch as he would constantly run into brick walls and finish with 2.9 yards per carry last season, dead last among backs who started at least six games.
For now Richardson will continue to wear the red “no hit” jersey during OTAs, and both Bradhsaw and Ballard are not expected to join full workouts until training camp.
However, only one will likely get the bulk of the carries. Both Ballard and Richardson are bigger threats in the passing game, but Bradshaw has the experience and pass blocking skills to still allow the veteran to get the starting nod.
So, for now we wait. The story on the starter will not be clear until early August it seems like.
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