Whenever a prime-time running back like Vick Ballard goes down with a season-ending injury, fantasy football owners across the country scramble to pick up anyone who could possibly take some of Ballard’s would-be carries. However, the Indianapolis Colts‘ running game has never and will never be dependent on an inconsistent guy like Donald Brown.
The Colts had high hopes for Brown when they drafted him with the 27th-overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, yet Brown has only disappointed in his four years with Indy. To Brown’s credit he has managed to stay on the Colts’ roster, which isn’t easy considering how many running backs the Colts have had in town over the last five seasons that have tried to take his job. However, if Colts general manager Jim Irsay was really sold on Brown he would not have brought in Ahmad Bradshaw this offseason. Plus, it’s never good when Irsay is tweeting things like this:
We’re all hurting for Vick BaL..Bradshaw,Brown and others must step up…Grig’s gonna work hard to wheel n deal B4 trade deadline,let’s roll
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) September 13, 2013
If Indianapolis does decide leave its backfield as is, then don’t be surprised if rookie running back Kerwynn Williams makes a bigger impact in 2013 than Brown does. Williams may have been a seventh-round pick this April, but remember that Ballard was a fifth-rounder himself and he managed to rush for a team-high 814 yards in just his rookie campaign.
At the end of the day; don’t go fishing for Brown because you’ll be disappointed.