Colts running backs coach David Walker does not live in a fantasy land.
In a perfect world, Walker would rely on one main back in 2013 with a backup sprinkled in at opportune times.
That’s not how the NFL operates with the rate of injuries that occur on a weekly basis.
Names like Delone Carter and Kerwynn Williams might not be focal points heading into the regular season but if history is any indication than they will be relied on in 2013.
Carter is entering his third season in the NFL and has battled through injuries to find a niche as a short-yardage runner that accounted for three touchdowns last season.
“He’s obviously shown he can do it. He’s been in games his first two years,” Walker said of the 238-pound Carter.
“But whatever combination of three guys, four guys there’s going to come a point, unfortunately, where someone’s going to twist an ankle, going to be out, someone’s got to get in and kind of take over that role for the time or for a few plays. All of our jobs are just make sure whomever we put in there is able to be productive and we don’t miss a beat.”
Williams is barely a month into his NFL career so any forecast on where he might fit into the running back position will have to wait until the pads are put on in late July.
For many rookies, special teams can be an early avenue to immediate playing time and that could very well be the case with Williams at the kick returner position.
“He’s a smart kid, a good learner, a good worker,” Walker said of Williams’ prognosis at running back.
“He understands the schemes, answers questions for us in meetings but we’ll have to see him a little bit more on the field before we make a determination how much he’s going to help.”
Last season it was Vick Ballard and Donald Brown that dominated the backfield for the Colts.
But people should not forget Delone Carter’s hard-nosed running late in the Colts overtime victory over the Titans.
Walker feels he’s got a group of guys that bring different skill sets within the Colts offense and sees contributions coming from a number of players.
“Whenever your number is called be ready to contribute and play and play to a high standard,” Walker said of his message in the running backs room. “We don’t really look to what guys can’t do, we look to what guys can do and put them into situations where they can have success.”
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