Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
169 attempts, 673 yards (3.98 YPC), 8 receptions, 64 receiving yards, 6 total touchdowns
Ballard’s attempts should go down in 2013 with the addition of Ahmad Bradshaw in the backfield. However, with Hamilton’s run-heavy offense, I still would expect Ballard to receive anywhere from 150-200 attempts.
He’s the only back with experience on the roster that doesn’t have injury concerns, and that dependability could be the difference between his season totals and a guy like Ahmad Bradshaw’s.
144 attempts, 598 yards (4.15 YPC), 15 receptions, 143 receiving yards, 8 total touchdowns
The Colts’ newest running back, and the most talented, is poised to be an important addition. Much more well-known and experienced than Ballard or Donald Brown (whom he’ll be sharing snaps with), Bradshaw likely would be the unquestioned starter if not for injury issues.
Unfortunately, with Bradshaw missing the preseason with a foot injury, it seems likely that Ballard will start the season as the starter, and a minor injury or two throughout the season may keep Bradshaw from finishing as the Colts’ leading rusher.
92 attempts, 376 yards (4.09 YPC), 6 receptions, 64 receiving yards, 2 total touchdowns
The third, slightly less-used head of the Colts’ three-headed rushing attack, Brown is a more explosive back than Ballard (and has thus far been outplaying him in the preseason) and may have a slightly higher average during the season.
Brown excels in a fullback-heavy offense, and also runs off the edges better than Ballard does, which is where the Colts’ blocking should be strongest in 2013.
Kerwynn Williams (NOTE: Waived to make room for TE Jack Doyle)
30 attempts, 128 yards (4.27 YPC), 5 receptions, 65 receiving yards, 0 total touchdowns
Williams is shifty, with good speed in the open field, but it's doubtful he’s used much outside of the occasional long third down. With high explosiveness, Williams' average may be a bit higher than the others, however, as he’ll get a chance to run a few draws on long third downs that will artificially raise his yard-per-carry average.