2013 Indianapolis Colts Training Camp Player to Watch: Ahmad Bradshaw

By Ryan Heckman
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts have taken a couple of chances this offseason that could wind up working out for the better. The first big one was signing former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey who is looking to make something of his relatively disappointing career so far.

The second one came when they brought in former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw. Bringing in a guy of his caliber will surely reduce the pressure on quarterback Andrew Luck and give the Colts a weapon they so desperately needed.

Bradshaw will join a back field that includes Vick Ballard, Donald Brown and Delone Carter — it’s no wonder they signed him. The back field has been less-than-desirable in Indy since Joseph Addai’s career tailed off and getting Bradshaw into the mix will do the team good.

Heading into training camp, it will be fun to watch Bradshaw and see how quickly he picks up the offense, not to mention the chemistry between he and the rest of the offense. If Bradshaw can stay healthy, there is no reason why he cannot enjoy another 1,000 yard season with the Colts, but it begins in camp.

Bradshaw will enter camp atop the depth chart, and justifiably so. But, that doesn’t mean the job is guaranteed to be his. The other three guys, specifically Ballard, have a grip on the offense already and if Bradshaw shows the slightest bit of pain or discomfort at any point in time, red flags will fly.

It will be difficult for Bradshaw to lose the job, but he will have to continue to prove he can stay healthy and get himself through camp without being banged up in any way. Staying on the field will be completely dependent upon his durability. When at 100 percent, there’s no doubt he can contribute at a high level.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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