RB Dan Herron - Free Agent
|5-10, 213||Born: 3-21-1989||College: Ohio State||Drafted: Round 6, pick 191 (2012)|
2015 Week 5 vs TEN (9 / 28 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Herron was brought in by the Bills this week after the team was sure that Karlos Williams could not play. Appropriately, he received the first carry of the game. For a player that was signed this week, Herron played acceptably splitting carries with Anthony Dixon. Herron had a few nice cuts but did not have the holes he needed to work with. He was not involved in the passing game, receiving zero targets. Herron will be replaced when LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams come back from injuries but he will continue his role as a stopgap as long as necessary.
2015 Week 6 vs CIN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Herron's most memorable play of the night was a clear miscommunication between Herron and E.J. Manuel. Manuel attempted to hand the ball off to Herron but Herron did not even try to take it. A desperate Manuel just plunged into the line. Herron had a few targets after that but no carries. With LeSean McCoy returned and playing well, Herron will be relegated to spelling McCoy. When Karlos Williams plays again, Herron may retain the third running back spot but it should be an uninteresting battle with Anthony Dixon.
2015 Week 7 vs JAX (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
On one of his two runs, Herron had a nice bounce outside to pick up some yards. The Bills were behind early which is going to affect the running game but Herron is clearly not going steal snaps from McCoy.
2015 Week 14 vs JAX (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Out-snapped and out-produced by Zurlon Tipton, Daniel Herron seems to have slipped into a timeshare (at best) for the backup running back role. Unable to make any big plays through the air or on the ground, Herron's unspectacular performance ensured that he'll continue to share snaps with Tipton for the foreseeable future.
2015 Week 16 vs MIA (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Colts' backup running back role was fully taken over by Daniel Herron on Sunday, a natural result after Zurlon Tipton was cut last week. Herron finished with six rushing touches, but did little with it, and didn't get a single target through the air. Though Herron did some solid work for the Colts last season, he's been unable to find the same room to run this season. Unless Gore is removed from the picture, Herron's workload won't be enough to offset the lack of efficiency we've seen.
2014 Week 8 vs PIT (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
With Trent Richardson hampered by injury, Herron got 19 snaps on Sunday, but didn't do much with them, gaining just seven total yards on two touches. Ahmad Bradshaw was the primary running back, likely because his pass protection skills are much better. Even if Richardson was to go down for an extended period of time, Herron likely isn't going to get enough touches to be fantasy relevant.
2014 Week 12 vs JAX (12 / 65 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)
Herron was a surprise starter on Sunday, possibly because Richardson was ill throughout the week. Richardson did get 42 snaps to Herron's 33, but the former Ohio State Buckeye finished with 17 touches to Richardson's 13. Herron was clearly the better runner on Sunday, although the Colts likely trust Richardson's pass-protection skills a bit better. Don't be surprised if Richardson is the official starter again next week, but Herron should continue to at least split touches.
2014 Week 13 vs WAS (8 / 88 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
"Boom" continued to produce at a high level when given the ball on Sunday, but his usage continues to baffle. Despite Herron's hot hand, the Colts continually brought Trent Richardson on every other drive. Herron had 79 yards at halftime, but had just two carries for the rest of the game. His fumbling issues likely contributed to the lack of carries, as he lost his second fumble in as many games on Sunday. But Richardson has also had a fumble in each game, although both of his have been recovered by Indianapolis. Herron's clearly the best back in Indianapolis right now, and he should get the bigger load going forward.
2014 Week 14 vs CLE (8 / 26 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
The better half of the Colts' running back duo, Herron's 12 total touches out produced Trent Richardson's seven by 41 total yards. While Herron's average was dragged down by two short-yardage attempts at the end of the game, his impressive spin and lunge forward for the first down on 4th-and-1 both saved the Colts' victory and was the most impressive run of any Colt for the season. Herron was targeted seven times while Richardson was not at all and seems to have taken over Ahmad Bradshaw's role as the lead back.
2014 Week 15 vs HOU (11 / 60 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Despite coming off the bench again, Herron outplayed starting running back Trent Richardson for the fourth straight game. Herron finished with 72 total yards to Richardson's 41, and averaged almost two yards per carry more. Herron was instrumental on the Colts' final drive, which put them up by a touchdown with just over two minutes remaining. Herron rushed six times for 35 yards on the drive. He didn't score, as the Colts' offense was out of sync throughout the day, but he should get chances against a weak Dallas defense next week.
2014 Week 16 vs DAL (7 / 3 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Herron was at the mercy of a bandaged offensive line on Sunday, which was using three new starters on the right side. Herron did get his first start of the year, and was the most effective target Luck had in the passing game, averaging 12.3 yards per reception. Herron could get a large amount of carries next week as the Colts take the load off of Luck's shoulders.
2014 Week 17 vs TEN (10 / 35 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
It was tough sledding for the run game again, which averaged just 2.1 yards per carry overall, but Herron was the best of the bunch with 3.5 yards per carry. Herron continues to be quick to the hole and decisive with the ball in his hands. Herron also added a one-handed grab and some production through the air to his resume. He finished with 66 yards from scrimmage and finished the season with five games of at least 65 yards from scrimmage in the last five games.
2014 Week 18 vs CIN (12 / 56 / 1 rush, 11 / 10 / 85 / 0 rec)
A stellar day blemished by two (one very costly) fumbles, Herron ran quickly throughout the day. His 141 yards from scrimmage was one of the best days the Colts have had at running back since Joseph Addai was still in town. His ball security is something to continue to be concerned about, but given Trent Richardson's struggles and Zurlon Tipton's lack of talent, he should still be the guy in Indianapolis for however long this playoff run lasts. His contributions both on the ground and through the air are a perfect foil for Andrew Luck's downfield attack.
2014 Week 19 vs DEN (23 / 63 / 1 rush, 8 / 8 / 32 / 0 rec)
As workhorse of a back as the Colts have had all season, Herron was on the field for 70 plays on Sunday, touching the ball 31 times. While his numbers weren't efficient, averaging under three yards per carry and around four yards per catch, the fact that Andrew Luck had somebody like Herron he could rely on was a huge part of this game. Denver had to account for him, and that opened up room for a few plays up the middle later on.
2014 Week 20 vs NE (10 / 51 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Herron ran the ball well, averaging over five yards per carry, but the Colts never went to him consistently and failed to establish a ground game. But what Herron will likely be thinking about all offseason is his contributions in the passing game, or what could have been. Herron dropped two critical passes early in Sunday's game, a big factor in the Colts' inability to get an offensive rhythm going in the first half. For a guy who played such a big part in the Colts' passing game in the first two weeks of the playoffs, Herron was a big disappointment on Sunday.