Vick Ballard Fantasy News
Colts still believe in Trent Richardson
Friday, April 18, 2014, 3:24pm
At last month’s league meetings, Chuck Pagano said the Colts will be relying on more than one back in 2014 but are looking for a “bell cow” to emerge.
With a complete offseason in a comfortable setting, Trent Richardson is primed to be that guy.
“It’s going to be very, very important for (Richardson) to be here for the offseason program and to dive into this thing full steam ahead, which he will,” Pagano said.
“He wants to be great. He’s got all the talent. He’s got all the ability. We would have never done what we did if we didn’t believe that deep down in our core. So we look for him to have a great offseason and to have a great 2014 campaign.”
Richardson averaged a woeful 2.9 YPC after joining the Colts, but he blames the learning curve he faced after joining a new offense midseason. Since they gave up a first round pick for him, he’ll have the backing of this Colts regime, but OC Pep Hamilton wasn’t afraid to give more work to Donald Brown given the disparity in the quality of play between the two backs. The offseason has gone pretty well for T-Rich — Brown is now out of the way, but the Colts did re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw while Vick Ballard is back from a knee injury. As the #20 RB off the board in the 6th round, it appears that fantasy owners are expecting Richardson to post RB2 numbers. Even that may be a stretch given his career output.
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Friday, March 21, 2014, 1:12pm
Ahmad Bradshaw re-signs with Colts
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 6:10pm
With Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard likely back, Bradshaw will join what could turn into an ugly committee. The team wants Richardson to carry the load, but it doesn't appear that he's capable of doing so. Bradshaw is a solid talent and it would not be surprising if he wins the starting gig like Donald Brown did a year ago. Speaking of Brown, this move indicates that the Colts won't be re-signing him.
Colts not handing RB1 job to Trent Richardson
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 11:28am
“At any point in time you'll know how we do things with the Colts, it's the best players play,” Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said. “Iron sharp as iron. We're going to try to have the most competition at each position group and whoever wins that spot is going to be the starter and it's who is going to get us to that next level, which is Super Bowl XLIX and that's the mindset. You're either all in or all out."
Reggie Wayne should be ready for training camp
Sunday, February 23, 2014, 11:12am
It appears that most, if not all, of the Colts players who missed extensive playing time last season should be back for the start of training camp.
WR Reggie Wayne (knee), tight end Dwayne Allen (groin), running back Vick Ballard (knee), offensive guard Donald Thomas (quad) and cornerback Greg Toler (foot) are expected back and would be good to go.
“From all the reports that I’ve been getting from our trainers and from the doctors in the meetings we’ve had, everyone’s going in the right direction. We’re optimistic about everyone,” Grigson said.
Wayne was the #19 WR in standard formats and the #17 WR in PPR through the first seven weeks prior to tearing his ACL. He's 35 and coming off of a major knee injury. He may be able to play, but it's hard to envision him returning to his usual form in time for the 2014 season.
Trent Richardson had scope on shoulder
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:55pm
'Wide-open competition' at RB1 for the Colts
Monday, February 17, 2014, 10:43am
When asked about the Colts' running game heading into 2014, beat writer Mike Wells had this to say:
"You would have thought this would be a no-brainer when the Colts acquired Trent Richardson from Cleveland. But as everybody knows, Richardson never found a comfort zone with the team. It’ll be a wide-open competition for the starting running back position. Vick Ballard, like receiver Reggie Wayne, has to prove he can regain his form after suffering a torn ACL. Don't be surprised if Donald Brown decides to test the free-agency market to earn more money and a bigger role on a team. He'll likely start behind Richardson and Ballard on the depth chart if he re-signs."
The only surprise here is that Wells believes that Donald Brown would start third on the depth chart after he (vastly) outplayed Trent Richardson in 2013. If this is the case, it's doubtful that Brown will re-sign. He has earned a shot at a starting gig somewhere (or at least as a back that will get a dependable amount of touches).
Monday, January 13, 2014, 11:16am
Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 10:49am
Bradshaw finished with 65 yards on 15 carries, an average of 4.3 yards per carry. There wasn’t anything particularly memorable about it all, and Bradshaw’s longest run was a mere nine yards.
Still, Bradshaw’s performance was one of the highlights from a game that ultimately was a frustrating loss for the Colts.
The Indy Star is impressed with Bradshaw with the many offseason questions coming in about him, especially his foot. But they felt Bradshaw was rather impressive on the whole, and the Colts can feel a bit of relief because of it. After Vick Ballard’s freak season-ending injury last week, the depth at running back took a major hit.
Vick Ballard (knee) out for the season
Friday, September 13, 2013, 12:30pm
Colts RB work 'yet to be determined'
Thursday, September 5, 2013, 3:12pm
Colts OC Pep Hamilton says RB pecking order, workload "yet to be determined."
Ahmad Bradshaw will play Week 1
Monday, September 2, 2013, 2:44pm
It's a nice matchup, but Pagano's comment, "work him in there," would seem he won't get a full workload and Vick Ballard will get some touches. We'll have our rankings out Wednesday, but Bradshaw is likely no better than a low end RB2 or flex play.
Ahmad Bradshaw in full pads for first time
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 10:43am
Bradshaw is trending up. If his foot is good to go, he'll hold low-end RB2 value in 2013. Unfortunately, he's not easy to handcuff since Vick Ballard is being drafted based on his 2012 performance.