The trade doesn’t sound like a big deal to most people. He was on the practice squad during the 2011 season and only carried the ball six times for 22 yards and a touchdown in 2012.
However, Havili can make a big impact on the Colts. The team hasn’t had an impact fullback, but he can be just that for this team.
At USC, Havili was an excellent running back. He may only be 6’0’’ and 245 pounds, but he was effective in both the passing and running game. He is a solid runner and an even better receiver out of the backfield. He shows surprising speed and athleticism for a thicker guy, and he can break out for some big plays.
Having said all of that, Havili isn’t going to impress anyone as a lead blocker. He’s not the strongest guy, and he struggles leading the way for the lead runner when going against bigger linebackers. He will be a productive player in terms of numbers, but blocking won’t be his strong suit.
This won’t be too big of a problem. The Colts brought in Pep Hamilton at offensive coordinator to replace Bruce Arians, which is very good news for Havili. Both of these guys are quite familiar with each other from their time in the Pac-12.
Hamilton has some new plans for the Colts offense. Some of that plan includes adding some West Coast principles to the offensive scheme, according to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
With quicker and more efficient passes, a guy like Havili can excel in this scheme. Coming out of the backfield, he can find himself with a lot of open space. Playing in the open field is one of the bigger strengths of Havili’s game, and his ability to excel in that area will lead to some very exciting plays.
With so many additions for the Colts during free agency, this roster move may go unnoticed over the offseason. However, that won’t be the case once the season starts and Havili begins making big plays out of the backfield. He’s an exciting player to watch and has the potential to make a very big splash in the AFC South.