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Running back platoon likely in Indy
Posted Apr. 06 at 05:50 AM
The Colts will have a rookie quarterback next season, and while Andrew Luck may not be a typical rookie passer, it makes sense the team will lean on the running game more than it has in the past. Who will that player be?
Indianapolis has former first-rounder Donald Brown, who showed flashes of ability last season, and second-year back Delone Carter. Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star expects a committee of the two to be utilized in next year's backfield.
If that's how things shake out, it might be tough to find significant fantasy value in either player. The Colts are going to lose a lot of games this year, and while losing a lot a year ago, only three teams had fewer rushing attempts. Carter, who landed in the doghouse last year due to fumbles, is theoretically the better inside runner, with Brown more likely to play in passing situations.
Still, the team will probably work harder to emphasize the run than it ever did with Peyton Manning at quarterback. If that's how things shake out, maybe Brown -- who did average an impressive 4.8 yards per carry last season -- will emerge. Certainly if Carter can't take a step up, Brown should be in line for the opportunity.
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