5 Positions to Watch for Colts During Hall of Fame Game
1. Running Back
With Colts backups Scott Tolzien and Stephen Morris largely playing this one out, as well as the Green Bay Packers likely without their top 2 quarterbacks, it appears highly unlikely that this is going to be a high-flying aerial showing.
Both teams will presumably want to run as much as possible in order to run the clock down to escape without any injuries.
Last season, Colts fans saw when an undrafted rookie running back out of Yale Tyler Varga starred in preseason action and made a strong impression on coaches–ultimately making the team’s final 53-man roster in the process.
It could be another fellow undrafted rookie running back again this time around regarding Josh Ferguson out of Illinois.
The 5’9″, 198 pound running back was listed just 4th on the Colts depth chart behind starter Frank Gore, as well as backups Robert Turbin and Jordan Todman earlier this week.
However, Ferguson has recently gotten some run with the 1st team in practices and stood out, having shown “flashes” consistently throughout the team’s training camp.
While Ferguson is diminutive in stature and won’t be confused with a bellcow ‘back anytime soon, he could serve as an exceptional change-of-pace, complementary scat-back to Gore’s more physical, grinding style.
Simply put, Ferguson has the type of explosiveness and elusiveness that arguably no other Colts running back possesses in the backfield. As such, he should be fun to watch and could receive considerable reps to showcase his talents on Sunday.
Nevertheless, the primary backup job behind Gore simply won’t be handed to Ferguson, as veterans Turbin and Todman figure to provide healthy competition at the position and remain higher than the rookie in the running back pecking order as it stands.
However, a strong showing by Ferguson could certainly change the current order of things on Sunday.