What Does Ahmad Bradshaw Offer NFL Teams?

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What Does Ahmad Bradshaw Offer NFL Teams?
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Ahmad Bradshaw is only 27-years-old, which isn't necessarily considered ancient in NFL running back years, but he's had a difficult time finding a job.

He recently visited with the Indianapolis Colts, and according to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, the running back and Chuck Pagano's club are undergoing "heavy negotiations" to get the Bradshaw into a Colts uniform. 

The fiery, 5'11'', 195-pound former seventh-round draft selection from Marshall University averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 2012, which just so happens to be his career average; however, he's dealt with a variety of injuries since entering the league in 2007. 

As contract talks continue in Indianapolis, let's examine what Bradshaw offers at this point in his professional career.

 

Injury History 

Whether he likes it or not, Bradshaw's injury history is fresh in the minds of everyone, and it should be.

He certainly wouldn't be classified as a finesse runner by any stretch of the imagination, and the propensity for running backs to get injured is obvious. 

Here's a list of times in which Bradshaw appeared on the Giants injury report:

Over that arduous, injury-filled stretch, per ProFootballReference, Bradshaw played in all 16 games once—in 2010—but never missed more than four games in any season. 

While Bradshaw has been banged up for basically his entire NFL tenure, he's fought through most of his injuries and found a way to contribute on Sundays. 

On April 29, according to ProFootballTalk, Bradshaw "received full medical clearance to resume all football activities after having surgery on his troublesome foot earlier in the offseason."

Sounds like Bradshaw's fully healthy. 

Your move, NFL general managers. 

 

Comparison

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Because Bradshaw was such an integral facet of two Super Bowl-winning Giants teams over the last six years and because he's labored through a laundry list of injuries, he's perceived by some to be an old, battered running back.

That perception is a somewhat of a fallacy. 

Here's how Bradshaw's mileage and career production compares to some of the other, more highly regarded veteran running backs:

Surprised?

You're not alone. 

Moreover, Bradshaw was quite the elusive runner in 2012, despite not possessing the same breakaway speed or sudden lateral agility as some of his running back brethren.

Here's how ProFootballFocus.com Bradshaw's "Elusiveness Rating" ranked among his peers last year:

(The metric attempts find the impact of a running back notwithstanding the blocking in front of him by quantifying how hard he is to bring to the ground.)

McCoy's 45.6 Elusiveness Rating was much better than Bradshaw's, but the Giants runner undoubtedly held his own in that important statistical category. 

 

Recent Production

Bradshaw's foot irritated him a season ago, but oddly enough, he averaged 15.7 carries per game, which was the second-highest average of his NFL career. 

Also, he averaged 4.6 yards per rush on the year, and his 10.6 yards per reception set a career high.

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Don't forget, Bradshaw toted the rocked 16 times for 107 yards and added a 41-yard reception in a Week 16 blowout win against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 30, 2012.

Sure, like with any running back, there's a chance he gets hurt and ultimately becomes a failed free-agent acquisition. 

But Ahmad Bradshaw is a more enticing and viable option than what's initially believed, that's for sure. 

 

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