Vick Ballard
Vick Ballard
28-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
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$Released by the Saints in May of 2016.
RBIndianapolis Colts
Hamstring
September 22, 2015
Ballard (hamstring) reached an injury settlement with the Colts on Tuesday.
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Ballard was placed on injured reserve for a third straight year, but he'll now have the opportunity to look for a new employer. He may draw a bit of interest once healthy, but Ballard is unlikely to make much of an impact this season.
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Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
224 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.65 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.19 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.03 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.0 in
 
Broad Jump
115 in
 
Bench Press
23 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
31.75 in
 
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Ballard tore his Achilles during a late-July practice, causing him to basically miss a second consecutive season after suffering a torn ACL in the first game of 2013. When we last saw Ballard in 2012, he rushed for 811 yards and appeared set to take over as the Colts’ primary running back. However, he now faces an uphill battle to win regular playing time if healthy.
The 5-10, 226-pound Ballard was set to take the lead role in Indy last year, but his torn ACL in Week 2 prompted the Colts to go out and deal for Trent Richardson. A tough, straight-ahead grinder, Ballard has below-average speed for a running back and isn't a great pass-catcher – factors that are likely to work against him as he battles Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw for carries in training camp. While Ballard saw 211 carries as a rookie in 2012, he didn't wow anyone with his 3.9 YPC, suggesting that his floor is no higher than Richardson's, while his ceiling is far lower. Even though he healed up well over the offseason, he'll most likely be relegated to a tertiary role this year behind Richardson and Bradshaw. Unless Richardson and Bradshaw fall victim to injury and/or ineffectiveness, he probably won't see more than a couple of carries per game.
Ballard took the lead in the Indianapolis backfield after Donald Brown suffered a knee injury in Week 5 and brought some stability to the role. At 5-10, 217, Ballard combines tough between-the-tackles running with enough wiggle to make defenders miss. While coach Chuck Pagano had named Ballard the No. 1 back in May, Ahmad Bradshaw's signing in June likely relegates Ballard to a timeshare. Moreover, Bradshaw is a tough short-yardage runner and outstanding in blitz pick-up, so he could get most of the third-down and goal-line work. Bradshaw is injury prone, however and not likely to see a full workload, so Ballard should see his share of early-down work while spelling him.
Ballard, a 2012 fifth-round pick will compete with Donald Brown and Delone Carter for the bulk of the Colts' tailback duties. Neither Brown nor Carter were particularly outstanding in their opportunities last season, meaning Ballard could see a fair share of carries during the season with a strong training camp. Nothing about Ballard's game is flashy, but he's decent or better in most areas. He has a feature-back build and does a good job of running low, and helps his odds of playing three downs by showing pretty good hands.
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RBIndianapolis Colts
Hamstring
September 17, 2015
Ballard cleared waivers and will be placed on IR by the Colts, Kevin Bowen of colts.com reports.
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Vick Ballard: Waived By Colts
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Hamstring
September 15, 2015
Ballard (hamstring) was waived/injured by the Colts on Tuesday, NFL.com reports.
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RBIndianapolis Colts
Hamstring
September 11, 2015
Ballard (hamstring) has been ruled out of Sunday's season opener against the Bills.
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RBIndianapolis Colts
Hamstring
September 11, 2015
Ballard (hamstring) did not take part in Friday's practice, Tom James of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star reports.
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RBIndianapolis Colts
Hamstring
September 10, 2015
Ballard (hamstring) did not practice again on Thursday, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.
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