Colts Ink Bradshaw

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It’s Official. The Indianapolis Colts have signed a deal with ex New York Giant running back Ahmad Bradshaw. The 27 year old Bradshaw signed a one year deal earlier today. Bradshaw’s agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed the deal via twitter.

Bradshaw had a very impressive season last year for a Giants team that underperformed greatly. Coming off a Super Bowl win the previous season, Bradshaw ran for 1,015 yards on 221 carries, in 14 games, due to a foot injury. He also had 6 touchdowns to go along with the 1,000 yard season.

This should be a perfect fit for both Bradshaw and the Colts. The Colts have not had a 1,000 yard rusher since Joseph Addai back in 2007. Indy has already found their replacement for the future hall of famer, Peyton Manning, in Andrew Luck. Now they should have found a good compliment to the passing game. Bradshaw should come in and be the number one back. Image

One aspect of the game that Bradshaw does very well at, that is often unappreciated in the stat columns, is that Bradshaw is an excellent pass blocker. Andrew Luck was sacked 41 times last season, and he could use a little help with a young and sometimes inconsistent line. Luck does have some pretty good mobility, but a solid back in the backfield who can provide some extra protection. Bradshaw also provides an excellent receiver coming out of the backfield. He has 94 catches over the past 3 seasons.

The only real issue that comes along with 7th Round pick out of Marshall is that he has a durability issue. He has only one season in which he has played in all 16 games. He has missed 6 games over the past two seasons due to foot related issues.

Adding Bradshaw to an already up and coming team is a positive addition. After the Colts went out and did the unthinkable, in winning 11 games and making the playoffs, after losing 14 games, along with Peyton Manning, they are heading in the right direction. A solid passing game no has a solid running game to help carry the load. Vick Ballard should become the back-up. The other roster spots are still up for grabs.

Matt Rea – NFL Contributor – TitleTown Sports

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