Nobody seems to be talking much about Donald Brown, but this guy has caught my attention. Brown adds some much needed balance to the Indianapolis offense. Joseph Addai is good, but he has never really shown the break out speed to separate himself from the defenders and make gains for big yardage. Addai reminds me a lot of Edgerrin James. He has good leg strength and can power through a pile of guys. He also makes a good short yardage receiver. However he never seemed to gain those long yardage plays that you see many of the other top runningbacks in the NFL complete. But with Brown, if he breaks through the line, he is off to the races and the defense is lucky to catch him before he scores a touchdown or burns the defense for 50-70 yards. This guy provides a serious rushing threat that helps balance the passing threat from Peyton. And for short tough yardage, the Colts can switch out to Joseph Addai and have him power his way through.
Addai and Brown are different styles of running backs, but they compliment each other well and work well for the various situations the Colts need:
1.) Addai - short tough yardage in the red zone
2.) Brown - a quick large rushing gain threat down the middle of the field
The Colts last year were last in rushing in the NFL. With Brown in the mix, that shouldn't be the case this year.