Chuck Pagano Has High Praise for Ahmad Bradshaw; Colts Interested
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano had high praise Tuesday for veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw, a potential free agent target who the team has brought in this week for a workout:
"“Yeah, I mean he’s a warrior,” said Pagano. “I think everybody in this room, and everyone in our locker room and this organization knew what he did for our football team and what kind of toughness, energy, and passion and all that he brings. He’s one heck of a ball player.”“Again, he’s a warrior. One of the toughest guys I’ve been around He’s a tone-setter…He’s a great, great player and he’s a warrior. We’ll see what happens.”"
Of course, Bradshaw is no stranger to the Colts, as the 29 year old has appeared in 13 games for the team over the past 2 seasons. Just last season, Bradshaw ran for 425 rushing yards on 90 carries for the Colts, resulting in a healthy 4.7 yards per carry average.
Oct 9, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) celebrates after scoring on a 5-yard touchdown pass against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
However, always adept in the passing game, Bradshaw also became a go-to target for Andrew Luck in the red zone, where he caught a career high 6 touchdown receptions last season.
With rookie Josh Robinson struggling with ball security issues, the Colts could look to add a more proven backup running back behind starter Frank Gore.
It’s never been an issue of productivity for Bradshaw as a member of the Colts. Rather, it’s whether he can simply stay on the field, as the veteran has seen his past two seasons ended prematurely because of season-ending injuries.
Still, the Colts could sorely use Bradshaw’s energy and productivity off the bench if he can regain his prior form. The veteran has always run with wreckless abandonment and would provide serious energy and attitude to the team’s ground game in relief of Gore.
While he may not be able to hold up the entire season, even having him for a few games would figure to provide a massive upgrade behind Gore in the Colts backfield right now.
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