RB Ahmad Bradshaw, Free agent
HT: 5-10, WT: 195, Born: 3-19-1986, College: Marshall, Drafted: Round 7
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: J Stewart (157), J Matthews (158), Ahmad Bradshaw (159), B Hartline (160), J Manziel (161)
Position: L Blount (147-RB50), J Stewart (157-RB51), Ahmad Bradshaw (159 - RB52), S Greene (162-RB53), T Mason (163-RB54)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: K Britt (153), J Stewart (154), Ahmad Bradshaw (155), A Smith (156), D Walker (157)
Position: C Ivory (150-RB49), J Stewart (154-RB50), Ahmad Bradshaw (155 - RB51), T Mason (158-RB52), L Blount (161-RB53)
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Ahmad Bradshaw is expected to be the Colts secondary option at running back in 2014 behind incumbent back Trent Richardson. The camp injury to Vick Ballard (Achilles) solidifies that role heading into the season. Gone is Donald Brown who has moved on to San Diego in the off season, thus opening the role to Bradshaw, who is entering his eighth year in the league. A neck injury and subsequent surgery, shortened his season last year after just three games. In addition to his neck injury, he has a long list of other ailments that has plagued him throughout his career which could limit his production. His grit, tenacity and toughness is what drives him and ultimately makes him a power, when he is healthy. Prior to joining the Colts, Bradshaw had three consecutive Top 20 finishes, which shows that he is a capable fantasy commodity. Bradshaw has several positives, with one big negative - there is always the threat of injury lurking around the corner. Perhaps being used as a backup to Trent Richardson will keep him fresh and healthy throughout the year.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - As it was mentioned in the Ballard piece, the Colts coaches weren't shy about the notion of them slowly bringing Bradshaw into their gameplan and with him not getting a snap in until 4:53 in the second quarter, they clearly stuck to their word. Only getting 7 carries, Bradshaw did look good with most of them. His first cut was always going forward, no shuffling behind the line. Didn't seem hampered by any of his preexisting injuries as he was running hard in the chances he had. Expect these 7 carries to increase as the weeks go on, but it does become clear this will be some sort of RBBC- not what Bradshaw fantasy owners want to read, but it's definitely seeming to be the case.
Week 2 - With no Vick Ballard, losing him for the season to an ACL injury earlier in the week, the Colts now needed to feed Bradshaw perhaps more than they envisioned this early in the season. However, Bradshaw looked rather good in this game; he started his day off with a quick 10 yard run off the right side. He was very decisive throughout the afternoon, not doing much dancing in the backfield when he got the ball. He wasn't forcing much, just letting his blockers pave his ways. He scored his first TD as a Colt on a 1 yard dive right before halftime. Bradshaw found most of his success up the middle as the Dolphins was pursuing the edges all night. Also worth noting is that he caught three screen passes on the afternoon and was looked at by Luck on check down opportunities. Bradshaw got 15 carries this game and didn't look bad at all, showing that he can be the lead back that Indy potentially envisioned him to be. The Colts plan was for a 50/50 split with Bradshaw and Ballard until further notice, however with Brown now being the 2-back the split went 15/7 and it worked out rather well. Expect a similar 60/40 in the near future.
Week 3 - Anyone who has any affiliation with the Colts was head over heels excited for the Richardson deal - everyone, that is, except veteran back Ahmad Bradshaw. His few days of realizing he would be the go-to back with Vick Ballard going down was short lived, but he clearly ran with a chip on his shoulder at Candlestick Park. Bradshaw was hard-nosed and showed great vision and patience behind his offensive line, attributes he displayed on a consistent basis throughout the game. On the drive that put the Colts up by two scores, Bradshaw was fed the ball five times and set up the Andrew Luck's touchdown run off the bootleg. After a Kaepernick fumble inside Niners' 20-yard line, it was Bradshaw who got three of the next four touches, ultimately scoring from three yards out.