When offensive coordinator Bruce Arians described what he wants to see out of the running game this season he didn’t hesitate with his answer.
That word fits the running style of second-year running back Delone Carter who at 238 pounds just completed his first full offseason in the NFL.
Carter is one of five running backs who all saw carries in Tuesday afternoon’s practice and coach Chuck Pagano has said on numerous occasions that his team will rely on more than one ball carrier.
“It’s a deep (running back) room with a lot of talent in there. We’re just going out there and try to iron this thing out,” Carter said.
Last season, Carter carried the ball at least three times in 14 of the Colts’ 16 games including scoring his first career touchdown in Week 5 of the season.
He was used primarily in short yardage situations for the Colts and as a power back he knew what was coming on Tuesday when the team strapped on the pads for the first time in 2012.
“Somebody is going to put their shoulder into you. They want to get the running backs the most,” Carter said of the defense’s mentality.
For most of the defensive players asked about putting pads on Tuesday, they were grinning ear to ear thinking about the contact.
But even Carter couldn’t help but crack a little smile when he talked about getting a little more contact thrown his way.
“This is when you play real football, when you go all out contact and shoulders hitting shoulders. That’s real football,” he said.
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