Vick Ballard, RB, Colts
|RB||IND||Injured Reserve||4 years||24||5'10||217||@VickBallard|
2014 Outlook: Do Not DraftLast updated on Jul-29-2014 by Larry Gold
UPDATE: Vick Ballard sustained a season ending torn achilles. He's a hard worker and a good guy. It looks like the Colts want to keep him as evidenced by keeping him on the roster. If they placed him on IR now, before cuts are made, he would have to clear waivers before returning to the team's IR. We wish him all the best. This puts even more pressure on Trent Richardson to be the bell cow back with the veteran Bradshaw spelling in relief.
Vick Ballard was impressive in his rookie year and the Colts went into last year comfortable with a running back by committee approach with Ballard, Ahmad Bradshaw and Donald Brown. As it turned out, Ballard tore his ACL prior to Week 2, Bradshaw was lost after Week 3 and Brown found himself the starter after Richardson (acquired through trade) struggled mightily. Ballard is working himself back slowly, but he will find himself back near full strength towards the second half of the season. Expect him to be a clear third on the depth chart to start the season, but could be a sneaky waiver wire pickup mid-year if Richardson struggles and Bradshaw proves to not be durable.
After rupturing his Achilles last season, Vick Ballard is expected to ready for training camp. He says he feels great. Ballard will find himself competing for a job this offseason. When healthy, he has actually played pretty well throughout his career. Injuries have just really derailed him.Fantasy Analysis:
Ballard is not worth drafting, simply because no one will and he can be had on the wire. Nonetheless, he may turn out to be the best back on that roster if he stays healthy. Frank Gore is aging and Boom Heron is average at best. Keep an eye on this guy as we get closer to the season.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors4/25 - Colts RB Vick Ballard expects to be ready for training camp
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