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Rhodes tosses hat into Colts' backfield race
Posted May. 08 at 03:07 AM
The Colts’ backfield is getting more crowded.
A couple of weeks back, the team drafted Mike Hart, the productive but painfully slow tailback from Michigan. And now they’ve re-signed Dominic Rhodes.
Rhodes split time with Joseph Addai two years ago before signing a big free-agent deal with the Raiders. Things didn’t work out for him there – he served a four-game league suspension and then hardly played – but he performed well when the team put him in the starting lineup for the final two games, running for 115 and 129 yards in games against the Jaguars and Chargers.
The Colts also have Kenton Keith, who’s standing with the team diminished when he was arrested outside a nightclub the week before the draft. Keith originally was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement and public intoxication, but only charges of criminal trespassing are being pursued. He has pleaded not guilty.
Addai will definitely be the team’s starter. The No. 2 job could go to any of these three candidates – Rhodes, Keith or Hart.
To read the Rhodes article, go to today’s Indianapolis Star.
Posted by Eugene Hitt | May. 10 at 12:21 PM
What does this do to Joe Addai's value? Is this a positive because he'll have an able backup to spell him and keep him fresh? Or could we see a return to the RBBC that began his career? INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW!
Posted by IAN ALLAN | May. 10 at 02:22 PM
Addai is not a full-time back. He's not Edgerrin James. James had a bunch of seasons with 400-plus touches for the Colts way back when. Addai had 302 touches in 15 games last year. Regardless of which back winds up in that No. 2 role - Rhodes, Hart, Keith - I think you'll see that kind of a workload for Addai. About 20-21 touches per game, with the backup getting 6-10 runs and receptions in typical games.
Posted by Eugene Hitt | May. 11 at 03:56 AM
Does this disqualify him from being a top 10 pick in your opinion?
Posted by IAN ALLAN | May. 11 at 04:56 AM
Absolutely not. He'll be just fine. Probably pretty similar to last year. I think you'll see him go between 4th and 8th in the vast majority of drafts. I would be excited to land him at No. 10.
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