Ahmad Bradshaw was bound to get signed eventually.
One of the most important attributes for the Colts in their running back search is whether or not a back can block. They have to do everything they can to protect Andrew Luck after all.
Bradshaw certainly brings that ability to his new team. He won’t be an every-down back, but he will provide a valuable asset to the Colts’ franchise. They found a breakout star in Vick Ballard last season, but he isn’t much of a pass protector. He’s more of an open-field rusher and still has a ways to go in the blocking department.
Bradshaw has turned into a better receiving back over the years as well. He averaged 10.7 yards per reception last season with Eli Manning.
The good news for Bradshaw is that he won’t have to worry about carrying the majority of the load for the Colts, although if you asked him, he would probably prefer it. The former Giants‘ running back was disappointed in losing the majority of the carries over the past few years and has expressed the desire to be more of a center piece in an offense.
It’s best for him if he is used situationally instead, as the 27-year-old’s best years are likely behind him. There’s no doubt though that he still has the ability to be an effective back.