One, the Colts are going to be a power running team. Two, Donald Brown is the presumptive leader.
A more reliable running attack will ease the load on QB Andrew Luck and a defense in transition. That area has been wholly unreliable. Since 2008, the Colts rank No. 32 in the league in rushing yards per game (88.2) and per attempt (3.7) and No. 31 in attempts per game (23.6).
That won’t get it done. Brown needs to stay healthy and be consistent. He rushed for 645 yards and averaged 4.8 per carry last year, both career highs. Brown should be pushed by 238-pound Delone Carter and 217-pound rookie Vick Ballard, both of whom appear ideal for the bruising approach. Free-agent pick-up Mewelde Moore is a candidate to be a third-down option.
Brown ranks just 27th on our RB list. The young Colts could struggle to stay in games and the rushing attack may be forced aside for a passing attack many weeks. He'll be usable in certain matchups, but he enters the year more likely a middle of the road RB3 option for your team.