Indianapolis Colts 2013 Positional Breakdown: Running Backs

By Eric Smith
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Many people would like to see the Indianapolis Colts make a move for a running back this offseason. I honestly don’t think they need to.

The Colts return all three backs from last year in Vick Ballard, Delone Carter and Donald Brown. All three have different dynamics about them and could make it tough to stop.

Ballard was a very good option last year and became the starter once Brown went out after the Green Bay game with an injury. He’s a big back that isn’t afraid to run in-between the tackles and keeps his legs moving to get extra yardage.

He rushed for 814 yards on 211 carries in 2012 with not getting a ton of touches in the first month. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get over 1,000 yards in 2013 with having a better offensive line blocking in front of him and getting more carries.

If the Colts want to give Ballard a rest, they can change up the dynamic and bring in Brown. He’s a bit shorter but is a very fast back that can break big runs to the outside. Once he has open space, there’s no stopping him.

Brown was a starter the last few years and can be the guy that comes in after the defense is beat up and worn down. He has the experience and will get a better chance to hit the home run with Ballard getting the nickel and dime runs setting up Brown.

Factor in Carter, who’s a big bruiser that can come in on short yardage or goal line situations, and they have a very good trio with good chemistry.

I don’t think the Colts will add a running back this offseason and move forward with these three.

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