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Colts Wednesday Mailbag: Who Will Be The Running Backs Behind Frank Gore In 2015?

Intro: This Wednesday, mailbag readers inquire about the depth at running back, the open mini-camp practice and the pieces added this offseason.





INDIANAPOLIS – Each week, readers of can submit their questions to have a chance of them being answered in our Wednesday or Saturday mailbag.

Here is the collection of Wednesday questions:Alister Lui (Canada)

Hi Kevin,

I'm wondering what your thoughts are about running back are after Frank Gore. Boom showed flashes of playmaking ability but ball security was such an issue. Titpon didn't stand out as making many plays. Ballard is coming off two season ending injuries. The coaching staff loves John Robinson and I'm a big fan of Tyler Varga. Tipton, Varga, Ballard and Robinson had similar combine results (I know not a perfect metric but an easy way to compare their physical abilities).

Bowen: A very relevant question to lead off our Wednesday mailbag this week. The Colts know, perhaps better than any other NFL team, the vital importance of relying on multiple running backs in a season. Boom Herron is definitely the lead guy behind Frank Gore. Herron has received the bulk of the first-team work lately with Gore not participating in all of the OTAs (Gore was back on the field Tuesday to start mini-camp). Last year, during the end of the regular season and postseason, Herron proved that he's more than a capable back in this league and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield could be attractive to the Colts this season. After Herron, that's where the uncertainty comes into play. Alister, you laid it out pretty accurately with the names mentioned above. Names like Vick Ballard, Zurlon Tipton and Josh Robinson make up that next tier of Colts runners. Last year, the Colts kept four running backs on their initial 53-man roster. Ballard's health (he expects to be ready to go once Training Camp starts) will be the major story line for the running back group heading into Anderson.

Mark R (South Carolina)

Hi Kevin,

I saw that TY now has his own banner on LOS. That is a fitting replacement for 87. My questions is, what do they do with the banners of former players they take down?



Bowen: Mark, the banners from older players are in the Colts archives. Like you mentioned above, T.Y. Hilton is debuting on the side of Lucas Oil Stadium this season. Hilton's image up there joins the likes of Andrew Luck, Robert Mathis and Adam Vinatieri for the 2015 campaign.

Joe Camacho (Houston)

will you be at the Mini Camp June 10th?. I am flying in tomorrow I will be there on the 10th.. I am a diehard Colts fan for over 16 years. Would not miss this for the world,,, I am Texas number one Colts fan..

Bowen: You bet I will be there on Wednesday. I remember the open mini-camp practice from two years ago and thought the turn out was great for a spring weekday. Like Darius Butler said, Wednesday is a bit of a "tease" for fans and players when it comes to being back inside of Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts won't be back in their home stadium for more than two months after Wednesday so this is the final chance to see the two-time defending AFC South Champions together until August. While the mini-camp practice is definitely the highlight on Wednesday, fans also have a chance to be on the field starting at 2:00 p.m. and take part in a bunch of activities, before the autograph session with players starts at 5:00 p.m.

Mark Chaves (Cambridge, Ontario)

Hey Kevin. Do you think the moves we did this off season will be enough to take them to another super bowl?

Bowen: The million-dollar question comes from north of the border this week. On paper (and really that's all we have to go off of right now), there's no question this Colts team has improved in the offseason. The Colts bolstered an already potent offensive attack by adding additional depth at every skill position. The offensive line brought in veteran Todd Herremans this offseason and he appears to be more than factoring in at the right guard spot. If the offensive line can build off last year's postseason effort (and stay healthy), this offense will flourish among the NFL's elite. Defensively, the Colts brought in four veterans at each level of the defense (three of whom are likely to start in 2015). Throw in a handful of defensive selections in the draft and the Colts defense will have several new faces in Greg Manusky's fourth season as coordinator. If the Colts young defensive linemen can grow into expanded roles and the pass rush becomes more consistent against the NFL's premier quarterbacks, this team certainly has the makeup to find itself in San Francisco come February 2016.

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