Indianapolis Colts veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw was cleared to participate in OTAs last Friday, and no one was more excited about the news than himself.
After having season ending neck surgery last year, Bradshaw has a lot of catching up to do.
“(The rehab’s) still going good. I got the chance to get out here Monday, and it’s been feeling great,” said Bradshaw, who is still wearing a protective red jersey during practices. “I got cleared Friday to be out here.
“It’s the next step ahead for me – to keep going, keep pushing. I’m just glad to be out here with the guys and getting the feel of these things.”
He was not the only one coming back during the Colts OTAs, as third year tight end Dwayne Allen joined practice last week.
Both are coming off season ending injuries last year, and look to be a big part of an offense that is loaded with talent.
The Colts ranked 15th last season in yards per game on offense(341.8), 17th in passing yards per game( 232.8), and 20th in rushing yards a game ( 108.9).
During Bradshaw’s only year with the Colts, they had their highest ranking in rushing yards per game, and will need him to provide veteran leadership and the hard nose running style to continue that climb.
Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has stated that he would like to be more balanced on offense to take pressure off of Andrew Luck, and with a healthy Bradshaw, that could be what this team needs.
If he can stay healthy, and get back to the runner he was while with the Giants, then the Colts have a chance to not only have a stronger offense, but go deeper into the playoffs.
GRADE: A ( as long as he stays healthy)