The Colts released their first unofficial depth chart of the preseason on Tuesday. Those things are largely meaningless, but for what it's worth, Vick Ballard is listed as the team's starting running back. The expectation is Ahmad Bradshaw will find himself at the top of the depth chart once he proves his surgically repaired foot is fully healed. Of course, that may not be how it plays out. Colts beat writer George Bremmer tweeted Tuesday that he thinks the team's running attack will be a "3-headed monster with Bradshaw, Ballard and (Donald) Brown all year."
This is the first I've heard from anyone about Brown being a part of the Colts' plans this year. Even if he survives final cuts, I think he will have a paltry role in the offense. Bradshaw isn't expected to take part in any games this month, but he should be ready for Week 1. If Ballard performs well in preseason contests, I could see him and Bradshaw splitting carries early on. But Bradshaw, because of his receiving and blocking abilities, should end up with more touches and playing time. Lasting into the sixth round of some mock drafts, Bradshaw is one of my favorite players to take. I know he's a massive injury risk, but to get any starting RB that late is good value.