Boom Herron's Role Evolving In The Colts Backfield

Intro: With Ahmad Bradshaw placed on injured reserve, the Colts will lean heavily on Boom Herron to take a more expanded role in the backfield. What should fans expect from Herron?

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INDIANAPOLIS – The game was no longer in doubt with the home fans hitting the exits very pleased.

Yet, the sound of what was thought to be "boos" rang down on the Lucas Oil Stadium's turf.

Taking a closer listen to those cheers, it was nothing of a negative nature.

"Booommmm," is what the crowd at the Colts shutout victory over the Bengals last month was saying late in the fourth quarter.

Leading 24-0 with 8:30 left in the Bengals game, the Colts turned to Daniel "Boom" Herron to milk the clock.

Herron's drive of five carries for 37 yards ended in a field goal for the Colts and offered another glimpse of what the team's third running back could provide the offense.

Now, with Ahmad Bradshaw placed on injured reserve, those mop-up carries could become much more meaningful.

"It's time for Boom Herron to step up, which everybody on the team has full confidence in," Reggie Wayne says.

"He's really played well. It shows on special teams. This is an opportunity for him to go out there and show his worth."

In the regular season, Herron's worth on special teams has been his greatest asset to the Colts.

He's been a core special teamer with any offensive work coming when the outcome was all but decided.

The longest extended look Colts fans have gotten of Herron was at this year's Training Camp in Anderson.

With Bradshaw and Trent Richardson dealing with injuries, Herron got plenty of first team work throughout camp and the preseason.

"He's done it in practice. He did it in the preseason. When he's gotten his chances in the games this year, he's done a heck of a job," Andrew Luck says of his "110 percent" confidence in Herron.

"Offense, special teams, you name it, he's done whatever anybody has asked of him. I'm very, very excited for him for this opportunity."

On Sunday, Herron's work will in all likelihood come in the same backfield as Luck.

For much of the 2014 season, it's been Matt Hasselbeck spending time distributing the ball to Herron.

Anytime you bring up Herron's name to Hasselbeck he talks about the passing game dimension for the young running back.

In the preseason, Herron was the team's leading rusher (22 carries for 112 yards) and leading receiver (11 catches for 55 yards).

Now, the stage is for real.

"Everybody in this locker room respects Boom and know that he's a talented player," Hasselbeck says.

"He's been a huge, huge contributor on special teams this year with his toughness and ability. I'm really looking forward to his chance."

Some highlights from Boom Herron so far this season!

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