The Colts practice schedule for the 49ers begins this afternoon. Today’s news is pretty quiet but here are a couple of observational pieces on Ahmad Bradshaw and Pep Hamilton’s offense.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, September 18th.
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
Holder points to the play of new running back Ahmad Bradshaw as a positive from Sunday’s game.
But now that we’ve gotten a closer look at Bradshaw, here are my observations.
* He’s got good vision. Bradshaw’s ability to both follow blocks and anticipate how a play will unfold allowed him to pick up extra yards that he otherwise might not have. Bradshaw showed a knack for knowing there the crease was going to be, often before it even developed. This allowed the Colts to move the chains even in instances where they didn’t necessarily have perfect run blocking.
* Bradshaw had a lot more pop than I expected. He showed, perhaps, more quickness than we gave him credit for, and that allowed him to hit the hole the moment it opened.
* Finally, Bradshaw still has that trademark toughness we’ve always seen from him. Put simply, he runs hard, punishing defenders who dare try to tackle him.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Chappell also gives some observations and his come on the offensive side of the ball looking at Pep Hamilton’s scheme.
• “Chunk plays,” the over-the-top strikes so prevalent in 2012, will be less frequent.
After two games, Colts receivers rank 16th in the league, averaging 11.6 yards per reception. They were No. 3 last season, averaging 12.9 yards, the club’s sixth-best per-catch average since 1970.
Only three of Andrew Luck’s 43 completions have gained at least 25 yards, tied for eighth-fewest in the league. Philadelphia’s Michael Vick has a league-high 10 and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers nine.
• When chunk plays occur, T.Y. Hilton figures to be the target on the majority of them.
Among receivers with at least nine receptions, Hilton’s 16.2 average ranks 13th. His acrobatic 47-yard grab against the Miami Dolphins is Luck’s longest completion this season, and the latest evidence that coordinator Pep Hamilton should maximize Hilton’s big-play skills.
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