Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Guess Who's Back

Al Davis did the Colts a big favor by drafting Darren McFadden. Dominic Rhodes became the odd man out in Oakland behind McFadden, Justin Fargas, Lamont Jordan, and Michael Bush. Now, Rhodes is going to be wearing blue again.

As reported by Adam Schefter, Roto World and Stampede Blue, the Indianapolis Colts are very close to a deal with Dominic Rhodes to be Joseph Addai's complement back.

Here is what Rhodes did in his 5 healthy years in Indy:

550 carries, 2,274 yards, 4.1 yards per carry, 649 receiving yards, 20 total touchdowns, 13 fumbles.

The 20 total touchdowns is great for a player who was backup up Edgerrin James for three years. Rhodes will most likely be used in goal line situations where he can power his way through the line. Addai was pretty weak in the red zone last year, so Rhodes will be a great addition. Since the Colts don't have a Randy Moss-like receiver, a goal line back is the next best thing for redzone situations.

Yes, the Colts did draft Mike Hart, but he will still get some carries, and most importantly, he will have two Super Bowl-winning running backs mentoring him along the way. Kenton Keith can pack up his stuff. He's out of here.

This is what I think the carries will look like next year for the backs.

Joseph Addai: 16 carries per game
Dominic Rhodes: 10 carries per game
Mike Hart: 4 carries per game

Sure, this will most likely change depending on Mike Hart's progression or lack there of, but this could be one of the best backfields in the league. Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, the G-men, and Minnesota better watch out. The Colts are gaining on them.

Colts Roster Update

Peyton Manning
Jim Sorgi

Joseph Addai
Dominic Rhodes
Mike Hart

Marvin Harrison
Reggie Wayne
Anthony Gonzalez
Roy Hall
Pierre Garcon

Dallas Clark
Jacob Tamme
Tom Santi

Tony Ugoh
Michael Toudouze

Ryan Lilja
Jamey Richard

Jeff Saturday
Steve Justice

Mike Pollack
Charlie Johnson

Ryan Diem
Dan Federkiel

Dwight Freeney
Robert Mathis
Josh Thomas
Marcus Howard
Curtis Johnson

Ed Johnson
Raheem Brock
Quinn Pitcock
Darrell Reid
Keyunta Dawson
Colin Ferrell

Tyjuan Hagler
Freddy Keiaho
Clint Session
Ramon Guzman

Gary Brackett
Philip Wheeler

Marlin Jackson
Kelvin Hayden
Tim Jennings
Dante Hughes
Michael Coe

Antoine Bethea
Matt Giordano
Brandon Condren

Bob Sanders
Jamie Silva

Adam Vinatieri

Hunter Smith

Justin Snow

Practice Squad
QB Josh Betts
RB Kenton Keith
WR Sam Giguere
OT Darren Marquez
DT Eric Foster
LB Brandon Foster
CB Melvin BullittC
B Brandon Foster

On Stand-by
WR Devin Aromashodu
RB Luke Lawton
DE Jeff Charleston
LB Brandon Archer
CB Keiwan Ratliff

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