It was easy to come away impressed with Andrew Luck’s preseason performance yesterday. I think we should start bumping Indy WR’s. I like Wayne as a good value this year and Collie should be getting more attention in FF (although the concussion scares still stick out to me).
I’m curious and looking for opinions regarding the Indy backfield though. Brown, Carter and Ballard. Mewelde is now around for some limited 3rd down duties I would guess. I’m intrigued by the upside of Brown at his current ADP. I’m sure I’ll get some criticism here from folks that just don’t see him ever getting around his draft bust label. Pass protection has been an ongoing issue with Brown, but he seemed to make some strides last year since the “GodDamnit Donald” days. PFF had him graded pretty high for the year in that area though:http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/03/30/2011-pass-blocking-efficiency-running-backs/
There was some early talk from Grigson about utilizing the fullback position this season in Indy. They have since eliminated anyone on the roster who can fill that kind of role (gronkowski, mahaffey and eldridge at TE are all gone). So…. We can take some educated guesses at what their offensive blueprint might look like.
IMO… Brown has some upside and is the top choice of the group. Carter seems like a plodder to me. They might like to use him in short-yardage and goal line. Ballard seems like he has some talent and seems to have impressed somewhat at camp.
NFL Network's Mike Lombardi stated repeatedly on Inside Training Camp Live Tuesday that rookie Vick Ballard will prove the Colts' best running back option this season.
We'll wait for preseason action to make any bold predictions on Ballard, but Lombardi is certainly high on the fifth-round pick. Lombardi even says he'd draft Ballard onto his fantasy football team, if he played. "Prototypical NFL runner in terms of breaking tackles, yards after contact," Lombardi described. "He's a sleeper. I'm not a fantasy guy, but I would play him." Jul 31 - 2:11 PM
With Pagano at head coach, Arians at OC and a defense that looks to be sub-par…. I like Brown as a player who could be an asset in the passing/screen game in addition to taking most of the early down work. His ADP is very reasonable right now. He scored on a long screen pass and got 2 carries in the preseason opener. I think coaches view him as the top guy… so they yanked him out to take a longer look at Carter and Ballard.
What do people think? I’m not expecting top RB1 numbers at all, but I like Brown right now in PPR formats. Anyone have any insight on what kind of workload to expect there? Or are we looking at a sub-par messy committee situation in a passing offense?