Pagano: Bradshaw is an 'every-down back'
Now that new Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw is approaching health, Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano is answering questions about how he plans to use him.
According to ESPN's Mike Wells, the answer is a lot.
"It'll be great to get him out there," Pagano said. "He's an every-down back."
"He hasn’t played in a while. It'll take him a minute obviously to knock the rust off, but it's going to be great to have him in the fold and join those other guys and starting competing with those guys."
The Colts have previously suggested they plan to use Bradshaw in a committee with Vick Ballard, but Pagano's most recent comments indicate he could be eyeing a bigger role for his free agent acquisition.
Bradshaw is one of the league's best pass-blocking backs. The only thing holding him back from a featured role as a member of the New York Giants the past several seasons was his health. Until he proves he can carry the load and remain healthy, the same questions will surround him in Indianapolis.
The Colts' current plan is for Bradshaw to make his debut with the team in their third preseason game on Aug. 24.