For the first time in his NFL career, when quarterback Andrew Luck turned around to hand the ball off on the first offensive series, he didn’t see Donald Brown.
Rookie running back Vick Ballard made his first career start on Sunday in place of the injured Brown.
Ballard had 25 yards on eight carries and although he started off the game in the backfield, there wasn’t too much of a change for the Colts fifth round draft pick.
“I don’t think it felt any different because I still got the same amount of plays because of the two-minute (offense) when Mewelde (Moore) got in there,” Ballard said. “I think I had 29 plays so it really wasn’t any different for me other than getting the first series.”
Moore was used primarily on third downs for the Colts and also in the two-minute offense. Second-year running back Delone Carter saw extended playing time in just his second game of the season, carrying the ball four times
With Ballard in the starting lineup, the Colts had four rookies start on Sunday and a total of eight saw action on the offense.
The film room was the place to find Ballard on Monday and he recognized a few teaching points he will take into the Colts meeting with Cleveland this weekend.
“We obviously have to take care of the ball,” Ballard said. “Attention to detail, execution, whenever we do those things, good things will happen. Just going to come to work Wednesday and get ready for next week.”
This was just the second road game for the Colts and although getting the start didn’t seem to be different for Ballard, playing away from home was an adjustment for him.
“I guess you could say crowd noise because sometimes, you know the snap count but you can’t hear it because the quarterback is under center,” Ballard said of the biggest difference.
“You just have to kind of look at the ball. Where as if we are playing at home, you can listen to the quarterback and hear the calls and stuff.”
Ballard now has 29 carries on the season and that number will continue to rise with Brown expected to be out of the lineup again this weekend.
The run production wasn’t where the offense wanted it on Sunday but the guys in front of Ballard appreciate his running style.
“I like the way Vick runs,” offensive guard Jeff Linkenbach said. “He runs downhill. Vick isn’t afraid to just punch it into a hole. We like that as offensive linemen, someone that is willing to just jam it up in there for a few.”
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