INDIANAPOLIS — Rushing performances like the one in the second half will help. Ballard, a rookie, leads the Colts with 562 yards rushing. He has stepped in because Donald Brown is out with an ankle injury.
Arians likes what Ballard has brought to the team.
“He’s powerful. He’s a poor man’s Edge (Edgerrin James),” Arians said. “He’s bowlegged like Edge and he’s about the same size and tough to bring down. He’s quick, he’s elusive, doesn’t have the great, great speed but he can make the first guy miss and he’s going to make a lot of yards because he makes people miss. He’s got a great future.”
Ballard hopes to be a part of the solution.
“Coming into rookie minicamps, I was just focused on trying to learn the plays and learn the offense,” he said. “A couple injuries happened to the backs ahead of me and that bumped me up. I just try and take advantage of my opportunities.”