Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Colts
|RB - #84||163.17||IND||Questionable||8 years||28||5'10||214||@AhmadBradshaw|
2014 Outlook: Fantasy HandcuffLast updated on Jul-29-2014 by Larry Gold
Ahmad Bradshaw has always been under-appreciated in drafts; not because of his talent, but his propensity for injuries. He regularly battled foot and ankle problems during his time with the Giants and was sidelined in Week 4 for the remainder of the 2013 season due to a neck injury. To be fair, Bradshaw was far more impressive in his three week stint with the Colts than Richardson was all year, but the Colts gave up a lot to get Richardson, so it's their preference to see that trade through. While Bradshaw is expected to be cleared to play before the season starts (and is likely the first man up should Richardson stumble), it is difficult to assume he can get through a season injury-free at this point in his career. If you were burned by Richardson last year and want to corner the market on Colts running backs not named Richardson, you can grab Bradshaw very late in your draft. With Bradshaw, you get a fiery competitor who has a knack for finding the end zone.
ESPN's Colts beat writer Mike Wells reports Trent Richardson is off to a slow start again this year, and Wells gives this notable opening line in a Wednesday post:
"Look at Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson's preseason rushing statistics and you probably want to climb to the top of the nearest mountain and scream, 'Here we go again!' at the top of your lungs."
It's one thing for a beat writer to have observations, but it's another when Wells quotes the Colts GM Ryan Grigson as saying "Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability, We're all accountable here. He's such a hard runner, we know how tough he is, but he's got to produce just like all these guys do on this final 53."
Richardson dropped off significantly last year after being trading from the Cleveland Browns to the Colts for a first-round pick.
It's getting harder and harder for supporters to defend Richardson. He has to pick it up in a big way this year if he wants to remain an NFL starter. His average draft position has continued to drop, being a fifth-round selection in July to now going off the board in the sixth round. He will get all of the carries he can handle if he can produce, with only RB Ahmad Bradshaw behind him.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/21 - Colts RB Trent Richardson 'off to a slow start'
7/30 - Colts RB Trent Richardson returns to practice
7/29 - Colts RB Chris Rainey released
7/29 - Colts sign former Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner
7/29 - Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw 'looks fantastic'
7/25 - Colts RB Vick Ballard injured during camp
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